For the past few years, the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel has had the honor of hosting the Colorado Symphony Ball, the annual soiree and fundraiser for Colorado’s only full-time professional orchestra.
This year’s ball was held on Saturday, April 28, and for the first time in the event’s history, the orchestra was the featured performer and provided music throughout the evening. Ball attendees enjoyed warm pre-dinner background music by string quartets stationed in the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel’s main lobby and Plaza Ballroom. Guests were later treated to a high-energy full orchestra performance, and top dance hits spanning decades were played by 60 members of the orchestra post-dinner.
Ed Greene, CBS 4 weather and news anchor, was the evening’s emcee, entertaining up to 450 distinguished guests including Governor John Hickenlooper and Mayor Michael Hancock; 20 military men and women whose tickets were paid for by an anonymous benefactor who wished to thank them for their service; Lt. Col Malcolm Walker, who commands 1,300 troops in the 244th Engineer Battalion; Barry Fey, John Low and Lee Yeingst, who, with the late Will McFarlane, were instrumental in creating the CSO after the Denver Symphony Orchestra filed for bankruptcy in 1989; wildlife artist Eldridge Hardie; Colorado Ballet trustee Sandy Elliott; Terry Biddinger, who, with Erna Butler, helped start the CSO's Women of Note; and Ballet Nouveau artistic director Garrett Ammon and his wife, ballerina Dawn Fay, among many others.