Colorado Music Festival Announces 2023 Summer Concert Season Of Orchestral And Chamber Music

The Colorado Music Festival will continue its 2023 Summer Concert Season from June 29 to August 6 at the Chautauqua Auditorium, Colorado, offering 20 diverse performances of orchestral and chamber music by the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and guest artists. Boulder, 900 Baseline Road). In parallel with educational programs.

The festival features world-class musicians arriving in Boulder to perform as the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra under the direction of Peter Unzian. In addition, 12 of his guest artists, two of his internationally acclaimed string quartets, and four guest conductors will perform throughout the season.

“The festival is a celebration of creativity and we are thrilled to present some of the greatest performers alive today, including artist-in-residence Joshua Bell, alongside the extraordinary talent of eight of today’s greatest composers. I am very lucky,” said Peter. Eunjang, music director. “Hearing the voices of today alongside and interacting with the groundbreaking voices of the past is extremely thrilling and offers a unique window into the finest creativity of the centuries. increase.”

Tickets for the 2023 festival will be available for purchase on the CMF website from March 7th.

Festival highlights include:

  • World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell is CMF’s 2023 Artist-in-Residence. Bell will open the festival with Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 on June 29th and 30th, and on August 3rd and 6th he will perform two parts of his new work, Elements, featuring five movements. A preview of the composition concludes the season with his performance. Today’s top composers (Jake Heggie, Jennifer Higdon, Edgar Meyer, Jesse Montgomery, Kevin Patz).

  • Five-time Pulitzer Prize-, Academy Award-, and Grammy-winning composer John Corigliano is CMF’s Composer of the Year 2023. Corigliano will be attending an event celebrating his expansive career on his July 13th.

  • July 16th is the world premiere of Adolphus Heilkow’s “JFK: The Last Speech.” This new symphony was inspired by President Kennedy’s final speech in celebration of the poet Robert Frost. Composer Adolphus Hailstoke said of the new work, “My work reflects the autumn season, the solemnity of the moment, President Kennedy’s incomparable oratorical prowess, and the poet Frost’s profound literary genius. It will be a thing,” he said. “JFK: The Last Speech” is a project by the nonprofit Reunion ’64, Inc. by members of his Amherst Class in 1964. They had the privilege of witnessing President Kennedy’s final major speech on October 26, 1963.

  • Commissioned by CMF, world premiere by composers Jordan Holloway and Carter Pan on July 16th. Holloway’s premiere will be on the occasion of his 125th anniversary in Chautauqua, Colorado in 2023.

  • The festival celebrates the 150th anniversary of Rachmaninoff’s birth with a full program of two of Rachmaninoff’s most iconic works composed during his stay in America. For Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Symphony No. 3, Piano Concerto No. 4 and Symphonic Dances, Rachmaninoff’s performer Nikolai Lugansky joins the orchestra.

  • Robert Mann’s chamber music series returns after 3 years. JACK Quartet (July 11th) and Brentano String Quartets (July 18th) made his CMF debut.

  • The 2023 season will feature a range of musicians and composers including Michelle Cann, Nikolai Lugansky, Timothy McAllister, Johannes Moser and Grace Park.

On Sunday, July 2nd at 10:30 am, CMF will feature the family concert “Peter and the Wolf + Goodnight Moon”. Conducted by Karina Bobel, it features soprano Jennifer Byrd her Arvidson and narrator Jana Evaris. In addition to Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” a beloved symphonic fairy tale that introduces young listeners to the instruments of the orchestra, the program features the musical setting of Eric Whitaker’s children’s classic “Goodnight Moon,” Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s celebratory “Dance Nagle” is also featured. ‘, Georges Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ Suite No. 1. Tickets go on sale March 7th for $10.

“Not only does the 2023 season promise to be artistically spectacular, but audiences will appreciate the way the programming weaves so many diverse, timely and relevant voices into the structure of classical music. “I am very proud of what we are presenting.”

New for 2023, CMF is offering $10 tickets for youth (18 and under) and students (with current school ID). For more information, visit

For more information about CMF, or to purchase tickets after March 7, visit or call the Chautauqua Box Office at 303-440-7666.

Colorado Music Festival concerts are held at the Chautauqua Auditorium, built in 1898. Located at the base of Boulders Flatiron and one of only 25 National Historic Landmarks in Colorado, the Colorado Chautauqua continues to serve its historic purpose.

About the Colorado Music Festival

Founded in 1976, the Colorado Music Festival (CMF) presents a summer season of classical music concerts by professional musicians from around the world at Boulder’s historic Chautauqua Auditorium. Guest artists from Europe, Asia, South America and the United States join his more than 100 all-star musicians who make up the CMF Orchestra for performances that inspire and captivate concert-goers of all ages. Under the musical direction of Peter Unzian, CMF brings audiences of over 20,000 people each season to programming that incorporates the most beloved classical music repertoire while integrating world music with the work of exciting contemporary composers. impress. For more information about CMF or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Chautauqua Box Office at 303-440-7666.

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