69th Season to include local and international talent
DENVER — The Denver Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) will showcase classical masterpieces in their 2016–17 season.
Speaking from China where he is leading the orchestra’s first international tour, DPO Music Director Lawrence Golan said the 69th season features “a powerhouse lineup.” The 2016–17 Season debuts September 30 with the dedication of the newly constructed Antonia Brico Stage at Central Presbyterian Church. The 1560-square-foot stage is named after DPO founder and pioneer female conductor Antonia Brico, who was the first woman to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic (1930) and the New York Philharmonic (1938).
After a fifth season of record-breaking attendance in 2015–16, the DPO has grown to an average audience of 940, which includes a diverse range of ages and backgrounds.
“Some of our patrons are very familiar with classical music,” said DPO Board President Jon Olafson, “and some have never before attended a symphonic concert! We love seeing new smiling faces and continually redefining the way our community experiences and engages with classical music!”
August 6, the DPO will host the first-ever Season Teaser at Ursula Brewery in conjunction with the release of “Offbeat Saison,” a beer inspired by and brewed exclusively for the DPO. The pre-season party will include chamber performances, music insight with Golan and the tapping of the first Offbeat kegs.
The September 30 premiere concert of the DPO’s 69th season is titled Grand Opening of the Antonia Brico Stage. The concert features DPO principal trumpet Ryan Spencer performing Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major and concludes with the Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, one of the most famous symphonies of all time. Beethoven’s Overture to Leonore No. 3 and Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, two of the pieces Brico conducted at her debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 1938, round out the concert repertoire.
November 18, the DPO is taking advantage of the hand-painted organ which was originally installed in their new home at Central Presbyterian Church in 1893. The concert showcases local organist Joseph Galema performing the Organ Concerto in G Minor by Poulenc and Saint-Saëns’ “Organ Symphony.”
Holiday Cheer! on December 16 has a little something for everyone, including classical seasonal pieces and fun surprises. Spanish conductor Marc Moncusí leads the DPO for their annual family-friendly tradition.
Two of the most prolific Romantic composers are on the repertoire February 10, 2017. The Hopeless Romantics program includes Brahm’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello performed by DPO’s own Golan on violin and cellist Matthew Zalkind, who was praised by The New York Times for his “impressive refinement, eloquent phrasing, and singing tone.” The evening concludes with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.
April 7, 2017, German conductor Günther Stegmüller steps in to guest conduct Prost! with Colorado clarinetist Jeremy Reynolds performing Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Minor.
When In Rome concludes the 69th season May 25, 2017. Chinese pianist Wei Luo, Gold Medal Winner of both the Chopin and Rachmaninoff International Piano Competitions, performs Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor. The concerto, along with Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio italien and Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome wrap the DPO’s Italian-themed season finale.
In addition to the six-concert main stage season, DPO will also perform three chamber music concerts, “DPO With a Twist,” at Dazzle Jazz, “Denver’s Best Jazz Club” (Westword, 2016) October 26, 2016; March 8, 2017; and a third date to be announced in spring of 2017.
Season passes for the 2016–17 Season will be available for purchase beginning July 15. Single tickets will be available for purchase beginning August 7. Tickets will be sold through the DPO website, denverphilharmonic.org. The 2015–16 Season featured many sold-out and standing-room-only concerts; tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and the DPO advises to purchase in advance.
The DPO hosts “More Than Music” activities before, during and after each concert. More Than Music events are free to attend for ticket holders. Visit denverphilharmonic.org for more information. The DPO encourages its patrons to tweet along with the orchestra during the concert, download its electronic program, and enjoy live music dressed up or down. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. on the Antonia Brico Stage at Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman Street.