One of Denver’s highlights for symphony and rock ‘n roll music lovers is the annual Colorado Symphony Ball held Saturday, April 25th at the historic Fillmore Auditorium in downtown Denver.

Presented this year by Arrow Electronics and DaVita Healthcare, this year’s event titled “From Bach… to Rock! BATTLE OF THE BANDS” attracted some 1,000 folks from all sectors of the city’s glitterati to hear The DaVita Blues All Stars and Tracksuit Wedding compete in a free-spirited battle of the bands.

Emcee Jennifer Alvarado of 9News and 2015 Event Chairs Debbie and Jim Shpall introduced the program and thanked sponsors, board members and volunteers for their support. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock described the city’s support and the CSO’s unique artistic contributions to Denver’s ever-growing arts and cultural scene.

Founded by Mary Rossick Kern and Sharon Magness, the Colorado Symphony Ball celebrates its 22nd year in 2015 with the continued goal of supporting the mission and Symphony’s ongoing operations and growth. Each year the CSO awards the Margaret Phipps Award to an individual, organization, or company that demonstrates outstanding commitment to the Symphony.

CSO Music Director Andrew Litton and CEO/Board Co-Chair Jerry Kern presented the 2015 Margaret Phipps Award to Mike & Karen Long of Arrow Electronics.

Resident CSO Conductor Scott O’Neil led the 80-member full-time CSO performers in conjunction with a blend of rock ‘n roll, R&B and hip hop favorites from both bands. Among the well-heeled in fashionable dresses and black tie tuxedos were other supporters and musicians sporting leather jackets and Rock ‘n Roll t-shirts.

The Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado to serve some 250,000 audiences every year. The CSO is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations and continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming.

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