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Top Spots To Get Your Classical Music Fix In Denver

June 24, 2013 6:00 AM

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Colorado Symphony (credit: CBS)

Colorado Symphony (credit: CBS)

Colorado SymphonyColorado Symphony (credit: CBS)

Are you a fan of classical music? Well you aren’t alone. Classical music is still just as popular with music aficionados of all ages. Luckily, Denver is home to many amazing orchestras, symphonies and other musical groups that are dedicated to performing the classical works for audiences year-round. From masterpiece classics like Brahms and Haydn to more modern works or even classical music in popular culture, there are so many ways and so many places to enjoy classical music in Denver. Take a look at these great spots and enjoy a classical concert today.

Colorado Symphony
Boettcher Concert Hall
1000 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-7876
www.coloradosymphony.org

Classical music lovers know that the Colorado Symphony is the best way to enjoy live classical music in Denver. Under the leadership of conductor Andrew Litton, the Colorado Symphony offers a huge selection of amazing musical performances throughout the year. You can catch the hugely successful Masterworks series or the Inside the Score Series to get a look into the world of the music itself. One of the most popular is the Pops Series, which offers a look at classical music through popular culture – like the always successful Bugs Bunny at the Symphony shows that project the original Looney Tunes shows on a big screen with the scores played live. Or you can check out the family shows, with music that kids will love, and of course the holiday season is always popular at the Colorado Symphony. Clearly, there is something for every musical taste, and the Colorado Symphony is an amazing place to enjoy classical music in Denver.

Colorado Chamber Players
(303) 355-2224
www.coloradochamberplayers.com

For 19 seasons, the Colorado Chamber Players have been offering a small ensemble bringing amazing music to performances all over the state. The small ensemble is made of cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, two pianos and guitar as well as the string quartet and has been amazing audiences with its impressive musical talents for years. If you are a Haydn fan, then be sure to check out the Haydn Quartet Slam, performing all 83 Haydn string quartets throughout the state of Colorado. Or, just check the website to catch the next performance of the Colorado Chamber Players.

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Denver Philharmonic Orchestra
KPOF Hall
1340 Sherman St.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 653-2407
www.denverphilharmonic.org

The Denver Philharmonic Orchestra has a 65 year history of amazing musical performances and musical outreach in the Denver area. Under the leadership of conductor Lawrence Golan, the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the KPOF Hall as well as at other locations throughout the state. You’ll be able to enjoy everything from 20th Century American Masterpieces to holiday music, chamber music and more. The Denver Philharmonic Orchestra performs a huge selection of classical music and is one of the premier orchestras in the state. If you are a fan of classical music, you really must pay a visit to this amazing orchestra.

Colorado Wind Ensemble
(303) 394-4552
www.coloradowindensemble.org

A wind ensemble is a lot like an orchestra, just without the string instruments. The Colorado Wind Ensemble is more like a concert band, with all of the orchestral wind instruments plus percussion, saxophone and euphonium. The Ensemble performs music of all types, featuring Renaissance ensembles, chamber pieces, marches, military and symphonic works, Baroque works and even some contemporary compositions. There is a lot of variety for music fans here. For 31 seasons, the Colorado Wind Ensemble has performed these amazing works of art and you can catch them under the leadership of conductor Matthew J. Roeder, DMA. This is just another amazing example of all the tremendous musical talent that lives right here in your own backyard.

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Denver Brass
2253 Downing St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 832-4676
www.denverbrass.org

Just what is the Denver Brass? It is a group of 14 musicians who perform classical works as well as just about every other musical style available. From classical to jazz, Broadway and Latin, it performs a huge variety of musical styles. The sound is truly distinctive, as the group is comprised of 13 different brass instruments, creating an original sound. The band was formed in 1981 and has performed throughout the state, amazing music fans at the sound and versatility of the brass instruments. Performances are held throughout the state at concert venues, churches and theaters.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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