Arapahoe Philharmonic, under the direction of Devin Patrick Hughes, has announces its 2017–18 concert season titled “Dramatic Convergences.”
The six-concert subscription series, held September through May, includes a number of audience favorites: Holst’s Planets, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Brahms’s First Symphony, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8.
Film music will take center stage in a program of selections from Alien, Star Wars, Star Trek and other popular movies.
Soprano soloist Lauren Sawyer is featured in Richard Strauss’s transformational Four Last Songs. Pianist Jamie Shaak performs Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Principal players Jason Richard Olney and Daniel Nester are featured soloists with the AP Sinfonietta in Copland’s Clarinet Concerto and Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto, respectively.
Winners of the T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition and Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Conducting Competition will also be showcased, and the Philharmonic will present the world premiere of a commissioned work by composer-in-residence Jonathan Bingham.
In the spring, there will be two performances of the second Sinfonietta program, a semi-staged production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The second concert will include members of the Civic Youth Orchestra, based in Highlands Ranch, in a one-hour condensed production of the opera perfect for families.
Composers are well-known to “borrow” from their predecessors and colleagues. The Philharmonic will explore this concept in this year’s Children’s Discovery: “Steal This Concert: A Lesson in Musical Borrowing and Imitation.
The annual children’s concert attracts nearly 1,000 students and teachers from across the metro area for an educational and entertaining classical-music experience geared to children in third-through-fifth grades. A very limited number of tickets will be available to patrons for this weekday morning performance.
Season ticket packages, offering discounted pricing and a number of additional benefits, are available.
A new ticket package is offered this season to young adults age 18 to 35. This “Pay Your Age” package includes four tickets to be used at any concerts for the cost of the purchaser’s age. It’s priced to give maximum flexibility to young professional classical lovers in the region. Some restrictions, outlined on the Philharmonic’s website, apply.
Single tickets are also available for all performances. Pricing and benefits are outlined at arapahoe-phil.org/events/buy-tickets.
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