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Off the Hook Music Workshop: Five Day Summer Music & Arts Camp
May 21, 2015, 2:10 pm
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June 8 – 12,  9 – 3 pm daily

St. John’s Lutheran Church
305 E. Elizabeth Street
Fort Collins, Colorado

Registration Deadline is May 25. Register Here!
Once you register, you can pay your registration fee here. Scholarships available.

PYCh brings inspiration, intuition and imagination to kids this summer by offering a fun and educational way to learn more about themselves and the Arts. 

Two Sections:
● one for kids who already play violin or viola (7 – 18 year olds)
● one for kids who just want to have fun with the Arts. (5 – 10 year olds)

Classes include: Music Fundamentals, Dalcroze, Fiddling, Theatre & Improv, Come On, Sing It!,
Music of Art, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics.

Faculty includes:  Katie Couch (Dalcroze), Meryl Danziger (Music House and Voice), Emily Ondracek-Peterson (Violin), Erik Peterson (Viola), Vi Wickam (Fiddling), Linda Roth (Visual Arts) and Sarah Zwick-Tapley (Theatre & Improv).

Please visit our Class Description page for more details about what level you should register your child for and all the different classes available during our Summer Arts Camp.

Project Youth & Chamber Music Announces Second Annual Pianoathon!
May 21, 2015, 1:51 pm
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Fort Collins, CO, Saturday, June 6, 9am – 9pm

Music is one of the most powerful, connecting forces in life bridging cultures, as it can break down social barriers and channel the recesses of the brain. It’s also a way to give back to the community through the gift of music. OFF the HOOK Music Festival features its Second Annual Pianoathon —- play-what-you-can, pay-what-you-can, as it raise moneys for Pathways Hospice and Project Youth & Chamber Music (PYCh).

Whether a performer or music appreciator — this is an ideal way for all ages, skill levels and players of any music style to easily give back. The historic 8-foot, 1879 Erard grand piano is provided for a distinctly unique experience in the glorious Northern Hotel Lobby located in downtown Fort Collins. The piano will be played for 12 hours straight on June 6 from 9am – 9pm. Register on the PYCh website as solo pianist or with an unplugged ensemble to use the piano in segments of 15 minute time slots. Make at least a $10 donation per person.

Performers, including professional pianists at key times throughout the day, will be posted on the website so check for updates. Admission for general public is through donation. Take the first step in Playing It Forward with PYCh’s Pianoathon — space is limited so register now:  http://www.projectchambermusic.org/pianoathon/.

Have any questions? Want to be a Volunteer? Contact Jephta Bernstein,
director@projectchambermusic.org or call 970-305-2261.

Location: Northern Hotel Lobby, 172 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524.

Boulder Bach Festival presents a recital: “Six Degrees of Separation”
May 20, 2015, 9:27 am
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Concert pianist Mina Gajic joins violinist Zachary Carrettin in an intimate recital examining Bach’s influence on the impressionist voices of Ysaÿe, Szymanowsky and Debussy.

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 7:30 PM
Mina Gajić, piano;
Zachary Carrettin, violin
Grusin Hall, CU College of Music, Boulder

J.S. Bach: Sonata in C Minor for Violin and Clavier Obligato, BWV 1017,
Eugene Ysaÿe: Sonata #2 in A Minor for Violin Solo “Jacques Thibaud”,
Raymond Granlund: TangoVals and TangoNometría,
Maurice Ravel: Jeux d’eau (for piano solo),
Claude Debussy: Sonata in G Minor for Violin and Piano,

To purchase tickets, visit: http://boulderbachfestival.org/event/recital-six-degrees-of-separation/

A versatile pianist, Mina Gajić started her music career and education in Yugoslavia. She has concertized in Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Montenegro, China, and in the United States. Recent solo appearances include the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia and the Symphony Orchestra Stanislav Binički, Serbia. She has performed recitals internationally as soloist and with violinist Zachary Carrettin, focusing on a diverse repertory spanning the centuries and various styles on historic period pianos in addition to modern concert instruments. Ms. Gajić has performed as soloist at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival and the Boulder Bach Festival, Colorado.

