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Blinded by the Light
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Welcome!
Dear Friends, 

Thank you for joining us for the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra’s special 75th anniversary season! That’s right; it was 75 years ago that Dr. Antonia Brico first founded our organization, originally known as the Denver Businessmen’s Orchestra. What started as a way for Dr. Brico to further solidify herself as a conductor in the male-dominated, 1940s classical music scene has grown and blossomed over the many years since. Looking back, we can’t help but marvel at how far we’ve come—both as an organization and as a community.

This season is all about celebrating that history. We’re proud to bring you one of our most diverse programs yet, featuring music from a diverse slate of composers and guest artists. Our anniversary season includes familiar gems, hidden treasures, and a Colorado premiere! Plus, it all culminates in a spectacular encore of the Denver Philharmonic’s very first concert back in May 1947. A beautiful season finale to cap off an extraordinary, reverent season.

What’s more: we’ll highlight it all at our newly renovated home at Central Presbyterian Church. No more construction. No more limited access. No more external bathrooms. Yet another thing to celebrate this coming year!

From the bottom of our hearts here at the DPO, thank you for making it all possible. You’re part of our family. We’ve built this together over the last 75 years, and we couldn’t be more grateful. That’s 75 years of music and community: treasured time with treasured memories.

Let’s celebrate!

Tonight's Preconcert Chat ?
Blinded by the Light
OCTOBER 7, 2022
Antonia Brico Stage at Central Presbyterian Church
Denver, Colorado · 7:30 pm

Lawrence Golan, conductor
Rony Barrak, darbouka 


John Stafford Smith 
The Star-Spangled Banner

About 1 minute


Lawrence Golan
Fantasia for Orchestra (Colorado Premiere)

About 5 minutes


Rony Barrak
Beirut Sensations

Featuring Rony Barrak

Allegro marcato
Tempo di Tango argentino
Andante
Vivo molto ritmico

About  18 minutes


• 20-MINUTE INTERMISSION •


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5

Andante – Allegro con anima
Andante cantabile con alcuna licenze
Valse. Allegro moderato
Finale. Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace

About 43 minutes 

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