They say that music is the universal language, and it spoke loud and clear Saturday night at the Colorado Symphony Ball at the Fillmore Auditorium.

The “Bach to Rock” theme returned with an added “battle of the bands” component that gleeful audience members got to vote on and dance to. While the contest between The Moderators and the DaVita Blues All Stars was competetive, it provided exciting entertainment that drew an unprecedented level of audience buy-in.

And buy-in they did, not just in twist and shouts, but in crucial monetary support for the Colorado Symphony. This year’s soiree was the most successful in the Ball’s 21-year history (early reports put the fundraising north of $1 million). And by no stretch of the imagination could this evening be considered boring.

There was Governor Hickenlooper (after receiving the Margaret Phipps Award) donning a wig and singing on stage with the Moderators. There was Mike Fries going out and buying a 2014 Mustang and raffling it off. There was Mary Rossick Kern bidding $5,000 in the live auction just to have her husband Jerry NOT wear the tin foil-like jacket he arrived in. And the jacket matched the color of Jerry’s Mercedes SL600, which he offered up for auction after pampering it for the last 15 years.

This isn’t your grandmother’s symphony. Well, maybe it is, but it’s hers along with the rest of the family, because the Colorado Symphony is an exciting, dynamic package for all ages and musical tastes.

We can’t wait to see what happens next year, because this one will be tough to top!