Dear Friends of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra,
It is my pleasure to tell you about the final concert of our 2015–16 season, which will take place on June 3 at Central Presbyterian Church in Denver.
The concert is called Eurotrip and features music that one might hear if they took a European summer vacation, traveling through Paris, Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Specifically, we’ll be playing the great Symphony in D Minor by French composer César Franck and Gershwin’s An American in Paris.
We will also be playing two famous pieces that depict cruising down rivers in Europe. First, The Moldau by Smetana that follows the river through the Czech countryside and eventually into the city of Prague. Then The Beautiful Blue Danube, Johann Strauss, Jr.’s most famous waltz that allows us to imagine ourselves floating through the beautiful city of Vienna. While “in Vienna,” we’ll also play the lovely Viennese dance Liebesleid, which means Love’s Sorrow, by Fritz Kreisler. This piece is for violin and orchestra and I will have the pleasure of leading the orchestra while playing the solo violin part. In similar fashion, we will conclude the program and our tour of Europe in Hungary with the famous Gypsy piece Czárdás by Vittorio Monti.
There is an added twist to this concert, however. Two weeks after playing the program in Denver, we will be taking our Eurotrip to China! The Denver Philharmonic will be making its first ever international tour—in fact, its first tour of any sort. June 15–July 11, we will be performing 14 concerts in 14 different cities throughout China playing in brand new, state-of-the-art concert halls throughout the country. To honor our hosts, we will begin the program with a very famous Chinese piece called Ode to the Red Flag by Lu Qiming.
My colleagues and I are very excited to play this program for you at home and then to represent the city of Denver and the state of Colorado throughout our tour of China. We look forward to seeing you on June 3 as we embark on our summer tours of Europe and China!
Music Director, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra