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Colorado Ballet completes move into new building in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe
August 29, 2014, 3:08 pm
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Colorado Ballet announced today that it has completed the move into its new building at 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.  Construction on the 30,000 square foot building at the north end of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe was completed earlier this month.

In January 2013, Colorado Ballet purchased the building on Santa Fe Drive, which had been partly occupied by a sewing machine distributor and parts warehouse. In preparation for a move from the organization’s home of 20 years at 13th and Lincoln—a space owned by the Colorado State Land Board—a capital campaign was initiated and major renovations ensued.

Colorado Ballet’s new $6.5 million facility will host rehearsal and training studios as well administrative offices, while performances will continue to take place primarily in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

“The new building will encourage world-class dance to flourish in Colorado and enhance the training of the next generation of dancers,” said Colorado Ballet’s Artistic Director Gil Boggs.  “Our new facility will also grow our outreach efforts, bringing dance to thousands of school-kids and people with disabilities.  We will also host small performances and events in our new theater, exposing more people to the magic of dance in this thriving arts neighborhood.”

The new facility, designed by Denver-based Semple Brown Design, features seven state-of-the-art dance studios for Colorado Ballet’s professional Company and the Colorado Ballet Academy.  In addition, a multi-use black box theater will function as both a dance studio and performance space equipped with theatrical lighting, sound and telescoping seats for presenting smaller performances and hosting outside groups and their events.  Improved amenities for the Company also include locker rooms, showers and a physical therapy room.  The new Academy location also includes safer student drop-off and increased parking in the neighborhood for Academy families.  Denver-based CMC Group, Inc. was the contractor.

“The search for a new space for the Colorado Ballet has been our priority for nearly a decade, thus the long awaited opportunity to turn a quiet structure on Santa Fe Drive into a theatrical showcase for the dancers and organization has truly been an honor,” said Rusty Brown, AIA, cofounder and president of Semple Brown Design. “In partnership with Artistic Director Gil Boggs and their board of directors, we’re thrilled to unveil this stunning new space designed to inspire the dancers, elevate learning, and provide one of our state’s artistic treasures a permanent home—all while establishing a new anchor for our city’s booming Santa Fe Arts District.”

“This is the first time in our nearly 54-year history that we will own our building and that is very exciting for everyone involved with Colorado Ballet,” said Boggs.  “We have so much to celebrate in our organization, not just the new building but also last season’s record-breaking attendance and performance revenue and our upcoming season of performances.”

About Colorado Ballet:

Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 54 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver.  Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet presents more than 50 performances annually. Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado through performances of the professional company, training at the Academy and Education & Outreach programs.  Visit http://www.coloradoballet.org.

About Semple Brown Design, PC:

Semple Brown Design has built a reputation over the last 30-plus years for being one of the most respected full-service design firms in the Mountain West. Since its co-founding by Sarah Semple Brown, FAIA and Rusty Brown, AIA in 1982, the firm’s genuine passion for delivering great design has resulted in some of the most prominent, award-winning projects in the state, as well as a long list of high-profile and repeat clients. The September 2012 issue of 5280 Home describes Semple Brown as “Denver’s premiere architectural firm.” Notable examples of Semple Brown’s work include the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the new Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center, the restoration of Larimer Square and renovation of Denver Pavilions and Kent Denver School’s new Dining Hall. Semple Brown has also designed many of Denver’s most beloved restaurants—Frasca Food & Wine, The Kitchen (Denver, Fort Collins and Chicago) and The Kitchen Next Door (Denver Union Station and Glendale CitySet), The Squeaky Bean, Coohills, Steubens and Euclid Hall to name only a few—as well as numerous Colorado residences. In recognition of its design excellence, the firm has also received more than 100 design awards from a variety of esteemed groups, including the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For further information see: http://www.semplebrowndesign.com.

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For more information please visit:

Sanya Andersen-Vie
Public Relations and Marketing Manager
Colorado Ballet
New address: 1075 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-339-1630 | Fax: 303-861-7174
sanya.andersenvie@coloradoballet.org
http://www.coloradoballet.org



Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival presents its seventeenth season
August 28, 2014, 4:06 pm
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This chamber music festival is one of the best in Colorado. Aizawa and Mills are remarkable musicians who attract the excellent musicians to perform with them. You do not want to miss this series of concerts. I can promise you that it is worth the drive to Dillon.

Co-artistic directors, Rieko Aizawa and Jesse Mills, will lead Alpenglow in its seventeenth season, presenting outstanding, world-class music to Summit County, Colorado.  The Festival includes two public concerts, two private soirees and a workshop at the Summit High School.

