Boulder Philharmonic seeks to forge stronger community connection

Posted on: February 24, 2012

In Friday’s (2/24) Denver Post, Sabine Kortals writes, “It’s generally understood that American orchestras are challenged as never before. Whether you blame a prolonged economic recession, an outdated business model, rising costs, more diversified audience tastes or all of the above, orchestras around the country are facing budget shortfalls and declining attendance. While the Colorado Symphony Orchestra looks to a fresh, consumer-focused approach to secure its financial future and better connect with audiences, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra has been quietly experimenting and innovating outside the spotlight. ‘We’re not just trying to attract patrons, we’re trying to build a real connection between the orchestra and the community,’ said Michael Butterman, the Phil’s music director since 2005. … Concerts often spotlight Boulder’s own creative talents, as well as widely known artists with Boulder connections—from pianists Christopher Taylor, David Korevaar and Hsing-Ay Hsu to composers Daniel Kellogg and Bill Douglas, as well as collaborations with organizations and ensembles like the Ars Nova Singers, Boulder Chorale, Boulder Ballet and Colorado Shakespeare Festival. As well, Butterman introduced a ‘Discovery’ series to fourth- and fifth-graders in the Boulder Valley School District.”

Posted February 24, 2012