Colorado Symphony: May highlights include Joshua Bell, Disney’s Fantasia, Jack Hanns; blockbuster Porgy and Bess closes the season

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May highlights include Joshua Bell, Disney’s Fantasia, Jack Hanns; blockbuster Porgy and Bess closes the season

Litton Conducts Mahler: Masterworks

May 2-4, 2014

Andrew Litton, conductor
Vadim Gluzman,

Elaborate, lush and lyrical, Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D major is famous for its neo-Romantic loveliness as well as its history. Marking the German composer’s return to the concert hall after more than a decade of film scoring, it bears notable influence from his Oscar®-winning work in cinema. The piece will be brought to stunning life by Litton friend Vadim Gluzman, a former student of Itzhak Perlman, who’s recognized as one of the world’s true masters of the violin. Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 adds the finishing touch to this evocative and powerful evening.


Symphony at the Movies — © Disney’s Fantasia: Film/Family

Saturday, May 10, 2:30 & 6 pm (two shows)


Scott O’Neil, resident conductor

A thrilling performance of Disney’s groundbreaking marriage of symphonic music and animation, Fantasia. Magnificent repertoire from the original 1940 version and Fantasia 2000, including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Nutcracker Suite and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 will be performed while Disney’s stunning footage is shown on the big screen.


Joshua Bell: Spotlight

Sunday, May 11

Scott O’Neil, resident conductor
Joshua Bell,

Superstar Joshua Bell enchants audiences with his breathtaking virtuosity, tone of sheer beauty and charismatic stage presence. His restless curiosity, passion and broad musical tastes have won audiences all over the world. Come see why Joshua Bell is one of the true giants of contemporary classical music. Leonard Bernstein’s Candide: Overture and On the Waterfront and Sibelius Violin Concert in D. major complete this Mother’s Day Spotlight concert.


Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live!: Family

Sunday, May 25

Scott O’Neil, resident conductor

America’s favorite zookeeper (and a favorite of David Letterman) “Jungle Jack” Hanna has made countless television appearances including his own shows Into the Wild and Animal Adventures. Hanna will bring some of his furry friends live on stage in this Family show, accompanied by music inspired by the wild kingdom. In its first season, Into the Wild won an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Series. Audiences give Jack rave reviews – everyone from the youngest child to the oldest adult is entertained and inspired. Hanna will greet audiences in the lobby prior to the concert.


Porgy and Bess: Masterworks

May 16-18, 2014

Andrew Litton, conductor

Colorado Symphony Chorus

Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton and George Gershwin go way back. As conductor, performer and recording artist, Litton has carried his love of Gershwin with him to every podium. He’s recorded Gershwin’s music with the Bournemouth Symphony, the Bergen Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony. In May, Litton closes the Colorado Symphony’s 2013/14 season with a blockbuster rendition of Porgy and Bess, featuring Gordon Hawkins in the role of Porgy. (Hawkins recently won audiences in the title role of Opera Colorado’s Rigoletto.) Litton invites you to Catfish Row – and into the Porgy and Bess Concert Suite, his 1996 arrangement of Gershwin’s classic opera.

This Masterworks also features the Beethoven Triple Concerto in C major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, featuring Litton on piano, Colorado Symphony Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams and principal cellist Silver Ainomäe.


From Stravinsky to Vai: Inside the Score

Friday, May 30

Scott O’Neil, resident conductor

Steve Vai, guitar/composer

Join the Colorado Symphony for an adventurous evening with iconic rock guitarist and classical composer Steve Vai. The final Inside the Score program of the season, this concert will explore the connections between rock-and-roll and symphonic music, highlighting surprising forms and combinations. Akin to a musical TedTalk, this is a great program for music lovers of all kinds.


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The Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts during its regular season at Boettcher Concert Hall and on location throughout the state and region. 2013/14 season highlights include appearances by virtuoso violinists Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell, and classical pianists Natasha Paremski and Stephen Hough. This season’s Pops and Classic Rock series feature rock greats, iconic film scores and Broadway blockbusters. The Holiday, Family and Inside the Score series offer musical favorites, captivating collaborations and interactive concerts for music lovers of all ages. For more about the Colorado Symphony visit
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