"Nature and Music" is this program's theme, inspired by Boulder's natural beauty and an example of how the orchestra responds to its location. The concert features a multimedia commission commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
Taking inspiration from its hometown's natural beauty, Boulder Philharmonic offers a sonic and visual exploration of the great outdoors. Conducted by the orchestra's Music Director Michael Butterman, the concert features Stephen Lias's All the Songs that Nature Sings, a Boulder Philharmonic commission with projected photographs of the Rocky Mountains in honor of the National Park Service's 100th anniversary. The program continues with the spotlight on mandolinist Jeff Midkiff in his original concerto From the Blue Ridge, plus Steve Heitzeg's "Winter: Ghosts of the Grasslands" from his Symphony to the Prairie Farm. The finale, Copland's Appalachian Spring, takes this concert experience to new heights with help from aerialist dance troupe Frequent Flyers.
Stay after the concert for a discussion with Michael Butterman, composers Stephen Lias and Jeff Midkiff, and Frequent Flyers artistic director Nancy Smith.
SHIFT is co-presented by Washington Performing Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.