Welcome to our 2020-21 season, Let’s play! Highlights include Grammy-nominated violinist Philippe Quint performing Charlie Chaplin’s Smile, the return of Rachel Barton Pine to unveil a new composition co-commissioned by Boulder Phil from Grammy-winning jazz pianist and composer Billy Childs, and a collaboration with CU Department of Theater and Dance presenting Amadeus.

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Saturday, October 3, 7:30 PM
at Macky Auditorium

Michael Butterman, conductor
Philippe Quint, violin

CHAPLIN Smile (from the film Modern Times)
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68

Grammy-nominated violinist Philippe Quint plays Charlie Chaplin’s best-known musical composition along with the cinematic concerto by Hollywood pioneer (and Vienna native) Ernst Korngold. After intermission, the first symphony of one of Vienna’s legends, Johannes Brahms.



Sunday, November 8, 7:00 PM
Macky Auditorium

Michael Butterman, conductor

POULENC Suite française
WEILL Suite from The Threepenny Opera
GOUNOD Petite Symphonie
HANDEL Music for the Royal Fireworks

Spotlighting our winds, brass and percussion, Handel’s rousing musical fireworks top off a program that also includes Kurt Weill’s cabaret-infused music from The Threepenny Opera (think “Mack the Knife”).


The Nutcracker with Boulder Ballet

Friday, November 27, 2 PM and 7PM
Sunday, November 29, 2 PM
Macky Auditorium

Gary Lewis, conductor

A Boulder tradition for 30 years! A feast for the senses with professional dancers, beautiful sets, and your Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra.




Saturday, January 23, 7:30 PM
Macky Auditorium

Michael Butterman, conductor
CU Department of Theater and Dance
Boulder Chamber Chorale

MOZART/SHAFFER Amadeus with orchestra

Celebrate Mozart’s birthday with an adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s brilliant drama, Amadeus. Many of Mozart’s best-loved works are featured in this unique collaboration between the Phil and the CU Department of Theater and Dance, and the Boulder Chamber Chorale.


An Evening with Jake Shimabukuro

Saturday, February 6, 7:30 PM
Macky Auditorium

Don McKinney, conductor

“One of the hottest axemen of the past few years [who] doesn’t actually play guitar.” –Rolling Stone


Saturday, February 13, 7:30 PM
Macky Auditorium

Michael Butterman, conductor
Rachel Barton Pine, violin

CHILDS Concerto for Violin and Orchestra *
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27

Grammy Award-winning jazz legend Billy Childs is the first of our two co-commissioned composers next season, with a Violin Concerto for acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine. Rachmaninoff’s lush and romantic masterpieces open and close this Valentine’s weekend concert.


Saturday, March 20, 7:30 PM
Macky Auditorium

Michael Butterman conductor
Matthew Plenk, tenor
CU Festival Chorus

HEMENGER Ozymandias: To Sell a Planet
WAGNER The Symphonic Ring

From legendary Don Juan to Wagner’s epic tale of power and greed, three brilliant orchestral showpieces remind us that actions have consequences. Phil co-commission, Ozymandias, spotlights climate change with a stirring call to action. Vocals by Met Opera regular, tenor Matthew Plenk, and the CU Festival Chorus.


Sunday, May 2, 7:00 PM
Macky Auditorium

Michael Butterman, conductor
Richard O’Neill, viola

ANDREISSEN The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven
WALTON Viola Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Eroica

We welcome Richard O’Neill, the newest member of the legendary Takács Quartet, for a performance of the magisterial Viola Concerto by William Walton. Andriessen’s whimsical compilation of Beethoven’s symphonies opens a program anchored by the magnificent Eroica symphony.