Devin conducting the Arapahoe Philharmonic

Music and dance came before we were able to communicate with language. These elements formed an essential common tongue that united humanity. For our 2019–2020 Season, On with the Dance!, we are excited to bring you orchestral dances from around the world.

Continuing our recent tradition of highlighting and commissioning living composers, we are thrilled to welcome back AP Composer-in-Residence Jack Frerer and are honored to be part of a consortium of orchestras from across the country in premiering Zhou Tian’s Transcend, a work exploring the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

Symphonic dance music is some of the most exhilarating orchestral music in the world. We have selected highlights including my favorite symphony, Beethoven’s Seventh, Hungarian and Slavonic Dances of Brahms and Dvořák, the Symphonic Dances of Rachmaninoff and the Dances of Galanta of Zoltan Kodály. Our season finale will feature Alberto Ginastera’s Estancia and Ravel’s La Valse.

We are also performing works by known and lesser known American composers, including music from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Copland’s Rodeo, as well as William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony, Jennifer Higdon’s Loco and Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige.

We are honored to be able to share our passion for music throughout schools in Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. Our in-school coaching programs, annual Play-In, Children’s Discovery Concert and Family Concert Devin Patrick Hughes signaturereach thousands of students annually.

Would you like to dance? Join us for an incredible season of music!

2019–2020: On with the Dance!

Concert 1: Slavic Rock
Friday, September 20, 2019

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
Kodály: Dances of Galanta
Dvořák: Slavonic Dances Nos. 1 and 8, Op. 46 and Nos. 2 and 7, Op. 72

Concert 2: Off the Rails
Friday, November 1, 2019

Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Zhou: Transcend (Premiere)
Higdon: Loco
LaGuardia: Rhapsody in Orange (World Premiere)
Villa-Lobos: Little Train of the Caipira
Silent Auction at 6:30 p.m.

Concert 3: Holiday Movie Night
Friday, December 13, 2019

Silvestri: The Polar Express
Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Shugar: Hanukkah Overture

Concert 4: The Jazz Age
Friday, February 7, 2020

Still: Afro-American Symphony
Ellington: Black, Brown and Beige
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Suite
Custer: A Salute to the Big Bands

Concert 5: Apotheosis of the Dance
Friday, March 27, 2020

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
Frerer: splinter (World Premiere Commission)
Bloch: Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque for Cello and Orchestra
Ethan Blake, Winner of the T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition,
sponsored by Universal Music Company

Concert 6: Danza Final
Friday, May 1, 2020

Ravel: La Valse
Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia
Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances No. 1
Price: Dances in the Canebrakes
Brahms: Select Hungarian Dances
Saint-Saëns: Bacchanale, from Samson and Delilah

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