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Interview with composer James David

Dr. James David is a composer and professor based at CSU in Fort Collins. In 2020, he wrote Ostinato Fantastico for the FCS, a piece that celebrates the universally compelling and alluring force of repeated rhythms to create a thrilling tour-de-force for the orchestra. In this interview, James David
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SC1 Escape to Enchantment

Escape to Enchantment with the Fort Collins Symphony

Press Release: The award-winning Fort Collins Symphony (FCS), under the baton of Maestro Wes Kenney, invites you to escape to an evening of enchantment as it begins its 2022-2023 Season at 7:30 PM on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center.* The first Signature Concert of the 20
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Now on Sale: Season 22-23, Escape to New Realms

The Fort Collins Symphony (FCS) launches its Season 2022-2023, “ESCAPE TO NEW REALMS,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center. Under the baton of Maestro Wes Kenney, now in his 20th season, this award-winning orchestra will perform a magical season of classical,
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Beethoven's 7th Symphony in Movies and TV

Beethoven’s 7th Symphony in Movies and TV

How many movies and TV shows feature Beethoven’s 7th Symphony? Westworld (2018)X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)Mr. Robot (2015)The King’s Speech (2010)Knowing (2009)Love Exposure (2008)The Man from Earth (2007)The Fall (2006) Irreversible (2002)Photographing Fairies (1997)Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)Immortal B
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Pianist David Korevaar discusses Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto

Pianist David Korevaar joins the Fort Collins Symphony on August 12th, 2022 for an All-Beethoven Summer Festival, featuring the enchanting Piano Concerto No. 4, the spirited Symphony No. 7, and the dramatic Coriolan Overture. In this interview, David introduces the 4th piano concerto and shares his
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Beethoven Summer Festival

FCS Presents Beethoven Summer Festival Concert

The Fort Collins Symphony (FCS), under the baton of Maestro Wes Kenney, presents an all-Beethoven Summer Festival at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022 in the auditorium at Timberline Church (2908 S. Timberline Road, Fort Collins). Internationally renowned pianist David Korevaar joins the FCS to p
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Old Town Square Concert

FCS Musicians Rocking and Fiddling in Old Town Square

FORT COLLINS, CO: A string octet of Fort Collins Symphony (FCS) musicians will be rocking and fiddling at 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 15, 2022 at Old Town Square Stage (Linden St. and Walnut St.) in Fort Collins. The free Out & About concert will feature popular songs, Happy Together, Eleanor Rigby, Por
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Fort Collins Symphony Attains BBB Accredited Charity Status

The Fort Collins Symphony (FCS), a regional non-profit arts organization, has been designated by the Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming as a BBB Accredited Charity. The FCS met all 20 BBB requirements for charity accountability. These standards were developed to foster conf
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Chapungu Sculpture Park

FCS Out & About! At Chapungu Sculpture Park

Chapungu Sculpture ParkVisitLovelandCo.org The Fort Collins Symphony to Perform FREE Community Concerts. This summer, the Fort Collins Symphony (FCS) will be Out & About performing three pop-up community concerts in the greater northern Colorado region. The Symphony’s professional musicians will pla
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22-23 Escape to New Realms

FCS Announces Season 2022-23: Escape to New Realms

Who doesn’t love a chance to escape: to walk away from the ordinary, the mundane, the everyday? A flight through the portals of music – the art of the air – can whisk you off to unexpected places, evoke memories, provide calm spaces, stimulate the mind, and create wonderful flights of fancy.
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Meet Maestro Wes Kenney

For our 2021-22 season, Reflections, we have highlighted many FCS musicians on our Facebook and Instagram pages under the campaign #MusicianMonday. To close out this fantastic season, we wanted to spotlight the musician in charge of all that we’ve accomplished this year: FCS Music Director Maestro W
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What is a Symphony

What is a Symphony?

From favorites like Beethoven’s 5th to symphonies that you’ve never heard before, this blog post and podcast episode gives a brief overview of the history of the symphony and what to expect when you head into the concert hall. What is a symphony? A symphony is a specific form that many composers use
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Interview with Science Consultant Dr. Erin Macdonald

Dr. Erin Macdonald is a tattooed one-woman STEM career panel with recognition as a researcher, speaker, engineer, and consultant before her current career. She now lives in Los Angeles working as a writer and producer and is the science consultant for the entire Star Trek franchise. In this intervie
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The Friends of the Symphony Present: The Animated Orchestra

Help! There’s a ferret running loose in the orchestra! The Animated Orchestra: A Musical Adventure for the Young and the Young at Heart, sponsored by the Friends of the Symphony, will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at Timberline Church’s main auditorium. Under the baton of Maestro We
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Interview with Composer Gregory Smith

Composer Gregory Smith sits down to discuss his compositional process, his piece “The Animated Orchestra,” and how he writes excellent educational works to engage young listeners. Join us for The Animated Orchestra, live at Timberline Church in Fort Collins on Sunday, March 13, 2022. Tickets and mor
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Anxious Tender and Jaunty Signature Concert 4 Oto Carrillo Horn

FCS to perform Signature Concert #4: Anxious, Tender & Jaunty

The award-winning Fort Collins Symphony (FCS), under the baton of Maestro Wes Kenney, will perform a concert of Classical, Romantic and Twentieth Century music at 7:30 PM on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center. The Symphony’s Signature Concert #4, Anxious, Tender & Jaunty, fea
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Interview with Hornist Oto Carrillo Open Notes Podcast

Interview with Hornist Oto Carrillo

Thank you for joining us for this interview with Hornist Oto Carrillo! Today, Jeremy talks with Oto about Mozart’s 3rd Horn Concerto, why he started playing the horn, and how he escaped from an elevator shaft just before his first performance at Carnegie Hall. Oto Carrillo joins the FCS for our Sign
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Have we mentioned lately how much we adore you?

Pandemic times have not been easy, but with your enthusiastic participation in the Fort Collins Symphony’s outdoor & streamed concerts, attendance at vaxxed & masked indoor concerts, understanding & flexibility when circumstances require it, & generous financial support, you have kept us playing & t
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Holy Conundrum, Batman!

The Fort Collins Symphony’s upcoming February 5 concert, “Solemn, Joyful & Ecstatic,” requires 73 talented musicians to perform the Romantic and contemporary music you will experience (in-person or live-streamed). Sadly, the Lincoln Center’ main stage is not large enough to safely seat this many ins
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5 Fascinating Facts about Barber's Adagio for Strings

5 Fascinating Facts about Barber’s Adagio for Strings

5 Fascinating Facts about Barber’s Adagio for Strings Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings is one of the most popular pieces of (classical) music ever written. But do you know these five fascinating facts about the piece? 1. The Adagio for Strings was originally written for string quartet The Adagio f
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What does a conductor do? 3 Steps to Conducting an Orchestra

What does a Conductor Do?

What does a Conductor Do? 3 Steps to Conducting an Orchestra This blog post is also available as a podcast. Listen for extra elaboration and examples from FCS Assistant Conductor Jeremy Cuebas. Okay, you caught me. I lied. You need to know a lot more than these 3 steps before you’re ready to conduct
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