Latest News / Information from the Boulder Phil

Musicians in the Spotlight – Boulder Philharmonic: Aflutter in an Airplane Hangar (Symphony Magazine, Fall 2021)

Longmont and Boulder Orchestras return to live performances for grateful audiences (, 10/4/21)

Boulder Phil “Together Again” for two short concerts in October (, 9/29/21)

Boulder Phil appoints new executive director (, 6/3/21)

Boulder Philharmonic announces 2021-22 Season: Live concerts again at last and a return to CU Macky Auditorium in January (, 5/22/21)

Boulder Phil concludes re-imagined season with all-strings program: Orchestra partners with Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance (, 4/22/21)

Boulder Phil wraps virtual season with a collaborative piece featuring Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance: Saturday’s Vimeo show offers music inspired by spring, female sculptor Camille Claudel (Daily Camera, 4/21/21)

Boulder Philharmonic continues exploring music for small orchestra: Streamed concert available April 3 will feature Stravinsky’s “Soldier’s Tale” (, 4/2/21)

Boulder Phil’s virtual concert with renowned cellist Zuill Bailey premieres Saturday: Pre-recorded performance took place inside a Boulder Municipal Airport hangar (Daily Camera, 3/11/21)

Boulder Phil will stream concert with pianist Simone Dinnerstein Saturday (, 2/11/21)

Music at High Altitude (Symphony Magazine, Winter 2021)

Meet the Boulder Phil (, 12/6/19)

Tony Vincent and the Boulder Philharmonic Traverse Bowie’s Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes at Macky Auditorium (, 5/6/19)

Boulder Phil tackles music of David Bowie (Daily Camera, 4/25/19)

‘The Dream of America’ comes to the Macky stage (Boulder Weekly, 4/25/19)

Boulder Phil unveils new season, new motto, new logos. 2019-20, labelled “Let’s play,” features pop elements throughout (SharpsandFlatirons, 4/7/19)

Gary Lewis and Boulder Philharmonic perform live to popular film scenes: “Pixar in Concert” features music from Toy Story, Incredibles, Finding Nemo and more  (SharpsandFlatirons, 3/21/19)

Boulder Philharmonic pairs ‘complementary’ composers Beethoven and Elgar (Boulder Weekly, 2/28/19)

Boulder Philharmonic appoints Sara Parkinson as Director of Education and Community Engagement | press release

Soprano Mary Wilson sings songs about childhood with Boulder Phil (SharpsandFlatirons, 2/7/19)

With 80 to choose from, Garrick Ohlsson will play only one in Boulder: Rachmaninoff First Concerto shares Boulder Phil concert with other Russian works (Boulder Weekly, 1/17/19)

Virtuoso Midori’s residence in Boulder a ‘really big deal’: Boulder Phil, Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras to work alongside musicians in ‘once-in-a-lifetime event’ – with photo gallery  (Daily Camera, 11/2/18)
Read commendation from the City of Boulder

Violinist Midori comes to Boulder as a concerto soloist and much, much more: Week-long residency includes teaching, master classes and a public lecture (Boulder Weekly, 11/1/18)

Midori concert named “Best Bet” for Classical Music (Denver Post, 10/25/18)

Infinite Space: Boulder Phil plays music about stars and astronomers and planets  (Boulder Weekly, 10/11/18)

Boulder Phil opens 2018–19 season with music of John Williams (SharpsandFlatirons, 9/25/18)

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra Launches 2018‐19 Season, press release (9/19/18)

Boulder Philharmonic announces new musicians, press release (9/17/18)

Boulder Philharmonic announces season finale program change for 2018–19 season (SharpsandFlatirons, 8/10/18)

Boulder Philharmonic gives full concert performance of ‘West Side Story’: Sold-out event celebrates Leonard Bernstein centenary (Daily Camera, 4/26/18)

Bernstein at 100 is celebrated by Boulder Phil and colleagues  (SharpsandFlatirons, 4/20/18)

Boulder Phil sells out West Side Story 10 days in advance: Orchestra ends 60th-anniversary season on a high April 28 (SharpsandFlatirons, 4/18/18)

