BOULDER, Colo. May 4, 2023 — Boulder Symphony announces an upcoming concert featuring an unforgettable program of classical music. The concert will take place at 1820 15th Street, in downtown Boulder, on May 19 at 7:30 p.m, and promises to be an evening of pure musical magic.
The concert program includes three masterpieces of classical music, each one a tour de force in its own right. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, one of the most recognizable and beloved works in the classical repertoire, will be performed in all its dramatic glory, captivating the audience with its iconic motifs and soaring melodies.
Devin Patrick Hughes, conductor and music director of the Boulder Symphony, praises Beethoven’s Fifth for changing “the meaning and nature of the idea of a symphony. Before this, symphonies would be written generally to showcase the virtuosity of an orchestra or as background music. With the Fifth, Beethoven presents a struggle that he works out and overcomes using musical development.”
The concert will also feature Benjamin Britten’s Double Concerto for Violin and Viola, a stunning composition that showcases the virtuosity and versatility of these two instruments. Joining the orchestra for this performance is renowned violinist Yumi Hwang-Williams, concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony, alongside none other than the Boulder Symphony’s own executive director, Andrew Krimm, on viola. This is a rare opportunity to witness two exceptional musicians coming together to create something truly unique and extraordinary.
According to Krimm, while finishing the Double Concerto in 1932, Britten declared, “I shall tear this up shortly.” Fortunately, he failed to destroy the score, but it was never performed while he was alive. Krimm eagerly requests, “Join me, Yumi, and the great Boulder Symphony in appreciating how fortunate we are that Britten did not destroy the score and his magnificent music continues to be performed today.”
Finally, the program includes Erich Korngold’s “The Sea Hawk” Suite, a sweeping and cinematic piece that evokes the grandeur and majesty of the ocean. This thrilling work will transport the audience to another time and place, with its lush orchestrations and evocative melodies.
“We are incredibly excited to present this program to our audiences,” said Hughes. “Each piece is a masterpiece in its own right, and together they create a truly epic evening of classical music. We can’t wait to share this experience with the Boulder community.”
The Boulder Symphony is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the highest quality classical music to the Boulder area. This concert is sure to be a highlight of the season, and a must-see for anyone who loves great music.
Tickets for the concert are available now, and can be purchased online here. Don’t miss your chance to experience the beauty and power of classical music at its finest.Be sure to visit and follow Boulder Symphony & Music Academy on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube @BoulderSymphony for more information and to register for music lessons and summer music camps!