The Arapahoe Philharmonic’s mission is to provide the highest degree of musical excellence and cultural enrichment for the citizens of the Denver metropolitan area and to create educational opportunities for youth promoting an interest in class... Read more
The Arapahoe Philharmonic’s mission is to provide the highest degree of musical excellence and cultural enrichment for the citizens of the Denver metropolitan area and to create educational opportunities for youth promoting an interest in classical music.
Founded in 1953, the Arapahoe Philharmonic is among the longest-established, continuously operating musical resources in Colorado. After thriving under two long-tenured conductors, T. Gordon Parks and Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr., we celebrated our 60th anniversary season (2013-2014) with an exciting new conductor, Devin Patrick Hughes. The orchestra’s musicians are volunteers, playing for the love of music, with a core of compensated section principals who provide technical leadership and help ensure the excellence of performance.
Our performance repertoire includes the greatest names in classical music, ranging through centuries of master composers, as well as living composers. Our south Denver metro location allows music lovers to experience high quality performances at reasonable cost with a convenient commute from home and free parking.
In addition to our regular season performances, the Philharmonic is invested in future generations, presenting annual children’s concerts and sponsoring outreach to elementary, middle and high schools. Whether or not these young people choose a career in music, growing and working together toward the collective goal of a concert performance is important to their intellectual and emotional development. The Arapahoe Philharmonic also sponsors collegiate-level competitions for instrumental performance, conducting and competition.