Arapahoe Philharmonic ready for new season

'Galactic Melodies and Myths' begins in mid-September

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“Our outdoor summer concert oversold at Breckenridge Brewery in Littleton,” said Arapahoe Philharmonic Executive Director Corinne Denny, optimistic about the start of a new season, which begins Sept. 17 at 7:30 with “Galactic Melodies and Myths” at Denver First Church of the Nazarene, 3800 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village.

This will be the site for most of the season's concerts, except for July, said Denny, assuming the schedule there is confirmed next week. “We need to work with the church on a holiday schedule.” In November, the orchestra will perform at Lone Tree Arts Center.

Concerts will include “Scotch on the Strings,” Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.; “Holidays at the Movies,” Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.; “Music Around the World: Children's Discovery Concert” on Feb. 22, 2022, 11 a.m.; “Maestros of the Classroom,” April 29, 7:30 p.m. and “Stars and Stripes Forever,” 8 p.m. July 3 or 4, 2022. Location TBA.

“Our board has been really proactive,” Denny said. It's chaired by Maria Del Rio and faced hard choices in the past year, when no performances were possible. “It's been a very strange year,” she said. “I feel the orchestra will come out stronger, more diverse.”

The physical office was closed — a big change, Denny said, and some programming was replaced. A new ticketing system is in place and concerts will be offered in person and online.

“There will be more collaboration with other organizations, which expands the audience,” she added.

Denny was hired last October after several interviews. (There were lots of applicants.) The selection of possible soloists is a collaborative effort between Musical Director Devin Patrick Hughes and the orchestra's musicians.

Auditions opened and will close Aug. 17 for new players. (See the website for directions — send audition videos to Denny at arapahoe-phil.org.) She says there are a couple principal positions, plus others in the orchestra. “We have started an annual audition program and can give members feedback each year. There are brass and strings openings ...”

The membership is presently at about 50, Denny said. Pre-pandemic, it was about 70.

“We are working with a virtual and online education program,” Denny said. Instrumental instruction will be sent to schools. A virtual Master Class will be sent to Arapahoe High School.

The last full season for the Arapahoe Philharmonic was 2018-2019. “Some personnel are really nervous about resuming a schedule, while others are eager to start. The November, Scottish Concert will be at Lone Tree Arts Center and others will be at Denver First Church,” Denny said. “We are getting requests for season ticket packages.

“The first full rehearsal in July was awesome!”

See arapahoe-phil.org for more information in future weeks.

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