2020 Festival Season
June 25-August 1, 2020
The Colorado Music Festival presents a six-week summer concert season at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder, Colorado. Showcasing over 42 principal players, the Festival Orchestra is comprised of exceptional national and international musicians. Under the baton of Music Director Peter Oundjian, this all-star orchestra treks to the base of the iconic Flatirons every summer to create what is truly a world-class experience.
Our musicians represent 44 orchestras from 23 states, 4 provinces, and 3 countries including:
Atlantic Chamber Ensemble
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Boulder Philharmonic, Principal
Buffalo Philharmonic, Principal
Charleston Symphony, Assistant Principal
Co-Principal Greenville Symphony (SC)
Dallas Opera Orchestra
Florida Grand Opera
Harrisburg Symphony, Principal
Kansas City Symphony, Principal
L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
Louisville Orchestra, Principal
National Symphony Orchestra
New Haven Symphony, Prinicpal
North Carolina Opera
Oregon Symphony (Portland)
San Antonio Symphony
Santa Fe Symphony
Seattle Symphony, Principal
Southwest Florida Symphony
St. Louis Symphony
The Florida Orchestra
The Handel and Haydn Society
Concerts and Programs
Festival Orchestra Concerts
Festival Orchestra concerts are the premier performances by the Colorado Music Festival. Featuring the full Festival Orchestra led by Grammy-nominated & JUNO Award-winning conductor Peter Oundjian, these concerts explore the greatest symphonic masterworks and feature world-class visiting artists weekly.
Thursdays and Fridays | 7:30 pm
Chamber Orchestra Concerts
Experience the refined sounds of a small orchestra (around 50 musicians, as opposed to the roughly 100 of the full Festival Orchestra) and a spectrum of chamber orchestra masterpieces by the world’s most celebrated composers.
Sundays | 7:30 pm
Music of Today
Music Director Peter Oundjian is a vocal champion for new voices in music. Discover something bold and new: a composer whose work you’ve never heard, an instrument you’ve never seen in an orchestral setting, a performer inventing their own style, a fresh take on a classic piece of music. The possibilities are endless.
Chamber Music Concerts
The Robert Mann Chamber Music Series explores today’s most celebrated chamber ensembles presented in the spirit of legendary violinist, teacher, and founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet, Robert Mann.
Tuesdays | 7:30 pm
Family Concert and Lawn Fair
Introduce your children to music at the Festival’s annual Family Concert. Look forward to an engaging musical experience, a shortened program with no intermission (perfect for tiny attention spans), and a family-friendly price. The Family Concert, a collaboration with the Center for Musical Arts, also offers a free lawn fair and instrument petting zoo on the Chautauqua Green.
The Colorado Music Festival’s Festival Fellows program hosts a total of eight aspiring professional musicians in Boulder, CO. Fellows will perform up to two concerts per week within the ranks of the Festival Orchestra, as well as at various outreach concerts within the community — all while being coached by the Festival’s illustrious, resident guest musicians.
Tiny Rock Concerts
These classical pop-up concerts, performed with the flatirons of Boulder as a backdrop, provide a unique opportunity for the public to experience the world-class talent of the guest artists and individual musicians of the Colorado Music Festival.
Enhance your Festival experience and expand your knowledge of classical music at our free on-site concert talks. Led by special guests and key players, these free, informative, and entertaining concert talks are designed to educate the audience on the repertoire and theme for the coinciding concert. All Talks will be held at 6:30 pm underneath the Festival Tent (north side of the Chautauqua Auditorium).
See the Orchestra in an intimate setting as they prepare for their next concert! The community is invited to attend select Colorado Music Festival rehearsals at the Chautauqua Auditorium to witness a professional orchestra and visiting guest artists hard at work on stage.
This season’s colorful celebration includes Beethoven’s iconic Fifth and energetic Seventh symphonies, all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos, Grammy-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich performing Beethoven’s only violin concerto, six of Beethoven’s chamber music treasures, and more.