Fort Collins Symphony Fort Collins Symphony Announces 101st Season – Symphonic Tales: A Journey of Imagination & Discovery

May 30, 2024 | Member News

Fort Collins Symphony Announces 101st Season – Symphonic Tales: A Journey of Imagination & Discovery

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (May 2024) —The Fort Collins Symphony (FCS), under the direction of Maestro Wes Kenney, is excited to announce its 101st Season: “Symphonic Tales: A Journey of Imagination and Discovery.” The season includes five Signature Concerts and two Pops Concerts, all held at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center between October 2024 and May 2025.

“Symphonic Tales” offers audiences an escape to the extraordinary. Experience the magic and mysteries of ancient lands in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Hilary Tann’s The Grey Tide and the Green. Feel the rhythm and romance of the big city at night in George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown, and Beige, and Chick Corea’s Trombone Concerto. Embrace the triumph and tragedy of timeless love in Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and Johannes Brahms’ Tragic Overture. The Season includes two pops concerts: the Spine-Tingling Tales Halloween fall concert and the Fantastic Tales spring concert. In addition, FCS will present the return of its popular Friends of the Symphony-sponsored Family Concert, featuring Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and composer Gregory Smith narrating his Zoo Song.

Following a landmark 100th season that included multiple sold-out concerts, symphony fans are encouraged to secure their seats early by purchasing a full seven-concert season subscription or three-concert bundle package. Season ticket and bundle packages go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Tickets for individual concerts go on sale on Tuesday, June 18th.

For more information about the Fort Collins Symphony’s 101st Season and to purchase tickets, please visit

Season Details: Dates, Repertoire, and Artists:
Tales of Arabian Moons – Saturday, October 5, 2024 at 7:30 pm
• Featuring Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Carl Nielsen’s Maskarade Overture, Lev Kolodub’s Ukrainian Dance Suite, and Hilary Tann’s The Grey Tide and the Green.

Spine-Tingling Tales – Wednesday, October 23, 2024 at 7:00 pm
• Featuring Beetlejuice, Thriller, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Wicked, Harry Potter, and more.
Tales of Falling Leaves and Royal Rivers – Saturday, November 2, 2024 at 7:30 pm
• Featuring Antonio Vivaldi’s “Autumn” from The Four Seasons, George Frideric Handel’s complete Water Music, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Concerto Grosso 1985.
• Guest Artist: FCS Concertmaster Byron Hitchcock

Tales of City Lights and Jazz Nights – Saturday, February 8, 2025 at 7:30 pm
• Featuring Chick Corea’s Trombone Concerto, Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown, and Beige Suite, George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and Richard Rogers’ “Slaughter on 10th Avenue” from the musical On Your Toes.
• Guest Artist: New York Philharmonic Principal Trombonist Joseph Alessi

Tales of Renewal and Life on Saturday, March 1, 2025 at 7:30 pm
• Featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, Nokuthula Ngwenyama’s Sonoran Storm, and Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3.
• Guest Artists: New York Philharmonic Assistant Concertmaster Michelle Kim and violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama

Fantastic Tales on Friday, April 4, 2025 at 7:00 pm
• Featuring epic soundtracks from movies, TV shows, and video games, including Lord of the Rings, The Legend of Zelda, Outlander, The Wizard of Oz, and Skyrim.

Tales of Star-Crossed Lovers on Saturday, May 3, 2025 at 7:30 pm
• Featuring Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Johannes Brahms’ Tragic Overture, Chickasaw classical composer Jerod Tate’s Chofki (Rabbit), Florence Price’s Colonial Dance, and two concertos for Chinese Pipa and orchestra: Gao Hong’s Flying Dragon Concerto and Zhou Long’s Beijing Drum Concerto.
• Guest Artist: Gao Hong, Chinese Pipa

About the Fort Collins Symphony
The Fort Collins Symphony has been an integral part of Northern Colorado’s cultural fabric since 1923 when visionary violinist Editha Todd Leonard established the Fort Collins Community Orchestra. In 1950, conductor Will Schwartz transformed the orchestra into the fully-professional Fort Collins Symphony that we know today. The FCS is led by Maestro Wes Kenney, now in his 22nd season as the orchestra’s Music Director and Conductor.

FCS Season sponsors: Arts Without End, City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, Dr. David Dennis, The Lyric Cinema, Dr. Ed Siegel, Dr. Peter Springberg, and The Friends of the Symphony.

Media Sponsors: CO Sound 105.5, KUNC 91.5 FM, KRFC 88.9 FM Radio FC, and North 40 News.

For more information, please contact Jeremy D. Cuebas, Marketing and Communications Director, at 970.482.4823 or via email at [email protected].