Creating extraordinary musical experiences that transport today's listener, from the best of the past to the edge of the future.
One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. Led by Music Director Brett Mitchell the Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from the world of symphonic music and beyond. Every season, the Colorado Symphony serves more than 250,000 people from all walks of life, performing a range of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary.
Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, the Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming. The Colorado Symphony partners with the state's leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the transformative power of music.
The Colorado Symphony was originally established in 1922 as the Denver Civic Orchestra, which became the Denver Symphony Orchestra. Following a bankruptcy filing In 1989, a group of musicians and community leaders came together to form the Colorado Symphony, under a collaborative model with shared leadership between musicians, board members and staff. The model includes active participation by musicians in all aspects of the Colorado Symphony's governance and operation. Today, the Colorado Symphony continues to build a reputation for innovative programming, artistic excellence and community enrichment.
Great music is an effort of many. You see this on the stage of Boettcher Concert Hall, when the Colorado Symphony's musicians gather together to perform some of the world's most beautiful and cherished music.
And we see this when you - our loyal patrons and partners - band together to show your support for your Symphony through charitable giving.
Each year, the Colorado Symphony performs over 100 concerts in Denver and around Colorado. More than 159,000 people every season attend concerts offering something for everyone, whether they are masterworks from Beethoven and Mozart, tributes to legendary music greats like John Denver, or live screenings of films from the Harry Potter Series, accompanied by live music performed by our wonderful orchestra. But we do more than perform some of the world's greatest music: we make every possible effort to give people from all walks of life access to Colorado Symphony concerts. Last season, over 5,000 people attended our performances at no charge through our Community Ticketing Initiative. This is in addition to our ever-growing MusiCurious music education programs, which serve nearly 30,000 youth of all ages each year.
We believe music is a treasure that should be enjoyed by everyone, and dedicate our lives to the health and sustainability of the Colorado Symphony's artistic programs. And we're writing to you because we know you care about this music and our performers as deeply as we do.
The past several years have been an encouraging time for the Symphony's future, as we have seen positive financial growth for the past three seasons. Add to this the first complete season with our new Music Director, Brett Mitchell, whose popularity and creative vision have had positive effects on our growth and artistic planning, and we feel we can safely say the future is bright for the Colorado Symphony -
This year, on Colorado Gives Day, we ask you to give generously for your Colorado Symphony and the music we make for you and our community. Together we can ensure that our beautiful state has the very best music for generations to come.
Mary Rossick Kern, Jerome H. Kern
Co-Chair, Co-Chair & CEO
"My wife and I truly enjoyed last Friday's performance of Scheherazade. This is our third season attending Colorado Symphony performances, and we both agree that this was the best performance we've been too - bar none.
All of the members of the orchestra seemed to be in sync - they all clearly enjoyed working with Mr. Prieto. It was such a pleasure to see them all working together as a team. The sound seemed improved too - brighter and crisper. In any case, the concert makes us optimistic for the future. If that performance level can be maintained, seats will all be filled and tickets will be hard to come by.
Thank you so much for all that you do."
"I had the pleasure of attending your Sunday program. Not since the 1978 Bolez recording of Firebird have I heard such music. Conductor Prieto brought out all the shimmering artistry of Rimsky-Korsakov's piece...it was spellbinding. What a spectacular orchestra! Thank you."