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Lights, Camera, Music! FCS Presents 100 Years of Iconic Film Music

As part of our Then & Now 100th Anniversary Season, your Fort Collins Symphony will present a century of iconic film scores at our upcoming “Reel Music” concert. Audiences of all ages are invited to spend an evening immersed in the memorable music of Hollywood’s Silver Screen at the Timberline Churc
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FCS 2023 Year in Review

As the curtains close on 2023, we’re thrilled to look back on this year of unforgettable music and memories that you built with us. Keep reading for a peek at next year, some fun facts and figures from 2023, and the most inspiring things you told us in this year’s surveys. Looking back at 2023: Conc
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Interview with Guitarist Jason Vieaux

Guitarist Jason Vieaux joins us on the Fort Collins Symphony’s Open Notes Podcast to talk about his early fascination with jazz and the Beatles, the piece he’s played more than any other, and the poignant beauty of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra. Jason will perform with the
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Composing “The Raven” with Morgan Denney

In this episode of the Open Notes Podcast, composer Morgan Denney chats with Jeremy about her process and the challenges behind writing her new musical accompaniment to Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” for the Fort Collins Symphony. “The Raven” will be premiered at our Spellbound Halloween concert on W
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Fort Collins Symphony Celebrates 100th Anniversary

For Immediate Release FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Fort Collins Symphony is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a blockbuster season of music. The 2023-24 season “Then & Now” runs from October 7, 2023 to May 11, 2024. Visit for more information. The season opens with Beethoven’s m
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Symphony of Support: The Healing Power of Music in Dementia Care

No one has to walk the dementia journey alone. In this video, members of Dementia Together and the Fort Collins Symphony discuss the B Sharp Arts Engagement Program and its research, which found powerful benefits for people living with dementia and their care partners from attending live symphony co
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2023 “Music’s in the Air” Summer Garden Concert

One of the best benefits of being an FCS Season Subscriber is an invitation to our annual “Music’s in the Air” Summer Garden Concert. A Brass Quintet performing atthe Hixon Gardens This August, a Woodwind Quintet of FCS musicians playing flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French Horn will perform a
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Debussy’s Nocturnes: A Poetic Journey Through Twilight

Debussy was a master of creating atmosphere and mood in his music. He used techniques such as shifting harmonies, delicate melodies, and subtle orchestration to create a sense of wonder and awe. Debussy’s Nocturnes is a masterpiece of musical imagery. Claude Debussy Nocturnes was inspired by the wor
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Lights, Camera, Symphony: How Music Shaped Films

Lights, Camera, Symphony: How Music Shaped Films The Role of Music in Cinema From the dawn of cinema to the present day, music has played a crucial role in enhancing the storytelling and emotional impact of films. As we prepare for our upcoming concert, “Escape to the Movies: The History of Music in
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Beyond Words: The Moving Power of Music to Pay Tribute

Music has a unique ability to convey emotions and create lasting memories. Throughout history, many composers have used their craft to honor loved ones who have passed away and to pay tribute to their homelands. These musical compositions have become powerful tools to express emotions and keep the m
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Interview with Pianist Avery Gagliano

21-year-old pianist Avery Gagliano captures audiences with her sensitivity, emotional depth, and musical expression. She gained international attention as the First Prize and Best Concerto Prize winner of the 10th National Chopin Piano Competition, and was the only American semifinalist at the 18th
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2022 in Review, at the Fort Collins Symphony

A Look Back at 2022 We accomplished a lot in 2022, and we’re glad that you could join us for every step of the way. Enjoy this recap of an excellent year for classical (and popular) music in Fort Collins. Thanks to your continued support, we performed 28 excellent concerts this year for over 15,000
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7 lesser-known classical music pieces for your winter playlist

7 Lesser-known Classics for your Winter Playlist

7 Lesser-known Classics for your Winter Playlist You’ve heard the Nutcracker and Vivaldi’s Winter, but have you heard these lesser-known pieces of classical music to put you into the spirit of winter? From the desks of Schumann and Tchaikovsky to the computer of Max Richter, these 7 Winter Classics
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What is Colorado Gives Day?

On the first Tuesday of December, Coloradans come together on Colorado Gives Day to support the nonprofits that make a difference in our lives. Since 2010, Colorado Gives Day has grown to be Colorado’s largest 24-hour giving event, raising more than $500 million for nonprofits across the state since
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Escape to New Realms with the Fort Collins Symphony

Fort Collins:  You are invited to Escape to New Realms with a concert exploring fantastic lands and heroic acts of bravery and endurance. Maestro Wes Kenney and the Fort Collins Symphony (FCS) present their second Signature Concert at 7:30 PM on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at the Fort Collins Lincoln
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