While its presence may not be felt at recreational pot clubs or all-ages metal shows, classical music continues to play an important role in Colorado Springs' cultural life.
The highest-profile player is the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Under the direction of Lawrence Leighton Smith and his successor Josep Caballé-Domenech, it has built a strong reputation, thanks in large part to guest performers like Itzhak Perlman and a repertoire that includes symphonic masterworks, a vanguard series, and a variety of symphonic pops offerings.
The Philharmonic's 2015-16 season will run the gamut from Antonín Dvorak's Symphony No. 7 to John Adams' Dr. Atomic Symphony, with stops at Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash and George Gershwin along the way.
Other organizations keeping the classical scene vital include the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, the Pikes Peak Philharmonic, the Colorado Springs Conservatory, the Colorado Springs Symphonic Guild and Opera Theatre of the Rockies.