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Concert 2: Off the Rails

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Off the Rails

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Denver First Church of the Nazarene
3800 E. Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113

Denver Arts Week 2019Click on the composers’ names to learn more about their lives and works.

Zhou Tian: Transcend (Premiere Commission)

Aaron Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo, featuring dancers from the Colorado Ballet Academy

Jennifer Higdon: Loco

Brian LaGuardia: Rhapsody in Orange (World Premiere Commission)

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasilieras No. 2, Movement 4: The Little Train of the Caipira

Symphonic music takes us into the most unexpected places — in Off the Rails, we take you where no locomotive has gone before! We premiere Chinese-American composer Zhou Tian’s Transcend, a meditation and tribute to the people involved in the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. Not knowing where our fortunes will lead, we traverse further into the west and chance upon an old American love story in Copland’s ballet Rodeo. Heitor Villa-Lobos, Jennifer Higdon, and Brian LaGuardia get us back on the rails traversing across the Americas with The Little Train of the Caipira, Loco and the world premiere of Rhapsody in Orange — inspired by Orange Blossom Special.

Join us starting at 6:30 p.m. for our Fall Fête & Silent Auction! Sample Just Bare Chicken, grab a hot beverage from The Perk-Up Truck, and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and desserts while browsing dozens of auction items from area businesses, organizations and individuals.
Maestro Hughes talks about the “Off the Rails” program in this video:

Thank you, The Scen3 and Betsy Schwarm, for this great preview article about the concert.

Devin interviews composer Zhou Tian about music, composing and Transcend

Composer Zhou Tian talks about the creation of Transcend:

We proudly partner with SoHa Happenings in Colorado™ and The Scen3.


Arapahoe Philharmonic


Denver First Church of the Nazarene
3800 E. Hampden Ave.
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113 United States
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