Raised from the dead and now entering its second full season, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic builds on last year's successes by opening the new season with a special appearance by piano virtuoso Andre Watts. With the Philharmonic and conductor Lawrence Leighton Smith, Watts will play Brahms' "Serenade No. 1" and Rachmaninoff's rousing "Piano Concerto No. 2." Want to understand why classical music breaks hearts and causes immeasurable joy? Listen to the Rachmaninoff in this one-evening-only performance.
Beyond Watts and the opening splash lie many other delights. The Classical Masterworks series resumes Oct. 1-2 with Verdi's "Requiem," in celebration of the grand opening of the newly renovated Pikes Peak Center. On Oct. 15, the Philharmonic goes to the movies with a program of musical soundtracks from Gershwin to Hitchcock, cleverly titled From Gershwin to Hitchcock.
Maestro Smith and the Philharmonic will play in select venues across the city to celebrate Mozart's 250th birthday with the Mozart & Friends series, including an evening of duets by Philharmonic couples and performances of Mozart's most famous works for opera.
As always, there's The Nutcracker on Thanksgiving weekend with the San Diego Ballet, Handel's Messiah at Christmas, and a hodgepodge of pops concerts and family evenings, including a Halloween Spooktacular on Oct. 30 with dancers and ghosts from the Peak Ballet Theatre of Colorado. And -- get this -- a musical and dance rendition of the beloved children's tale Ferdinand the Bull will be narrated by none other than City Councilman Richard Skorman.
-- Kathryn Eastburn
Pikes Peak Philharmonic 2005-06 season
Brochures and ticket order forms are available at the Pikes Peak Center box office, 190 S. Cascade Ave.
For more, call the Philharmonic office at 226-9130 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.