Curiosity
Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

Curiosity

Join Boulder Symphony for our Annual Children's Halloween Concert -- now renamed our annual Curiosity Concert!

This year's theme explores how music plays an important role in culture, how culture helps to shape music, and how to celebrate and be united by music across the globe. 

The concert will feature fun character favorites such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his clever narration through stories from various cultures, some fun and charming new characters, and an amazing variety of symphonic music!

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Alpine Bank's Salute to the USA
Jul
3
7:45 PM19:45

Alpine Bank's Salute to the USA

The 32nd annual Alpine Bank's Salute to the USA in Harry A. Nottingham Park takes place on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 starting at 5:00 p.m.

We invite you to take part in the family friendly festivities going on throughout the park with face painters, fire jugglers, stilt walkers, balloon sculptors, magicians, and so much more! Bring your blanket and enjoy festival style food favorites from fresh squeezed lemonade and funnel cakes to mini-donuts and roasted ears of corn. Relax and get ready for the most amazing fireworks display the State of Colorado has to offer - 10,000 shells explode in a pyrotechnic extravaganza of dazzling color and sound. You won't want to miss this hallmark event - Salute to the USA will quickly become a tradition in your family! 


7:45 - 9:15 p.m. | Arapahoe Philharmonic
9:15 p.m. | Colorado's greatest display of fireworks!

The program will include works by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Morton Gould, and John Williams.

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Order and Chaos
May
19
7:30 PM19:30

Order and Chaos

  • Fisher Auditorium on the Englewood Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Igor Stravinsky: Rite of Spring

Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring pianist Jamie Shaak

Pre-concert talk with Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes at 6:45 p.m. Classic Children's Corner at 7:10 p.m. for kids of all ages.

An Arapahoe Philharmonic Concert

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Mozart’s The Magic Flute
Apr
22
2:30 PM14:30

Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) (semi-staged)

Mozart’s utterly unique extravaganza blends myth, magic, and a remarkable variety of amazing music to deliver its life-affirming message: love conquers all. A handsome prince and his comical sidekick are given enchanted musical instruments and tasked with rescuing the Queen of the Night’s daughter from a mysterious group of priests. Undergoing trials of virtue, discretion, and charity, they realize that all may not be as it seems in this magical land. 

An Arapahoe Philharmonic Production

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Mozart’s The Magic Flute
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

Mozart’s The Magic Flute

  • Fisher Auditorium on the Englewood Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) semi-staged opera production

Mozart’s utterly unique extravaganza blends myth, magic, and a remarkable variety of amazing music to deliver its life-affirming message: love conquers all. A handsome prince and his comical sidekick are given enchanted musical instruments and tasked with rescuing the Queen of the Night’s daughter from a mysterious group of priests. Undergoing trials of virtue, discretion, and charity, they realize that all may not be as it seems in this magical land. 

An Arapahoe Philharmonic Production

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La Traviata
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

La Traviata

  • First Presbyterian Church Concert Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

GIUSEPPE VERDI - LA TRAVIATA

The toast of the opera repertoire, La Traviata sees the famed courtesan Violetta Valery navigate the twists and turns of the one thing she hoped never to come up against: love. The attentions of the love-struck Alfredo turns Violetta’s safe world upside down, making her question whether this young man is worth giving up her independence. On the request of Alfredo’s father, Violetta shows herself to be much more than any man has ever given her credit for, leading to a seeming betrayal which spirals both her and Alfredo to their tragic conclusions. La Traviata features one of Verdi’s most beautiful scores, from the rousing brindisi to some of the most romantic moments in all opera. A timeless romantic classic that has no chance at a happy ending, La Traviata is a must-see.

