The Colorado Springs Philharmonic, conductor Josep Caball?Domenech, pianist Martina Filjak, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $12-$59; 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com
Last season, Colorado Springs Philharmonic music director Josep Caball?Domenech took his orchestra to a place it had never been before. His relentless demands for excellence resulted in superb performances as a commonplace occurrence.
It's different this season. Three concerts have already gone by and no Caball?Domenech. As he begins his third season here in the Springs, the 40-year-old Spaniard believes the orchestra has achieved a "cruise altitude. I'm proud and satisfied if every single performance we do matches our audience's expectations. If I'm on the podium or not becomes secondary."
His concerts this weekend reflect both his artistic vision and European roots. "For the Prokofiev ('Romeo and Juliet'), I'm doing my own selection of the ballet music, not of the suites that he wrote later. The music follows the same order as the plot, so this selection has a dramatic sense per se. It's a wilder, crazier, a more aggressive instrumentation, which gives a sense of unity to the piece, almost like a symphony."
For Mozart's "24th Piano Concerto" he invited Croatian Martina Filjak to be his soloist. "I worked with her couple of years ago and I was impressed by her personality. That's the kind of experience I can bring to my beloved audience and orchestra musicians: the interesting people I have the pleasure to know, as I did with Jan Vogler, Joaqu? Ach?carro and more others to come."
DAVID SCKOLNIK, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE
Martini Shot - 10-year anniversary party, 8 p.m. Saturday, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, free; 476-2200, stargazers theatre.com
"Unsung Voices: Women in Music" - Trio Paradis Chamber Concert - 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Benet Hill Monastery, 3190 Benet Lane, $20, $10 under age 11; 633-0655, trioparadis.com. The Bowed Piano Ensemble and Friends - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Packard Hall, Colorado College, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free, 389-6000, colorado college.edu. "Ring of Fire" - Johnny Cash musical review, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, $30; 295-7200, sdc-arts.org