In Thursday’s (3/4) Denver Post, Kyle MacMillan writes, “The Colorado Symphony Orchestra hopes to achieve a balance of the fresh and familiar in its just-announced 2010-11 season as it strives to attract new audiences without taking unduly large risks in a still-lingering recession. … Venerable classical stars, including soprano Kathleen Battle (Sept. 18), violinist Itzhak Perlman (April 27) and pianist Leon Fleisher (Feb. 26-27), will be featured along with up-and-comers, such as French pianist Lise de la Salle, who will make her debut with the orchestra on Oct. 16-17. … Among such new and little-known works will be the American premiere of Kenji Bunch’s Piano Concerto (May 20-22), as well as the symphony’s first first-ever performance of Czech composer Bohuslav’s Martinu’s rarely heard 1942 Symphony No. 1 (Nov. 20-21). The biggest change for 2010-11 is the establishment of Inside the Score, a lineup of seven Friday-evening thematic concerts that will be accompanied by background commentary and a changing array of extras, including visual presentations and dance performances. The series, which is similar to culturalConvergence, a multimedia outreach series begun by former music director Marin Alsop in 2001-02, is the first in a series of new initiatives the orchestra hopes to introduce during the next three years.”

Posted March 5, 2010