A Boulder Symphony Production

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Bohemian Rhapsodies
Feb
10
7:30 PM19:30

Bohemian Rhapsodies

  • Fisher Auditorium on the Englewood Campus (map)
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Antonín Dvorák: Symphony No. 8

Mason Bates: Warehouse Medicine from the B-sides

Antonín Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor

Kelcey Howell, cello

  • T. Gordon Parks: Concerto Competition Winner Concerto

Winner sponsored by Universal Music Company. Pre-concert talk with Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes at 6:45 p.m. Classic Children's Corner at 7:10 p.m. for kids of all ages.

An Arapahoe Philharmonic Concert

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From Austria to America - Sunday
Nov
12
2:30 PM14:30

From Austria to America - Sunday

Aaron Copland: Clarinet Concerto, featuring clarinetist Jason Richard Olney

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Bassoon Concerto, featuring bassoonist Daniel Nester

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2

Pre-concert talk with Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes at 6:45 p.m. Classic Children's Corner at 7:10 p.m. for kids of all ages.  Sunday Matinee Performance.

An Arapahoe Philharmonic Concert

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From Austria to America - Friday
Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

From Austria to America - Friday

Aaron Copland: Clarinet Concerto, featuring clarinetist Jason Richard Olney

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Bassoon Concerto, featuring bassoonist Daniel Nester

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2

Pre-concert talk with Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes at 6:45 p.m. Classic Children's Corner at 7:10 p.m. for kids of all ages.  This program is repeated on Sunday, November 12.

An Arapahoe Philharmonic Concert

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Annual Kids Halloween Extravaganza Concert
Oct
28
1:00 PM13:00

Annual Kids Halloween Extravaganza Concert

  • First Presbyterian Church Concert Hall (map)
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WHO KILLED CLASSICAL MUSIC?  A FUN-FILLED FAMILY CONCERT FEATURING A MURDER MYSTERY THAT EXPLORES HOW CLASSICAL MUSIC HAS EVOLVED OVER THE CENTURIES

We are celebrating our 5th year presenting an Annual Halloween Kids' Extravaganza Concert!

Featuring a murder mystery involving entertaining characters such as Mozart and his friends, this concert is a must-see annual event with fun for all ages.  

Geared towards kids and families, the concert presents a Halloween educational play, kids & adults costume contests, Trick-Or-Treating, and a musical instrument petting zoo.

A Boulder Symphony Concert

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Of God and Men
Oct
21
7:30 PM19:30

Of God and Men

  • Fisher Auditorium on the Englewood Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Gustav Holst: The Planets

Jonathan Bingham: World Premiere Commission

Silent Auction starting at 6:30 p.m. Pre-concert talk with Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes and composer Jonathan Bingham at 6:45 p.m.

An Arapahoe Philharmonic Concert

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Destiny Fulfilled
Sep
16
7:30 PM19:30

Destiny Fulfilled

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1

Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, featuring soprano Lauren Sawyer

Pre-concert talk with Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes at 6:45 p.m.
Classic Children's Corner at 7:10 p.m. for kids of all ages.

An Arapahoe Philharmonic Concert

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Westin Salute to the USA
Jul
3
7:45 PM19:45

Westin Salute to the USA

Presented by Slifer Smith & Frampton
The 31st annual Westin Salute to the USA Presented by Slifer Smith & Frampton in Harry A. Nottingham Park takes place on Monday, July 3, 2017 starting at 5:00 p.m.

We invite you to take part in the family friendly festivities going on throughout the park with face painters, fire jugglers, stilt walkers, balloon sculptors, magicians, and so much more! Bring your blanket and enjoy festival style food favorites from fresh squeezed lemonade and funnel cakes to mini-donuts and roasted ears of corn. Relax and get ready for the most amazing fireworks display the State of Colorado has to offer - 10,000 shells explode in a pyrotechnic extravaganza of dazzling color and sound. You won't want to miss this hallmark event - Salute to the USA will quickly become a tradition in your family! 

Performing Artists
7:45 - 9:15 p.m. | Arapahoe Philharmonic Orchestra
9:15 p.m. | Colorado's greatest display of fireworks!

