Colorado Symphony Orchestra gets classical with cannabis

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      Classical music in the U.S. is about to hit a high note. The Colorado Symphony Orchestra announced today (April 29) that it has teamed up with pot-promoter Edible Events for a series of bring-your-own-marijuana fundraising events, entitled Classically Cannabis, in Denver.

      According to the Denver Post, tickets to hear Colorado’s only full-time professional orchestra have been dwindling, and this arrangement is part of the CSO’s efforts to reach a wider audience.

      "We see ourselves as connecting classical music with all of Colorado," Jerry Kern, executive director for the CSO, told the Denver Post. "Part of our goal is to bring in a younger audience and a more diverse audience, and I would suggest that the patrons of the cannabis industry are both younger and more diverse than the patrons of the symphony orchestra."

      Edible Events is a Denver-based events-production company that aims to “maximize the cannabis experience and stimulate your heightened awareness of taste, smell, sights, and sounds via artfully choreographed events,” according to its website.

      The series of CSO fundraisers will take place at the New Space Gallery and each event will follow a unique theme, including “Pan American Highway”, “Mississippi Blues Highway”, and “Summer Monsoon”. The first Classically Cannabis event is scheduled for May 23, with subsequent events in July and August. Each event will feature live performances by CSO musicians as well as food and beverages.

      Classically Cannabis is restricted to people age 21 years and up. Pot will not be sold at the event, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own. The ticket price and ticket sales will be announced through the CSO box office.