Colorado Symphony Orchestra ChorusBack To Performers
Founded in 1984 by Duain Wolfe at the request of Gaetano Delogu, then music director of the Symphony, the Colorado Symphony Chorus has over the past two decades grown into a nationally respected ensemble, joining the Colorado Symphony for numerous performances and radio and television broadcasts, to repeated critical acclaim. The chorus, with 200 members, has performed at noted music festivals in the Rocky Mountain region, including the Colorado Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and the Grand Teton Music Festival, where it performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 under the direction of Zubin Mehta. At the Aspen Music Festival there have been performances of such diverse repertoire as Bernstein’s Mass, Mahler’s gigantic Symphony No. 8, Honegger’s unique Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher, and the Berlioz Requiem, under the baton of notable conductors Lawrence Foster, Murry Sidlin, David Zinman and James Levine. The Colorado Symphony Chorus has appeared at select public and special events, and has collaborated with many renowned Colorado arts ensembles, including the Colorado Children’s Chorale, Central City Opera, Opera Colorado and the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. The chorus sang at the 1991 opening gala for the Temple Hoyne Buell Theater, provided choral support for international opera star José Carreras, and participated in the 1993 Papal Vigil when Pope John Paul II visited Denver. It has performed the works of a number of Colorado composers, including Samuel Lancaster and John Kuzma, and has had works written especially for it by CSO composers-in-residence Jon Deak and Libby Larsen. The Colorado Symphony Orchestra continues to be grateful for the excellence and dedication of this remarkable, all-volunteer ensemble.