Worlds collided on Friday when the Colorado Symphony Orchestra held the first of three cannabis-friendly fundraisers whose concept collected a lot of attention -- and press. Brass and bongs. Corsages and cannabis. Hemp and Handel. Horns and hashish. By most accounts, the event was a success and rais ... More >>
On Friday, May 23, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will take its show on the road - specifically to the new Space gallery, at 400 Santa Fe Drive, for the first installment of "Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series." But there have been some definite bumps in the road. After the CSO announced ... More >>
Denver native Austin Wintory says attending frequent Colorado Symphony Orchestra concerts and nerding out on video games and comic books inspired him just about equally as a kid, so Saturday's special concert "The Hero's Journey: A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con" at 7:30 p.m. at Boettcher Concert Ha ... More >>
From the dark days of two years ago, when the Colorado Symphony Orchestra was facing big losses and worse morale, the situation keeps getting brighter, with innovative programming attracting more support -- and expanded audiences. And this morning the spotlight will shine on the CSO's new music dire ... More >>
Back in 2007, Denver residents voted for an alphabet soup of nine civic improvements. While almost all of those bond-backed Better Denver projects are done (with signs to prove it), much of the money from G and H, earmarked for maintenance and construction of cultural facilities, including an update ... More >>
A year ago, it seemed like the Colorado Symphony Orchestra might be silenced altogether. The CSO -- which had emerged from the ashes of the Denver Symphony Orchestra two decades ago -- faced a $1.2 million cash shortfall at the end of June 2011 despite record sales that season, and some ugly sounds ... More >>
The Colorado Symphony Orchestra was clearly looking for a high-profile name, and it got one: This morning the CSO announced the appointment of Andrew Litton as its Artistic Advisor, bringing the superstar in as something less than a full music director, but more than a guest in the ranks. Litton w ... More >>
Rock promoter Barry Fey saved Denver's symphony in 1989 -- and was honored by a plaque in Boettcher Concert Hall for his efforts. But last year, when the Colorado Symphony Orchestra hit the rocks, its leaders weren't interested in Fey's help, much less locating his plaque.
Gene Sobczak, who was a VP and marketing guru for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra when he left in 2007 to head the Arvada Center, will soon be making beautiful music with the CSO again: The symphony board has appointed him to replace interim director Jim Copenhaver, who returned this fall to ... More >>
The Colorado Symphony Orchestra has been working hard to make it into the black for the 2011-2012 season by adding extra shows, making personnel cuts, pushing its fund raising and promising, in general, to do things differently. But it's unlikely that a planned $90 million renovation of the B ... More >>
The new heads of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra -- returning CEO/President Jim Copenhaver and returning board co-chairs Mary Rossick Kern and Jerome Kern -- want to prove that the CSO will be all right. After reducing the symphony's October and November shows by half to help solve a cash-flo ... More >>
Colorado SymphonyThe Colorado Symphony Orchestra is struggling: it's over $1 million short on cash; its musicians are seeing massive pay cuts; and twenty of its board members (read: big donors) have left. The CSO cut five programs, which totaled ten shows, from now through early-December and ... More >>
Colorado SymphonyThe 79 full-time musicians of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra have been taking steep cuts. They collectively agreed to give up $530,000 in September, and they took another hit when fall programming was trimmed back. To help soften the blow, the CSO Musicians Assistance Fund w ... More >>
Colorado SymphonyThe Colorado Symphony Orchestra has made a lot of changes over the past few weeks, including hacking almost half of its performances in October and November. In September, more than twenty members of the CSO's board of trustees resigned; Jerome Kern and his wife, Mary Rossick ... More >>
Big pics below.Another October weekend that felt like summer meant lots going on in our fair city -- and the happenings were captured at Westword's Backbeat Online, Cafe Society and Show and Tell blogs, as well as on our busy slideshow page. Look below to check out photos and excerpts spotlig ... More >>
Before the Colorado Symphony Orchestra announced that it was cutting back its fall schedule in an attempt to balance a budget shortfall of $1.2 million, Show and Tell checked in with Barry Fey, the savior of the symphony back in 1989. Fey thinks that the current incarnation of the symphony could be ... More >>
Lots of sour notes at the Colorado Symphony Orchestra last week, with twenty boardmembers resigning before the musicians ultimately agreed to a 9 percent paycut. But at a meeting yesterday, what remains of the CSO board took several strategic moves to ensure the symphony's survival.
Named a "Composer to Watch" by the New York Times, Juilliard graduate Kenji Bunch excels as both a talented violist and a composer. His highly accessible contemporary works have been heard worldwide, and as a performer, he's worked with everyone from the Flux string quartet to the bluegrass b ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: On the concert front, we've received word that Kings of Leon is slated for a two-night stand at Red Rocks with Band of Horses, Tony Bennett is due at Ellie Caulkins and Symphony on the Rocks will feature Sarah McLachlan, among others. Meanwhile, ... More >>
Pink Martini's show originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, has been pushed back to Saturday, June 4 due to singer China Forbes straining her voice. According to a release by the band, "medical voice specialists have advised her that to avoid permanent damage, she must not sing or even s ... More >>
Gogol Bordello, who shared a headlining bill with Primus at Red Rocks last week, returns to the area for a two-night stand at the Boulder Theater on Wednesday and Thursday, October 27 and 28. Tickets for this one range between $36 and $41 and go on sale on Friday, August 27 at 10 a.m. The gyp ... More >>
Yo-Yo Ma took to the airwaves for the CSO.Colorado Public Radio pledge drives aren't all that popular even with people who donate to keep the organization running. But at least the just-concluded session had a twist: Cash was generated to support a different organization -- the Colorado Symph ... More >>
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In this town, one supposes a Tuesday night in the middle of the week can stretch only enough to contain a Cinco de Mayo warm-up, regardless of what the calendar says. The real action, from Federal Boulevard cruisers to the big event in Civic Center Park, will probably heat up over the weekend. But ... More >>
The Colorado Symphony Orchestra channels Charlie Chaplin.
The Brown Palace pours the champagne a little early this year.
The pop legend leads the CSO
Get a manos-on experience at Machu Picchu
The CSO hits the ground running.
Tchaikovsky's Symphony #4/Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
A Denver conductor and music professor leads an ensemble fight to protect the classics.
The SCFD is trying to stay out of hot water as it analyzes Ocean Journey.
September 24 - 30, 1998
The CSO finds itself in the middle of a squabble over possible royalties from a new film.