The Colorado Symphony is giving new meaning to hitting a high
note, announcing a bring-your-own marijuana concert series,
the first of which features its chamber ensemble and
South-of-the-border food and booze.
The U.S. states of Colorado and Washington became the first
to legalise the possession and use of recreational cannabis
in 2012, and the first retail pot shops opened in Colorado in
The orchestra's "Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series"
seeks to tap the blossoming market in a series of summer
fundraising concerts, at a time when more than half of
Colorado voters believe legalising recreational marijuana has
been good for the state, a recent poll showed.
The Denver Post newspaper reported the events are aimed at
boosting attendance, including drawing younger concert-goers,
at a time when the Colorado Symphony has struggled
"Join us as we travel along the Pan American Highway with
stops for Chimichurri, arepas & the best salty roasted
jalapenos you've ever had," the orchestra said on its
The first concert, on May 23 in Denver, is sponsored by
companies operating in the nascent pot industry, including a
medicinal marijuana dispensary and a company that specializes
in growing supplies.
The symphony's website listing for the 21-and-up event
contains more warnings and culture-guidance than
cannabis-friendly features, such as it being strictly "BYOC"
and costumes and "thematic clothing" can be eschewed in favor
of clothing more suited to an "art gallery setting."
Parking? "Due to the nature of the event, we encourage
alternative modes of transportation," the orchestra says.