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Clarinet in Hand

Conductor Carl Topilow is the bicycle of the symphony world. He’s wagged his wand on stages from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Owensboro, Kentucky. He’s been known to tease horns up and blow woodwinds down. He’s banged big brass and he’s brassy to big bass. He’s as comfortable straddling old classic composers as he is getting down and digging into contemporary pop icons. Above all else, Carl Topilow doesn’t take no for an answer, especially when he’s behind his flaming red clarinet.

Catch Topilow tonight at the helm of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for the final concert of its summer series. Enjoy a light mix of classics like Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the “Anvil Chorus” from Verdi’s Il Trovatore. But don’t give up when your knuckles are white from gripping the armrests. Hang in there for selections from Porgy and Bess, with Topilow popping it off with that famous clarinet.

It’ll be the lemon in your iced tea this Sunday evening. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex; tickets start at just $12.50. For details, go to or call 303-623-7876.


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