Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s new season will pay tribute to music director’s final year on podium | Culture & Leisure

As Etta James would say, finally.

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic will return to its first full season after two years of canceled concerts and musician contract negotiations amid the pandemic. The 2022-2023 season will be a particularly poignant performance year as it is Music Director and Conductor Josep Caballé-Domenech’s final season with the symphony. After a dozen years, the maestro will move on.

“This season is about honoring him and the legacy he developed, and setting the stage for the future success of the Philharmonie,” said Philharmonie President and CEO Nathan Newbrough. “He certainly had an enormous influence on the artistic development of the Philharmonic.”

Many of the season’s offerings have been on Caballé-Domenech’s to-do list for some time, including Wagner’s “The Wordless Ring,” which will take place next April. The “Ring” cycle includes four operas composed as a set and lasts approximately 15 hours. The philharmonie will condense the music of these operas into one hour.

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Other highlights of the season include Edward Elgar’s ‘Enigma Variations’, Richard Strauss’ ‘Don Quixote’ and Mahler’s ‘Ninth Symphony’ in the El Pomar Foundation Masterpieces Series ; the Oscar-winning score for the Marvel movie “Black Panther” and music by John Williams, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Elton John in the Philharmonic Pops series; and mezzo-soprano Eva Vogel in Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder” in the Al and Leigh Buettner Signature series.

Concerts are held at the Pikes Peak Center and the Ent Center for the Arts. Subscriptions start at $78 and are on sale now. Subscribers get discounts on holiday concerts, the ability to buy tickets before the general public, free ticket exchanges for other concerts and more. Call 575-9632 or go online at

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2022-2023 season

Masterpieces of the El Pomar Foundation

• October 1 and 2: “The enigma of Elgar”

• Oct. 29-30: “Prokofiev and Shostakovich”

• 28-29 Jan.: “Don Quixote”

• March 4-5: “Dvorák 8”

• April 1-2: Brahms and Beethoven

• April 29-30, 2023: “The ring without words”

• May 20-21, 2023: “Mahler 9”

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Al and Leigh Buettner Signature Series

• Oct. 8-9: “Mozart and Schoenberg”

• 21-22 Jan: “Tango Piazzolla!”

• April 22-23, 2023: “Beethoven and Mahler”

Philharmonic Pops

• October 21-22: “Rocket Man: the music of Elton John”

• 11-12 Nov.: “The Celtic spirit”

• February 10-11: “An enchanted evening”

• March 10-11: “John Williams: Beyond Imagination”

• April 14-15, 2023: “‘Black Panther’ in concert”

• May 12-13, 2023: “Mariachi Los Camperos”

holiday shows

• 25-27 Nov.: “The Nutcracker”

• December 18: “Christmas Symphony”

• December 31: New Year’s Eve

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