Important update: our Feb. 18, 2024 concert has been canceled
An announcement from our Music Director Dr. Silvestri:
“Our hearts are united with and we grieve for our UCCS students, colleagues, friends, and families following yesterday’s tragedy on campus. No words can fully express the sorrow that our community feels this day. The University has closed the campus to all activities this weekend…and this includes all events scheduled at the ENT Center for the Performing Arts. Therefore, we have no choice but to cancel this weekend’s performance with eyes on hopefully rescheduling in the very near future. Thank you for your understanding of the circumstance and your support for our community as we move forward!”
We are a non-profit, community orchestra that is composed of volunteers from all walks of life in the Colorado Springs area. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments. We hope you enjoy your visit to our site.
The orchestra now known as the Pikes Peak Philharmonic was formed in 1965 to provide additional playing opportunities for students at Colorado College. The Colorado Springs Community Orchestra, as it was first called, was quickly expanded to include musicians from the rest of the community. In 1972, the Colorado Springs Symphony sponsored and controlled the group with Charles Ansbacher as its Music Director and principal Conductor. The sponsorship of the Symphony was dissolved in 1986 due to financial reasons. With this vital outlet for performing serious symphonic music virtually gone, several musicians from the group incorporated a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the name, Pikes Peak Civic Orchestra. In 1997, the name of the group was changed to Pikes Peak Philharmonic. The funding for the orchestra has been through the assessment of dues, door receipts, and outside donations.
Pre-concert Lecture Series
Our conductor, Luciano R. Silvestri, Jr., will be providing interesting and educational background information about the pieces of music that we will be performing beginning at 2:15 p.m. immediately before each concert. Please join us for this learning experience!