Two-time Grammy® Award-winners bring their unique brand of cowboy antics and Western flair to the Colorado Symphony stageFor more than 30 years, Riders in the Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing Western music. This January, the classic cowboy quartet will join the Colorado Symphony as the 2011/12 Colorado Symphony Pops Series continues during the 2012 National Western Stock Show on Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. The two-time Grammy® Award-winners will bring their special brand of cowboy charisma and country flair to Boettcher Concert Hall in one of the most anticipated concerts of the season. Tickets are on sale now and start at $25.
While rooted in Western music tradition, Riders In The Sky have become modern-day icons whose appeal crosses musical and generational boundaries. Together with the Colorado Symphony, Riders In The Sky will invoke their unique brand of cowboy charm and wit in performance of songs such as "Yellow Rose of Texas," "Back in the Saddle Again," "Rawhide" and "Happy Trails." There might be a little ol' Grammy Award-winning song in there about a cowboy named Woody, but only lucky audience members will find out what's on the full concert round-up.
No stranger to the world of symphonic music, Riders In The Sky teamed up with the Nashville Symphony for 2009's "Lassoed Live at the Schermerhorn," a live CD featuring their classic songs backed by the lush, expansive sound of the full orchestra. The physical experience of combining Riders In The Sky with the full orchestra is unlike any other. Fans report that it's like being part of a soundtrack for an old John Wayne movie; others wonder why they don't hear western and symphonic music together more often.
With more than 6,000 appearances in 12 countries and all 50 states to their credit, Riders In The Sky hold a unique position in the music world – proving irresistible to millions of fans worldwide. It comes as no surprise that Billboard magazine's Jim Bessman counts them as one of "the most historically significant acts in the history of American music."
In addition to penning award-winning songs for their own CDs, Riders In The Sky have captured the hearts of new audiences with music for films. They wrote the score for Pixar Animation's 2002 Academy Award-winning short "For the Birds" and composed the theme song for the internet cartoon show "Thomas Timberwolf." But, audiences may associate Riders In The Sky with one animated character in particular: the loveable cowboy Woody. Riders In The Sky performed "Woody's Round Up" in "Toy Story 2," with the album of the same name garnering the band their first Grammy Award in 2001 for "Best Musical Album for Children." Two years later, Riders In The Sky roped their second Grammy in the same category, for "Monsters Inc. - Scream Factory Favorites," the companion CD to Pixar's award-winning film.
Scott O'Neil, resident conductor
Riders In The Sky
Date: Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets currently start at $25.
Tickets: Remaining tickets currently start at $25. Tickets are on sale now at www.coloradosymphony.org, the Colorado Symphony Box Office: (303) 623-7876 or (877) 292-7979 or in-person in the lobby of Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.