The year saw leadership changes at the Colorado Symphony, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Newman Center. There were also memorable performances, many of which we shared through our SummerFest and CPR Classical LIVE broadcasts. Some of the most unique events stemmed from collaborations between classical ensembles and other arts organizations in Colorado.
Here's a look at some of the most notable headlines in Colorado's classical music community in 2015.
Scott Shiller became the new president and CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the complex that includes the Colorado Symphony's Boettcher Concert Hall. In other DCPA news, the organization's founder, Donald Seawell, passed away.
Stephen Seifert, longtime director of the University of Denver's Newman Center, announced his retirement after bringing 13 years of innovative programming to the venue.
Unusual debuts and premieres
The Boulder Philharmonic gave the concert premiere of "Portraits in Season" by Colorado composer Charles Denler and paired the music with massive nature photographs by photographer John Fielder.
Composer and Colorado Symphony principal timpanist William Hill unveiled his piece "The Raven," inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's poem. The orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Chorus premiered the music in March.
The Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival unveiled a unusual instrument in February. Colorado State University-Pueblo students and faculty built a new clavichord, a Renaissance-era instrument.
Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra (later renamed Stratus Chamber Orchestra) worked with the "Narrators" podcast to present an unusual evening of storytelling.