Welcome to Boulder Phil 2020-21: Reimagined

Curated by Michael Butterman with the Phil’s two Artistic Partners, Zuill Bailey and Simone Dinnerstein, our reimagined season of seven beautifully crafted concerts will come to you at home. Every program in our new season exhibits an element of re-invention or adaptation.

As we await the safe return of live concerts, this season will be an experience like never before – with fascinating camera angles, bonus interviews and insights, and behind the scenes footage – your own home will be the best seat in the house! We are also offering household memberships and household tickets that give you and your entire household extended access to concerts, pre-concert conversations with Michael, and more.  FAQs/Streaming Guide

Past Events

Beethoven 6 and Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance
April 24, 2021, 7:30 PM

George Walker’s Lyric for Strings is elegiac and consoling, the perfect music for our current moment. Also on the program, composer Korine Fujiwara’s story of a trailblazing and inspirational female artist, Camille Claudel, is brought to life by string orchestra with the extraordinary dancers at Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance! The evening concludes with Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, presented in a stunning version for string sextet by Beethoven’s contemporary, M.G. Fischer.

Michael Butterman, conductor

WALKER Lyric for Strings
FUJIWARA Suite from Claudel
Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance
BEETHOVEN/FISCHER Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, Pastoral

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The Soldier’s Tale
April 3, 2021, 7:30 PM

Stravinsky reinvented his compositional approach in the aftermath of WWI and the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 – distilling the opulence and intricacy of his early works into an intimate, condensed style. L’Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) is a theatrical work “to be read, played, and danced” and takes on an intimacy that suits the moralizing message of the drama: greed leads to ruin. We’re delighted to collaborate with our friends in the CU Department of Theater and Boulder Ballet to present this unique program.

Michael Butterman, conductor

STRAVINSKY The Soldier’s Tale

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A Celebration of Cello
March 13, 2021, 7:30 PM

Cello-bration! A night for cello lovers, featuring a unique double-cello work along with Schumann’s moving Cello Concerto reimagined for chamber forces as the composer had planned to do, but did not live to complete. The program also includes a charming triple-violin work by the Phil’s own Paul Trapkus and concludes with Wagner’s sublime Siegfried Idyll – a musical love letter to his wife, Cosima.  |  watch video

Michael Butterman, conductor
Zuill Bailey, cello

DEBUSSY/SCHOENBERG Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
SCHUMANN/LASSER Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
Zuill Bailey, cello
TRAPKUS Trio for 3 Violins
SOLLIMA Violencelles, Vibrez!
Zuill Bailey, cello
Charles Lee, cello
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll


Mozart and Mendelssohn
February 13, 2021, 7:30 PM

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein leads a string quintet orchestration of Mozart’s famous Piano Concerto No. 21, with the lovely second movement memorably used in the film, Elvira Madigan. The richly diverse evening opens with two sentimental beauties by American trailblazer, Scott Joplin, and concludes with the iconic Mendelssohn Octet.  |  watch video

Simone Dinnerstein, piano

JOPLIN Bethena
MOZART/LACHNER Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
MENDELSSOHN Octet for Strings for E-flat Major, Op. 20

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Zuill and Zwilich
January 23, 2021, 7:30 PM

Grammy-winning cellist Zuill Bailey returns to Boulder for the first of two programs with the Phil. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s new concerto, written for Zuill, is full of playful jazz and pop influences. We’re pleased to present the premiere of a chamber-sized revision of the concerto, mirroring the instrumentation of one of the great chamber works in the repertoire, Schubert’s Trout Quintet.

Zuill Bailey, cello

RACHMANINOFF Vocalise, for cello and piano
Zuill Bailey, cello; Michael Butterman, piano
ZWILICH Cello Concerto (chamber version)
Zuill Bailey, cello
SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 Trout
       with guests Zuill Bailey, cello and Jennifer Hayghe, piano

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Special Concert: Happy Holidays from the Phil!
December 13, 2020, 3 PM

Ring in the holidays with the spirited sounds of the brass and percussion sections of the Boulder Phil!  From “Deck the Halls” to music for Hanukkah, Gabrieli to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” this colorful and wide-ranging digital program is sure to leave you in the holiday spirit.

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The Beauty of Bach with Simone Dinnerstein
November 14, 2020, 7:30 PM

Phil Artistic Partner and audience favorite, Simone Dinnerstein rocketed to international fame following the phenomenal success of her debut recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Bach never heard the modern piano, but one imagines that he would be delighted to hear his best-known works brought to life by Simone as she leads this extraordinary evening. Flutist Christina Jennings joins Simone for two of the composer’s best-known works.

Simone Dinnerstein, pianist and conductor

J.S. BACH/LASSER Erbarm’ Dich
J.S. BACH Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor
J.S. BACH Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Christina Jennings, flute
J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Christina Jennings, flute
Charles Wetherbee, violin

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Vivaldi Recomposed
October 17, 2020, 7:30 PM

Max Richter’s transformation of Vivaldi’s beloved The Seasons has all the flavor of the original, but with added spice that transforms the experience into something altogether new and exciting.  Concertmaster Charles Wetherbee stars in this all-strings program that also includes Britten’s energetic Simple Symphony and Jessie Montgomery’s bubbly and inventive Strum – a piece that The Washington Post describes as, “turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life.”

Michael Butterman, conductor
Charles Wetherbee, violin

BRITTEN Simple Symphony
RICHTER Recomposed: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons
Charles Wetherbee, violin

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