Colorado Symphony plans old favorites, new twists for 2014-15 season

The Bartels Brass
Brass players from the Colorado Symphony
Photo: Tony Pierce, VP of Artistic Administration, Colorado Symphony
Tony Pierce, Vice President of Artistic Administration, Colorado Symphony.

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. [[nid:104079 field_align=_none]]
  • 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. [[nid:104092 field_align=_none]]
  • 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.” [[nid:104095 field_align=_none]]
  • 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. [[nid:104096 field_align=_none]]
  • 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. [[nid:104099 field_align=_none]]
  • 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. [[nid:104097 field_align=_none]]
  • 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. [[nid:104103 field_align=_none]]
  • 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. [[nid:104101 field_align=_none]]
  • 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. [[nid:104102 field_align=none]]

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.