Brass players from the Colorado Symphony

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The Colorado Symphony today unveils its 2014-15 season schedule, a lineup that includes hefty doses of symphonic favorites by Beethoven and Mozart as well as some modern twists.

Tony Pierce, Vice President of Artistic Administration, Colorado Symphony.

(Photo: Courtesy of Colorado Symphony)
Fans of the orchestra can hear Beethoven’s fifth and ninth symphonies, for example, as well as a three-concert “geek” series focusing on Denver Comic Con and the films of Tim Burton.

The season starts with a bang Sept. 18-19 with Music Director Andrew Litton conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and “Choral Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra.”

We asked Tony Pierce, Vice President of Artistic Administration for the symphony, to give us an audio tour of the rest of the season. Click the audio links below for more on some of next season’s highlights.

  • Violinist Gil Shaham visits Oct. 3, 4 and 5 to play Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D in a concert that also includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. 

    Audio: Gil Shaham, Brahms and Tchaikovsky

  • Conductor Laureate Marin Alsop returns to Denver Nov. 1-2 for a concert of Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony No. 1, Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 and John Adams’ “Short Ride in a Fast Machine.” Alsop’s protege Karina Canellakis also takes a turn at the podium. 

    Audio: Marin Alsop and Mahler's "Titan" Symphony

  • Mozart’s “Requiem” with conductor/violinist Pinchas Zukerman Nov. 7-9. The all-Mozart program includes “Rondo for Violin” and Orchestra, “Adagio for Violin and Orchestra,” and soprano Arianna Zukerman on “Exsultate Jubilate.” 

    Audio: Pinchas Zukerman and Mozart's Requiem

  • A series of “American Festival” programs in February and March 2015. The programs include George Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture”; Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “Age of Anxiety”; Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto; two pieces by Kevin Puts; and an appearance by So Percussion

    Audio: "American Festival" with Barber, Bernstein and Kevin Puts

  • A program juxtaposing the first and second Viennese schools, featuring pianist Natasha Paremski on Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 as well as “Verklarte Nacht” by Arnold Schoenberg. 

    Audio: Schoenberg and Brahms

  • The symphony plays “The Raven,” a world-premiere piece by composer and Colorado Symphony principal timpanist William Hill, coupled with Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” on March 27-28, 2015. 

    Audio: William Hill's "The Raven" for chorus and orchestra

  • A series of “Geek Concerts” including “Animaniacs” on Sept. 26; a symphonic tribute to Denver Comic Con on Nov. 15; and Danny Elfman scores from Tim Burton films on Feb. 6-7, 2015. 

    Audio: Danny Elfman, Tim Burton and the Colorado Symphony's "geek" series

  • Several concerts featuring solos from first-chair musicians in the symphony, including cellist Silver Ainomae playing Dvorark’s Cello Concerto Nov. 21-23, and concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams and  flutist Brook Ferguson featured on a Jan. 16-17 program of Bach’s “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 5 and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4. 

    Audio: Silver Ainomae and Dvorak's Cello Concerto

  • Concerts featuring the Colorado Symphony Chorus under the direction of Duain Wolfe, including performances of Puccini’s “Tosca” and Mozart’s Requiem. The chorus is celebrating its 30th anniversary. 

    Audio: Colorado Symphony Chorus turns 30 as part of a big season

Listen to CPR Classical today to hear pieces from next season's schedule. Hear more on the Colorado Symphony's 2014-15 lineup Monday on Colorado Matters at 10 a.m. on CPR News.