Feb 5, 2011 8:20 AM by Andy Koen & Dr. Anya Winslow

Battle of the Batons begins tonight

In their search for a new conductor, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic probably didn't have this group in mind. Nevertheless, they're turning over control of the orchestra tonight to a group of amateurs in the return of Battle of the Batons.

The competition is coming off a 20 year hiatus and will feature 9 performers this year including News First 5's Lisa Lyden.

She will be competing for bragging rights against Mallory Hybl, a 10 year old actress, David Dahlin, the executive vice president of Compassion International, John Street, chairman of the orchestra board, Margaret Sabin, president and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Phil Lane, head of Operation 60ThirtyFive, and a trio consisting of Manitou Art Theatre co-founder Birgitta De Pree, Amanda Mountain, from Rocky Mountain PBS, and Susan Edmondson, the executive director of the Bee Vradenburg Foundation.

The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Avenue. Tickets range in price from $18-57 and can be purchased at the box office or online at csphilharmonic.org.


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