Nothing makes a holiday statement like a festive sweater adorned with real ornaments, smiling reindeers, and 3-D garland. Colorado Symphony Orchestra, at its holiday Beethoven and Brews, along with its event partner Buffalo Exchange helped guests get in the spirit in a big way. The store, specializing in vintage and used clothing, graciously brought 80 decked out sweaters to the party for guests who just couldn’t put their hands on one at home. Melissa Acosta walked in wearing a striking green and black silk blouse. She looked nice, normal . . . but that wasn’t the aim of this gathering.
“Oh, I feel sexy,” she cooed, stroking her newly acquired sweater with its giant faux pine branch and cones.
“It’s ravishing,” chuckled Day Lapira in reference to her over-the-top holiday number. She even gained a pal for the party as a smiling stuffed animal frog with arms outstretched ready for a hug was sewn onto the front of her garment.
Renegade Brewing Company proved the ideal beer partner for the occasion. The company aims for “an offensively delicious brew.” Renegade is for “those who do the don’ts and don’t the dos.” In short, it was the perfect pairing to the outlandish sweaters.
It was fitting that the event was held at the VFW Post #1, the oldest post in the country. The CSO offers a significantly discounted rate to active military personnel and veterans. The compelling array of artwork in the facility is from veterans throughout the country.
For birthday girl Tanya Hass the evening was the perfect present.
“It’s a brilliant combination,” exclaimed an elated Ms. Hass. “It’s great to hear symphony music while drinking beer.” The more than 150 others in attendance shared her sentiment.
Launched in 2013, Beethoven and Brews features small ensembles of Colorado Symphony musicians performing in casual, non-traditional venues, including art galleries and local breweries.
“This season the events will be in three different venues and will involve a variety of breweries. We want to bring community out, so we are getting out into the community,” said CSO Event Planner Christine Devereaux.
Patrons attending Beethoven and Brews supports the mission of the Colorado Symphony: Creating extraordinary musical experiences that transport today’s listener, from the best of the past to the edge of the future.
One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. Led by internationally renowned Music Director Andrew Litton, the Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from the world of symphonic music and beyond. Every season, the Colorado Symphony serves more than 250,000 people from all walks of life, performing a range of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, the Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming. The Colorado Symphony partners with the state’s leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams, and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the transformative power of music. To learn more, visit www.coloradosymphony.org.
Greg Maronde, and Shawna Slavinski, right, both from Buffalo Exchange, toast to a great event with Christine Devereaux
Team Imbibe Denver: Yonny Beckers, left, Marissa Vellone,
Taylor McFadden and Todd Colletti enjoy Beethoven and Brews
Taking in some of the interesting art
Valerie Wilkinson, left, smiles with Casey Berry and Sharon Wilkinson
It’s a fun night for Fred Denault and Susan Ellis
Bridget McNeil, right, takes time out for a photo with Alex Pankonin
Team Buffalo Exchange: Taylor McFadden, left, Todd Colletti and Tiffany Wojciak
Team Buffalo Exchange: Taylor McFadden, left, Todd Colletti and Tiffany Wojciak
Busy at the brew station
Team Renegade Brewing Co. taking a quick break from the tap
Director of Development Christina Carlson takes the stage
Izzy Abbass, left, and Susan Ellis
Izzy Abbass and Susan Ellis enjoy the event
Genoveva Arjona and Eduardo Ramos are proud to support the symphony
It’s a fun night for Whitney and Chris Templeton
Cheers for Beethoven and Brews: Allen Sauer and Kevin Haskins
Paul and Harriett Rosen are proud to support the symphony
Laura Mitchell, left, toasts with Valerie Southgate
Hanging together are Jana Gross, left, John Crowley, Jeff Leonard, Josh Beezley, Jeff Gross, back row left, and Scott Foels
Sweet smiles from Sadie Zukowski and Zeb Sampedro
Joy and Buzz Chandler are happy to participate in Beethoven and Brews
Showing off fabulous sweater options: Greg Maronde and Shawna Slavinski
Yonny Beckers, left, with Marissa Vellone and Jose Mazariegos
Fun night for Erik Engelstad, left, Nate Diaz, Heather Stone and Andy Ininns
Erik Engelstad, left, toasts with Nate Diaz, Heather Stone and Andy Ininns
Smiling at a super event: Christine Devereaux, left, and Christina Carlson
Dressed for sweater success: Buffalo Exchange’s Greg Maronde and Shawn Slavinski
Captivated by the sweater collection: Erik Engelstad, left, and Nate Diaz
Smiling as the party gets rolling: Christine Devereaux and Darin Evangelista
Serious about sweaters: Casey Berry, left, and Darin Evangelista