‘Open Space’ the theme of Boulder Phil’s 2018-19 season (Daily Camera, 4/6/18)

Pops series, soloists and women composers highlight ‘18–19 Boulder Phil season (SharpsandFlatirons, 4/6/18)

Boulder Phil collaborates with Cleo Parker Robinson for ‘Lark Ascending’ (SharpsandFlatirons, 4/1/18)

Boulder Philharmonic pairs with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance for ‘A Song for Swans’: Orchestra takes flight with avian-themed show (Daily Camera, 3/29/18)

Boulder Philharmonic’s ‘Cirque’ concert goes to movies with aerial violinist (Daily Camera, 2/2/18)

Cirque de la Symphonie makes fourth appearance with Boulder Phil: ‘World’s Only Aerial Violinist’ Janice Martin performs with the company (Boulder Weekly, 2/1/18)

Review: Boulder Philharmonic Mesmerizes with World-Class Guest Pianist (Our Community Now, 1/15/18)

Review: Simone Dinnerstein brings performance magic and a new piece to Boulder (SharpsandFlatirons, 1/14/18)

Boulder Phil: Pianist Simone Dinnerstein returns (Boulder Weekly, 1/11/18)

Live Broadcast: Boulder Philharmonic And Simone Dinnerstein Play Bach, Philip Glass (Colorado Public Radio, 1/5/18)

Simone Dinnerstein plays Philip Glass work, written for her, with Boulder Phil (Daily Camera, 1/5/18)

Boulder Philharmonic names Katherine Lehman new executive director (Daily Camera, 1/3/18)

Bach-Inspired Concert Will Showcase World-Class Pianist with the Boulder Phil (Our Community Now, 12/12/17)

Boulder Philharmonic’s ‘Music of Resistance’ reflects timeless human spirit (Daily Camera, 10/13/17)

Boulder Philharmonic brings “Music of Resistance” to Macky (SharpsandFlatirons, 10/10/17)

The City Council of Boulder proclaimed Sept. 24, 2017 to be “Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra Day,” in celebration of our 60th Anniversary Season |read proclamation

Review: Boulder Phil opens their season with an outstanding soloist, great works (SharpsandFlatirons, 9/25/17)

Takács Quartet and Boulder Phil deliver a classical double-header (Boulder Weekly, 9/21/17)

Pianist Jon Nakamatsu joins Boulder Philharmonic for season opener (Daily Camera, 9/14/17)

Review: Boulder Phil ends remarkable season with a remarkable concert (SharpsandFlatirons, 4/23/17)

Ending with a bang: Boulder Phil concludes a historic season (Boulder Weekly, 4/20/17)

Capital Shift (Symphony Magazine, Spring 2017)

Italian program closes Boulder Phil’s ‘Season of Pairings’: CU’s Wetherbee, Spera to premiere new violin-guitar concerto (Daily Camera, 4/14/17)

The Gathering of Orchestras in D.C.: The debut of an ambitious new festival (The New Yorker, 4/10/17)

The Shift Festival: A Reincarnation, with Cherry Blossoms (The New York Times, 3/31/17)

Boulder Philharmonic opens Shift Festival at Kennedy Center (Daily Camera, 3/30/17)

SHIFT Festival Guided Musical Hikes (Brightest Young Things, 3/29/17)

Review: “Nature and Music”: one of Boulder Phil’s best performances (SharpsandFlatirons, 3/26/17)

Boulder Philharmonic, Frequent Flyers to perform at Kennedy Center (Daily Camera, 3/25/17)

The democracy of American music (Washington Post, 3/24/17)

The gold standard: Boulder Phil previews its Kennedy Center performance (Boulder Weekly, 3/23/17)

This composer makes music inspired by national parks (PBS Newshour, 3/23/17)

Naturalist Dave Sutherland interview on WETA Radio in Washington, D.C.

