2016-2017 Season Preview

To our fans and patrons:

Thank you for an amazing 2015-16 Season!


Dynamic collaborations with the Denver Art Museum, Seicento Baroque Ensemble, Zikr Dance Ensemble and Fairview High School Arts. Plus compelling performances and immersive experiences as we celebrated anniversaries of Schubert, Shakespeare and Sibelius. And we’re especially proud of presenting two world-premiere compositions, commissioned from Emily Rutherford and Gregory T.S. Walker, and a US premiere of music by Debski.

We are so grateful to all of you who attended our performances and who have supported us through the years. Thanks also to our wonderful friends and collaborative partners. We couldn’t have done this without you!


2016-2017 Season: SNEAK PEEK


Starting in Fall of 2016, Stratus Chamber Orchestra embarks on a season-long project. After the season opening collaboration with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir (Ralph Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem), Stratus will present a truly unique series of immersive-style performances (our signature presentational style in which the orchestra and the audience share the same space). This series will explore a single narrative through four episodes/concerts – a story line that will be developed through music, acting and story-telling. To present this series, Stratus will borrow the highly successful television series concept, in which each episode/concert is self-contained while at the same time functions as a chapter in a story arc that lasts throughout the season. Each year, Stratus commissions at least one new work; this year the commission goes to a playwright to create this story.


Collaborators for the season include:

Ellen K. Graham

Buntport Theater 

Stories on Stage 

St. Martin’s Chamber and Festival Choirs


With soloists:

Matthew Diekman, viola

Katie Mahan, piano 

Clay Kirkland, harmonica


Repertoire includes:

A new work by contemporary composer (McLean: Suite for Viola and Orchestra)

Masterworks by Johannes Brahms (Symphony #3) and Mozart (Piano Concerto #20)

A blues arrangement of a movement from the Brahms Symphony #3 for harmonica and orchestra

As well as a rich complement of selections for chamber orchestra.

More information and dates coming soon!