Her awards include first prize at the Competition of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Republic Competition of Serbia for five consecutive years; first prize at the International Competition Cittá di Stresa, Italy; third prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein Competition in Paris; first prize at the Stanković Competitionin Belgrade with special distinction for collaborative artistry, as well as semi-finalist at the Shanghai International Piano Competition.

Ms. Gajić holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was awarded the prestigious Charles Ross Fellowship. She earned an additional Master of Music degree in Piano Chamber Music at Rice University Shepherd School of Music, where she won the Carl and Lillian Illig Scholarship as well as the Diane Sacks Prize. Her teachers and mentors include Mirjana Šuica-Babić, Brian Connelly, Božena Griner, Ian Hobson, Emanuel Krasovsky, and on historic keyboards, Charlotte Mattax Moersch.

Ms. Gajić has taught piano and related courses at the University of St. Thomas Music Preparatory School and at Sam Houston State University. She is currently Director of Education and Outreach of the Boulder Bach Festival.

Mina Gajić records on a recently acquired immaculate Érard concert grand built in Paris in the year 1895.

Zachary Carrettin has performed as conductor, violinist, baroque violinist, electric violinist and violist in more than twenty-five countries on four continents, and has established a reputation for presenting dynamic and diverse programs which feature repertory from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries. He has collaborated with the Tokyo Quartet, the Assad Brothers, Project Bandaloop, Chanticleer, the American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and has performed for the opening ceremonies of the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, the Dayton Center for the Performing Arts, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. He has performed at the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, Zurich’s Tonhalle, the Grieghallen in Bergen, at the Stavanger Festival, and in a private concert for the Sultan and Royal Family of Oman, in Muscat. Carrettin has served as concertmaster of numerous baroque period instrument ensembles, including the U.S. premiere of Vivaldi’s recently rediscovered opera Motezuma, (Musica Angelica), the Grammy-nominated recording of Hasse’s Marc’ Antonio e Cleopatra, (Ars Lyrica), critically-acclaimed recording of baroque music from the New World, Villancicos e Cantidas, (El Mundo) and the video-documented tour of the California mission churches, Mission Road, with renowned choir, Chanticleer. He has conducted professional symphony orchestras in the United States, Germany, the Czech Republic, Romania, and the National Symphony Orchestras of Moldavia and Bolivia. An advocate of diversity in music, Carrettin toured one-hundred cities with Yanni and shared the stage with Ray Charles, the Black Crowes, Cake, Joan Jett and many others at festivals internationally, in collaboration with Project Bandaloop aerial dance troupe. His performances of Bach’s works for unaccompanied violin have inspired wide acclaim.

Carrettin has resurrected and recorded numerous eighteenth-century works in manuscript during several visits to archives in Bergamo, Milan and Venice, in collaboration with concert violinist and Rice University professor Kenneth Goldsmith. Additionally, he conducted the first recording of Bolivian composer Gustavo Navarre’s Sinfonía. Carrettin completed Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Rice University Shepherd School of Music, an additional Master of Music degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, pursued studies in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Rice University, and served as conducting assistant to Maestro Dumitru Goia at the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania.

Zachary Carrettin is the former Director of Orchestral Studies at Sam Houston State University and the University of St. Thomas, and is currently the Music Director of the Boulder Bach Festival, where this season he performs as baroque violinist with the trio Aeris, as modern violinist in recital with pianist Mina Gajić, as conductor of the BBF Chorus and Orchestra, and as electric violinist in collaboration with 3rd Law Dance/Theater.

Virtuosity, clarity, vivacity, and intimacy: Swensen and the CSO perform Bach

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra provided the concert audience here in Denver a truly unique opportunity Friday night, May 15. It was the chance to hear all six of J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. I might add that this opportunity also applied to all of the professional musicians in the state of Colorado. In all of my many years, I have never heard of a performance of all six of these magnificent pieces. This opportunity has to be extremely rare.

