Symphony for the win

Published: February 19, 2014, 11:16 am, by Jen Mulson
Josep Caballé-Domenech, music director of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

Josep Caballé-Domenech, music director of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

Sign No.  401 that I’m slowly slouching toward adulthood – I took myself to the symphony over the weekend.

Sign No. 402 of that slow slouch? I loved every minute, and now hope to purchase a season ticket.

What a fabulous performance from both the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and their amazing guest – 19-year old pianist Conrad Tao. The audience clearly loved this charismatic kid in his white long-sleeved shirt, black vest and burnt orange trousers. We gave him two standing ovations.

Even after he left and stagehands tugged and pushed the piano offstage, the symphony returned for a second half that kept my full attention. Music director Josep Caballé-Domenech is a fun one to watch, that’s for sure. And the beautiful tones of the clarinet solo made me wish I’d not given up my own clarinet playing way back in high school. Though I certainly have never missed being in marching band – the worst semester of my sophomore year.

I’ll be visiting the Pikes Peak Center box office shortly, to try and figure out this whole season ticket thing. Extra enticement: First time subscribers (me!) get 50% off their first year. That seems like a deal I would be a fool to pass up.