'Classical Cannabis' series gets reality check


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It’s been a while since we’ve bashed Denver’s Colorado Symphony because, well, we’re nice like that. But a hastily revised press release sent out earlier today by the state’s only full-time orchestra makes it kind of hard to resist.

You may recall how the orchestra pushed through a half-million-dollars in musician pay cuts back in 2011. Or how, after 20 Board of Trustees members resigned, its PR wing assured us that “an overall sentiment of appreciation and love for the orchestra was shared by all of those who issued resignation.”

Thankfully, the orchestra’s latest spin cycle is a lot less dramatic, and a bit more amusing.

This morning, the financially-challenged organization announced its upcoming “Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series,” which the press release describes as a “BYOC-friendly experience for music lovers.” According to the original announcement, “the series will culminate in a Red Rocks concert on Saturday, September 13; details to be announced soon.”

The first of those details emerged in a revised announcement sent out earlier this afternoon under the subject line, “Clarification: Colorado Symphony Classically Cannabis Series, No BYOC at Red Rocks.”

The new release adds a bolded one-sentence warning: “Please note that the consumption of cannabis at Red Rocks is prohibited by law.”

Please also note that this summer’s Red Rocks schedule will include cannabis-free performances by jam bands Widespread Panic and Big Head Todd, as well as ecstasy-free electronic dance performers Pretty Lights, Flying Lotus, Flux Pavilion, Bassnectar, and Skrillex.

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