Our Dearest Supporters and Music Lovers,
Welcome to tonight's concert, a truly special evening as we celebrate the Crown Jewel of our 75th Anniversary season jubilee! It is with great pride and joy that we gather here today to reflect on the remarkable journey of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. As we revisit the works featured in our very first concert 75 years ago, we pay homage to our roots and honor the vision of our trailblazing founder, Dr. Antonia Brico.
In the male-dominated classical music scene of the 1940s, Dr. Brico fearlessly forged a path for herself as a conductor, defying societal expectations and breaking down barriers. She laid the foundation for our organization, which was initially known as the Denver Businessmen's Orchestra. What began as her personal mission to solidify her presence in the music world has blossomed into something far greater—an enduring testament to the power of perseverance and the triumph of artistic expression.
Tonight, as we embark on a musical journey through time, we cannot help but marvel at how far we have come. The Denver Philharmonic Orchestra has evolved into a vibrant community of musicians, supporters, and music lovers who unite under the banner of exceptional artistry. This growth would not have been possible without the unwavering dedication and support of each and every one of you.
Tonight's concert is also an opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to two individuals who have played instrumental roles in shaping the orchestra's destiny. We honor the remarkable tenure of Valerie Clausen, our outgoing Executive Director, who has guided us with passion, wisdom, and unwavering commitment for the past ten years. While she passes the baton of leadership, we are fortunate to retain her invaluable expertise as she continues to serve as an advisor to me, Roger Haak, the new Executive Director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra.
Furthermore, we applaud and recognize the incredible contribution of Maestro Lawrence Golan, our esteemed Music Director, who has dedicated a decade of his career to nurturing the artistic excellence of our orchestra. Through his vision and artistry, Lawrence has elevated our performances, captivated audiences, and inspired countless musicians.
As we gather here tonight, we not only celebrate our past achievements but also eagerly anticipate the future. It is with great pleasure that we will unveil the upcoming 23-24 season tonight, which promises to be a tapestry of captivating performances, exciting collaborations, and thrilling musical adventures. Plus we have some more surprises in the works; we invite you to keep your eyes and ears peeled for the exciting announcements that await you in the coming months.
Finally, let us express our heartfelt gratitude to our cherished patrons, donors, and supporters. Your unwavering belief in our mission, your generous contributions, and your steadfast presence have nurtured our growth and propelled us to new heights. Your unwavering support allows us to create exceptional musical experiences and enrich the cultural fabric of our community.
Tonight, as we gather to celebrate our past, present, and future, let us bask in the transformative power of music. Together, we will continue to create, inspire, and leave an indelible mark on the world of classical music.
Thank you, and enjoy the concert!
Roger Haak, Executive Director