Wu-Tang Clan, Nathaniel Rateliff and Mary-Mitchell Campbell to lead new Colorado Symphony series


Colorado Symphony on Monday unveiled a new program called the Imagination Artist Series that will feature grassroots collaborations with Broadway musical luminaries Wu-Tang Clan, Nathaniel Rateliff and Mary-Mitchell Campbell.

The series, slated for the 2022-2023 artistic season, seeks to showcase various styles in its trio of performances. The artists will curate orchestral programs for the show and gain “unprecedented creative access to the full orchestra, providing a blank canvas to innovate, imagine and curate orchestral programs” which will have their world premieres in Denver, wrote the organizers in a press release.

“When you have the chance to hear your music translated by an orchestra, it’s so fulfilling,” Wu-Tang icon RZA said in the statement. “The vibration of it, the feel of it. As musicians, we strive to inspire and inspire. If you can move someone and let their imagination explore and explode, I think that’s what we have the chance to do here.

RZA made its Colorado Symphony debut with the Wu-Tang Clan in a pair of sold-out shows at the Red Rocks Amphitheater and Denver’s Mission Ballroom on August 13 and 14, 2021, officials said. He will return to Denver on May 21, 2022, performing at the Colorado Symphony’s Imagination Gala — the largest nonprofit fundraiser — at Mission Ballroom.

Dates for Rateliff, the longtime Denver-based folk artist and frontman of soul-Americana band The Night Sweats, and Wu-Tang will be announced in the coming months, while shows for Mary-Mitchell Campbell are scheduled to begin on September 23 and 24. Campbell is the musical director for Broadway shows, including “Mean Girls,” “The Prom,” “My Love Letter to Broadway with Kristin Chenoweth,” “Tuck Everlasting,” and “Sweeney Todd.”

His Artist Series Imagination begins with a “Tribute to Stephen Sondheim”, celebrating the 20th century Broadway legend, and excerpts from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, “A Little Night Music”, ” Sweeney Todd: The Demon”. Barber of Fleet Street”, “Sunday in the Park with George” and “Into the Woods”.

“What I love about this orchestra is how passionate they are about creating all kinds of music and recognizing that every genre has its place in the concert hall,” Campbell said in the statement.

See more details at coloradosymphony.org.

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