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Colorado Symphony Orchestra makes its Vilar Center debut

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The Colorado Symphony Orchestra brings their music to the mountains, making a debut at Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Associate Conductor Adam Flatt leads the performance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Flatt has been associate conductor of the symphony and music director of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra since 2001. He came to widespread attention when he substituted for conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya on short notice to lead the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in a program with works by Turina, Brahms and Falla, featuring world-renowned Spanish pianist Alicia DeLarrocha.

In 2002, Flatt led the orchestra at a Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival performance at the Ford Amphitheater in Vail. His recent and upcoming debuts include the Houston Symphony and Sacramento Philharmonic.

Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is one of classical music’s most pervasive pieces. Ironically, Vivaldi considered himself more of an opera composer and claimed that he could write a concerto faster than anyone could transcribe it. This set of four violin concertos, originally accompanied by sonnets penned by Vivaldi, have proven to have timeless appeal to both performers and listeners. The performance will feature concertmaster and virtuoso violinist Yumi Hwang-Williams.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony premiered in February 1814, about five years after the joint premieres of numbers Five and Six. This lengthy intervening period had been a critical time for Beethoven. Although he’d won admiration as a composer, he had several marriage proposals rejected. At the same time he wrote his famed “Immortal Beloved” letter, in which he passionately declared his adoration of a mysterious woman who would remain unavailable to him.

His life was in great turmoil, but his music was flavored with the essential optimism of his thriving career. Beethoven once said of his Symphony No. 8, “Anyone who ever hears this will never know unhappiness.”

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s debut at the Vilar Center is a landmark for the small venue. Organizers are hopeful that the orchestra will return annually and may even consider a winter residency here in the mountains, performing several times each season.

Tickets are $45 and may be purchased through the Vilar Center Box Office at 845-TIXS (8497) or online at http://www.vilarcenter.org.


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