December Newsletter
Upcoming Events
  • Featured dancers from Kim Robards Dance
  • New musical selections - a completely new repertoire from what we did in the fall. 
  • New instrument: come check out the harp!
  • Tickets purchased for History Colorado and Wildlife Experience programs also get you access to the museum on those days.

Join us for an unforgettable night of music, food, drinks, and fun amidst the planes at Wings Over the Rockies. This event is our only adults-only event of the entire year, and you won't want to miss your chance to get inside the orchestra - or inside an airplane! Proceeds benefit our school programs and Tiny Tots scholarship program.

A Word from Tom
Tom Jensen

This is the season where I give thanks and get rather introspective with life's events. Being a former radio broadcaster, I confess that I am a news junkie, and there is a lot in the papers and on television that is negative. Our Inside the Orchestra concerts and audiences are my personal "cure" for all of that.
ISO has been my positive mainstay for 30 years now, and I am grateful for all of the folks who have made my tenure possible and wonderful. Jane Wilson, who worked with the Junior Symphony Guild back in '85, approached me to create a program that was connecting and interactive with young people-- I believe we have done and continue to do just that.
Our musicians are so talented and caring. Our board of directors, so committed. Our staff are all so competent and creative.  To be able to work in an educational environment dedicated to "love of learning" and "love of discovery" is an honor and a privilege that I do not take lightly.
And I want to thank our supporters who have kept this organization thriving since 1958. I wish you all a prosperous and musical New Year. 
The Activity Corner 
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Gather your friends and family together at your holiday party this year and play this fun winter-themed mad lib. If you don't let them know what they're choosing words, for you're sure to write an interesting new version of this song.

From the Executive Director
Shelby Mattingly
Happy new year! We are just hours away from ringing in 2016. I hope everyone has had a wonderful and warm holiday season. At ISO, we've been taking a break for the holidays to gear up for a very busy start to 2016. 

We start the year with the winter Tiny Tots series, and we have some surprises in store. We will be joined on February 10th by none other than former Denver Bronco Reggie Rivers, who will be helping us "kick off" the Tiny Tots series by guest conducting one piece in the 9:30 program. Winter Tiny Tots is going to be a wonderful series, featuring all new rep and highlighting pieces from Swan Lake to Star Wars.

We hope you will all join us on March 10th for our annual Inside the Orchestra for Adults event - this year we will be at the fabulous Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Lowry. We will have fantastic food, drinks, games, and prizes - and you will get "inside the orchestra" while seated amidst vintage airplanes. Stay tuned for more details, and mark your calendars for March 10th!

Finally, I want to thank everyone who helped make Colorado Gives Day 2015 our best one yet.  We could not do our work without you.

May your days in the new year be filled with music!

Shelby Mattingly
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