In the nick of time, Boulder Symphony will bring listeners ‘Out of the Darkness’

By Peter Alexander

Boulder Symphony

Boulder Symphony

It wasn’t really planned that way, but the Boulder Symphony’s next concert arrives just in the nick of time.

Only days after Boulder descended from record highs to record lows, into what feels like the depth of winter, the orchestra and conductor Devin Patrick Hughes are offering to bring listeners “Out of the Darkness” Saturday evening (7 p.m. Nov. 22 in Boulder’s First Presbyterian Church: Tickets).

Beethoven ca. 1804–05. Portrait by Joseph Willibrord Mähler.

Beethoven ca. 1804–05. Portrait by Joseph Willibrord Mähler.

The program features two particularly sunny and affirming works that are ideal antidotes to winter shock: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, performed in its original version for 13 instruments.

The concert’s title refers specifically to Beethoven’s symphony, written in 1806. At the time, Beethoven was coping with the onset of his deafness and facing the isolation from society that resulted. Considered one of the darkest periods in Beethoven’s personal life, he nevertheless produced a cheerful and uplifting symphony.

Read more in Boulder Weekly.

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“Out of the Darkness”

Devin Patrick Hughes

Devin Patrick Hughes

Boulder Symphony, Devin Patrick Hughes, conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring, original version for 13 instruments

7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22
First Presbyterian Church, Boulder


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