Colorado symphony strikes high note
in cannabis-friendly concert
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[April 30, 2014] By
Eric M. Johnson
The Colorado Symphony is giving new
meaning to hitting a high note, announcing on Tuesday a
bring-your-own marijuana concert series, the first of which features
its chamber ensemble and South-of-the-border food and booze.
The U.S. states of Colorado and Washington became the first
to legalize the possession and use of recreational cannabis in
2012, and the first retail pot shops opened in Colorado in
The orchestra's "Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series"
seeks to tap the blossoming market in a series of summer
fundraising concerts, at a time when more than half of Colorado
voters believe legalizing recreational marijuana has been good
for the state, a recent poll showed.
The Denver Post newspaper reported the events are aimed at
boosting attendance, including drawing younger concert-goers, at
a time when the Colorado Symphony has struggled financially.
"Join us as we travel along the Pan American Highway with stops
for Chimichurri, arepas & the best salty roasted jalapenos
you've ever had," the orchestra said on its website.
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The first concert, on May 23 in Denver, is sponsored by companies
operating in the nascent pot industry, including a medicinal
marijuana dispensary and a company that specializes in growing
The symphony's website listing for the 21-and-up event contains more
warnings and culture-guidance than cannabis-friendly features, such
as it being strictly "BYOC" and costumes and "thematic clothing" can
be eschewed in favor of clothing more suited to an "art gallery
Parking? "Due to the nature of the event, we encourage alternative
modes of transportation," the orchestra says.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle;
editing by Michael Perry)
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