photo - Music Director Josep Caballé-Domenech, Colorado Springs Philharmonic.
Music Director Josep Caballé-Domenech, Colorado Springs Philharmonic. 

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic has been enriching the community since 1927. The professional orchestra is composed of more than 70 musicians, and led by Music Director Josep Caballé-Domenech. Over the course of each concert season, the orchestra performs approximately 40 awe-inspiring concerts that audience members describe as “joyful,” “sensational,” and “emotionally moving.” Every attendee has a special and unique experience, as a powerful and personal bond is established between the individual and the music.

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s concerts are broken down into three series. The first is El Pomar Foundation Masterworks series, which is filled with works created by the biggest names in music composition and classical music repertoire. The second is Philharmonic Pops, featuring symphonic interpretations of the 20th century’s favorite icons within pop culture. Finally, there is the Al and Leigh Buettner Vanguard Performance series, which is a unique format of concerts offering an in-depth, multimedia, narrative and musical performance giving audiences the opportunity to learn more about select topics.

The 2017-18 concert season kicks off this weekend and locals are getting excited for some of this year’s incredible performances. One highlight of this year – within the Masterworks series – is Lise de la Salle Plays Chopin from September 16 to 17, 2017. This extraordinary violinist from France will be playing Chopin’s Concerto No. 2.

Mr. Adventure and West Side Story are two of the highly-anticipated events in this year’s Philharmonic Pop series. Mr. Adventure, from October 27 to 28, 2017, is a thrilling tour of action-packed film music from John Williams; known for his scores in Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Home Alone and much more! West Side Story, from March 2 to 3, will present the feature-length, Oscar-winning film above the stage, while the Philharmonic performs the scores of this authentic American love story.

Each year Colorado residents near and far – along with visiting family and friends – round off their holiday season with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services holiday performances. Enjoy one of five performances of The Nutcracker over Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas Symphony in mid-December and, finally, ring in 2018 with an unforgettable News Year’s Eve Concert.

The center of attraction this season, is a ten-concert, six-week festival dedicated to Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday.

“He was more than a composer, more than just a conductor that changed the course of American music. Bernstein was a man ahead of his time, and unafraid to envision a better world,” said Caballé-Domenech. Bernstein dedicated his life and career to making music and proclaiming the power of creativity to overcome intolerance. A dynamic innovator and communicator, he was a stern advocate for peace and civil rights.

The six-week festival dedicated to Bernstein will include five concert weekends, along with broadcasts, lectures, film viewings and unique events offered by festival partners. The program is profoundly focused on non-violence, and local organizations will hold numerous events highlighting the theme. A few partners include the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), Fine Arts Center and the Colorado Springs Police Department.

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is proud to continue two special programs – Philharmonic Cares and Free for Kids. Philharmonic Cares, presented by UCHealth and MacKenzie Place, honors the crucial work of caregivers in the community by treating them to a complimentary night at the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Registration for this program is available at CSPhilharmonic.org/Community/Friends/Philharmonic-Cares/. Free for Kids is open to children ages 7 to 17 with the purchase of an adult ticket. This initiative invites young audiences to hear the Philharmonic with complimentary admission to select concerts. Learn more at CSPhilharmonic.org/FreeForKids.

Studies have found that there are numerous benefits and positive impacts to having artistic institutions ingrained within a community. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic brings passion, emotion and engagement to all who attend – in a way that is difficult to describe without having experienced it. Individuals and groups are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time, as many concerts are expected to sell out. This year’s events are not to be missed! Be a part of the musical thrill that is the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

To purchase tickets, learn more or view a full schedule of events, visit the Pikes Peak Center box office at 190 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs or browse CSPhilharmonic.org.

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