Mission: To perform spectacular live orchestral music and host educational events as a means of inspiring, bringing joy and providing an environment that is enjoyable, nurturing, and inclusive for all residents of and visitors to Northern Colorado.
Vision: The Fort Collins Symphony will continue to be a source of community pride as the leading regional orchestra with an expanding audience while achieving a national level of artistic excellence.
The Fort Collins Symphony (FCS), Fort Collins' oldest arts organization, has been enriching lives and serving as an enduring cornerstone of the community's cultural foundation for the past 69 years. Will Schwartz, professor of music at Colorado State University, founded the Symphony in 1949 and over the next 50 years transformed the once volunteer organization into a professional symphony with over 65 musicians. Under the direction of award-winning conductor Maestro Wes Kenney since 2003, the FCS continues to shape the musical landscape of Northern Colorado.
Masterworks 1 with virtuoso 16-year-old Ray Ushikubo
"Normally I'm not at a loss for words, but this kid! I was absolutely blown away. He is a total phenom!!"
Masterworks 2 with pianist Ju-Eun Lee and guest conductor In-ho Kim
"I have to say thanks to Wes and all the musicians who made last night's concert just the best! The Beethoven is so wonderfully familiar; I closed my eyes and just listened to most of the first movement. And every sound was going into some deep well inside me. Her beautiful touch felt both masterful and sublime. Wes's words to introduce the Korean folk song almost brought me to tears to think of a world undivided by wars and animosity."
Masterworks 3 with violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama
"Nokuthula is an amazing woman, violist and musician. Her ability to work with our middle school students and engage them is a special skill. We are grateful to the Fort Collins Symphony for giving us the opportunity to host her."
Masterworks 4 with Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai
"Thanks for thinking, dreaming and doing. Last night's performance with R.Carlos Nakai playing the cedar flute blew us away. And the whole evening with Wes and the Orchestra, amazing!"
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) participant
"Our last outing to the Symphony in Fort Collins was the best thing that ever happened to me! (My CASA) has shown and told me a lot of fascinating things, this show was one of those, and it got my mind on the things that were happening in the real world. Thank you for making this world a better place."