DENVER — The Colorado Symphony has announced its 2019-20 season, which marks Brett Mitchell's third as Music Director. Over the course of the season, Mr. Mitchell will lead the orchestra in nine subscription weeks and half a dozen other special projects.
Demonstrating his deep commitment to contemporary music, Mr. Mitchell will conduct works by eleven living composers over the course of the Colorado Symphony's 2019-20 season, including Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Orchestra, Missy Mazzoli’s Holy Roller, Anna Clyne’s Masquerade, and Libby Larsen’s Deep Summer Music. Mr. Mitchell will also lead contemporary works by Kevin Puts, Mason Bates, Christopher Theofanidis, Adam Schoenberg, James Clarke, John Williams, and James Beckel, as well as a number of works by previous generations of American composers, including Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, and Leonard Bernstein.
Highlights of Mr. Mitchell's third season as Music Director of the Colorado Symphony include Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”), Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, and Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”).
Mr. Mitchell will collaborate with the following soloists during the Colorado Symphony's 2018-19 season:
Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry sing Kevin Puts’s The Brightness of Light.
Olga Kern plays Barber’s Piano Concerto.
Lukáš Vondráček plays Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
Angelo Xiang Yu plays Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.
Colorado Symphony concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams plays Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.
Colorado Symphony principal clarinetist Jason Shafer plays Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.
The Percussion Collective plays Christopher Theofanidis’s Drum Circles: Concerto for 7 Percussionists and Orchestra.
Mr. Mitchell will lead several other special programs throughout the season, including:
Music and Art: A Symphonic Exploration in collaboration with the Clyfford Still Museum
Big Band Classics in collaboration with the University of Denver’s Lamont Jazz Orchestra
Home Alone (complete film with John Williams's score performed live)