The performance was led by Maestro Joseph Swensen who is a world renowned conductor and violinist. I will quote very briefly from the bio statement on his personal website:

“Joseph Swensen currently holds the posts of Conductor Emeritus of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Professor of Music (violin) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and Founder/Director of Habitat4Music. Swensen was Principal Guest Conductor & Artistic Adviser of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris from 2009-2012. He was Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 1996-2005, and has also held positions at the Malmö Opera (2008-2011), Lahti Symphony, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Swensen is a busy guest-conductor throughout the world (from Europe, to the USA, Japan and Australia), enjoying long-established relationships with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (with whom Swensen recently completed a Mahler cycle, spanning ten years), London Mozart Players, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and Orchestre National de Bordeaux.

“Joseph Swensen and Victoria Eisen are co-founders and co-directors of Habitat4Music. Habitat4Music connects highly qualified, passionate young American-trained classical musicians with children living in challenged areas across the world. Their goal is to use the power of long-term, committed, participatory music education and classical music programs to inspire and bring together individuals and communities.

“Joseph Swensen was born on 4 August 1960 in Hoboken, New Jersey and grew up in Harlem, New York City, (an American, of Norwegian and Japanese descent). He maintains residences in Copenhagen (Denmark), Bloomington (Indiana) and Vermont (USA).”

Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are truly the beginning of symphonic music even though the sonata allegro architectural form had yet to be developed. However, his use of instruments in the six concertos clearly an anticipation of what is to come. As is well known, the six works were dedicated to the Margrave of Brandenburg, Christian Ludwig, whom Bach had met while traveling in 1718 and 1719. Prince Ludwig heard Bach perform, most likely, at the Meiningen court, and asked Bach to compose some works for his orchestra. As the CSO program notes pointed out, it is unclear what Prince Ludwig’s reaction was to these six concerti for he seems to have tucked them away and forgotten about them. And indeed, Bach did not complete the commission until 1721. The reason for that is undoubtedly due to the circumstance of the death of Bach’s first wife, Maria Barbara, who passed away while he was traveling.

You readers must keep in mind that these concertos follow the traditional fast-slow-fast structure of the Italian concerto grosso style: the German style was slow-fast-slow. Hence, all of the Brandenburg Concertos with the exception of the first which has four movements, feature three movements modeled after the style which Vivaldi used. And, even in his first Brandenburg Concerto, Bach does not closely follow the traditional contrast between the solo instruments and the body of the orchestra (concertino and tutti). Of course, the other comparison between Bach and Vivaldi must be that Bach uses strict counterpoint which, for all practical purposes, was considered old-fashioned when Bach composed. But it is worth stating, that these anticipate the grand era of symphonic music. This means that Bach was clearly ahead of his time, and synthesized an old-style with the new.

Several things impressed me the minute the concert started. Maestro Swensen infused this orchestra with an incredible amount of energy. Keep in mind that this was not the full Colorado Symphony Orchestra but a chamber orchestra made up of members of the CSO, and at least one additional member that I recognized, Max Soto, playing oboe. The violinist, Yi Zhao, who is the Assistant Concertmaster of the CSO, was absolutely sensational as were Monica Hanulik, Jason Lichtenwalter, and Max Soto, all on oboe, plus Michael Thornton and Carolyn Kunicki, French horns. I was also struck by Joseph Swensen’s conducting style which is very individual, but, and I stress, extremely effective. I was also left wondering what impact this vivacious Brandenburg Concerto Nr. 1 had on those who heard it for the first time.

When I use the word “vivacious” I mean just that. I could see several members of the orchestra smiling as this work began. Additionally, I was terribly impressed, as I always am, with the depth of musicianship of everyone in the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Everyone on stage could have been a soloist. I am sure that many of you who read this article attend the performances of the CSO because of your love for music, but also for the entertainment value. I assure you that the art of music is not considered as entertainment by those on stage. It is a way of life. Friday evening, everyone on stage made that abundantly clear.

Not only were the concertos performed out of numerical order, they required different groups of musicians, and so there was a rearrangement of the stage in between each of the concertos. Brandenburg Nr. 6 was performed as the second work on the program, and again I was struck by the musicianship and clarity with which everyone performed. It was nice to hear Basil Vendryes with a prominent viola part, and that brings up another point: I was in wonderment of the clarity with which everyone performed. Those who were in attendance might say, “Well, of course you could hear everyone because there were so few people on stage.” But that is certainly not always the case. I have heard many small chamber groups perform in a much muffled manner.

