Colorado Symphony scales back free summer offerings

Posted on: April 26, 2011

In Sunday’s (4/24) Denver Post, Kyle MacMillan writes, “The Colorado Symphony Orchestra has long performed a series of free summer concerts in area parks and at Red Rocks, but that tradition is set to change significantly this year. While the symphony will again offer its Independence Day salute in Civic Center and some of its small ensembles are likely to perform a couple of park concerts, most of the orchestra’s 2011 summer offerings will be ticketed concerts for the first time. ‘We’re still committed to free, public programming,’ said James Palermo, president and chief executive, ‘but the symphony has expenses all summer long, and we generally don’t bring in the kind of income that would sustain the orchestra over the summer.’ The biggest change is the introduction of ‘Summer Seasonings,’ a line-up of classical concerts at Boettcher Concert Hall on three Friday evenings in July. … In addition, the orchestra will perform a new pops series at Red Rocks on successive Sunday evenings beginning July 10. … According to Palermo, these new ticketed offerings, especially the additional ones in venues outside of Boettcher, the symphony’s principal venue, allow the orchestra to broaden its offerings and reach new audiences.”

Posted April 26, 2011