Inspiring Artistry. Engaging Community.
"Everyone really loves classical music. They just don't know it yet. If they don't love it, they haven't experienced it under the right circumstances. The symphony is more than just an orchestra; it poses a global model of cooperation. A musician must adjust their belief system and values to serve the greater whole of the orchestra. No one person is more important than another and the cooperation creates a magical, effortless sounding event that inspires the soul."
-Devin Patrick Hughes, Niwot Country Living Magazine
Family Concerts For All Ages
Boulder Symphony’s educative and interactive show-within-a-concert presents the theme Perfectly Imperfect — about a visitor who comes to Earth to discover why we have the best music in the galaxy. This unique concert explores the many diverse elements that come together to create the magic of Symphonic music.
Perfect for families, the concerts feature hands-on learning and activities for the whole family, such as a chance to conduct the Boulder Symphony, an instrument petting zoo, and costume contest. The events, now on both Saturday and Sunday due to popular demand, will also feature a variety of partners and collaborators including Boulder MUSE, Longmont Youth Symphony, and Woodsongs Music Store.
Off the Rails
Symphonic music takes us into the most unexpected places — in Off the Rails, the Arapahoe Philharmonic takes you where no locomotive has gone before! We premiere Chinese-American composer Zhou Tian’s Transcend, a meditation and tribute to the people involved in the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. Not knowing where our fortunes will lead, we traverse further into the west and chance upon an old American love story in Copland’s ballet Rodeo.
Heitor Villa-Lobos, Jennifer Higdon, and Brian LaGuardia get us back on the rails traversing across the Americas with The Little Train of the Caipira, Loco and the world premiere of Rhapsody in Orange — inspired by Orange Blossom Special.
Composing the Transcontinental Railroad
Devin interviews Grammy-nominated Chinese American composer Zhou Tian in anticipation of the Colorado premiere of “Transcend” with the Arapahoe Philharmonic on November 1, 2019. Orchestras across the United States joined forces to co-commission Zhou to create “Transcend” for the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
“As a Chinese-born composer who immigrated to this country, educated at the nation’s top music schools, and now serving at one of its finest institutions, I was moved to create this work to tell a musical story, to celebrate human perseverance, and to pay tribute to my own cultural heritage.”
Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Rocks
Students in grades 3–5 are given the opportunity to join orchestras around the world in this highly participatory program called The Orchestra Rocks. 3000 students will join the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra where they learn to sing and play an instrument in the classroom and perform from their seats with the NFSO at a culminating concert at Mattie Kelly Arts Center.
Orchestras across the country and around the world are also taking part in Link Up. Partner orchestras can utilize any of the program materials—including teacher guides, student materials, concert scripts, and concert visuals—in their own communities.