Colorado Symphony

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General Information

Official Name
Colorado Symphony Association​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
Colorado Symphony
Former Name(s)
(1989)Denver Symphony Orchestra
Date Established
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
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Headquarters Address
1245 Champa Street
4th Floor
Denver, CO 80204
Colorado Location
Mailing Address
1000 14th Street, No. 15
Denver, CO 80202
Other Address
Main Phone Number
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Other Phone Number
Voice Calls Only
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Mission Statement

The future of live, symphonic music.

The Colorado Symphony Association is the region's only full-time professional orchestra committed to artistic excellence and ensuring the future of live, symphonic music. Performing over 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado, your Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from all genres of music. During the COVID-19 health pandemic, we worked to safely produce over 50 concerts with and without audiences, including: 18 Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre performances, two large scale virtual community benefit concerts, and dozens of small ensemble concerts performed in numerous outdoor venues like the Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria, Denver Zoo, and Denver Botanic Gardens. Virtual #PlayOn campaigns garnered 2 million views between our Virtual Music Hour, Weekly Replay, From Home Concerts, and MusiCurious Instrument Interviews. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, your Colorado Symphony continually expands its impact through education, outreach, and programming. We partner with the state's leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams, and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the power of symphonic orchestral music.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement
Music brings people together to inspire and unite the human spirit. The Colorado Symphony Association (CSA) believes that symphonic music must be available to everyone and that communities thrive when music is accessible to all.

The CSA is committed to being an inclusive organization where diverse perspectives are sought out and valued; and to create experiences for our audiences where all people and communities feel welcome, represented, and connected. The CSA will continuously strive to achieve greater inclusivity and equity by leading in a way that represents our art form, one of collectivism and harmony.

The CSA believes in the dignity of all and respects a diversity of cultures, identities, orientations, heritages, beliefs, and experiences. As a cultural institution and only full-time professional symphony orchestra in the state, we recognize the power of symphonic music and believe we can bring our community together to create greater social understanding through live symphonic music.

Core Values
We are committed to musical and artistic excellence with a further commitment to ensuring there is a solid future for live symphonic music in Colorado.

We are dedicated to maintaining an orchestra of the highest performance standards, modeling best practices and balanced fiscal stewardship.

We will embrace and maintain our culture of success, calculated risk-taking, fostering imagination, and invention in an ever-changing world of the performing arts.

We are committed to growing a culture for modern, relevant, creative music to uplift, unite, and celebrate all people.

We are committed to providing symphonic and educational experiences that celebrate our humanity, reflect and value the diversity of our community, and seek out meaningful collaborations.

Organization History

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.


"My family and I think [Movies at the Symphony] was one of the greatest experiences we have ever had. Me having been in band in school and my daughter currently in band it was really neat to watch musicians so good at their craft (and as a French Horn player it filled my heart with joy to see horn section bigger than the other brass sections)."

"This was the most breathtaking, timely, program ever. To hear John Denver's music backed by the symphony lifted his songs to a higher level. The five musicians who, had once played, with Denver were delightful. BRING back this program again and again!"

"I have consistently attended classical and pops concerts with [the] symphony for 20 seasons and [the Cynthia Erivo] concert ranks in my top 5 experiences in this concert hall. There was so much love and energy in the hall. Incredible!!"

"Celtic Woman has the most amazing shows I've ever seen! They sound so incredible together, especially when backed by such an fantastic orchestra. Thank you for performing with them in the unique and beautiful venue that is Boettcher Concert Hall."

"[The Music of Selena with the Colorado Symphony] was a fantastic concert, and I really appreciate that the ticket prices made the concert accessible to more people. Music should be for everyone, so I really appreciate the Colorado Symphony being sensitive to that, especially for this concert. I also really liked the balance between Selena's songs and more traditional works. Really lovely night all around."

"I loved the Selena tribute concert! The orchestra was outstanding and the vocalist was incredible! I teared up a few times throughout the show because it was emotionally overwhelming hearing Selena's music live, something I did not think I would ever have the chance to hear. I felt that my Latinx culture was represented during the show and I appreciate that the Colorado Symphony Orchestra celebrated our culture and icon in Selena Quintanilla. Thank you so much for the show!"

The following comments were received by Colorado Symphony donors after March 13, 2020 when we were prohibited from performing live. Though unable to see us in person, we still had many donors and patrons who were able to enjoy our virtual performances and recordings from the comfort of their own homes. It is our hope that we will soon be able to return to our storied Boettcher Concert Hall for live, in-person performances soon:

"Thanks for the Virtual Music Hour presentation of Beethoven's 7th. Conductor Mitchell kept the orchestra reined in such a way that the full emotional depth of the symphony came through. After all this time, this performance is like a revelation. Bravo!"

"Thank you for the many hours of fine music and entertainment! You are an essential asset to the Colorado community!"

"Thank you for #PlayOn. I love the mix of music, styles, and formality you are providing."

"Thank you for the Ode to Joy on 3/23/20. We needed that, and have shared it around the world today."

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