Shae Burathoki, left, smiles with Jake Mattingley and Darin Evangelista
Ron Wilcoxson, left, and Neil Weiner enjoy Beethoven and Brews
Arriving in plain clothes: Melissa Acosta, left, and Day Lapira
Eureka! Finding the perfect sweaters: Melissa Acosta, left, and Day Lapira
Christine Devereaux, left, enjoys some time with Emily Scott and Claude Sim
Christina Carlson and Casey Berry smile at the well “orchestrated” event
Providing beautiful music: CSO’s own John Hilton, James Hall and Caterhine Beeson
Lee and Kathy Hayward have a good time at Beethoven and Brews
Laura and Dave Fisher are proud to support CSO
Alex Engel and Erin Mohat smile for a photo
Samantha and Douglas Hoyt enjoy the beer at Beethoven and Brews
Big smiles from Jessica Haycraft, left, Miller Kelley and Bridget Curran
Dianne Eberhardt and Ross Ingram time a moment for a photo
Bridget McNeil and Jackson Stevens are pleased with the turn-out at B and B
Johnathan Ruby shows off the perfect sweater vest
Linden Stear, left, and Brian Diloreto enjoy the event
Ashley Purcell, left, and Sunny Garcia enjoy Beethoven and Brews
It’s a family night of fun: Malin King, left (nephew), Molly Bierman (niece), David Ladd (uncle) and Ronda Sanquist (aunt)
Newly married Ryan and Kate Dillon, right, enjoy the event with Meghan Shaw
Admiring the artwork: Peter Bucknam and Robin Swank
A great birthday present for Tanya Hass, left, from Jane Roach
Celebrating the season and the CSO: Cynthia McCullen and Jesse Pears
Team Imbibe Denver: PJ Hoberman, left, Katie Schulz and Yonny Beckers
Trisha Oeth and Ben Keidan laugh by the Christmas tree
Trisha Oeth and Ben Keidan take time out for a photo
Jonathan Ruby, left, with Trisha Oeth and Ben Keidan
Jerome H. Kern, CEO / Co-chair of the Board of Trustees
Artistic Leadership: Andrew Litton, Music Director; Marin Alsop, Conductor Laureate; Scott O'Neil, Resident Conductor; Duain Wolfe, Chorus Director
Imbibe Denver, Renegade Brewing Company, Buffalo Exchange: New & Recycled Fashion, VFW Post 1
Buffalo Exchange: New & Recycled Clothing
$40- presale or $45 day of on-site
Board of Directors:
Mr. Jerome H. Kern | Co-Chair | CEO Colorado Symphony; Mrs. Mary Rossick Kern | Co-Chair | Community Leader; Dr. Christopher Ott | Treasurer | Chief Medical Officer, St. Anthony Hospital; Mrs. Susan Bowles | Secretary | Colorado Symphony, Cello; Ms. Margaret Anderson | Trustee | Senior Vice President, Apex, DaVita Healthcare Partners; Mr. Justin Bartels | Trustee | Colorado Symphony, Principal Trumpet; Dr. Paula P. Bernstein | Trustee | Clinical Psychologist; Mrs. Susan Cahill | Trustee | Colorado Symphony, Double Bass Ms. Charlyn Campbell | Trustee | Colorado Symphony, Viola; Mr. Young Cho | Trustee | Community Volunteer; Mr. Jim Copenhaver | Trustee | Senior Partner, JC Enterprises; Mr. Jason Crow | Trustee | Holland & Hart LLP; Ms. Rebecca DeCook | Trustee | Partner, Moye White LLP; Mr. Walter F. DeHaven, Jr. | Trustee | VP and GM, CBS4; Mr. BJ Dyer | Trustee | Owner, Bouquets; Mrs. Sandy Elliott | Trustee | Community Volunteer; Ms. Brook Ferguson | Trustee | Colorado Symphony, Flute; Dr. Everette Freeman, PhD. | Trustee | President, Community College of Denver; Ms. Neda Ghaemi | Trustee | Director, Tiffany & Co.; Dr. Michael G. Gundzik | Trustee | Founder, Gundzik & Associates, Inc.; Mr. John Hilton | Trustee | Colorado Symphony, Violin; Mrs. Yumi Hwang-Williams | Trustee | Colorado Symphony Concert Master; Mr. Richard Kylberg | Trustee | VP, Corporate Communications, Arrow Electronics; Mr. Peter Landgraff | Trustee | Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; Mr. Paul Lopez | Trustee | Councilman, City of Denver; Mr. Patrick McKinstry | Trustee | Attorney, Denver City Attorney's Office; Mr. Mike Pappas | Trustee | Chief Engineer, KUVO Jazz 89; Dr. W. Gerald Rainer | Trustee | Physician; Ms. Julie Rubsam | Trustee | Community Leader; Mr. Jim Shpall | Trustee | Owner of Applejack Wine & Spirits; Ms. Barbara Springer | Trustee | VP Administration, GC & Executive Director Delta Dental Foundation; Mr. Michael Thornton | Trustee | Colorado Symphony, Horn; Ms. Lynne Valencia | Trustee | VP Community Relations for KUSA-TV/KTVD-TV; Mr. Basil Vendryes | Trustee | Colorado Symphony, Viola; Mr. Wellington Webb | Trustee | Founder of Webb Group International and former Denver Mayor; Mr. Jack Finlaw | Ex-Officio Trustee | President and CEO, University of Colorado Foundation;; Mr. Andrew Litton | Ex-Officio Trustee | Colorado Symphony Music Director; Mrs. Sharon Reimer | Ex-Officio Trustee | President, Colorado Symphony Guild; Mr. Charlie Siebert | Ex-Officio Trustee | Director, Clinical Integration, DaVita, Inc & CSA Associate Board Chair; Ms. Ginger White | Ex-Officio Trustee | Deputy Director, Arts and Venues, City and County of Denver; Mr. William K. Coors | Emeritus Trustee; Mr. John Low | Emeritus Trustee; Mr. Lee Yeingst | Emeritus Trustee; Governor John Hickenlooper | Honorary Trustee | Governor of Colorado; Mayor Michael Hancock | Honorary Trustee | Mayor