Arts Preview: CSO a-go-go

A new Colorado Symphony Orchestra season rarely gets folks all riled up to go hear classical music, but when CSO single tickets go on sale Monday, there are a few bright - and unexpected - highlights to consider.

The superstars - soprano Kathleen Battle, pianist Olga Kern and this season's monster, violinist Itzhak Perlman - are guaranteed ticket-sellers for any orchestra, but the CSO also has a few surprises up its sleeve for music-lovers looking for something they won't find so, well, ho-hum and predictable. In that category, look no further than the souped-up Pops Series, which has been retooled for a more youthful look and sound. Soulful-voiced alt-country singer Brandi Carlile, witty popster Ben Folds and L.A. indie rockers the Airborne Toxic Event will all take a turn on the Boettcher Hall stage, and even a show with Elvis Costello is promised, although the date hasn't been set.

The CSO will do up Halloween in style for the grownups with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and live take on the memorable Bernard Herrmann score. And for the sentimental, a Jazz Christmas with Diane Reeves, the Denver native with a rich, acrobatic voice, is a no-brainer. On the classical end, the following shows aren't all that adventurous, but they ought to sound nice: Marin Alsop conducting an all-Beethoven show in October, Vivaldi's Four Seasons in January, Ravel's Daphnis and Chloë in April, Firebird and Crouching Tiger in May and, also in May, an American Classics night with Jeffrey Kahane conducting and newgrassers Béla Fleck and Edgar Meyer and percussionist Zakir Hussain as side men.

And new on the menu is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary Inside the Score series, which will interpret Beethoven, tango music, Dvořák's New World Symphony, classical classics and more, in the course of the year. So what are you waiting for? To see the complete schedule and purchase tickets go to the website .

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