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Sneak Preview: 2018-19 Performing Arts Season

Amahl and the Night Visitors, performed by Colorado Springs Conservatory students, alumni and guests artists, will continue to delight audiences for its 16th year.

Amahl and the Night Visitors, performed by Colorado Springs Conservatory students, alumni and guests artists, will continue to delight audiences for its 16th year.

The performing arts organizations remain a jewel in the crown of the Pikes Peak region. They provide the best in music, dance, theatre, opera, mime and the spoken word, delighting audiences of local residents and visitors alike and helping define our quality of life. So, what’s in store for the coming 2018-19 season? Below is a sneak preview of just a few of the outstanding offerings.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic

Captivating music and lavish sights await you as the Colorado Springs Philharmonic returns to the stage in September for a full season of musical performances. Under the direction of internationally acclaimed maestro Josep Caballé-Domenech, the Philharmonic is lauded as the finest musical ensemble in Southern Colorado.  

The season begins with a flourish on September 15, with Beethoven’s ebullient Symphony No. 7, an unmistakable masterpiece. From that point forward, every concert is an event, complete with musical charmers and entertaining Pops tailor-made to please with something for everyone – from Blockbuster Broadway to the Wonderful Music of Oz. 

 In January, the Philharmonic performs its centerpiece – an all-Tchaikovsky event, featuring the music of Swan Lake – its local premiere in a concert setting. 

 Taking a break from its Pikes Peak Center home, the Philharmonic will appear multiple times at the Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS. In these intimate surroundings, the orchestra presents its “Signature Series,” a four-weekend tour de force, dedicated to the individual creative genius.

 Perhaps most surprising, pricey tickets are a thing of the past.  Kids age 7-17 are free at most performances and new season ticket holders save 50% - that’s as little as $20 each. 

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company

The Fine Arts Center’s award-winning and critically acclaimed professional theatre company is known for its annual selection of plays and musicals, which include frequent Colorado premieres of the latest Broadway hits.

Their 2017-2018 theatre season, the highest attended theatre season EVER, received a staggering 24 Henry Award nominations from the Colorado Theatre Guild; their productions of Fun Home and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels tied as the most honored productions of the Colorado theatre year with 11 nominations each. 

For nearly 100 years, the FAC (and the Broadmoor Art Academy before it) has lived by the true belief that the theatre is a place for entertainment, discussion, education, and magic; and the upcoming season is no exception. Audiences will travel to Elizabethan London in Shakespeare in Love, the Cuban enclave of Ybor City in Anna in the Tropics, and a number of other fantastical worlds in Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, Hands on a Hardbody, Barnum, and more. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now. www.coloradocollege.edu/fac  

Colorado Springs Chorale

Vocal artistry will resound this season as Artistic Director Deborah Jenkins Teske conducts the award-winning Colorado Springs Chorale, replete with orchestra, in the season-opener Fire and Light on October 5 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, featuring the beloved “Lux Aeterna” by Morten Lauridsen and choruses from G.F. Handel’s dramatic oratorios. 

Come November, The Chorale joins with the C.S. Philharmonic at Pikes Peak Center to present Ravel’s Daphis et Chloé and in December Christmas Symphony, featuring a mix of Christmas classics and seasonal favorites, culminating in a popular audience sing-a-long.

Rounding out the season, The Chorale is slated to appear again on Armed Forces Day with the ever-popular United States Air Force Academy Band. To purchase tickets or for more concert information. www.cschorale.org

Colorado Springs Conservatory

The Colorado Springs Conservatory has a stellar 2018/2019 season planned, which will not only include monthly First Friday Jazz Nites at the Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery, featuring CSC mentors, students and alumni in performance, but also a series of must-see stage productions.

Kicking off the holiday season will be America’s beloved opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, featuring the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, November 28 and 29 at the Pikes Peak Center. Those in attendance will also delight in the world premiere of a new children’s opera, The Little Red Wagon and the Christmas Angel as part of a double bill. 

On February 10, 2019, Beautiful Chaos, now in its 14th year, will be performed at the Stargazers Theater, bringing together the talented youth from the Conservatory as well as those from over a half dozen local dance studios. The result: original student compositions coupled with student choreography and dance that is sure to captivate audiences.   

The June 2019 musical production at the Pikes Peak Center also serves as the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Conservatory. Watch for details to join the celebration. June 26, 27. Csconservatory.org for more information. 

For a comprehensive listing of both visual and performing arts options for the coming year, visit PeakRadar at https://www.peakradar.com