Colorado Symphony is back with a live, indoor, in-person season

It’s the orchestra’s first regular season since the pandemic began last year.
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Boettcher Concert Hall. (Courtesy of the CSO)

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Colorado Symphony has announced its 2021/'22 season. Starting in September, the orchestra will perform 49 live, indoor concerts featuring a lineup of renowned guest artists at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver.

The season is the orchestra's first regular programming since COVID began in 2020. In the last year and a half, it's put on several virtual performances and played 18 live shows at Red Rocks. Members have also performed in small ensemble concerts at venues like the Botanic Gardens' Evenings Al Fresco, the Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria and Denver Zoo.

The season will open Sept. 17-19 with a guest performance by GRAMMY-winning pianist Emanuel Ax, who'll join the orchestra to perform pieces like Chopin's Second Piano Concerto, Barber's Adagio for Strings and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. This year, the orchestra plans to highlight talented and diverse composers, guest performers, soloists and conductors, including music by women composers Clarise Assad, Gabriela Lena Frank, Joan Towers, Jessie Montgomery, and Florence Price.

"As we look ahead to the return of normal in-hall operations, we're excited to build on the successes we've enjoyed over the past decade by coming out of this pandemic with renewed energy and purpose," said Anthony Pierce, the orchestra's chief artistic officer. "This season will be a true celebration for our musicians and patrons alike, providing live symphonic music and shared concert experiences that will be thrilling for people of all ages."

Guests can buy season subscriptions now, as well as "Flex Passes," or six-ticket vouchers for prime seats to any show of the season.  Individual tickets will go on sale Sept. 1. 

2021/2022 Season Concerts:

September 17-19, 2021: Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 with Emanuel Ax

October 1-3, 2021: Dvořák Symphony No. 9 "From The New World"

October 15-17, 2021: Brahms Symphony No. 1 conducted By Christopher Dragon

November 5-7, 2021: Beethoven Symphony No. 7

November 19-21, 2021: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 with Natasha Paremski

December 3-5, 2021: Elgar Enigma Variations

January 7-9, 2022: Marin Alsop Conducts

January 21-23, 2022: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

February 11-13, 2022: Berlioz Symphonie fantastique conducted by Douglas Boyd

February 25-27, 2022: Beethoven Symphony No. 5

March 11-13, 2022: Respighi Pines of Rome

March 25-27, 2022: Holst The Planets conducted by Peter Oundjian

April 8-10, 2022: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

April 16, 2022: Mahler Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"

April 29 - May 1, 2022: Schumann Piano Concerto with Ingrid Fliter

May 13-15, 2022: Mahler Symphony No. 5

May 27-29, 2022: Beethoven 9 with Colorado Symphony & Chorus

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