Jim Brickman, America's platinum-selling piano sensation, brings pure romance to the Colorado Symphony stage; Scott O'Neil and the Colorado Symphony celebrate Valentine ClassicsA Jim Brickman Valentine
Artists: Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Scott O'Neil, resident conductor
Jim Brickman, piano
Anne Cochran, vocalist
Benjamin Utecht, vocalist
Tracy Silverman, electric violinist
Performance Date: Friday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Remaining tickets currently start at $42.
Artists: Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Scott O'Neil, conductor
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin
Program includes: TCHAIKOVSKY: Selections from Swan Lake
BIZET: Selections from Carmen
DEBUSSY: Clair de Lune
Performance Date: Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Remaining tickets currently start at $19.
This Valentine's Day, love is in the air as the Colorado Symphony presents a Valentine's duet of unabashedly romantic concerts featuring American piano sensation Jim Brickman on Friday, February 10, and shining the spotlight on wistful yet passionate classics with the Colorado Symphony on Saturday, February 11. The perfect gift to enjoy with someone you love, tickets for both concerts are on sale now. This Valentine's, escape into the world of beautiful music!
Platinum-selling pianist Jim Brickman joins the Colorado Symphony on Friday, February 10, offering Denver concertgoers the ideal way to celebrate the most romantic of holidays. Brickman, whose signature style has brought him six Gold and Platinum albums, 30 charted adult radio hits, and two Grammy® nominations, is best-known for compositions such as his chart-toppers “Valentine,” “The Gift,” “Love of My Life,” “Simple Things” and “Peace.”
Since the release of his debut album No Words in 1994, Brickman’s romantic piano sound has made him the best-selling solo piano artist of our time. In November 2011, Brickman released Romanza, a collection of Italian-inspired original love songs that offer the perfect landscape for his Colorado Symphony concert.
On Saturday, February 11, resident conductor Scott O'Neil leads the Colorado Symphony in Valentine Classics: an evening of pure escapism highlighting the repertoire's most amorous music, with a dash of intensely passionate classics. Featured on the program are selections from one of the world's most popular ballets, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, as well as selections from Bizet's sizzling and exotic opera, Carmen. This optimistic program also features a beloved orchestral gem, Debussy's Clair de Lune, which recently established a place in the hearts of younger generations when it was performed by vampire Edward Cullen in the hit film Twilight.
Remarkably, neither Swan Lake nor Carmen were initial successes. Today, Swan Lake is recognized as one of Tchaikovsky's greatest achievements. Tragically, the composer died in 1893 believing the ballet score was a miserable failure. It took 15 years from its premiere to a re-staging in 1895 for the world to realize the genius and sweeping musical beauty of Swan Lake. For Bizet's Carmen, the initial critical reception was equally icy. Deplored by critics at its 1875 premiere, theatre managers were driven to giving away tickets in order to avoid humiliating empty houses. Bizet died several months later at the young age of 36, never knowing that Carmen would eventually become one of the world's most venerated operas.
More than 110 years later, audiences around the world continue their love affair with these great works, perhaps drawing a little skepticism to the theory of "love at first sight" as it applies to new orchestral works. This Valentine's, the Colorado Symphony's Valentine Classics concert on Saturday, February 11 offers concertgoers the chance to re-connect with these masterworks while re-igniting their own love affair with music.
Tickets: 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.