CSO says pot concerts will continue as private, invite-only events


Members of the CSO perform. (Credit: CSO)

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DENVER — After the City of Denver issued a letter to the Colorado Symphony urging it to halt its cannabis-sponsored concert series last week, CSO announced Tuesday that the concerts will go on, launching with the first bring-your-own-marijuana event on May 23.

According to a statement from the symphony orchestra, CSO consulted with both the City and its legal advisers before deciding to carry on with its “Classically Cannabis” concert series.

From its initial conception, “Classically Cannabis” was intended to be a series of private fundraising events, said CSO in the release. When symphony staffers learned that the City was concerned that these were events were public, thus violating marijuana public consumption regulations, they said they contacted Denver City Attorney Scott Martinez to clarify the marketing and media generated around the concert series.

After speaking with Martinez, the CSO issued a release, detailing how the symphony will move forward in marketing these concerts exclusively as private events.

CSO said it has removed publicly assessable  information about “Classically Cannabis” from its website and will refund all ticket purchases made through May 12.

The events will now be invite-only, limited to “a closed list of VIP guests managed by Edible Events,” stated the CSO release, “no reservations or requests for invitations to the events will be accepted from the general public.”

The symphony orchestra said it is also in the process of withdrawing its two permit applications it previously applied for through the City of Denver because, after speaking with Martinez, the CSO has decided it no longer needs these permits due to the private nature of the concerts.

“From the beginning, our goals have been to support fundraising for the Colorado Symphony and to reach out to a culturally diverse audience,” says Colorado Symphony CEO and Co-Chair of its Board of Trustees Jerry Kern. “We’re pleased to present these events in a way that will allow us to pursue these goals and move forward with the business of operating the Colorado Symphony.”

CSO first announced its plans to launch a new summer concert series in collaboration with the marijuana industry on April 29.

Starting on May 23, the collaboration kicks off with a bring-your-own marijuana event at the Space Gallery in the Santa Fe arts district in Denver. There will be two more subsequent events, on July 18 and Aug. 15, at the venue in the same vane.

On Sept. 13, the series concludes with a performance at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison.

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