In Sunday’s (9/14) Daily Camera (Boulder, Colorado), Kelly Dean Hansen previews the Boulder Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 season, which begins on Saturday with Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. Music Director Devin Patrick Hughes “is known for pushing the limits in challenging his community musicians, most of whom are unpaid…. That doesn’t stop Hughes from programming monumental works. Last season, for example, he led his first Mahler symphony. In the 2014-15 season, which opens Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, another Mahler symphony is on the docket, as are masterpieces by Sibelius, Rachmaninoff, Elgar, Beethoven and Brahms. The orchestra also continues its tradition of performing new music” with two world premieres: What Trees May Speak by BSO composer-in-residence Jonathan Sokol, and a new work by Matthew Browne. “In one of his boldest moves yet, Hughes will close the season with a fully staged performance … of Bizet’s enormously popular opera ‘Carmen.’ First Presbyterian, the orchestra’s venue, has a space that will allow such a venture.” Also planned this season are symphonies by Beethoven (No. 4), Brahms (No. 3), and Mahler (No. 1), plus a six-concert chamber series.

Posted September 17, 2014