COLORADO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
As the region's premier performing arts organization, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) embraces a tradition of musical excellence by presenting a wide variety of symphonic performances, from classical repertoire to innovative new forms, in Boettcher Concert Hall, the first surround-sound concert hall in the United States. Established in 1989 as the successor to the Denver Symphony, the CSO is Colorado's only resident orchestra composed of professional musicians employed to play symphonic music on a full-time basis. Musicians actively participate in the management of the organization through significant participation on the Association's Board of Trustees, as well as all governing committees. Under Music Director Laureate Marin Alsop's leadership over a number of years, the CSO has gained recognition on both the regional and national levels as one of the finest performing orchestras in the country. Many of the orchestra's performances are broadcast on Colorado Public Radio to a state-wide audience. Reaching an even more expansive audience, a number of the CSO's programmes are broadcast nationally on National Public Radio's Performance Today. Recordings with Marin Alsop have included a number of releases devoted to the work of contemporary American composers. In April 2004 the CSO appointed Jeffrey Kahane, music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Santa Rosa Symphony, as the ninth music director in the 81-year history of the Denver and Colorado Symphony Orchestras.