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Branford Marsalis Excited To Perform With Colorado Symphony

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DENVER (CBS4) – Branford Marsalis is a name that makes most think of jazz, but this weekend he’ll be showing off his classical chops on the opening weekend of the Colorado Symphony’s new season.

Branford Marsalis and Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton (credit: CBS)

Branford Marsalis and Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton (credit: CBS)

Music Director Andrew Litton will be conducting the symphony in “Colorado Symphony Presents Masterworks Opening Weekend” — a tribute to three Russian composers, and Marsalis will be filling Boettcher Concert Hall with his wonderful saxophone tones in Glazunov’s “Concerto for Alto Saxophone.”

“Clearly there are elements of my playing that will be influenced by where I grew up and how I grew up. So I will take more risks than some folks might take. I never really play the piece the same way twice,” he told CBS4 Critic at Large Greg Moody in an interview on Friday.

The concerts take place at Boettcher Concert Hall in the the Denver Performing Arts Complex on Friday night and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Purchase tickets at www.coloradosymphony.org or call (303) 623-7876.

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