2014 Artists:

Rieko Aizawa – Piano
Praised by the NY Times for her “impressive musicality, a crisp touch and expressive phrasing”, Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa has performed in solo and orchestral engagements throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and Vienna’s Konzerthaus.

At the age of thirteen, Ms. Aizawa was brought to the attention of conductor Alexander Schneider on the recommendation of the pianist Mitsuko Uchida.  Schneider engaged Ms. Aizawa as soloist with his Brandenburg Ensemble at the opening concerts of Tokyo’s Casals Hall.  Later that year, Schneider presented her in her United States début concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall with his New York String Orchestra. She has since established her own unique musical voice.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Aizawa has performed as a guest with string quartets including the Guarneri Quartet and the Orion Quartet.  She has participated in numerous festivals, including the Marlboro, Evian, and Ravinia Festivals.

March 2005 marked the release of Ms. Aizawa’s first solo recording of Shostakovich’s and Scriabin’s “24 Preludes,” on the Altus Music label.  Her second album of Messiaen’s and Faure’s preludes will come out in 2012.

Rieko Aizawa was the last pupil of Mieczyslaw Horszowski at the Curtis Institute and she also studied with Seymour Lipkin and Peter Serkin at the Juilliard School.

Jesse Mills – Violin
Two-time Grammy nominated violinist Jesse Mills enjoys performing music of many genres, from classical to contemporary, as well as composed and improvised music of his own invention.

In 2004, Mills made his professional concerto debut with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra conducted by Nicholas McGegan in a unique partnership with Salsa trombonist, Jimmy Bosch.  This project combined a classical performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with Mills as violin soloist, and a Salsa band arrangement of the same piece, fronted by Bosch and Mills as improvising soloists.

Mills is also known as a pioneer of contemporary works, a renowned improvisational artist, as well as a composer. He earned Grammy nominations for his work on CDs of Arnold Schoenberg’s music, released by NAXOS in 2005 and 2010. He can also be heard on the Koch, Centaur, Tzadik, Max Jazz and Verve labels for various compositions of Webern, Schoenberg, Zorn, Wuorinen, and others. As a member of the FLUX Quartet from 2001-2003, Mills performed music composed during the last 50 years (including the famous six-hour-long String Quartet No. 2 by Morton Feldman), in addition to frequent world premieres.

As a composer and arranger, Mills has been commissioned by venues including Columbia University’s Miller Theater and the Chamber Music Northwest festival in Portland, OR.

Mr. Mills is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Dorothy DeLay, Robert Mann and Itzhak Perlman.

James Wilson – Cello
For the past twenty years, cellist James Wilson has consistently performed to the delight of audiences throughout the world, from small towns to the world’s most illustrious venues. Acclaimed for his singing tone, and intelligent and soulful approach to music, the Los Angeles Times described Wilson as a musician “with something to say and a commanding way of saying it.”

As recitalist and chamber musician, he has appeared in many of the world’s most illustrious venues, including America’s Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center, Casal’s Hall in Tokyo, the Sydney Opera House, the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Montreal, the Philharmonie in Köln and the Musikverein in Vienna. He has performed at music festivals around the world such as the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the City of London Festival, the Deutches Mozartfest in Bavaria, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and the Ysbreker in Amsterdam.

In demand as a player of Baroque and modern cello, Wilson has collaborated with such diverse artists as violinist Joshua Bell, flutist Eugenia Zukerman, guitarist Eliot Fisk, actress Claire Bloom, the Tokyo String Quartet and the Mark Morris Dance Group. A former member of the Shanghai and Chester String Quartets, he recorded and toured extensively world-wide with both groups. Mr. Wilson’s performances have been broadcast on West German Radio and Bavarian Radio in Germany, CBC radio in Canada, CBS television and National Public Radio’s Performance Today and Saint Paul Sunday. He has also recorded for the Delos and Music Masters labels.

A devoted advocate for the arts and arts education, Mr. Wilson is currently the Artistic Director of the Richmond–based Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia, and teaches cello and chamber music at Columbia University in New York.

Mark Holloway – Viola (9/12 & 9/14 only)
Violist Mark Holloway is a chamber musician sought after in the United States and abroad. He has appeared at prestigious festivals such as Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Ravinia, Caramoor, Banff, Cartagena, Taos, Music from Angel Fire, Mainly Mozart, Music at Plush, and the Boston Chamber Music Society. Performances have taken him to far-flung places such as Chile and Greenland, and he plays regularly at chamber music festivals in France and Switzerland, and at the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, England. Around New York City, he frequently appears as a guest with the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus.

