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  • Beethoven: Symphony #3 – 1st mvt
  • Ives: The Gong on the Hook and Ladder
  • Copland: Letter From Home
  • Plus three more selections to match stories not yet written





Concert 3

Dreams & Aspirations


Feb 2 – 1st Plymouth Congregational Church

Feb 3 – Augustana Lutheran Church

Special Collaboration with the

Lighthouse Writers Workshop

In this creative collaboration, we explore the theme of “dreams” through the interplay of words and music, enhanced through images and photographs. A diverse group of Denver storytellers will share pieces written in response to great works by Beethoven, Aaron Copland, and Charles Ives, visionary composers who dreamed big and changed music.  Elsewhere in the program, the orchestra will perform two compositions selected in response to personal stories of aspiration, struggle, hope, and determination, presented by their authors.

We all have dreams. It doesn’t matter how old or young, or where we’re from, or what we do for a living. Stratus joins with Lighthouse Writers Workshop and Picture Me Here, a storytelling fellowship for refugees and immigrants who are new to Denver, to bring you the stories of people’s dreams, presented with the emotional impact only music can provide.


The music and stories will be presented in creative ways to connect the audience and the performers in a shared experience of hope and imagination.

You may find yourself hearing someone’s dreams and aspirations for the first time, and find there’s a lot more of your own heart in the hearts of others.