By Ray Mark Rinaldi, Denver Post Fine Arts Critic
The Colorado Symphony Orchestra rehearses on April 24 at the Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Classical music and cannabis will come together with a “bring your own cannabis” concert series this summer at the Space Gallery in the Santa Fe arts district. (Jamie Cotten, Special to The Denver Post)
The cultural revolution that is making marijuana part of everyday Colorado life conquers another established front Tuesday as the Colorado Symphony Orchestraannounces a series of performances sponsored by the cannabis industry.
The concerts, organized by pro-pot promoter Edible Events, will start May 23 with three bring-your-own marijuana events at the Space Gallery in Denver’s Santa Fe arts district and culminate with a large, outdoor performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sept. 13. They are being billed as fundraisers for the CSO, which will curate a themed program of classical music for each show.
While acknowledging that the arrangement is unusual, even ground-breaking, CSO executive director Jerry Kern said the concerts will help the orchestra reach beyond its conservative, fine arts demographic while raising money for an organization that has struggled financially in recent years.