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As the Colorado Symphony takes the stage for a cannabis-friendly concert at Red Rocks on September 13th, the question is not whether Beethoven will be rolling in his grave, but what exactly he’ll be rolling. “Red Rocks on a High Note: An Evening with the Colorado Symphony” has already made national headlines as the first such public performance in the wake of the state’s commercial legalization of cannabis, and promises to be historic, if not “groovy.”
With a music lineup that includes John Williams’ cinematic score to E.T. and Ravel’s Bolero, it’s safe to say that music has been hand-picked for the occasion. Both intense and dreamy selections will accompany the sunset over Red Rocks as the full 80+ member orchestra delivers a gripping take on some of the most powerful classical favorites of all time.
The concert is presented by Bhang Chocolate and sponsored by the local “Who’s Who” of cannabis businesses including dispensaries, “edibles” companies and even the National Cannabis Industry Association. Three similarly-themed CSO fundraising events (“The High Note Series”) also took place over the summer in a more intimate setting, and offered onsite cannabis use. Due to the allowance, each was an invitation-only event for legal purposes, and held at an art gallery in Denver.
But the Sept 13th show is open to the public and will not so openly accommodate attendees. No cannabis or infused products will be sold or available at the show, nor is use technically legal at the venue. But that rule has been ignored by Red Rocks audiences for decades, well before legalization was ever on the ballot.
Tickets are $20 and available at ColoradoSymphony.org.