Maestro Wes Kenney Receives Five-Year Contract

The Fort Collins Symphony Association’s board president Rhett B. Strom announced today Maestro Wes Kenney has signed a five-year contract extension as Music Director of the 67-year-old organization. Now in his fourteenth year, the award-winning conductor will continue leading Fort Collins’ professional orchestra through 2022.  “Fort Collins is incredibly fortunate to have such a talented and visionary Maestro who lives and works in our community,” said Strom. “By giving Maestro Kenney a five-year contract, the board honors his significant contributions to make our symphony vibrant while also recognizing how much more he has to give.” Wes Kenney was hired as…
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November 5th Concert

The Fort Collins Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Wes Kenney, will host the first of two “From the Lincoln Center (New York) to the Lincoln Center (Fort Collins) concerts on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The concerts will showcase the talents of two guest artist musicians from the New York Philharmonic:  Michelle Kim on violin and Joe Alessi on trombone (February 4, 2017). The Enfant Terrible and the Tunesmith concert on November 5, 2016 features violinist Michelle Kim, Assistant Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2.  Ms. Kim has been Assistant Concertmaster…
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2016-17 Season Discounts

The Fort Collins Symphony is offering a 25% DISCOUNT on 2016-17 Season tickets to first-time subscribers who will save anywhere from $47 to $75. According to Board President Rhett Strom, “it is our goal to give all music lovers the opportunity to attend the Masters, Marvels, & Magic series of five Masterworks and one Pops concert.” Now in its 67th year, the Fort Collins Symphony under the direction of award-winning Maestro Wes Kenney is offering a season of delightful surprises, engaging programs, and stunning music. The Season kicks off on October 8, 2016 with a concert presenting pieces by beloved composers…
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We made the Symphony Magazine!

The following is a brief article about our Masterworks 4 performance highlighted in the Summer 2016 edition of Symphony Magazine: The Magzine of the league of American Orchestras Community Lens Pairing orchestra performances with images-moving or still-is a popular concert format, and the Fort Collins Symphony in Colorado gave this idea a local twist for its March 5 concert. Community members were invited to submit photos featuring the natural beauty and culture of northern Colorado, with winning shots shown during the orchestra's performances of Richard Meyer's A Fiddler's Fancy and Calvin Custer's Central Coach Special. As Music Director Wes Kinney led the orchestra, the ten winning photographers'…
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Announcing 2016-17 Season!

Fort Collins Symphony Association’s board president Rhett Strom recently announced the Fort Collins Symphony’s 2016-17 Season titled Masters, Marvels & Magic.  Now in its 67th Season, the fully professional orchestra is under the leadership of award-winning conductor Maestro Wes Kenney. Guest artists include previous Young Artist Competition winner pianist Xinyu Chen and two of the New York Philharmonic’s pre-eminent musicians: Assistant concertmaster Michelle Kim and principal trombonist Joe Alessi. The Season begins on October 8, 2016 with Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The second Masterworks program on November 5, 2016 features…
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FCSymphony to Perform FORT FUN!

The Fort Collins Symphony’s Season of Legends and Legacies continues on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. with an innovative concert sponsored by Premier Stem Cell Institute and featuring breathtaking photographic images of Fort Collins projected onto an immense panoramic screen flown above the orchestra. With the Rocky Mountains as the backdrop, Fort Collins is Northern Colorado’s playground where hiking, biking, and kayaking merge with craft brews, magical views, and activities inspired by the creative muse. Sometimes called the Choice City, the Napa Valley of Beer, or just FoCo, this breathtaking community with a Main Street that inspired Disneyland…
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FCSymphony to Perform Innovative Concert

The Fort Collins Symphony’s Season of Legends and Legacies continues on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. with an innovative concert sponsored by Premier Stem Cell Institute featuring breathtaking photographic images choreographed to Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Gustav Mahler’s Adagietto. A special piece highlighting photographs taken of Fort Collins by local artists is set to the music of Richard Meyer’s A Fiddler’s Fancy and Calvin Custer’s Central Coach Special. Multimedia artist Nicholas Bardonnay with Westwater Arts will spark the Image-Ination with stunning images projected onto an immense 440-square-foot, three panel, and panoramic screen flown above the orchestra.…
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Symphony Photography Contest!

Calling all photographers! The Fort Collins Symphony is seeking photographs celebrating the vibrant activities Fort Collins has to offer.  Poudre Canyon, kayaking, Old Town, biking, Horsetooth, your favorite hideaway, we want to see them all!  The top 75 to 100 photographs will be featured in the Symphony’s March 5, 2016 Image-Ination concert where Westwater Arts Creative Director, Nicholas Bardonnay, will create an innovative photo-choreographed piece about Fort Collins set to the music of A Fiddler’s Fancy by Richard Meyer and Central Coach Special by Calvin Custer. Symphonic photo-choreography is an innovative art form that engages audiences with evocative, photos, choreographed…
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2015-16 Season Discounts!!

The Fort Collins Symphony is offering a 25% discount on 2015-16 Season tickets to first-time subscribers who will save anywhere from $47 to $75. According to Board President Maury Dobbie, “it is our goal to give all music lovers the opportunity to attend the Legends & Legacies series of five Masterworks and one Pops concert.” Now in its 66th year, the Fort Collins Symphony under the direction of award-winning Maestro Wes Kenney, is offering a season of delightful surprises, engaging programs, and stunning music. The Season kicks off on October 3, 2015 with a concert presenting pieces by legendary composers…
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Hometown Boy’s Childhood Dream to Conduct the Fort Collins Symphony to Come True

Dr. Ed Siegel will realize a childhood dream as he guest conducts the Fort Collins Symphony in the Prelude to Carmen during the 4th of July Celebration at City Park. Maestro Wes Kenney will conduct the remainder of the concert entitled Reflection on America which will feature such patriotic favorites as an Armed Forces Salute, America the Beautiful, Stars and Stripes, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. It will also include popular pieces from Jurassic Park, and Superman. The concert will begin at 8:15 p.m. and conclude with awe-inspiring fireworks. Ed Siegel, son of successful and community-minded parents, Julian and Ida Siegel, was…
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