The Colorado Symphony Orchestra is based in Denver, Colorado and in 1989, it became the successor to the Denver Symphony. It is also a major professional America orchestra. Each season, it performs a 21-Masterwork series of classical programs. It also performs the Pops, Family, Holiday and Summer Parks concerts. The performances are held at the Denver Performing Arts Complex in Boettcher Concert Hall before approximately 200,000 people. If you have never seen someone perform in front of that much audience, then you better watch them because they are just too good at it. At all the Opera Colorado performances, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra performs as the Pit Orchestra. The orchestra’s music director for twelve years, and is now its conductor laureate, is Marin Alsop.
The 2010-2011 season marks the fourth year of a program that encourages teachers to integrate the youth concert content into their core curriculum. The Colorado Symphony Orchestra puts on youth concerts several times a year. It is designed for grades 3-8 and is an important field trip for the students. The concerts last about 55 minutes. Before the concert, the teachers receive preparation materials and a CD. In this way, it helps a lot in contributing positively to the development of the society and the youth of the region.
For the younger children they have a Petite Musique, which introduces the instruments to young children. This interactive program includes the musical telling of an age appropriate story, a dance-along, and a sing-along. This is for grades preK-2. Thus, they are not behind in helping produce a really good environment to the children as well.
There are open rehearsals, which is the final rehearsal, for grades 9-college and senior citizens. They can experience the Colorado Symphony Orchestra as they prepare for performances. There is also the Jeff Bradley Young Musician Competition, which is a competition to recognize an outstanding young musician from Colorado who excels in playing an orchestral instrument, including the piano. The winner gets to perform a concerto movement with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra plus a monetary prize and an engraved crystal statuette. The monetary prize must be used to further their musical studies.
Colorado Symphony Orchestra is one of the best in the region and it really makes your money worth if you go out and watch them perform!