For those of you out there who find classical music rather unexciting, the innovative Colorado Symphony Orchestra would like you to hear what they have planned. The only full-time professional orchestra in the state has unveiled their “Classically Cannabis: The High Notes” series specifically designed as a “weed friendly” way to reach out to younger music fans.
Starting May 23rd, three different events will showcase ensembles playing in downtown Denver galleries with private catering. This concludes with an orchestral rock concert at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater on September 13th. The event is billed as B.Y.O.C. (Bring your own Cannabis) as no marijuana will be sold at any of the events, though food and drinks will be provided.
To set up the unprecedented event, the symphony is partnering with the burgeoning Colorado business Edible Events Co., which has profited off the recent legalization by organizing “upscale events where people can come and enjoy some cannabis just like they would a glass of wine” describes Edible Events owner Jane West. Each event will have various food and snacks provided that coincide with the music being performed. Mississippi Blues will be complimented with Memphis BBQ while Eastern music will be performed alongside Teriyaki Chicken and Filipino Empanadas.
Since the beginning of year the State of Colorado has legalized the purchase of an ounce of weed to all those 21 or older. While the law restricts smoking in public due to Colorado’s clean indoor act, the selected Denver galleries will function as private property for the events allowing for legal marijuana use. While smoking pot is technically illegal at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Denver Post reports that the event is being sold as an educational effort with vendors offering information to attendees about anything from consumption to child-resistant packaging. For the record, the Red Rocks Amphitheater has hosted U2, Jimi Hendrix, and The Grateful Dead so it is safe to say this will not be the first time marijuana is smoked there.
While the event is definitely on the edgier side, it is not without its restrictions. Every attendee to the Classical Cannabis events must be over 21 and purchase a $75 ticket. By comparison the symphony’s similarly themed series “Beethoven and Brews” brought classical music to bars and breweries for $40 to $65 tickets. Due to the nature of the event, it is encouraged that attendees find another mode of transportation than driving.
The success of this event does hold a lot of weight in predicting the impact of Marijuana’s legalization on everyday life. If the music series does draw in a younger demographic to the Classical music world there’s no telling how many other struggling orchestras will see opportunity in this.
Tickets go on sale soon. Visit the symphony’s website for more information.