The Farewell Concert

When: Sat., May 21, 8 p.m. and Sun., May 22, 2:30 p.m. 2011

I recently had the honor of not just sitting in on, but sitting among, Colorado Springs Philharmonic musicians during a rehearsal. It was truly thrilling, and left me with new levels of respect and awe for the entire orchestral production. Of particular interest was watching conductor Lawrence Leighton Smith periodically stop the music and sternly correct a section ("It's not dah-dah-dah — dah, but dah, dah-dah-dah!" or something like that). Tonight's 8 o'clock Farewell Concert (which repeats at 2:30 Sunday) featuring Tchaikovsky and Bruckner works at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pays tribute to Smith and celebrates his decade at the Philharmonic. Smith was originally slated to conduct, but due to illness, has opted to pass the baton to the Philharmonic's newly selected maestro, who after a two-year search, will be unveiled tonight. Those are two compelling reasons to pitch $18 to $57 for a seat. — Matthew Schniper

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