Boulder Philharmonic &
Boulder Ballet Magazines
Learn about the accomplishments of the Boulder Philharmonic and Boulder Ballet including their rich histories in the Boulder community. Music Director Michael Butterman embarks on his 12th season at the helm of the Boulder Philharmonic, while Artistic Director Ana Claire continues to build on a proud tradition of artistic excellence for the Boulder Ballet. Detailed program notes guide readers through the story of how the performances are brought to the stage. A dedicated issue also showcases the Boulder Phil and Boulder Ballet’s collaborative production of The Nutcracker.
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Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
In its 61st season, the Boulder Phil is a critically acclaimed orchestra that features masterpieces, new works and fantastic guest musicians. The Orchestra has experienced tremendous growth and success under the vision and leadership of Conductor Michael Butterman, who has received international attention for his podium skills and programming prowess.
The Boulder Ballet origins date back to 1982 and it has a rich history of bringing classic, contemporary and uniquely theatrical ballet to Boulder and throughout the Front Range. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Ana Claire, the Boulder Ballet continues a tradition of collaborative performances, educational outreach and new choreographic explorations.
Macky Auditorium, with more than 2,000 seats, is an historic concert hall located on the picturesque University of Colorado campus in Boulder.
2018/2019 SEASON ISSUE
September 29 - May 19
Ad Deadline: August 31
A TRIBUTE TO JOHN WILLIAMS
New for the 2018-19 season, the Boulder Phil is launching a three-concert pops series. The first of the series is A Tribute to John Williams, America’s greatest living composer for film with 51 Academy Award nominations. This family-friendly concert will include musical highlights from E.T., Jaws, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List, Star Wars and more.
The Boulder Phil’s main six-concert series opens on October 13 with Infinite Space, a concert dedicated to the exploration of space. All three of the works on this program, Cindy McTee’s Circuits, James Stephenson’s Celestial Suite and Gustav Holst’s The Planets, will be accompanied by innovative uses of video. The concert will be performed at Macky Auditorium on October 13th and again on October 14 at Pinnacle PAC in Denver.
MIDORI PLAYS SIBELIUS
The Boulder Phil’s education and outreach program has drawn the attention of renowned violinist Midori, who has chosen the organization as a recipient of her Orchestra Residencies Program grant this year. The Philharmonic accompanied by Midori concert includes: Tan Dun’s Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds, Sibelius’s Violin Concerto played by Midori and Brahms’s Symphony No. 3.
This classic performance will be highlighted by a collaboration between the Boulder Phil and Boulder Ballet. The ever-popular Nutcracker is a family-friendly way to kick off the holiday season.
OHLSSON PLAYS RACHMANINOFF
Internationally-renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson, gold-medal winner of the Chopin International Piano Competition and recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize, will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert opens with Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia, a musical illustration of European Russia merged with Asian mysteries, and closes with Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5.
THE HEAVENLY LIFE
The Heavenly Life concert presents soprano Mary Wilson in Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915, a nostalgic ode to summer, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, built around a single song, Das himmlische Leben (“The Heavenly Life”). Opening the program is Starburst, a soundscape written by Jessie Montgomery, violinist and composer-in-residence with the Sphinx Virtuosi.
2019 NEW HORIZONS
World premiere contemporary works performed by Boulder Ballet’s professional company, to live music.
ELGAR & BEETHOVEN
Elgar’s Cello Concerto will be performed by Astrid Schween, cellist of the Juilliard String Quartet and member of the school’s faculty. Other pieces on the program include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Kristin Kuster’s Dune Acres.
Students from the Boulder Ballet School will join efforts with members of the Boulder Ballet to bring to life the season's soon-to-be-announced performance.
Love abounds in this special presentation that will be performed by Boulder Ballet on Mother’s Day. Company members will dance their way into the hearts of Boulder Patrons.
PIXAR IN CONCERT
Pixar in Concert is a visually stunning, multimedia evening with montages of memorable clips from feature Pixar films, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., Brave and more.
PETER SHAFFER’S AMADEUS
For the final concert of the main series, the Boulder Phil will present an immersive and engaging production of Peter Shaffer’s Tony Award-winning play, Amadeus, with live orchestra accompaniment. Amadeus is a modern masterpiece that inspired the Oscar-winning film by the same name. Mixing ambition and jealousy with plenty of mystery and intrigue, the production is a powerful blend of music and drama, with Mozart’s music performed live onstage.
THE MUSIC OF DAVID BOWIE
The Boulder Phil, Windborne Music, and a full rock band present The Music of David Bowie, a symphonic musical odyssey that explores the incredible range of Bowie's music, including the hits Space Oddity, Changes, Under Pressure, Heroes, Fame, China Girl and more.
The classic fairy tale comes to life in this dazzling ballet. Company members will dance their way into your hearts in this beautiful production for all ages.
Programming is subject to change and shows can be added, postponed or canceled.
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