Mr. Holloway has been principal violist at Tanglewood and of the New York String Orchestra, and has played as guest principal of the American Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Camerata Bern, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has performed at Bargemusic, the 92nd Street Y, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, and on radio and television throughout North and South America, and Europe, most recently a Live From Lincoln Center broadcast. Hailed as an “outstanding violist” by American Record Guide, and praised by Zürich’s Neue Zürcher Zeitung for his “warmth and intimacy,” he has recorded for the Marlboro Recording Society, CMS Live, Music@Menlo LIVE, Naxos, and Albany labels.

An Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Mr. Holloway was a student of Michael Tree at The Curtis Institute of Music and received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University.

Bart Feller – Flute (9/19 & 9/20 only)
Bart Feller is Principal Flute of the New Jersey Symphony and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Bargemusic and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Mr. Feller has also appeared as concerto soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Jupiter Symphony. Among the summer festivals he has participated in are the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, OK Mozart International Festival, Colorado College Chamber Music Festival, Napa Valley Chamber Music Festival, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. He has released three CDs, “Elysian Fields”, “20th-Century Duos”, and “Mozart Flute Quartets”.

Mr. Feller is Professor of Flute at Rutgers University/Mason Gross School of the Arts, and teaches in the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Makoto Nakura – Marimba (9/19 & 9/20 only)
Marimbist Makoto Nakura is a musician whose artistry and astonishing virtuosity has been mesmerizing audiences for several decades. In 1994, Makoto moved from his native Japan to New York City, becoming the first marimbist to win first prize in the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions. His critically acclaimed performances around the world have included venues in London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Montreal, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires.

In the U.S., he has performed for audiences in 41 of the 50 states, with orchestras such as the New York Chamber Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and, as a recital soloist, his long list of appearances includes Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. He has appeared as a guest artist with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and with the American Ballet Theater in New York City. A television portrait of Mr. Nakura was shown on CBS News Sunday Morning throughout the U.S.

Mr. Nakura has established himself as a dedicated champion of the music of our time. Since he founded the ISGM New Music Commissioning Fund in 2001, he has commissioned many works for the marimba from leading composers.

Born in Kobe, Japan, Mr. Nakura began to play the marimba at the age of eight. He earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Musashino College in Tokyo and continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London from which he was named an Associate.

His recent honors include a National Arts Festival New Artist Award from the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs. His CDs “Ritual Protocol”, “Triple Jump”, “Wood and Forest” and “Tanabe Marimba Works” are devoted to works written especially for him. He also recorded “Bach Beat”, which consists of five Bach transcriptions made by Makoto.

2014 Schedule:
Concerts-

Tuesday, September 14, 2014  7:00 PM   Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church    Dillon, CO
Saturday, September 20, 2014  7:00 PM   Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church    Dillon, CO
$20 per person, students with student ID are free, seniors are $10

Soirees-
Sunday, September 12, 2014  7:00 PM  Private home in Silverthorne, CO
Friday, September 19, 2014  7:00 PM   Private home in Breckenridge, CO
$75 per person, includes champagne reception, hors d’oeurves and wine

Reservations may be made at http://www.alpenglowchambermusic.org/Alpenglow/Alpenglow_Chamber_Music_Festival___Concerts.html

Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church, Dillon
Rieko Aizawa, Piano — Jesse Mills, Violin —  Mark Holloway, Viola —  James Wilson, Cello

L. van Beethoven   String Trio in G Major, Op. 9-1for violin, viola and cello
(1770-1827)

Adagio – Allegro con brio
Adagio, ma non tanto, e cantabile
Scherzo: Allegro
Presto

A. Babadjanian  Piano Trio in F-sharp Major (1952)
(1921-1983)

Largo – Allegro espressivo
Andante
Allegro vivace

~Intermission~

R. Strauss    Variations on a Bavarian Folk Song for violin, viola, and cello
(1864-1949)

R. Schumann  Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47
(1810-1856)

Sostenuto assai – Allegro ma non troppo
Scherzo: Molto vivace
Andante cantabile
Finale: Vivace

Saturday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church, Dillon
Rieko Aizawa, Piano — Jesse Mills, Violin — Bart Feller, Flute — Makoto Nakura, Marimba
James Wilson, Cello

F. J. Haydn   Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano
(1732-1809)

Allegro
Andantino piu tosto Allegretto
Vivace assai

T. Sukegawa   Selections from “Five Pieces After Paul Klee” for marimba (1971/73)
(1930)

One Who Runs Swiftly
Cloud and Light
Hot Points and Lines
B. Sheng   “Melodies of a Flute” (2012) for flute, violin, cello and marimba
(1955)        Flute and Phoenix
Lotus Flowers

