Music Director Brett Mitchell and the Colorado Symphony.

(Photo: Brandon Marshall)

The Colorado Symphony announced its plans for the 2018-19 season today. The lineup features masterworks, a smattering of pops concerts and concerts by legendary violinists Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman.

There’s also a healthy dose of music by living composers -- one of Music Director Brett Mitchell’s passions -- including Jennifer Higdon, Mason Bates and John Adams.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights:

  • Sept. 14-16: The opening weekend program includes Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 and a new piece by composer and Colorado Symphony timpanist William Hill.
  • Sept. 28-30: The orchestra performs George Gershwin’s Concerto in F with pianist Joyce Yang. The program also includes Duke Ellington’s “Three Black Kings” and John Adams’ “City Noir.”
  • Nov. 2-4: The symphony marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with a performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with the Colorado Symphony Chorus and Colorado Children’s Chorale.
  • Nov. 9: Violinist Pinchas Zukerman performs Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the orchestra.
  • Jan. 10, 2019: Violinist Itzhak Perlman makes an appearance with the symphony, playing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D.
  • March 1-3: The symphony plays two pieces by composer Mason Bates, including a Cello Concerto with cellist Joshua Roman. The program includes Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven.
  • May 24-26: The season ends with a performance of Carl Orff’s powerful “Carmina Burana,” with help from the Colorado Symphony Chorus and Colorado Children’s Chorale.

The schedule also includes musical tributes to Tom Petty and Nat King Cole and the orchestra’s live accompaniment to the films “Home Alone,” “Amadeus” and “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” View the full lineup.