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Brahms 4 with Pianist Stewart Goodyear

Chautauqua Auditorium 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, CO

Door Time: 6:45 PM Conductor: David DanzmayrGuest Artist: Stewart Goodyear, piano“It is as though one lay in springtime among the blossoming flowers, and joy and sorrow filled one’s soul in turn,” said Clara Schumann upon hearing the beginning of Brahms’ Fourth Symphony. Guest conductor David Danzmayr leads this transcendent symphony as well as Saint-Saëns’ dazzlingly energetic Second […]

$48 – $75

Juilliard String Quartet

Chautauqua Auditorium 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, CO

Door Time: 6:45 PM Guest Artists: Juilliard String QuartetThe Robert Mann Chamber Music Series continues with a performance by the Juilliard String Quartet, of which Mann was the founding first violinist, and which The Boston Globe has called “the most important American quartet in history.” The ensemble performs two major works by French composers: Ravel’s only […]

$48 – $75

Olga Kern + Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony

Chautauqua Auditorium 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, CO

Door Time: 6:45 PM Conductor:Ludovic MorlotGuest Artist: Olga Kern, piano“Whatever it is — call it star quality —” claims the Washington Post, “music likes Kern the way the camera liked Garbo.” Olga Kern puts that electrifying technique to work in not one but two dynamic pieces: the most popular of Haydn’s concertos for keyboard and Shostakovich’s […]

$48 – $75

Olga Kern + Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony

Chautauqua Auditorium 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, CO

Door Time: 5:45 PM Conductor:Ludovic MorlotGuest Artist: Olga Kern, piano“Whatever it is — call it star quality —” claims the Washington Post, “music likes Kern the way the camera liked Garbo.” Olga Kern puts that electrifying technique to work in not one but two dynamic pieces: the most popular of Haydn’s concertos for keyboard and Shostakovich’s […]

$48 – $75

Conrad Tao Performs Mozart

Chautauqua Auditorium 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, CO

Door Time: 5:45 PM Conductor:Ludovic MorlotGuest Artist: Conrad Tao, pianoIn this stunning all-Mozart program, the “energetic and engaging” Ludovic Morlot (Daily Telegraph) conducts the composer’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, an urgent and intensely expressive masterpiece which explores the anguish and triumph of the human spirit. Celebrated pianist Conrad Tao, “an explosive force” with “a […]

$48 – $75

St. Lawrence String Quartet: Debussy, Haydn, and John Adams

Chautauqua Auditorium 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, CO

Door Time: 6:45 PM Guest Artists: St. Lawrence String Quartet The Robert Mann Chamber Music Series continues with a performance by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, an ensemble known for “not only virtuosity, intelligence, and imagination but also extraordinary passion” (New York Times). The Quartet — once guided and coached by Mann himself — performs works by […]

$48 – $75

Beethoven Op. 131 + Hannah Lash’s World Premiere

Chautauqua Auditorium 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, CO

Door Time: 6:45 PM Conductor: Peter OundjianGuest Artist: Ji Su Jung, marimbaThis Beethoven-infused program opens with a world premiere commissioned by the Festival and composed by the “striking and resourceful” Hannah Lash (New York Times); her new Forestallings is directly inspired by Beethoven’s Second Symphony. Continuing our look at Beethoven through another lens, we also experience Music […]

$48 – $75

Kaleidoscope: Muhly, Tower, and Bolcom

Chautauqua Auditorium 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, CO

Door Time: 6:45 PM Guest Artists: Colorado Music Festival Orchestra strings, and percussionChristopher Taylor, pianoJi Su Jung, marimba“I get excited every time I think about it,” says Music Director Peter Oundjian about this playful, exploratory Kaleidoscope event. “I just want to sit in that audience!” Stuffed from start to finish with bold musical color and moments […]

$48 – $75

Joan Tower: Made in America + World Premiere

Chautauqua Auditorium 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, CO

Doors Time 5:45 PM Conductor: Peter OundjianGuest Artists: Alisa Weilerstein, celloJoan Tower, composerThis all-Joan-Tower program includes the landmark premiere of a brand new cello concerto by the legendary composer; this concerto was commissioned by the Festival and written for cellist Alisa Weilerstein, who performs it here. “ and the cello seem simply to be one and the […]

$48 – $75

Beethoven Quintet and Septet

Chautauqua Auditorium 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, CO

Door Time: 6:45 PM Guest Artists: Colorado Music Festival Orchestra MembersThis week’s installation of the Robert Mann Chamber Music Series explores two pieces by Beethoven including his most popular composition during his lifetime, his Septet. Both of the spirited, jocular works on this program were penned at a time when Beethoven was “a young giant exulting […]

$48 – $75

Hadelich Plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

Chautauqua Auditorium 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, CO

Doors: 6:45 PM Conductor: Peter OundjianGuest Artist: Augustin Hadelich, violin Artist-in-ResidenceDelight in Beethoven’s only violin concerto, a vivacious and melodic treasure that Music Director Peter Oundjian calls “the pinnacle of all violin concertos.” This masterpiece requires as skilled a musician as the Grammy-winning Augustin Hadelich, an artist of “scarcely believable commitment” (New York Times); this concert is […]

$48 – $75

Hadelich Plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

Chautauqua Auditorium 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, CO

Door Time: 5:45 PM Conductor: Peter OundjianGuest Artist: Augustin Hadelich, violin Artist-in-ResidenceDelight in Beethoven’s only violin concerto, a vivacious and melodic treasure that Music Director Peter Oundjian calls “the pinnacle of all violin concertos.” This masterpiece requires as skilled a musician as the Grammy-winning Augustin Hadelich, an artist of “scarcely believable commitment” (New York Times); this concert […]

$48 – $75

Copland’s Lincoln Portrait

Chautauqua Auditorium 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, CO

Door Time: 5:45 PM Conductor: Peter OundjianGuest Artists: Steven Banks, saxophone Chris Christoffersen, narrator This program begins and ends with Aaron Copland: first, his brassy and familiar Fanfare for the Common Man; finally, his reverent portrait of Abraham Lincoln, featuring text from Lincoln’s speeches narrated by Chris Christoffersen. Brilliant saxophonist Steven Banks brings his “pristine clarity” and “emotional heat” […]

$48 – $75

Brooklyn Rider

Chautauqua Auditorium 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, CO

Door Time: 6:45 PM Showtime: 7:30 PM Guest Artists Brooklyn Rider The Festival welcomes Brooklyn Rider, “four classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars jamming on their guitars” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) to the Robert Mann Chamber Music Series. In this fresh and inventive program, Brooklyn Rider contrasts Franz Schubert’s lauded “Death and the […]

$48 – $75

Beethoven’s Eroica + Joel Thompson’s World Premiere

Chautauqua Auditorium 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, CO

Door Time: 6:45 PM Conductor: Peter Oundjian Guest Artists: Dr. Eddie Glaude, narratorJoel Thompson, composerIn a world premiere commissioned by the Festival, composer Joel Thompson shines a light on American writer and activist James Baldwin, weaving selections of Baldwin’s own words into a musical profile on one of the most powerful Black voices of his generation. Later: Beethoven […]

$48 – $75

Festival Finale: Beethoven 5

Chautauqua Auditorium 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, CO

Door Time: 6:45 PM Showtime: 7:30 PM Conductor: Peter OundjianThe 2021 Festival Finale showcases all the sections of the orchestra, beginning with a canzon for brass and ending with Beethoven’s unforgettable Fifth Symphony. With its iconic four-note opening and its ascent from darkness to light, the Fifth is perhaps, as novelist E.M. Forster described it, “the […]

$48 – $75

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