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Free Summer Community Concert
Jul
2
3:00 PM15:00

Free Summer Community Concert

  • Fisher Auditorim on the Englewood Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Let us introduce you to our new primary concert venue, Fisher Auditorium on The Englewood Campus!

Most of our performances during the 2017–2018 concert season will take place at Fisher Auditorium located in the newly-renovated Englewood High School facility. This will be a fun, FREE introductory concert so you can experience the venue and enjoy an entertaining summer pops concert.

The program will include works by Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin, Gould, LaGuardia, Rossini, Sousa, Tchaikovsky and Williams.

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Dreams of the Future
May
20
7:30 PM19:30

Dreams of the Future

This program is also performed on Friday, May 19 at South Suburban Christian Church

Pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. with Maestro Hughes and Jonathan Bingham

Jonathan Bingham: Episode for Orchestra
Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14

Have you ever wondered what could possibly turn the tide of unrequited love? History tells us you need only compose a raucous, groundbreaking symphony for your object of affection. One of the most celebrated pieces of program music in the romantic repertoire, Symphonie Fantastique follows the story of a tortured artist who, after being spurned by his own romantic interest, poisons himself with opium. The final two movements depict his subsequent hallucinations involving a guillotine, rabid dogs, dancing skeletons and a witch’s sabboth in the fires of hell. Creepy, you say? Well, it worked for Berlioz. And once you experience this psychedelic adventure, you’ll see why.

Jonathan Bingham, our new composer in residence, delights us with a touch of modern, deftly blended with the familiar overtones of a western fanfare. The inspiration for this piece was no specific concept, but rather the composer’s admiration of the work of Justin Dello Joio, another world-renown New York composer that passed away in 2013. The impetus also springs from an adherence to the construction of synthetic scales, specifically a D major scale with an added C natural. For those of us fascinated with the creative process of composition, Mr. Bingham likes to compose directly into Sibelius (a music composition software program) while simultaneously in front of a piano to ensure the clarity of his harmonies. At once different and thrilling in its orchestration prowess and sheer force of impact, you will not want to miss the premiere piece of our newest up-and-coming composer.

The Arapahoe Philharmonic is grateful to the Collage Giving Fund for sponsoring the Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Composition Competition.

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Dreams of the Future
May
19
7:30 PM19:30

Dreams of the Future

This concert is repeated on Saturday, May 20 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. with Maestro Hughes and Jonathan Bingham

Jonathan Bingham: Episode for Orchestra
Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14

Have you ever wondered what could possibly turn the tide of unrequited love? History tells us you need only compose a raucous, groundbreaking symphony for your object of affection. One of the most celebrated pieces of program music in the romantic repertoire, Symphonie Fantastique follows the story of a tortured artist who, after being spurned by his own romantic interest, poisons himself with opium. The final two movements depict his subsequent hallucinations involving a guillotine, rabid dogs, dancing skeletons and a witch’s sabboth in the fires of hell. Creepy, you say? Well, it worked for Berlioz. And once you experience this psychedelic adventure, you’ll see why.

Jonathan Bingham, our new composer in residence, delights us with a touch of modern, deftly blended with the familiar overtones of a western fanfare. The inspiration for this piece was no specific concept, but rather the composer’s admiration of the work of Justin Dello Joio, another world-renown New York composer that passed away in 2013. The impetus also springs from an adherence to the construction of synthetic scales, specifically a D major scale with an added C natural. For those of us fascinated with the creative process of composition, Mr. Bingham likes to compose directly into Sibelius (a music composition software program) while simultaneously in front of a piano to ensure the clarity of his harmonies. At once different and thrilling in its orchestration prowess and sheer force of impact, you will not want to miss the premiere piece of our newest up-and-coming composer.

The Arapahoe Philharmonic is grateful to the Collage Giving Fund for sponsoring the Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Composition Competition.

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Marriage of Figaro
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

Marriage of Figaro

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

A climactic close to the season, Boulder Symphony presents its annual opera production with the exciting and humor-filled Mozart opera favorite: The Marriage of Figaro.  

