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21-22 Season – Reflections: The Emotions of Music, from Classical to Contemporary

October 2, 2021 @ 12:00 am May 22, 2022 @ 11:59 pm MDT

Welcome to the 21-22 Season
with your Fort Collins Symphony:

First, your Fort Collins Symphony extends our heartfelt gratitude to you for your unwavering and generous support during our 2020-21 season. You have kept us playing, provided much needed encouragement, and proven how much music matters when the going gets rough. Thank you.

As we exit a year like no other, your FCS evaluated how the Great Pandemic impacted our lives. REFLECTIONS: The Emotions of Music—our 2021-2022 Signature Concert Season—captures the breadth of human sentiments we felt as we journeyed through more than 18 months of physical and social isolation. Sadness, loss, anxiety, uncertainty, fury, and introspection gave way to hope, contemplation, creativity, mirth, playfulness, opportunity, serenity, and new revelations about our personal and collective lives.

Music—across time, culture, and distance—has been and is an emotional endeavor.  It allows us to hear what certain feelings sound like.  It inspires us to express what can be difficult to verbalize. From the dawn of humanity, composers and musicians have deftly interpreted their circumstances through the medium of sound.  Of course, we can enjoy music from any time period for its own sake. But when we dig deeper into the context that brought a composition to life, we are more fully able to appreciate, engage, and resonate with its emotional origins.

Your FCS invites you to immerse yourself in the musical range of human emotions through a wealth of familiar and new works. This season’s repertoire includes favorite classical composers such as:  Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Claude Debussy, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. We are also excited to highlight such groundbreaking and contemporary composers as: Florence Price, George Walker, Chen Yi, Oskar Morawetz, Leonard Bernstein, Joan Tower, Jessie Montgomery, and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. Our invited guest artists include: Linda Wang (violin), Bryan Wallick (piano), Anthony Elliott (cello), and Oto Carrillo (horn).

Season tickets go on sale August 3, 2021.  Bundled and individual concert tickets are available September 2, 2021. And, we invite you to explore our new streaming options.

Please join us as we present the rich emotions of music. We can’t wait to see you in person! 

As always, stay tuned!

Wes Kenney, FCS Music Director

Or click any individual concert below
to learn more and purchase single tickets,
livestreams, or ticket bundles.

Fort Collins Symphony
21-22 Season Concerts

Signature Concert #1
Fury, Contemplation & Hope

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Signature Concert 1 Violin Linda Wang Fury Contemplation and Hope

October 2, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Replay: October 10, 2:00 p.m.
Lincoln Center, Fort Collins

Banner – Jessie Montgomery
Serenade after Plato’s Symposium – Leonard Bernstein,
Featuring Guest Violinist Linda Wang
Carmen Suite – Rodion Shchedrin

Your Fort Collins Symphony returns to the Lincoln Center’s Main Stage after a year of virtual performances. The opening night of our 2021-2022 Season will guide you through a range of emotions that include passion, contemplation, and hope. We present Rodion Shchedrin’s fiery Carmen Suite, Leonard Bernstein’s thoughtful Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, and Jessie Montgomery’s expectant Banner, a re-imagining of the Star-Spangled Banner for the 21st Century.

Signature Concert #2
Energized, Unsure & Triumphant

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FCS Season 21-22 Signature Concert 2: Energized, Unsure, and Triumphant, featuring Bryan Wallick, Piano

November 6, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Lincoln Center, Fort Collins

Grass – Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
Piano Concerto No. 1 – Felix Mendelssohn,
Featuring Guest Pianist Bryan Wallick
Symphony No. 3, Eroica – Ludwig van Beethoven

Three composers explore an assortment of emotions ranging from despair to exhilaration. Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson challenges us with uncertainty in his interpretation of Carl Sandburg’s metaphorical poem, Grass. Felix Mendelssohn’s exuberant romp in Piano Concerto No. 1 was quickly composed after a trip to Italy. And, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica (Heroic) dives into the emotional landscapes of war with its complexities of helplessness, grief, tenderness, and triumph.

Signature Concert #3
Solemn, Joyful & Ecstatic

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FCS Season 21-22 Reflections: Signature Concert 3: Solemn, joyful, and ecstatic, featuring Anthony Elliott, cello

February 5, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Lincoln Center, Fort Collins

Memorial to Martin Luther King – Oskar Morawetz,
Featuring Guest Cellist Anthony Elliott
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman – Joan Tower
Symphonies of Wind Instruments – Igor Stravinsky
Serenade for Strings – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Adagio for Strings – Samuel Barber

Slip into our mid-winter concert to resonate with Oskar Morawetz’s powerful Memorial to Martin Luther King and the quiet solemnity of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, composed in 1936 as a reflection of the changes occurring in America and Europe. Counterpoints include Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s joyful Serenade for Strings, Igor Strainvsky’s vibrant Symphonies of Wind Instruments, and Joan Tower’s ecstatic Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman.

