MAS (Music Appreciation Society) presents David Amram’s Many Worlds Concert and Book Release on May 23, the evening begins at 7 p.m., and music at 8 p.m. at The Savoy Denver.

Sip craft cocktails and join fellow music lovers for a night of extraordinary music. All ages are welcome.


  • David Amram, classical composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, jazz and folk musician

  • The Rocky Mountain Jazz Quartet, starring Hugh Ragin, band leader and jazz trumpet

  • Yumi Hwang Williams, Colorado Symphony Concertmaster, violin

  • Kolio Plachkov, Colorado Symphony Associate Principal Horn, French horn

  • Brooke Ellen Ferguson, Colorado Symphony, Principal Flute

  • Harry Tuft, folk musician and founder of the Denver Folklore Center,

  • Barry Ollman, singer-songwriter, and music artifact collector

Nonagenarian David Amram boasts a remarkable eight-decade career in music. In his early years, Amram made his mark as a jazz French horn player, sharing the stage with legendary artists such as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis. He later left an indelible legacy in classical music, marked by collaborations with the likes of Leonard Bernstein. Amram’s impressive classical repertoire encompasses over 100 orchestral and chamber music compositions, in addition to numerous scores for theater and film. A selection of his notable film credits include ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ (1962), ‘Splendor in the Grass’ (1961), Arthur Miller’s ‘After The Fall,’ and the iconic Beat Generation film featuring and written by Jack Kerouac ‘Pull My Daisy’ (1959).

With a discography that spans over 20 records, recipient of over 8 honorary doctorates, and numerous other recognitions, Amram’s contributions to the world of music are profound. In 1966, he made history as the first Composer-In-Residence for the New York Philharmonic, solidifying his status as one of the most influential, not to mention most performed, composers of our era.

Amram also has strong Denver ties. In 2012 he created a live recording with the Colorado Symphony of his composition “This Land: Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie” released in 2014. The album featured Brooke Ellen Ferguson on flute and was conducted by Amram himself. Amram also spent time in Denver with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady in the 1950s and between 2009 and 2019 supported the annual Denver celebrations of Cassady’s birthday.

In addition to his impressive music career, Amram has authored 5 books and recently released an anthology of essays, “The Many Worlds Of David Amram” which includes articles by local musicians Barry Ollman, Laura Schulkind, and Hugh Ragin. Dean Birkencamp, editor of and contributor to the anthology, will have copies of the book available for sale at the show.

David Amram

David Amram stopped by the KUVO studios to catch up with The Morning Set’s Carlos Lando in anticipation for his performance at the Savoy.

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