Before the intermission, Maestro Swensen performed the violin solo with Catherine Peterson and Julie Thornton playing the flute. Swensen clearly demonstrated his mastery of Bach, and he also gave a clear demonstration of why it is he teaches at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, which is one of the best music schools in the world, if not the best. Peterson and Thornton were perfect. That is the only way to state it. Again, Bach was imbued with incredible forward motion, rhythmic pulse, and virtuosity. It was wonderfully poetic.

Brandenburg Concerto Nr. 5 was next on the program, and it is in this one that Ian Watson, who had been playing the continuo part on the harpsichord, had his solo, coupled with Joseph Swensen, violin, and Brook Ferguson, flute. I was impressed once more with the clarity of the musicians, and their ability to have every note heard while playing so softly. Keep in mind that the harpsichord is a very soft instrument (and the one used was a 7 foot harpsichord), and the lid was put back on the harpsichord so that in the open position it would direct the sound to the audience. The end result was that Ian Watson could be clearly heard. He has remarkable technique, and his ornamentation was simply beyond compare. Swensen and Ferguson demonstrated an uncanny ability to play virtuosic passages at a very soft dynamic level, and you readers must understand that that adds to the difficulty.

To me, the order of the programming was excellent. I am quite sure that Bach would not object to hearing the concertos performed in the order that they were Friday evening. Brandenburg Concerto Nr. 3 was performed next, and the last on the program was the Brandenburg Nr. 2. The soloists in Nr. 2 were Brook Ferguson, flute; Peter Cooper, oboe; Justin Bartels, clarino trumpet; and Joseph Swensen, violin. As Maestro Swensen pointed out at the beginning of the program Friday evening, the trumpet solo in Brandenburg Concerto Nr. 2 is one of the most difficult in any piece you care to name. But I hasten to point out that the oboe, flute, and violin solos were equally difficult. It was wonderful to hear the Brandenburg Nr. 2 close the program as it is, perhaps, the most rousing of all six. This, as were all the others Friday evening, was performed perfectly.

As I said at the beginning of this article, Bach used the Vivaldi concertos as his model, but Vivaldi’s concertos seem but an outline when compared to the incredible counterpoint, the complexity of the form, and the unified structure that Bach has supplied. It underscores the fact that even though Bach was using counterpoint, which was considered old-fashioned by many Baroque composers, he must clearly be labeled as the greatest composer who ever lived. I emphasize that in making that statement that I am not making light of the artistry displayed by Vivaldi, Handel, Telemann, or other of the famous composers of the time.

There is no doubt that Joseph Swensen has a way with Bach. He brought him to life as did the musicians that he was performing with and conducting. It truly was a picture of Bach with all of his clarity, vivacity, intimacy, and virtuosity.

Spectacular Symphonic Summer Season
May 13, 2015, 11:18 am
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The Colorado Symphony announces a summer season fueled by pop stars, video games, family fun, and spectacular vocalists. The Colorado Symphony collaborates once more with some of the country’s biggest and brightest talent at Red Rocks, the Arvada Center, Fiddlers Green, and Boettcher Concert Hall for an unforgettable summer of live music suited for everyone. Single tickets go on sale for newly announced concerts Friday, May 15.

Five concerts highlight the virtuosity of the Colorado Symphony musicians at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this season: Scottish indie pop band Belle and Sebastian open the season in June, followed by the duo of Ben Folds and Ingrid Michaelson. July features the Colorado Symphony’s and DeVotchKa’s annual collaboration, with special guest Kishi Bashi. The Colorado Symphony rounds out August with international sensation Video Games Live™ and Diana Krall featuring Pink Martini.

The season also showcases a star-studded Fourth of July conducted by Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton; a family-focused afternoon of music, “Inspired by Nature”; a costume-friendly night of the Music of Harry Potter; and a season-closing Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration at Boettcher Concert Hall, which will be Scott O’Neil’s final performance as Resident Conductor.

