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Former Philharmonic music director passes away

Former Philharmonic music director passes away

Lawrence Leighton Smith, who led the then-Colorado Springs Symphony  through a period of transition and growth, died at home on Friday, at age 77, after a long illness. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic sent out a news release with details of Smith’s life and career. As music director of the Colorado Springs Symphony, Smith succeeded Charles… Continue Reading Former Philharmonic music director passes away

Allow me to paint a picture. Imagine tens of thousands of people lounging together on a lawn of green grass. Looking closer, you notice an entire family — three generations — making their way with an overstuffed picnic basket. The youngest child stops to study a dandelion. Late afternoon clouds disperse and as the sunlight… Continue Reading Summer Symphony helps Philharmonic turn corner

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dpiX CEO Caris, Philharmonic seek small businesses support

A group of business leaders are spreading the word that the Colorado Springs Philharmonic is good for business. A Colorado Springs Philharmonic business advisory committee headed by dpiX CEO Frank Caris is telling small and large businesses that a vibrant arts community could be the ticket to attracting new businesses and employees. This week, the Philharmonic launched its… Continue Reading dpiX CEO Caris, Philharmonic seek small businesses support

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Symphony orchestra management is a strange career choice, but I’m pretty sure it’s the best job in the world. And a darn good challenge. Imagine an enterprise built on a century-old business model with four distinct constituencies, high fixed costs, a highly skilled and unionized workforce, strictly held traditions, and a mission to perform music… Continue Reading Philharmonic’s success starts with artistic planning

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Philharmonic receives $90,000 grant

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Colorado Springs Philharmonic received a $90,000 grant from the Mary K. Chapman Foundation that will be spent during a three-year period starting with this concert season.   The grant continues the foundation’s tradition of giving to community, civic and human services programs in Colorado and Oklahoma. Founded in 2002, the foundation was created to continue… Continue Reading Philharmonic receives $90,000 grant

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The Colorado Springs Philharmonic seems to be hitting all the right notes these days. Executive director Nathan Newbrough made bold changes early in his tenure that have resulted in more music and bigger audiences. Newbrough inherited an orchestra that was coming out of bankruptcy and stilled mired in financial difficulties. While the former director put… Continue Reading Colorado Springs Philharmonic performing at financial peak

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The Space Foundation’s 28th annual National Space Symposium will open with a local salute to astrology and astronomy. For only the second time in nearly three decades, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will perform at the opening ceremony April 16, 2012. The group will perform Mars, the Bringer of War from The Planets Op. 32 by… Continue Reading Philharmonic to perform at Space Symposium 2012

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Philharmonic director diagnosed with dementia

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The Colorado Springs Philharmonic has announced that music director Lawrence Leighton Smith has been diagnosed with a type of dementia. He is under a doctor’s care for Binswanger’s Disease, a dementia caused by damage to the white matter in the brain. In 2009, Leighton Smith announced plans to leave the philharmonic at the end of… Continue Reading Philharmonic director diagnosed with dementia

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Philharmonic receives Enterprise Zone status

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The Colorado Springs Philharmonic has been granted Enterprise Zone status by the state of Colorado – a designation that means donations will given state and federal tax credit. Under the new designation, the out-of-pocket costs of a $10,000 donation could be reduced to less than $3,600, because of a 25 percent tax credit that applies… Continue Reading Philharmonic receives Enterprise Zone status

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While the final numbers aren’t in,  ticket sales for this year’s Sunday on the Town event were “softer” than previous years. The annual event is billed as a chance to showcase downtown restaurants, retail and culture – as well as to raise money for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. This year, 21 restaurants offered samples of their cuisine and… Continue Reading Sunday on the Town attendance down

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