Drink Cocktails While Colorado Symphony Musicians Feed Their Souls

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

The Colorado Symphony veers toward the epic. Whether it’s recycling the familiar repertoire of the three Bs — Bach, Beethoven and Brahms — or collaborating with newer musicians including the Flaming Lips, DeVotchKa, Elephant Revival and Gregory Alan Isakov, audiences can expect sweeping performances in weighty locations.

This February, the orchestra is trying something new: going small.

Chief Artistic Director Anthony Pierce invited musicians to curate a program of chamber music, and instead of the traditional sit-and-listen symphony experience, the audience will be invited to sip cocktails and mingle as the musicians perform in the Ellie Caulkins Studio Loft on February 9.

Pierce says the event, geared toward young professionals, will give musicians a refreshing break from playing the usual “war horses,” like Beethoven’s Ninth, and hopes this will “feed [the musicians'] souls with some more challenging music” by living composers.

The lineup includes Mariel, a cello-and-marimba duet by the Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov. Hannah Collins and Michael Compitello, of New Morse Code, perform it in the video below.

Also on the bill:

Maria Newman'sPennipotenti

. This piece, inspired by birds from the American Northwest, will be performed by flutist Cathy Peterson, violinist Erik Peterson and viola player Phillip Stevens playing as the

 Ivy Street Ensemble


"It's a chance for us to really be creative," Pierce says. "We're excited. The players are excited."

Tickets start at $10, a lower price point than the Colorado Symphony's usual fare.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.