It is the mission of the BPO to enhance the Boulder region's artistic and educational cultures through orchestral excellence, embracing diversity, and connecting people to music, music to ideas, and people to people.
As one of Colorado's premier ensembles, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra is creating a new model for American orchestras through dynamic performances that reflect our community's values, creativity, and sense of place. Founded in 1958, the Boulder Phil is a critically acclaimed professional orchestra performing in Boulder and across the metro-Denver region. Now in his twelfth season, Music Director Michael Butterman innovative approach to programming, highlighting accomplished guest artists with an emphasis on Boulder's own creative community. The Boulder Phil reaches more than 50,000 audience members each year at Macky Auditorium and other venues, as well as through a variety of education and community outreach programs.
Community engagement efforts in recent years have resulted in creative collaborations with an impressive 50+ local organizations encompassing the arts, sciences, nature, youth, and social services. Our education program will reach 6,000 students through in-school workshops and full-orchestra Discovery Concerts this season. We reach out to the wider community with more than 1,000 free tickets each year distributed by our social service partners, present sensory friendly chamber music performances for families living with autism and other disabilities, and offer free community concerts and other special events throughout the year.
"This season, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra turns 60 years old and only seems to be growing stronger. For the last five years, our readers have voted the group as the best purveyor of classical music in town. Under the current leadership of Music Director Michael Butterman - who has been recognized for his creative artistry, innovative programming and rapport with the audience and community - the Orchestra has explored a variety of musical styles, composers and visiting artists. Here's to another 60 years." - Boulder Weekly, Best of Boulder 2018
What patrons are saying about the Boulder Phil (via online survey):
"Amazing - the orchestra is first class and the venue wonderful."
"It's important to me to have a great orchestra in the community."
"A great asset for Boulder."
"The Boulder Phil keeps classical music alive locally, and is especially valuable for bringing music to the local schools."
"My life, my whole being is enriched with my attendance at these concerts."
"The Boulder Philharmonic fills an essential place in the range of musical offerings in Boulder County."