Friday, June 26

Showtime: 9:00 AM

Chautauqua Auditorium

Prices vary depending on performance

Welcome to the 2015 Colorado Music Festival!
The season, which runs Friday, June 26, through Sunday, Aug. 9, will feature festival and chamber orchestra series, the popular Music Mash-Up series, two Young People’s Concerts, a new recital series and an expanded, five-concert chamber music series.

Throughout the festival, concert-goers will come to know new CMF Music Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni’s personal affinity for vocal music. Opening night features leading contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux in works by Ravel and Rossini. Later in the season, the festival presents Bartók’s masterful one-act opera, “Bluebeard’s Castle,” featuring Metropolitan Opera regular, Hungarian bass-baritone Gábor Bretz and Canadian-Hungarian soprano Krisztina Szabo, described as “perfect and captivating” (The Toronto Star). Closing the season will be an evening of choral works by Mozart and Handel featuring “sensational” (The Baltimore Sun) soprano Sarah Coburn and the CMF Chorus.

Other highlights of the festival include:
• One-night-only special performances by pianist and Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist Olga Kern and “funny…hypnotic…jaw-dropping” (New York Times) classical music/comedy duo Igudesman & Joo.
• An exciting Music Mash-Up series, including the world premiere of Bartók + Bjork from composer/conductor Steven Hackman, the Colorado premiere of Copland + Bon Iver featuring SHEL and an evening with singer/actress Storm Large and her band, Le Bonheur.
• The Colorado premiere of American composer Michael Daugherty’s 2011 Grammy Award-winning piano concerto “Deus ex Machina” and the North American premiere of “Festive Overture” by Spanish composer Benet Casablancas.
• Cellobration, a week-long cello mini-festival with performances of the complete Bach Suites and Beethoven Sonatas for piano and cello, as well as two cello-centric orchestral programs.
• A focus on nature in celebration of the centennial anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. Programs include two concerts in collaboration with Colorado photographer John Fielder featuring images from his photo collections choreographed with Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral” as well as a concert featuring Charles Ives’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Symphony No. 3.
• Launch of a new iteration of Click!, the CMF’s crowd-sourced commissioning program featuring American composers Pierre Jalbert, Hannah Lash and Daniel Wohl. The program will include a week-long residency during the 2016 festival for the winning composer featuring the world premiere performance of the commissioned work and educational and outreach activities.

The 2015 season will also include a partnership between CMF & CMA and the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras (GBYO). The partnership will include solo and side-by-side performance opportunities at the CMF’s Young People’s Concerts, free admission to select performances and educational opportunities for the GBYO’s more than one hundred young musicians.

Learn more about Colorado Music Festival and the Center for Musical Arts and all their offerings at comusic.org.