The Marriage of Figaro continues the plot of The Barber of Seville several years later, and recounts a single "day of madness" (la folle journée) in the palace of Count Almaviva near Seville, Spain.

Rosina is now the Countess; Dr. Bartolo is seeking revenge against Figaro for thwarting his plans to marry Rosina himself; and Count Almaviva has degenerated from the romantic youth of Barber into a scheming, bullying, skirt-chasing baritone. Having gratefully given Figaro a job as head of his servant-staff, he is now persistently trying to obtain the favors of Figaro's bride-to-be, Susanna. He keeps finding excuses to delay the civil part of the wedding of his two servants, which is arranged for this very day.

Figaro, Susanna, and the Countess conspire to embarrass the Count and expose his scheming. He retaliates by trying to compel Figaro legally to marry a woman old enough to be his mother, but it turns out at the last minute that she really is his mother. Through Figaro's and Susanna's clever manipulations, the Count's love for his Countess is finally restored.  

For more great details about this opera that will enhance your experience of the show, join the pre-concert talk with Ron Nadel in the Chapel at 6:15 PM.

Tickets can be purchased online at the link below or at the door.

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Marriage of Figaro: Preview
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Marriage of Figaro: Preview

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

FINAL DRESS REHEARSAL AND PREVIEW CONCERT

Join us for a special preview concert of our annual opera production with this year's exciting and humor-filled opera, The Marriage of Figaro.  

Being a preview concert, this concert is the final dress rehearsal for the cast, orchestra, and crew and will include rehearsal of the score after a full run-through of the production. 

Tickets can be purchased online at the link below or at the door.

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Classical Case of Mixed Emotion
Apr
19
10:00 AM10:00

Classical Case of Mixed Emotion

“The Classical Case of Mixed Emotion” - Children's Concert

An interactive, kid-oriented classical music experience that will entertain the whole family. Previously open only to school groups, we are able to invite patrons and families to this special performance.

Arrive early to see orchestral instruments up close as AP players go out into the audience to provide demonstrations.

If you know a school that might be interested in attending, call the Arapahoe Philharmonic office and we’ll be happy to send the school information.

Administrative office hours are Monday–Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
5601 S. Broadway, Suite 345
Littleton, CO 80121
303-781-1892

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Day of Reckoning
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

Day of Reckoning

HECTOR BERLIOZ SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

FRANZ LISZT TOTENTANZ
   CODY GARRISON, PIANO

ELIZABETH ANNE COMNINELLIS - WORLD PREMIERE

In the 1800s, there was a school of composers that wanted to take music in an entirely different direction from Beethoven's work.  Taking their cues from Berlioz's romantically trippy and cacophonic orchestral music, Listz and Wagner proclaimed the music of the future must contain everything in our conscious and subconscious experiences.  

Both the Totentanz and Symphonie Fantastique contain the famous prayer for the dead, the "Dies Irae" from the sequence of the Latin Requiem.  The day of judgement, where saved souls will be delivered into Heaven and the unsaved cast into eternal flame, is aptly relevant to the direction of art at the turn of the nineteenth century.  

Both making their symphonic debuts in Boulder, staff accompanist Cody Garrison steps out in front of the orchestra to solo in the Totentanz and new composer-in-residence Elizabeth Anne Comninellis shares her inspiration with a captivating world premiere.

Join Ron Nadel for a lively pre-concert discussion at 6:15 PM in the Chapel.

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Mozart's Grand Slam Gala
Apr
1
5:30 PM17:30

Mozart's Grand Slam Gala

Boulder Symphony’s Annual Fundraiser this year is a celebration of determination, perseverance, and the acknowledgement of the human spirit’s desire to excel—whether in sports, in music, or in life!

Mozart’s Grand Slam Gala is sponsored by—and held within—Black Lab Sports, a 22,000 square-foot warehouse space (“The Lab”). Black Lab Sports is a sports-tech incubator, sports performance laboratory, and a fine-artists’ creative collective—overall, a unique ecosystem of innovators, just like Boulder Symphony.

