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Denver Symphony Orchestra

Jaycees acted as ushers.
Rehearsals were in the afternoon.
People could buy boxed chicken meals.
Families sometimes packed their own food.
Performances were in the evenings.

Summers at Red Rocks with the Denver Symphony Orchestra

In the 1950s, a series of summer concerts at Red Rocks by the Denver Symphony Orchestra gained a national reputation. Most notable were performances of Wagner's Die Walkure in July 1957 and July 1958. Saul Caston conducted the orchestra and Helen Black produced the operas. Families from all over the country made annual visits to Denver just to see the performances.

Photographs and papers about these performances may be found in the Denver Symphony Orchestra manuscript collection, WH941, available for research in the Western History Department of the Denver Public Library.

Love the Pictures

Cowboy Joe just loves these pictures.

It reminds him of way back then.