Dear Friends & Supporters,
We look forward to seeing you during our 2016–17 Powerhouse Season!
Join me and DPO friends August 6 for the Season Teaser at Ursula Brewery to celebrate the summer, get a taste of the newly brewed DPO beer, Offbeat Saison, and learn more about this incredible lineup.
The season premieres September 30 with the Grand Opening of the Antonia Brico Stage! In honor of our founding music director, we are naming the newly constructed stage the ‘Antonia Brico Stage’ at Central Presbyterian Church. The concert will include works Antonia conducted at her debut with the New York Philharmonic back in 1938. Our very own principal trumpeter, Ryan Spencer, is playing the Hummel Trumpet Concerto, and also on the program is the most famous symphony ever written — Beethoven’s 5th!
In November, we are Pulling Out All the Stops. Highlighting premier Denver organist Joseph Galema playing Central’s beautiful organ, the concert repertoire includes the Poulenc Organ Concerto and Saint-Saëns’ beloved “Organ Symphony.”
Our annual Holiday Cheer! program features guest conductor Marc Moncusí and the terrific young soprano Christiana McMullen. This concert will include all of your favorite holiday selections in both classical and popular styles.
Hopeless Romantics in February showcases two giants of the Romantic era: Johannes Brahms and Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky. I will pick up my violin to play the wonderful Brahms Double Concerto along with a new star of the Denver music scene, cellist Matthew Zalkind, recently appointed professor of cello at the University of Denver. In addition, we will perform an absolute staple of the orchestral repertoire, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4.
April 7, guest conductor Günther Stegmüller leads Prost!, an all-German program that includes Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Weber and the Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 1 featuring local Coloradan Jeremy Reynolds on clarinet.
We end the season May 25 in grand fashion with the Italian-inspired program When In Rome. Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio italien and Respighi’s Fountains and Pines of Rome will be complimented by Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor featuring Wei Luo, Gold Medal Winner of the Chopin AND Rachmaninoff International Piano Competitions!
Following our triumphant tour of China this summer, we are very much looking forward to playing for our hometown crowd.
See you in September!