Come see the Symphony perform on an indoor Astroturf Football field while sampling Bay Window Catering’s luscious food and Liquor Mart’s fine wine. And don’t forget the Silent and Live Auctions containing some incredible offerings—like a late-90s Jaguar convertible in mint condition!

We’ve got all the bases covered and it’s a safe bet that you’ll have a grand time including finding that “perfect game” auction item. We want to see you hit a Grand Slam!

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Mystery of the Enigma
Mar
31
7:30 PM19:30

Mystery of the Enigma

T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition Winner

Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Like most overnight successes, it was the result of years of hard work. Elgar was 42 years old when he completed the Variations and, despite bitter disappointments and frustrations, had steadily built up a reputation, first provincially, then at a national level. In particular, a series of cantatas of increasing size had revealed Elgar’s brilliant orchestration and growing mastery of large forms. Now that mastery was demonstrated on a symphonic scale through the time-honoured form of Theme and Variations, inviting comparisons with the greatest classical masters. But it was Elgar’s uniquely personal approach to the form that gave the ‘Enigma’ Variations its initial novelty and lasting appeal.

Pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. with Maestro Hughes

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Clash Of Titans
Feb
24
7:30 PM19:30

Clash Of Titans

FELIX MENDELSSOHN SCOTTISH SYMPHONY

NINO ROTA DIVERTIMENTO CONCERTANTE
   PAUL ERHARD, DOUBLE BASS

SEBASTIAN LASKOWSKI - WORLD PREMIERE

The skirl of bagpipes will not be found in this Scottish Symphony.  Mendelssohn's proud, heart-warming final symphony is an action-packed travel log written from the expanded perspective of one of the most talented and worldly composers that has ever lived.  The Symphony no. 3 brings together the incredible multi-faceted personality of Mendelssohn's last years:  his merging of classicism with the new romantic styles, his religious diversity, and his teetering between a career of conducting and composing before it was common to have success in both fields.

20th-Century Italian composer Nino Rota wrote his sprightly double bass concerto in the early 1970s entitled Divertimento Concertante.  Featuring the unique flavors found in the rarely-headlined agility of the double bass instrument, this piece is full of humor, serenity, virtuosity, and intensity of expression.

Boulder Symphony is honored to host CU professor Paul Erhard on the Front Range premiere of Nino Rota's Divertimento Concertante, and is also excited to introduce new composer-in-residence, Sebastian Laskowski, whose world premiere celebrates the elements of dance found throughout the rest of the evening's program.

Join Ron Nadel for a lively pre-concert discussion at 6:15 PM in the Chapel.

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Eastern Powers
Feb
17
7:30 PM19:30

Eastern Powers

Dmitri Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77
featuring Phoenix Avalon, violin

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel orch.)

Guest violinist Phoenix Avalon joins us for an exhilarating performance of the daring First Violin Concerto by Dmitri Shostakovich. The work was composed during a time when the arts were severely censored under Stalin’s Post-War Soviet Russia. David Oistrakh, to whom the work was dedicated, described the first movement as a “suppression of feelings,” and went on to say that a theme of devilish abandonment could be found throughout the entire work. The composer’s personal motif, which can be found throughout the concerto, conveys a mischievous message of anti-Soviet propaganda.

From the politically humorous to the artfully reflective, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition takes the audience on a walk through an eternally preserved art collection. This work was inspired by a series of watercolor paintings by Russian artist Viktor Hartmann, whose colorful works conveyed images found in his travels across Europe. Mussorgsky composed the work a year after Hartmann’s death in 1873 for piano, and it was later orchestrated by Maurice Ravel to be the piece so well-known today. Though many of the paintings which inspired this composition have never been found, they will forever be sealed in musical notation to captivate the imagination of audiences to come.

Pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. with Maestro Hughes

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