Conspicuous by its absence from the schedule is the Colorado Symphony, which appeared at the festival from 1999 to 2002 before being dropped in favor of the New York Philharmonic. According to the Denver Post, the CSO had hoped to return in 2004, after the Rochester Philharmonic's original contract expired, but the festival renewed the Philharmonic's contract for 2004 and again for 2005.
Eugenia Zukerman, the festival's music director, told the Post that Bravo! is waiting for music director designate Jeffrey Kahane to begin his tenure next year at the CSO before deciding whether to invite the orchestra back. "We wanted to give them a year with that artistic director before we could really determine how it would work for us," she said.
The CSO has been without a music director since Marin Alsop left in the spring of 2003.