The Colorado Symphony performs at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver.

(Photo: Paul Brokering)

The Colorado Symphony marks the beginning of a new era on Friday, as Brett Mitchell conducts the opening weekend of his first season as music director.

Listen at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a live broadcast on CPR Classical from Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver. Hear it at 88.1 FM in Denver, 99.9 FM in Boulder or online at CPRClassical.org.

The program features two 21st-century pieces as well as one of the most beloved
symphonies of all time: 

  • Kevin Puts: "Millennium Canons" 
  • Mason Bates: "The B-Sides: Five Pieces for Orchestra" 
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor 

Brett Mitchell, music director of the Colorado Symphony

(Photo: Courtesy Colorado Symphony)

Mitchell, a 38-year-old conductor whose previous post was with the Cleveland Orchestra, begins a four-year term with the symphony on Friday.

Check out this Facebook Live conversation between Mitchell and CPR Classical's David Rutherford for a preview of the live broadcast:

The Colorado Symphony's Friday program will be repeated on Saturday and Sunday at Boettcher Concert Hall.