Whether guests were hardcore classical music-lovers or just in it for the beer, Beethoven and Brews was a tasty evening for all at the Magnolia Hotel on Friday, Sept. 27.The Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural beer sampling-plus successfully featured the stellar talents of pianist Michael Tilley and violinist John Hilton, flavored with beers from Wynkoop Brewing Company.

More than 100 music-and-hops fans were treated to a professional performance in a relaxed atmosphere, featuring Beethoven’s Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96, also known as “The Cockcrow.” Hilton served as genial host, telling the crowd that a subito (meaning suddenly or immediately) moment in the music was good for a drink, and everyone was delighted that the piece contained plenty of opportunities for imbibing.

(l to r): Jackson Stevens, Michael Tilley and John Hilton

(l to r): Jackson Stevens, Michael Tilley and John Hilton

Event coordinator Jackson Stevens, CSO’s individual giving associate and instrumental in the creation of the event, introduced the musicians and encouraged the crowd to enjoy the brews, as well as the food provided by the Magnolia. Guests were able to meet the musicians post-performance, as people lingered in the convivial atmosphere. Tickets are available for upcoming Friday-evening Beethoven and Brews events scheduled on Nov. 8, and also in 2014 on Feb. 7 and May 9. (For complete information, go to: http://coloradosymphony.org/your-support/beethoven-and-brews/).

The region’s only full-time professional orchestra, the Colorado Symphony embraces a tradition of musical excellence by presenting a diverse array of symphonic performances throughout the year. Originally established in 1989 as the successor to the Denver Symphony, the Colorado Symphony thrives on a spirit of collaboration among musicians, staff, trustees and the community. The Colorado Symphony performs in Boettcher Concert Hall and On Location throughout the state and region utilizing small ensembles to the full-sized orchestra. Programs include expanded education and outreach initiatives, as well as Masterworks, Pops, Holiday, Family, Inside the Score and Symphony on the Rocks series that have attracted an ever increasing level of concertgoers. By presenting music that is both timeless and inspiring, while taking risks with new musical collaborations and interactive concerts, the Colorado Symphony is committed to reaching global audiences with the use of state-of-the-art digital media via live streaming and concert downloads. To learn more about donation opportunities, please visit: http://coloradosymphony.org/your-support/.