Michael Butterman interview on WETA Radio in Washington, D.C.:  Part 1 | Part 2 

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra Selected To Perform In D.C. Next Week (CBS Denver, 3/20/17)

Composer Stephen Lias, Boulder Philharmonic Debut Rocky Mountain National Park Music (Colorado Public Radio, 3/20/17)

CPR Classical In Concert: A World Premiere By The Boulder Philharmonic (Colorado Public Radio, 3/19/17)

Spotlight: Orchestra Maneuvers (MetroWeekly, 3/16/17)

Kids with sensory disorders get a chance to engage and experience music at Boulder concerts (7News Denver, 3/11/17)

RMNP – Special Program – All The Songs That Nature Sings (Estes Park Trail-Gazette, 3/9/17)

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra announces 2017-18 concert season (Daily Camera, 3/6/17)

Boulder Phil announces 60th Anniversary season (SharpsandFlatirons, 3/6/17)

Boulder Lifestyle March 2017

SHIFT: Festival of Innovation, part of the Kennedy Center’s Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy

WPA and Kennedy Center hope new Shift Festival will enliven orchestral scene (The Washington Post, 2/3/17)

Jake Shimabukuro to play with Boulder Philharmonic (Daily Camera, 2/3/17)

Review: Butterman and Boulder Phil shine in Romantic program (, 1/15/17)

Jennifer Frautschi, Eric Ruske join Boulder Phil in a first (Daily Camera, 1/12/17)

Soloists together onstage at last with the Boulder Philharmonic (Boulder Weekly, 1/12/17)

Plays Well with Others: The Boulder Philharmonic is making big footprints in Boulder and beyond (Boulder Magazine, Winter 2016-Spring 2017)
“Under the poised, confident baton of its music director and conductor Michael Butterman, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra has moved out of the financial doldrums and into an era of unprecedented popularity and critical recognition.”

Broadway star joins Boulder Phil for ‘Wicked Good Christmas’ (Daily Camera, 12/1/16)

Hip, hip hooray for the gentle ballet (Denver Post editorial, 11/19/16)

Boulder Ballet, Boulder Phil stage sensory-friendly ‘Nutcracker’ (Daily Camera, 11/18/16)

Sensory Friendly Events Provide Inclusion for ALL Families! (Ability Connection Colorado, 11/18/16)

First sensory friendly ‘Gentle Nutcracker’ coming to Boulder (7News Denver, 11/13/16)

Review: Phil, Takacs members give memorable concert (Daily Camera, 11/7/16)
“…One of the highlights of the year in Boulder classical music. The Macky crowd rose instantly for a tremendous ovation…”

Review: Boulder Phil in fine form for Mozart, Beethoven and Adés  (, 11/7/16)
Dusinberre and Walther delightful in Mozart Sinfonia Concertante

Boulder Phil ventures into classical repertoire (Boulder Weekly, 11/3/16)

Takács’ Edward Dusinberre, Geraldine Walther perform with Boulder Philharmonic (Daily Camera, 10/27/16)
Program includes Mozart, Beethoven

Review: Greg Anderson, Elizabeth Joy Roe dazzle Boulder Philharmonic crowd (Daily Camera, 10/9/16)
‘Gold standard’ piano duo joins orchestra for season opener

Boulder Philharmonic opens season with ‘joie de vivre’ (Boulder Weekly, 10/6/16)

Boulder Philharmonic opens season with Greg Anderson, Elizabeth Joy Roe: Piano duo interpret Poulenc piece marked by ‘irreverent humor’  (Daily Camera, 9/29/16)

Composer Stephen Lias reveals his plan for a new piece for Boulder Phil (Sharps & Flatirons, 6/20/16)

Composer Stephen Lias interview, including an excerpt of Gates of the Arctic premiered by the Boulder Phil (Performance Today, 5/28/16)

Boulder Phil impresses with “Passion” at packed Macky (Daily Camera, 4/24/16)

Boulder Philharmonic breaks down barriers (Daily Camera, 4/23/16)

Colorado classical all-star team brings the Bach (Denver Post, 4/22/16)

Boulder Phil to help produce a ‘masterpiece’ (Boulder Weekly, 4/21/16)

Boulder Philharmonic’s ‘St. Matthew’ more than sum of parts: Five groups come together for one unprecedented performance (Daily Camera, 4/17/16)

Boulder Philharmonic announces 2016-2017 season (Daily Camera, 4/1/16)

Boulder Philharmonic announces 2016-2017 season (Sharps & Flatirons, 4/1/16)

