The cash-strapped Colorado Symphony
has been performing at Red Rocks
a lot this season, serving as orchestra-for-hire for DeVotchKa, Steve Vai
and Amos Lee
, as well as an upcoming Jerry Garcia
tribute featuring Government Mule’s Warren Haynes.
And it doesn’t stop there. Earlier today, the symphony unveiled the details of “Red Rocks on a High Note,”
an audio-visual extravaganza that will find the orchestra front and center. The organization is likening the Sept. 13 event to “a musical Ted Talk
with light projections and very powerful soundtrack brought to life by more than 80 musicians.”
For some, this conclusion to the Colorado Symphony’s “Classically Cannabis”
series may sound like the Event of the Year. Others may consider it the concert equivalent of a bipolar scissors tonsillectomy
. In any case, symphony publicists are now being careful to point out that smoking pot is illegal at Red Rocks, after initially portraying this as one of several bring-your-own-pot events.
Stoned or not, the evening’s repertoire is less than mind-bending: Beethoven, Debussy, Berlioz, Vivaldi, John Adams
and John Williams
are about as conventional as it gets, with the inclusion of a work by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood
serving as a token nod to the 21st century.
Tickets for the high-minded event are available at coloradosymphony.org