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Friday, April 6th, 2018
Andrew Litton, conductor, Alban Gerhardt, cello. COPLAND Rodeo: Ballet in One Act, BARBER Cello Concerto, Op. 22, BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73. Andrew Litton concludes his tenure as Principal Guest Conductor with the Colorado Symphony in a program worthy of his prolific and esteemed career. Maestro Litton revisits Copland’s rollicking piece of Americana Rodeo: Ballet in One Act, which Litton recorded and released with the Symphony and was named one of Colorado’s best classical albums of 2016. Masterful cellist Alban Gerhardt joins Litton onstage for a rare performance of Barber’s exceptionally challenging Cello Concerto, while Brahms’ rustic, energetic Symphony No. 2 — the Symphony that put him on the map — is the crown jewel of this concert. Bravo, Maestro Litton! [Organizer's description]