Signature Concert #4
Anxious, Tender & Jaunty

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FCS Season 21-22 Reflections Signature Concert 4, Anxious, Tender, and Jaunty, featuring Oto Carrillo, Horn

March 5, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Lincoln Center, Fort Collins

Symphony No. 4, The Italian – Felix Mendelssohn
Horn Concerto No. 3 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
Featuring Guest Horn Soloist Oto Carrillo
Tangents – George Walker
Suite of Dances – Florence Price

Written for hornist Joseph Leutgeb, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s melodious Horn Concerto No. 3 is a tender expression of their friendship. Felix Mendelssohn’s lively Symphony No. 4, Italian interprets his extensive travels in Italy. George Walker’s commission work for the new millennium, Tangents, has overtones of both anxiety and hope. “Jaunty” is the only way to describe Florence Price’s exuberant Suite of Dances.

Pops Concert:
Get Lost in Space

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March 25, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
Timberline Church, Fort Collins

Featuring Dr. Erin Macdonald (PhD), Guest Narrator
Science consultant for the Star Trek franchise, astrophysicist,
aerospace engineer, and science fiction consultant

FCS Season 21-22, Get Lost In Space, Fort Collins Symphony Pops Concert featuring Dr. Erin MacDonald

Buckle up! Your Fort Collins Symphony will blast off on an orchestrated SciFi intergalactic tour powered by some of Hollywood’s most exciting and iconic themes, including: Avatar, Alien, The X-Files, Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jetsons, Star Trek, AstroBoy, 2001, E.T., Battlestar Gallactica, 2001, and more. FoCo ComicCon will join the fun, so watch for cosplay opportunities. Stay tuned for evolving details. The annual FCS Pops concert is a favorite for all ages!

Guest Narrator: Dr. Erin Macdonald

Dr. Erin Macdonald is a Ph.D. astrophysicist, aerospace engineer, and Star Trek’s science consultant. She teaches STEM through popular culture, consults with science fiction creators, and hosts YouTube’s “Dr. Erin Explains the Universe.” Did we mention that she is a FoCo native?

Signature Concert #5
Intense, Playful & Serene

FCS 21-22 Season Harp The emotions of music concert 5: Intense, Playful, and Serende, featuring Wes Kenney, Music Director

May 14, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Lincoln Center, Fort Collins

Children’s Corner  – Claude Debussy
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun – Claude Debussy
Ge Xu (Antiphony) – Chen Yi
Symphony No. 1, Spring – Robert Schumann

Chen Yi’s intense, high-spirited, and hopeful composition, Ge Xu (Antiphony), is a tribute to Southern China’s Zhuang minority people and their celebratory song styles. Claude Debussy accesses playful emotions in Children’s Corner, dedicated to his young daughter and her favorite toys. He turns to an impressionistic sensuality in his tone poem Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Finally, Robert Schumann expresses both the tenacity and serenity of earth’s annual awakening in Symphony No. 1, Spring.

Season Sponsors:

Dr. David and Alison Dennis

Dr. Ed Siegel

Dr. Peter Springberg and Janet Kowall

City of Fort Collins Fort Fund Logo
The Lyric Cinema
Colorado Creative Industires
National Endowment for the Arts - wide


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New this Season:
Live-Streamed Concerts

Your FCS is excited to be back on the Lincoln Center’s Main Stage. Because we understand that not everyone can join us we are offering a hybrid opportunity for you to select a live and/or virtual experience. Choose in-person or live-streaming for the night of the concert. Special virtual ticket pricing for in-person ticket holders (to use or gift).

Ticket Prices:

  • In-person tickets – standard price: visit LCTix.com for more details
  • Live-stream tickets – $35 per device/household ($10 for in-person ticket holders or students)

Streaming tickets are a fantastic way to give the gift of music to a friend or family member or enjoy a concert from the safety and comfort of your own home.

Streaming Schedule:

Signature Concerts
  • Concert 1: 10/2/21 at 7:30 p.m. M.T.
  • Concert 2: 11/6/21 at 7:30 p.m. M.T.
  • Concert 3: 2/5/22 at 7:30 p.m. M.T.
  • Concert 4: 3/5/22 at 7:30 p.m. M.T.
  • Concert 5: 5/14/22 at 7:30 p.m. M.T.

For the best service when purchasing a gift, please contact the Lincoln Center by phone: 970-221-6730

Events: Learn More!

Learn more about the music on each concert by joining us for Composer Talks, Open Rehearsals, and Pre-Concert talks the week of each concert. Please see the individual concert page for more details and updates on each event.

Composer Talks

Wednesday at noon
at the Old Town Library

Join CSU professor Dr. Dawn Grapes on the Wednesday prior to most Signature concerts for an entertaining and informative lecture about the upcoming featured composers. Light refreshments. Sponsored by the Friends of the Symphony.

Open Rehearsals

Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
at the Lincoln Center

Learn firsthand what it takes for an orchestra to bring live music to the stage. Houselights remain on during this comfortable preview of each upcoming Signature concert. The rehearsal closes to the public at 8:30 p.m. intermission. Sponsored by Bank of Colorado.

Note: no open rehearsal for the February 5 Signature concert.

Pre-Concert Talks

Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
at the Lincoln Center
included with ticket purchase

Prior to each Signature concert, join Maestro Wes Kenney for his musings on what you are about to hear.

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