Our 65th Anniversary season is incredibly special. We celebrate you – our audience, our musicians, and most importantly the amazing music that brings us all together! The virtuosity of the orchestra is on display as we tackle some of the most ambitious and monumental symphonic creations, including the Fifth Symphonies of Mahler and Shostakovich and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra – you heard that right, a concerto for 80 musicians all at once! We’ll perform popular gems from the great masters, such as the Rhenish Symphony of Robert Schumann and music from Maurice Ravel’s ballet Daphnis and Chloe, as well as some lesser-known works like the Christmas Eve Suite by Rimsky-Korsakov.
The thing I am perhaps most excited about this season is that every concert features a composer from the Americas, including Charles Ives, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Elizabeth Comninellis and Arturo Marquez. We will also welcome back past composition competition winners Jonathan Bingham and Edgar Girtain, and you’ll be introduced to our new composer-in-residence for the next two seasons!
In addition to our popular Children’s Discovery Concert for over a thousand students and teachers, we are bringing back our Pops concert, Night at the Movies, without the big screen but all the drama and fun! I am also thrilled to present our first Family Concert, Out of This World. These engaging concerts will feature the most popular, hummable and inspiring music from the likes of John Williams, Richard Strauss, Austin Wintory, John Powell, Camille Saint-Saëns, Paul Dukas and many more.
Our AP Sinfonietta (chamber orchestra) will join the Cherry Creek Chorale in March 2019 performing choral masterworks of John Rutter and Antonio Vivaldi, as well as two works for orchestra alone – Barber’s beautiful Adagio for Strings and Telemann’s Trumpet Concerto in D, featuring our own Principal Trumpet Anthony Zator.
2018–2019: Symphonic Triumphs
Concert 1: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2
Ives: Decoration Day
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 (Rhenish)
Concert 2: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Snider: Something for the Dark
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
Silent Auction at 6:30 p.m.
Holiday Concert: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Respighi: Trittico Botticelliano
Rimsky-Korsakov: Christmas Eve Suite
Edgar Girtain: World Premiere Commission
Jonathan Bingham: World Premiere Commission
Elizabeth Comninellis: World Premiere Commission
Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride
Concert 4: Saturday, February 16, 2019
Korngold: Violin Concerto
arr. Sayre: Medley from The Wizard of Oz
Powell: How to Train Your Dragon
Williams: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Wintory, arr. LaGuardia: Banner Saga
Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
AP Sinfonietta with the Cherry Creek Chorale: Friday, March 8, 2019 and Saturday, March 9, 2019
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Telemann: Trumpet Concerto in D, TWV 51:D7
Concert 5: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Márquez: Danzón No. 2
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
Winner of the T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition, sponsored by Universal Music Company
Concert 6: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Winner of the Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Composition Competition