Run Off To The Circus Or See An Orchestra? With The Boulder Phil You Can Do Both (KUNC, 4/1/16)

“Cirque de la Symphonie” comes to Macky on April 2 (CU Independent, 3/31/16)

Cirque performers return for shows with Boulder Phil (Daily Camera, 3/28/16)

From classical to cabaret: Who’s hot in Denver right now (Denver Post, 2/26/16)

Boulder County kids with autism inspire series of sensory-friendly concerts (Daily Camera, 2/14/16)

Radio Interview: Composer Missy Mazzoli, Boulder Phil Collaborate As Part of Outreach Project (Colorado Public Radio, 2/11/16)

Star violinist Anne Akiko Meyers joins Boulder Philharmonic (Daily Camera, 2/7/16)

Dairy Center asks “Who is Missy Mazzoli?” (Sharps & Flatirons, 2/7/16)

Boulder Philharmonic pairs with Anne Akiko Meyers (Denver Post, 2/5/16)

Musical Hikes featured in Nature Almanac: February Stars (KGNU, 2/5/16)

Boulder Phil offers a variety of public events (Boulder Weekly, 2/4/16)

Boulder Phil offers Americana, east and west: “Dance, American Style” features collaboration with Boulder Ballet (Sharps & Flatirons, 1/12/16)

Boulder Ballet’s ‘Rodeo’ crowns Philharmonic Orchestra’s all-American program (Daily Camera, 1/10/16)

2015: The Year in Music (Sharps & Flatirons, 1/5/16)

Vilar Center presents ‘A Classical Christmas,’ featuring Boulder Philharmonic and Boulder Bach Festival Chorus (Vail Daily, 12/16/15)

Boulder Philharmonic, Bach Festival Chorus team up for holiday concert (Daily Camera, 12/13/15)

Rocky Mountain National Park Inspires New Piece For Boulder Philharmonic (Colorado Public Radio, 12/11/15)

Boulder Philharmonic receives its first NEA grant (Sharps & Flatirons, 12/8/15)
Funds will commission a new work by Stephen Lias celebrating Rocky Mountain National Park

Boulder Philharmonic receives grant from National Endowment for the Arts (Daily Camera, 12/8/15)

Making music at a time of tragedy (Sharps & Flatirons, 11/14/15)

A Nature-Themed Boulder Philharmonic Concert Featuring Composer Charles Denler (Colorado Public Radio, 11/12/15)

Brahms’ destiny, Denler’s melodies and Fielder’s photos at Boulder Phil (Sharps & Flatirons, 11/10/15)

Boulder Philharmonic will premiere Charles Denler piece (Daily Camera, 11/8/15)

Review: Josh Ritter and the Boulder Philharmonic make a “once-in-a-lifetime pairing” (Reverb/The Denver Post, 10/12/15)

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter and his band to perform with Boulder Philharmonic (Daily Camera, 10/9/15)

Backed By The Boulder Phil, Josh Ritter Returns To The Orchestra Pit (KUNC, 10/8/15)

Review: Boulder Phil opens season with fairy tales and virtuosity (Sharps & Flatirons, 9/14/15)

The narrative of music: Boulder Philharmonic 2015-16 season opens (Boulder Weekly, 9/10/15)

Boulder Philharmonic kicks off season with two soloists (Daily Camera, 9/6/15)

Fall in Colorado classical: Top 10 picks (Denver Post, 9/6/15)

Boulder Philharmonic adds Josh Ritter to 2015-16 schedule (Daily Camera, 7/15/15)

Boulder Phil fills out 2015–16 season with Josh Ritter concert, Oct. 10, 2015 (Sharps & Flatirons, 7/15/15)

The Boulder Phil Plans On Bringing Their Hometown To D.C. (KUNC, 5/30/15)

Four orchestras in five acts: SHIFT announces 2017 line-up (The Washington Post, 5/28/15)

Boulder Philharmonic announces performance at Kennedy Center festival in Washington (Colorado Public Radio, 5/28/15)

Boulder Philharmonic selected for a brand new festival at the Kennedy Center (Sharps & Flatirons, 5/28/15)

