Colorado Symphony Announces 2012/13 Season

A Grand Masterworks Series with Classical Stars, One-Night-Only Special with Lang Lang, a full slate of Traditional Pops concerts, and more

The Colorado Symphony today unveiled their 2012/13 season featuring a full nine months of traditional pops, Inside the Score series, family and holiday concerts as well as 16 weeks of Masterworks programs. The season kicks off on September 28 with pianist André Watts in a performance of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, which he performed in the Colorado Symphony’s inaugural season in 1990.

“The support that the Symphony has received in recent months from the public has been overwhelming. Because of this, our steadfast commitment to remain the region’s only full-time professional orchestra has provided new opportunities to restructure the orchestra’s performance schedule to better serve and attract an even greater number of concertgoers. Our programming schedule will enable us to participate in a broad new array of projects and activities, including more recordings, chamber ensemble performances and new school and community outreach programs. We are looking forward to expanding our presence across the entire state,” says Colorado Symphony president and CEO, Gene Sobczak.

The 2012/13 Masterworks series presents works across four musical categories: today’s most popular classical stars, master soloists, the renowned Colorado Symphony Chorus, and soloists from the Colorado Symphony. Classical music greats like Pinchas Zukerman, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and a special one-night-only appearance by Lang Lang will join the orchestra at Boettcher Concert Hall. The Traditional Pops Series presents a variety of themes from iconic film music to Broadway to Americana. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Debbie Reynolds and The U.S. Army Chorus make featured guest appearances. The successful Inside the Score and Family Series bring together music, dance, art and entertainment designed to please every discerning taste and all ages. The popular holiday concert series includes standards such as Colorado Christmas, Messiah by Candlelight, Too Hot to Handel and A Night in Vienna on New Year’s Eve.

The Symphony’s CSO 3.0 programming, as outlined in their business plan, will take the orchestra to new and additional venues throughout the state performing chamber music concerts, ensemble performances, new in-school education programs, and community events. These programs and locations will be announced throughout the coming months, along with additional Boettcher Concert Hall programming. The season also welcomes new and unique collaborations with organizations such as the Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, the U.S. Army Chorus, and more.

“The success of our contemporary Pops Series over the last few seasons, including sold-out performances with DeVotchKa and Trey Anastasio, has proven the demand for non-traditional collaborations. The 2012/13 season will include other such performances, which we’ll unveil as they are finalized,” stated Vice President of Artistic Administration, Tony Pierce.

"As a musician currently in my fifteenth year with the Colorado Symphony, I feel that this is the most exciting time I have ever experienced. The new season is filled with significant masterworks repertoire that demonstrates the orchestra's excellence. We are committed to our role as a flagship arts institution in our region, and look forward to serving our entire community as performers, educators, and presenters of great music," stated principal horn, Michael Thornton.

"This announcement is an extraordinary marker of how far we've come in the last five months. We now have a union contract which provides the Symphony with an additional 20% of our musicians' time to utilize in fulfilling our vision. We've hired a new and highly regarded CEO, and we've recruited energetic trustees who will bring diverse skills and talents to the organization. We look to the future with heightened enthusiasm and welcome the continued support of our community." said Board Chairs Mary Rossick Kern and Jerome H. Kern.

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