Mozart is highlighted this summer at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheatre and at Boettcher Concert Hall, the latter focusing on six powerhouse vocalists showcasing their talents in the eternal greatness of Mozart’s operatic works.

Summer concerts at Boettcher Concert Hall on sale Friday, May 15 are: Mostly Mozart, July 11; The Music of Harry Potter, July 18; Family Day at the Symphony: Inspired by Nature, July 26; Audience Choice, August 8; and Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration, August 15. Full details below.

For more information on the summer, please review the summer brochure: http://issuu.com/coloradosymphony/docs/symphonysummer or visit http://www.coloradosymphony.org

Symphony in the Summer

Belle and Sebastian with The Colorado Symphony
Special guest Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
Belle and Sebastian are a Scottish indie pop band from Glasgow, Scotland, led by Stuart Murdoch. Join your Colorado Symphony for a night under the stars as they perform with Belle and Sebastian’s greatest “wistful pop” hits. Tickets available at http://www.axs.com

Ben Folds, Ingrid Michaelson with The Colorado Symphony
Join both of these powerhouse artists as they perform live at Red Rocks with your very own Colorado Symphony. Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer Ben Folds first found mainstream success as the leader of the critically acclaimed Ben Folds Five. Ingrid Michaelson has vaulted from overachieving indie-pop sweetheart to a bona-fide pop star. Ingrid’s beautiful, idiosyncratic songs have been featured in popular films and television. Tickets available at http://www.axs.com

Colorado Symphony’s Family Friendly Fourth of July
Your Colorado Symphony returns to Fiddlers Green this Independence Day with a family-friendly program featuring your favorite contemporary scores and fireworks galore! Conducted by Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton, the evening features Broadway vocalist Morgan James, the music from Frozen, and your favorites from Pixar, Harry Potter and Star Wars! Also, celebrate America with the “Armed Forces Salute,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” the “Overture of 1812” and “God Bless America.” Tickets available at http://www.axs.com

Mozart Under Moonlight
The Colorado Symphony presents “Mozart Under Moonlight,” a glorious evening celebrating the most revered composer of all time. Journey from his days as a prodigy (Symphony No. 1) to his full maturity (Symphony No. 41, his final symphony) – featuring Ji, a young pianist you won’t want to miss. Tickets available at http://www.arvadacenter.org

Mostly Mozart Single tickets on sale Friday, May 15.
Six world-class vocalists show what makes Mozart operas great – from the pathos to the humor to the humanity. Many surprises are in store – maybe even a staged mini-opera! This concert has everything – even music from “The Shawshank Redemption.” Experience your Symphony and guest vocalists as they perform works that show why Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is considered a visionary and why he retains his popularity to this day. Tickets available at http://www.coloradosymphony.org

The Music of Harry Potter Single tickets on sale Friday, May 15.
Back by popular demand, your Colorado Symphony takes you on a trip to Hogwarts and beyond for a special performance of music inspired from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Featuring the music of John Williams and more, this is a concert event for every witch, wizard and muggle. Tickets available at http://www.coloradosymphony.org

DeVotchKa With The Colorado Symphony
With special guest Kishi Bashi
DeVotchKa returns to Red Rocks with trademark lush orchestrations combined with the rich symphonic sounds of the Colorado Symphony in an evening of majestic sound and illuminating theatrical surprises. A one-night-only event, this live concert experience presents a breath-taking tapestry of sights and sounds under the stars at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater. The evening also features innovative and critically acclaimed violinist and singer Kishi Bashi. Your favorite musicians will be on stunning display at the world’s premiere outdoor amphitheater, making this Colorado summer evening an annual tradition you won’t soon forget. Tickets available at http://www.coloradosymphony.org

Family Day at the Symphony: Inspired by Nature Single tickets on sale Friday, May 15.
The natural world is full of music! From the songs of birds and crickets to the crash of thunder and ocean waves, nature provides a soundtrack for the plants, animals and people who share Planet Earth. Nature inspired history’s greatest composers who sought to capture the beauty of the world through music. This program will also include fun activities for kids at Boettcher Concert Hall. Tickets available at http://www.coloradosymphony.org

