Colorado Symphony Orchestra April Performances

APR 2-3 (FRI 7:30 & SAT 7:30)
Tchaikovsky, Bernstein – CSO Masterworks
Andrew Litton, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin

WAGNER Overture to The Flying Dutchman
BERNSTEIN Serenade
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”

Conductor Andrew Litton returns to the CSO to conduct Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique,” as well as Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman and Bernstein’s Serenade, performed by young violinist Karen Gomyo, making her CSO debut.

“Gomyo’s big sound, excellent tone, rich lyricism and, above all, compelling authority made her performance very pleasurable.” - Houston Chronicle

"...sharing the stage with the exceptional young violinist, Karen Gomyo, who gave a vivid performance that was full of interesting detail as well as a sense of drama. Some moments were downright spine-tingling." – The Dallas Morning News

APR 9-11 (FRI 7:30, SAT 7:30 & SUN 2:30)
Dvořák, Shostakovich – CSO Masterworks
Douglas Boyd, principal guest conductor
Ralph Kirshbaum, cello
Concert Preludes and TalkBack*

SIBELIUS Pelléas and Mélisande ♦
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, “From the New World ”

CSO Principal Guest Conductor Douglas Boyd returns to conduct the CSO in a performance of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.” The program opens with Sibelius’ incidental music Pelléas and Mélisande, based on the drama by Maurice Maeterlinck. Internationally acclaimed cellist Ralph Kirshbaum performs Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, a lively and rich piece in which a single horn plays off the solo cello line, while the winds scamper around the concerto’s main themes and motifs.

"For the Dvorak, the orchestra had the benefit of a world-class soloist, Ralph Kirshbaum, who made the cello line sing sweetly in the slow movement and played the outer movements with unrestrained intensity and drive." — The New York Times

APR 16-17 (FRI 7:30 & SAT 7:30)
Ravel, Elgar, Vaughan Williams – CSO Masterworks
Douglas Boyd, principal guest conductor
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin
Concert Preludes and TalkBack*

RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending
RAVEL Tzigane
ELGAR Enigma Variations

For one of the most moving performances of the season, Principal Guest Conductor Douglas Boyd leads the orchestra in Elgar’s fourteen Enigma Variations, the ninth of which, “Nimrod,” remains one of the most well-known musical variations. Also on the program, Ravel’s colorful Le Tombeau de Couperin enlightens the evening along with solo performances by CSO Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams in Ravel’s Tzigane and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.

Colorado Symphony Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams performs with, "Disciplined virtuosity, flawless intonation and big, powerful tone." – The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa , CA

APR 23 (FRI 7:30)
Music from the Golden Age of Hollywood – CSO Pops
Richard Kaufman, conductor

From The Alamo to The Philadelphia Story, this program captures the very best music of Hollywood ’s Golden Age of Movies in a program dedicated to the creations of Franz Waxman. GRAMMY® award-winning conductor Richard Kaufman leads the Colorado Symphony in the music that made the movies you love – the movies you love! From Sunset Boulevard to The Commacheros and Bride of Frankenstein – this program has it all!

♦ CSO Premiere Performance

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