Join us for Dramatic Convergences – our unforgettable 2017–2018 season featuring most concerts in our new home, the newly renovated Fisher Auditorium on the Englewood Campus! You can also catch us “on the move” performing at other venues around the area including the magnificent performance spaces at Bethany Lutheran Church, Arapahoe Community College, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Aspen Academy.
Music transports us with stories. This season we are eager to share with you some of the most dramatic and story-rich orchestral music ever written. For the first time ever we will present a semi-staged opera in its entirety — Mozart’s Magic Flute.
Ballet music has a profound and impactful way of communicating story, character and emotion. We are excited to present Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, without dancers and focusing solely on the musical drama. Let your imagination soar!
We welcome local classical music rock stars to our stage. Audience favorite Jamie Shaak performs Brahms’s lesser-known D minor Piano Concerto and soprano Lauren Sawyer treats us to Richard Strauss’s transformational Four Last Songs. To show off the depth and diversity of talent within the AP, we feature our own Jason Richard Olney and
Daniel Nester performing Copland’s Clarinet Concerto and Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto.
As all composers borrow from their predecessors and colleagues, we are thrilled to bring you this year’s Children’s Discovery Concert, Steal This Concert: A Lesson in Musical Borrowing and Imitation. A very limited number of tickets will be available to patrons for this weekday morning performance.
On the heels of the triumphant debut of our new Composer-in-Residence Jonathan Bingham, we look forward to bringing you his brand new composition, commissioned by the Arapahoe Phil, to be premiered alongside Holst’s
Planets. Last, but certainly not least, we offer a nod to drama from the big screen with an exciting pops concert,
A Night at the Movies, with music from Star Wars, Star Trek, and several more of our favorite composers from the
Great drama converges at the point of musical creation, and I invite you to experience the stories of the ages through the immense power of music. We trust that through our music-making and storytelling, your spirit will be nurtured, uplifted and inspired.
2017–2018: Dramatic Convergences
Destiny Fulfilled: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Brahms: Symphony No. 1
R. Strauss: Four Last Songs, featuring soprano Lauren Sawyer
Of God and Men: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Holst: The Planets
Bingham: World Premiere Commission
Silent Auction at 6:30 p.m.
From Austria to America: Friday, November 10, 2017 and Sunday, November 12, 2017
Arapahoe Philharmonic Sinfonietta
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
Copland: Clarinet Concerto, featuring clarinetist Jason Richard Olney
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto, featuring bassoonist Daniel Nester
Nutcracker: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (complete)
Bohemian Rhapsodies: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8
Bates: Warehouse Medicine, from The B-Sides
Dvorak: Cello Concerto, featuring Kelcey Howell; winner of the 2017–2018 T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition
A Night at the Movies – Final Frontier: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Music from Alien, E.T., Star Wars, Star Trek and more
The Magic Flute: Saturday, April 21, 2018 and Sunday, April 22, 2018
Arapahoe Philharmonic Sinfonietta
Mozart: The Magic Flute (semi-staged)
Order and Chaos: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring pianist Jamie Shaak
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring