The Colorado Symphony performs at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver.

(Photo: Paul Brokering)

The Colorado Symphony rolled out its 2016-17 lineup today. The schedule includes four concerts by Music Director Andrew Litton, who will serve as principal guest conductor and scale back his work here to focus on his work with New York City Ballet.

There’s also a family series featuring a Halloween concert and a “Peter and the Wolf” performance. And there’s the return of the “Geek Package,” which sees the symphony accompanying movies like “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.”

Some of the highlights planned for Boettcher Concert Hall next season:

  • Sept. 16-17: Litton leads opening weekend concerts featuring Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 and Strauss’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra.”
  • Oct. 14-15: The world premiere of “Rising Phoenix,” a violin concerto written for concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams by University of Colorado composer Daniel Kellogg
  • Nov. 4-5: Violinist Augustin Hadelich plays Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto on a program that includes Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings.
  • Nov. 11-12: Pianist and songwriter Ben Folds performs his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with the symphony.
  • Feb. 17-18, 2017: American Contemporary Music Ensemble member Nadia Sirota plays Nico Muhly’s Viola Concerto with conductor Andre de Ridder.
  • March 3-5, 2017: Associate conductor Christopher Dragon leads the orchestra in Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor with soloist Jeffrey Kahane. The program also features the Colorado Symphony Chorus on Brahms’ “Nanie” for Chorus and Orchestra.
  • May 5-7, 2017: Christian Macelaru conducts J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, also featuring the Colorado Symphony Chorus.
  • May 19-21, 2017: Litton conducts Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, the Colorado Symphony Chorus and Colorado Children’s Chorale.

Read more from the Symphony about next season. schedule,

Find out when we’ll feature the Colorado Symphony and other Colorado ensembles this spring on the CPR Classical LIVE broadcast series.