SUNDAY JUNE 29 WAS OPENING NIGHT – BOULDER STYLE! A spectacular Season Kick-off featured an evening of “Boulder’s Own.” Boulder Philharmonic Music Director Michael Butterman led the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra for the first time in a program that included music of Mozart, Strauss, and Brahms. Plus, Boulder native and pianist Christopher Taylor took the stage to perform the Strauss Burleske! The Daily Camera called it, “a program that was both full and light, both strenuous and relaxing.” It was an incredibly dynamic program enjoyed by all! Click here to read the Daily Camera review.
Don’t miss out – tickets are still available for upcoming concerts! Buy now!
We are proud to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Andrew Bradford. Although his official start date is August 11, Bradford will be working with our organization throughout the summer, participating in the Music Director selection process and other special events.
“I am delighted to be joining the Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts. With its sterling reputation as a premier summer music festival and its unparalleled commitment to presenting the highest quality music and educational programs for the benefit of the community, the organization is ideally positioned for a bright and prosperous future,” said Bradford. “I very much look forward to working with the Board to expand the organization’s impact and reach, and to ensure that it has the resources necessary to continue being an exemplar of the ideal 21st-century classical music organization.”
Bradford comes to CMF & CMA from Chicago where he has served as Executive Director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra for the past two years. During his tenure, he balanced the organization’s budget and delivered operating surpluses, implemented an artistic vision to perform American music on every concert, created the orchestra’s popular presenting series, and expanded the orchestra’s audience base and geographic reach by building new relationships with multiple Chicago-area venues, including the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.
Bradford holds a Bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied music and management. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Management Fellowship program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, where he was a protégé of arts management guru, Michael Kaiser. His broad administrative and operational experience includes orchestra management, marketing, development, and strategic planning with organizations including the National Symphony Orchestra, The Kennedy Center, the Aspen Music Festival, the Houston Symphony, and San Francisco Classical Voice. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Council of Orchestras.
MUSIC – MAESTROS – MASTERPIECES!
The Colorado Music Festival’s 2014 concert season abounds with some of the world’s greatest guest artists and conductors. Along with our world-class, professional orchestra musicians this summer’s accomplished guest conductors include Michael Butterman, Lawrence Golan, William Boughton, Larry Rachleff, Carlos Prieto, Joshua Gersen, Andrew Grams and Jean-Marie Zeitouni. From legendary soloists to orchestral gems, Chautauqua Auditorium will host performances of unprecedented variety and brilliance. The image for this years Festival poster was created by Boulder artist Sam Austin.
TICKETS ARE ON SALE AT THE CHAUTAUQUA BOX OFFICE, MONDAY-FRIDAY 1-6pm. QUESTIONS? CALL Margaret Romero AT 303-665-0599 x109.
Due to renovations, the CMA building will be closed as of May 27th. All CMA summer camps, classes, and lessons will be held at Catalyst High School, 1376 Miner’s Drive. Summer registration is still open – contact Nancy at (303) 665-0599 x100 to register! If you need to access CMF & CMA’s Administration Office after May 27th, the construction entrance will be located at the Northeast corner of the building.
We are proud to present our new Music Discovery Garden - a collection of large, outdoor interactive percussion instruments that include “Contrabass Chimes,” “The Swirl,” the “Flying Amadinda,” and three “WeeNotes.” These exciting outdoor instruments were made by Richard Cooke of Freenotes Harmony Park and have been installed on the northwest corner of the center. We invite you to come on over anytime and give our new outdoor instruments a try!