Video Games Live™ With The Colorado Symphony
This August join your Colorado Symphony for an evening of explosive entertainment! Video Games Live™ joins forces with the Colorado Symphony and chorus to bring you an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time, live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Tickets available at http://www.coloradosymphony.org

Boston Pops Tribute
The Colorado Symphony pays homage to the great Arthur Fiedler, long-time conductor of the Boston Pops. This festive tribute, conducted by Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton, features a new blend of light classics and popular hits, featuring selections from John Williams and Leroy Anderson. The night will highlight Colorado Symphony musicians as soloists. Tickets available at http://www.arvadacenter.org

Audience Choice! Single tickets on sale Friday, May 15.
Join the Colorado Symphony for a special concert event where the audience picks the program! Don’t miss your chance to pick your favorite pieces from a selection of the most popular and well-known symphonic favorites performed live in Boettcher Concert Hall. Details on the voting process will be communicated to patrons via email and social media for a truly interactive live experience. Tickets available at http://www.coloradosymphony.org

Diana Krall with The Colorado Symphony
Special guest Pink Martini
Join Grammy® winning Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall with your Colorado Symphony for an unforgettable evening at Colorado concert landmark, Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Known for her contralto vocals, Diana has sold more than 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million worldwide, and is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums. Tickets available at http://www.axs.com

Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration Single tickets on sale Friday, May 15.
A celebration of the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this evening not only celebrates the collaboration of these two geniuses but also includes songs of Hammerstein’s collaboration with Jerome Kern (Showboat) as well as Rodgers’ collaborations with Lorenz Hart. This wonderful evening includes show-stopping Broadway tunes such as Climb Every Mountain, Oklahoma, Some Enchanted Evening, All The Things You Are, and many others! Tickets available at http://www.coloradosymphony.org

Tickets are available online at http://www.coloradosymphony.org, by phone on 303.623.7876, and in person at the Boettcher Concert Hall Box Office, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1000 14th Street. The Box Office is open Monday-Friday from 10 am – 6 pm; Saturday, noon-6 pm; and two hours prior to each performance.

One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. Led by internationally renowned Music Director Andrew Litton, the Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from the world of symphonic music and beyond. Every season, the Colorado Symphony serves more than 250,000 people from all walks of life, performing a range of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, the Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming. The Colorado Symphony partners with the state’s leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams, and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the transformative power of music. To learn more, visit http://www.coloradosymphony.org.

Baroque Orchestra Concludes Season With “Friends and Rivals”
May 6, 2015, 12:26 pm
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On May 16th and 17th, period-instrument ensemble Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado presents its season-finale program with favorite compositions by 18th-century masters Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel and Georg Philipp Telemann. Entitled Friends and Rivals, the program will be hosted by David Rutherford from Colorado Public Radio.

The program will be presented twice:

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:30 pm
Montview Presbyterian Church 1980 Dahlia St., Denver

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 3:00 pm
Wellshire Presbyterian Church 2999 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver

Works to be performed:

George Frideric Handel: Grand Concerto in G major, Opus 6, No.1 (HWV 319)
Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto in E minor for flute, recorder, strings and continuo
Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite no. 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (version for strings and continuo)
George Frideric Handel: Concerto in G major (based on Trio Sonata Opus 5, No. 4) 2

Bach, Handel, and Telemann were German-born contemporaries who made their careers in different European cities. Stories of their interactions, rivalries and friendships will be interwoven with their music, performed on period instruments. Featured soloists include Cynthia Miller Freivogel and Martin Davids (violin); Linda Lunbeck (recorder), Tamara Meredith (flute), Lara Turner (cello), Frank Nowell (harpsichord), and Daniel Zuluaga (theorbo).

Sunday’s performance will have three additional aspects:

• Sign language interpretation for spoken aspects of the program
• A pre-concert talk by music historian Peter Schimpf at 2:00 pm
• A special appearance by Boulder Suzuki Strings, performing two movements of a sonata by Johann Gottlieb Goldberg

Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday performances are $30 for adults; $25 for seniors and military personnel; $10 for students (pre-school children are free). Tickets are available at the door or online at http://www.BCOColorado.org.