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra picked to play new, elite festival (Daily Camera, 5/28/15)

Kennedy Center Sets Lineup for New American Orchestras Festival (The New York Times ArtsBeat blog, 5/28/15)

Video of cellist Zuill Bailey and Boulder Phil’s Music Director Michael Butterman on piano, performing Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei” at the CPR Performance Studio (Colorado Public Radio, April 23, 2015)

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra closes season with Central European concertos (Daily Camera, 4/20/15)

Legendary concertos wrap up Boulder Phil season (Sharps & Flatirons, 4/20/15)

Boulder Philharmonic announces season of collaborations for 2015-16 (Sharps & Flatirons, 3/26/15)

Boulder Philharmonic promises ‘eclectic’ 2015-16 season (Daily Camera, 3/26/15)

Boulder Philharmonic 2015-16 season unveiled: Anne Akiko Meyers, Gabriela Montero and more (Colorado Public Radio, 3/26/15)

Boulder Phil marks Valentine’s with legendary lovers and red violin (Sharps & Flatirons, 2/10/15)

Violin virtuoso, Boulder Philharmonic to fill Macky with romance (Daily Camera, 2/8/15)

With the Boulder Phil, Conrad Tao conquers audience, Beethoven, and Elliott Carter (Sharps & Flatirons, 1/18/15)

Multitalented Conrad Tao takes stage with Boulder Philharmonic (Daily Camera, 1/11/15)

Live on CPR Classical Jan. 17: Boulder Philharmonic featuring Conrad Tao (Colorado Public Radio, 1/6/15)

2014 in Review: The classical music scene in Boulder (Sharps & Flatirons, 12/30/14)

Boulder Phil extends Butterman’s contract: Five years added to music director’s contract with the orchestra (Sharps & Flatirons, 10/29/14)

‘Face of classical music in Boulder’ gets five-year extension (Daily Camera, 10/29/14)

Grant awarded to Boulder Philharmonic, and other news of interest in Boulder – Both Boulder Phil and conductor Michael Butterman are making news (Sharps & Flatirons, 10/24/14)

Strauss’ ‘Last Songs’ cap diverse Boulder Philharmonic program (Daily Camera, 10/5/14)

Review: Boulder Phil’s season of ‘legends’ opens strongly (Sharps & Flatirons, 9/14/14)

Boulder Phil launches ‘Legends’ season with a bang (Boulder Weekly, 9/11/14)

Boulder Phil, new concertmaster kick off season on a Sunday again (Daily Camera, 9/6/14)

Fall 2014 Instrumental Music Roundup (TheScen3)

Boulder’s rich abundance of orchestra concerts (Sharps & Flatirons, 8/31/14)

Review: Refined Natural Sounds with the Boulder Philharmonic (The Scen3, 4/29/14)

Q&A: Violinist Charles Wetherbee on becoming the Boulder Philharmonic’s new concertmaster (Colorado Public Radio, 4/23/14)

The Boulder Phil is featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Symphony Magazine in an article
on how orchestras are providing audiences with experiences that provoke, surprise and stimulate (Symphony Magazine, Spring 2014)

Boulder Philharmonic’s new season to trumpet ‘Legends’ (Daily Camera, 3/22/14)

Rhapsody in Blue and beyond: Boulder Philharmonic take the Vilar stage on Monday (Vail Daily, 3/21/14)

Return to Boulder promises to be special for pianist (Daily Camera, 3/14/14)

New concertmaster Charles Wetherbee bridges Boulder Phil, CU: Wetherbee to have ‘profound influence’ on future sound of orchestra (Daily Camera, 3/11/14)

‘On the Radar’: March 22 concert with pianist Simone DinnersteinDenver Life Magazine,  March/April issue

Phil’s ‘Night at the Oscars’ celebrates 10 years of BIFFDaily Camera, 2/15/14

Review: The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Rachel Barton Pine (, 1/16/14)

Who says classical music isn’t passionate? Rachel Barton Pine to perform in Boulder on Saturday, Jan. 11 (Boulder Weekly, 1/9/14)

Boulder Philharmonic and Rachel Barton Pine take on Berg’s violin concerto (Denver Post, 1/8/14)