Dear friends,

Michael ButtermanThe audience was on its feet at the Kennedy Center as the Boulder Phil completed its stunning performance in March. They had experienced a program that had it all: a celebration of the natural word, visual elements that deepened the music’s impact, a novel presentation of a familiar masterwork, and the birth of a new piece, a welcome addition to the orchestral repertoire. Along with musical hikes, outdoor chamber performances, and discussions with composers and performers, a national audience had embraced the spirit of Boulder with open arms. That same spirit and vision enlivens our exciting 60th Anniversary season.

his season, the Boulder Phil shares the stage with some of the greatest soloists in the world. Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu joins us for Schumann, violinist Stefan Jackiw plays Prokofiev, and the brilliant pianist Simone Dinnerstein returns to play her signature Bach along with a new work written for her (and co-commissioned by the Phil) by Philip Glass.

Collaborations once again figure prominently, as we welcome collegiate choirs for works by Beethoven and Britten, along with Metropolitan Opera tenor Matthew Plenk and Boulder pianist David Korevaar. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble brings a gorgeous new setting of The Lark Ascending, and we close our season with Central City Opera in a rare “in concert” presentation of West Side Story in honor of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth.

Along with symphonic staples by Dvořák, Sibelius, and Shostakovich, we’ll hear some less familiar masterpieces by Beethoven, Bach, and Britten, and a beautiful tone poem by Schoenberg. Music inspired by literature, nature, politics, and spirituality dots the landscape, and we introduce a new work (another Boulder Phil co-commission) by Christopher Theofanidis.

We have something for everyone as Cirque de la Symphonie returns with an all-new program celebrating the magic of cinema and featuring the extraordinary aerial violinist Janice Martin. We help you kick off your holidays with our annual Nutcracker performances with Boulder Ballet.

And all season long, the Phil will be busy sharing the joy of music with young people through our school visits and Discovery Concerts for
elementary students, as well as a sensory-friendly chamber concert at the Boulder Public Library designed for children with autism and their families.  

For 60 years, the Boulder Phil has brought the world of music to Boulder. Today, with national recognition and recording projects in the works, we are helping to bring Boulder to the world. The spirit of Boulder starts with you—our patrons, subscribers, and supporters. We are proud to be your orchestra, and we thank you for joining us for another season of musical adventures. Enjoy!

Michael Signature
Michael Butterman, Music Director