About the Artists

Now in its tenth season as the region’s only professional period-instrument orchestra, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado brings to audiences the musical riches and spirit of improvisation of the 17th and 18th centuries. Led by violinist-leader Cynthia Miller Freivogel and harpsichordist-artistic director Frank Nowell, BCOC performs a varied repertoire ranging from familiar Baroque favorites to rarely performed gems from the period. The chamber orchestra is featured on two CDs: its debut recording Cornucopia and the recently released Forte e Dolce, featuring trumpet concertos and other works from 17th-century Italy. http://www.BCOColorado.org

David Rutherford is an award-winning broadcaster with degrees in double bass performance and music education. He has taught music from the elementary through the college level, and has performed extensively with orchestras throughout the West. David founded the Snake River Chamber Orchestra in Idaho as well as an experimental orchestra in Denver called UnStaged. He is also music director for the Pikes Peak Philharmonic in Colorado Springs and Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra in Denver. Most recently he earned the Clarion Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. He was honored as a National Teacher Fellow by the National Symphony Orchestra/John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

Called “a stellar artist by any standard and the orchestra’s obvious sparkplug” by the Denver Post, Cynthia Miller Freivogel performs on both modern and baroque violin. In addition to being the leader and concertmaster of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Ms. Freivogel has played most recently with Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra with Ton Koopman, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), American Bach Soloists, and the Handel & Haydn Society (Boston). She has been a member of chamber ensembles including the recently formed Hopkinson trio, Brandywine Baroque in Wilmington, Delaware, Magnificat Ensemble, and Voices of Music, which has made numerous videos you can find on YouTube.

Frank Nowell founded the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado in 2005, and the ensemble quickly garnered acclaim for its “artistic vision, authenticity, and devotion” (The Denver Post) under his leadership as Artistic Director and harpsichordist. He is a frequent guest artist, collaborator, and soloist, including recent appearances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Off the Hook Chamber Music Festival, Up Close and Musical, Colorado Music Festival, Front Range Chamber Players, Pro Musica Colorado, Voices of Light, and St. Martin’s Chamber Choir. Mr. Nowell takes joy in introducing people of all ages and backgrounds to Baroque music and in collaborating with a wide range of artists to bring new dimensions to this music

Pathways To Jazz Awarding Recording Grants To Jazz Musicians
May 3, 2015, 12:25 pm
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Now in its second year, Pathways To Jazz will award grants again to jazz musicians to support costs associated with producing a recording. Pathways To Jazz exists to provide opportunities for jazz musicians of all ages to succeed in their artistic and educational development by funding qualified jazz musicians to record their music and further their artistry and career. Pathways To Jazz seeks to connect people with the rich tradition of jazz in our musical heritage and to expand the reach of that music to a wide audience, especially to those who may not otherwise have access to see, listen, learn or play jazz. Since jazz is a uniquely American art form it is the program’s objective to see this rich tradition continue for future generations. Pathways to Jazz knows the value that recorded work plays in furthering artistry and supports artists who are unable to make provisions for themselves to take this essential step. Five grants were awarded in 2014 and those artists can be found on http://www.pathwaystojazz.com.

To be eligible, an artist must have the capability to produce a studio-quality recording, can evidence a strong artistic track record, and would clearly benefit from producing a recording in terms of artistic development and in furthering and preserving jazz music. Emerging and established artists are eligible and recorded works can be original or the works of other contemporary composers. The creative control of the recording remains with the artist.  Online applications are available May 1, 2015 at the Boulder County Arts Alliance webpage http://www.bouldercountyarts.org. A grant coaching session will be offered and the deadline to apply is June 30, 2015.

As an individual, organization or business you can support the mission of Pathways To Jazz to document and provide wider exposure for jazz music by making a donation to the project through the Boulder County Arts Alliance.

For more information and to apply or donate, please go to http://www.bouldercountyarts.org or call 303-250-7660.

Pathways To Jazz is sponsored by the Boulder County Arts Alliance.

CONTACT:  Alan Cogen, Founder

Sarah Goodroad
Administrative Director


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