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“Escape to Hope” – Signature Concert No. 5

May 13, 2023 @ 7:30 pm 9:30 pm MDT

“Escape to Hope” with a concert celebrating bright futures ahead.


Saturday, May 13, 2023
7:30 PM
Pre-Concert Lecture at 6:30


Lincoln Center Main Stage
417 W. Magnolia St.
Fort Collins, CO 80521


$25-67 adult, $10 student/child
$25 Livestream
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Emmy-nominated American composer Michael Abels wrote Global Warming to describe the warming of international relations in 1990. The composition explores the similarities he heard in the music of various cultures.

Claude Debussy’s Nocturnes was inspired by symbolist poet Henri de Régnier and conjures images of clouds, festivals, and enchanting sirens.

The season closes with Ukrainian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, which he wrote to glorify “the grandeur of the human spirit.”

SC5 Escape to Hope

What’s interesting about this concert:

Michael Abels is best known for composing the score to Jordan Peele’s hit movies “Get Out,” “Us,” and 2022’s “Nope.” On this concert, we will perform his piece Global Warming. Abels wrote Global Warming in 1990 to represent the warming relations between cultures after the Cold War.

The three movements of Debussy’s Nocturnes represent “Clouds,” “Festivals,” and “Sirens.” Debussy is a master at painting with sound. His music was heavily inspired by French Impressionist painters and poets like Claude Monet and Stéphane Mallarmé.

Prokofiev wrote his 5th symphony in the depths of World War II. He began it as troops stormed the beach at Normandy, and two weeks after its first performance the allies liberated Auschwitz. But it is not a sad piece. Prokofiev said: “I conceived of it as glorifying the grandeur of the human spirit, praising the free and happy man—his strength, his generosity, and the purity of his soul.” 

On this concert:

Michael Abels – Global Warming

Claude Debussy – Nocturnes

Sergei Prokofiev – Symphon No. 5

Spotify Playlist:

Join us for:

Composer Talk:

Join CSU professor Dr. K. 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.

Wednesday, May 10
12 noon, at the Old Town Library

Open Rehearsal:

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.

Thursday, May 11
7:00 PM, at the Lincoln Center

Maestro’s Musings:

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

Saturday, May 13
6:30 PM, at the Lincoln Center
Included with ticket purchase

Center Stage Sponsor:

Ken Garff Ford Fort Collins

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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