~Intermission~

F. Mendelssohn  Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 for violin, cello and piano
(1809-1847)

Allegro energico e fuoco
Andante espressivo
Scherzo: Molto allegro quasi presto
Finale: Allegro appassionato

Alpenglow Mission Statement:
Alpenglow Chamber Music Festivals, Inc. is an active 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life and enhancing the cultural life for residents and guests of Summit County and Colorado by providing quality performances of chamber music performed by nationally and internationally acclaimed musical artists and promoting an appreciation of chamber music through education, outreach and audience development.  We offer access for concerts with affordable prices, develop the artistic and technical proficiency of our students and encourage local music students with scholarship awards.



Colorado Ballet presents Shakespearian classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
August 21, 2014, 2:58 pm
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Colorado Ballet opens its 54th season with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, September 26-October 5, 2014 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  The production features choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and a score by Felix Mendelssohn, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and the Colorado Children’s Chorale.

“Join us for an enchanting presentation of Shakespeare’s classic, filled with mischief, romance and comedy,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “Between the festive costumes, majestic scenery, meddlesome fairies and the crisscrossed young lovers, this ballet is pure magic.  Adults and children will love this production.”

Wheeldon originally set A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Colorado Ballet in 1997 and the Company is bringing the production back this season.  The ballet features Oberon, King of the Fairies and his servant Puck as they take revenge on Oberon’s Queen Titania by making her fall in love with Bottom the Weaver, who has been transformed into a donkey.  Puck and Oberon also play love games with mortals Hermia, Demitrius, Helena and Lysander.  The ballet ends happily for the crisscrossed young lovers and for Oberon and his queen.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies because it deals with love, mischief and falling in love with a donkey,” said Boggs.  “Set in two worlds, the land of the fairies and the land of reality, the play translates very well into a ballet.  Fans of Shakespeare and fans of ballet will both love this production, especially with the added magic of an orchestra and a collaboration with the Colorado Children’s Chorale performing Mendelssohn’s fanciful score live.”

Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Friday, October 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

About Colorado Ballet
Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 54 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver.  Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet presents more than 50 performances annually. Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado through performances of the professional company, training at the Academy, and Education & Outreach programs.  Visit http://www.coloradoballet.org.

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Sanya Andersen-Vie
Public Relations Manager
Colorado Ballet
1278 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-339-1630 | Fax: 303-861-7174
sanya.andersenvie@coloradoballet.org
http://www.coloradoballet.org



The Boulder chamber Orchestra presents “Charisma” with special guest artist St. Martin’s Chamber Choir
August 21, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Here are three performances by two of Colorado’s outstanding music groups. You must hear one of the three performances that Maestro Bahman Saless and Maestro Timothy Krueger are presenting.
The Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) will present “Charisma” with special guest St. Martin’s Chamber Choir on Friday, September 19, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church of Boulder at 7:30 PM, on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Broomfield Auditorium at 7:30 PM, and on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Montview Blvd. Presbyterian Church of Denver at 3:00 PM.

The concert includes:
• Mozart, Church Sonata No. 10 in F, K. 244
• Rossini, String Sonata No. 2
• Michael Haydn, Requiem in C Minor

Event:  “Charisma” – Boulder Chamber Orchestra

Date/Location:

September 19, 2014 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302

September 20, 2014 7:30 pm at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd., Broomfield, CO  80020

September 21, 2014 3:00 pm at Montview Blvd. Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80220

Admission:  $25 General Admission, $18 Seniors, $12 Students, $5 Children 12 & Under

Box Office:  Call (303) 583-1278 or visit http://www.boulderchamberorchestra.org for tickets.

About the Boulder Chamber Orchestra
The Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) is a non-profit organization committed to providing exceptional chamber music programming, education, and outreach, as well as an outlet for talented local artists in the Front Range Community.

Maestro Bahman Saless received his BS in physics from Michigan State University in 1981, while studying violin at the same time. He then pursued a career as a physicist, obtaining his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Colorado in 1987.

In 1989, after having served as a physics lecturer at the Colorado School of Mines and as a research scientist for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Dr. Saless moved to Los Angeles to continue his dual ambitions by working as a physicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and enrolling in film scoring studies at UCLA. After moving back to Boulder in 1994, Dr. Saless further pursued his passions as composer and became adjunct professor of physics at the University of Colorado. In subsequent years Dr. Saless has been active in many endeavors, including founding a successful Internet company in Boulder and performing some of his own works with local musicians as well as with Hollywood orchestras. Since his return to Boulder, Bahman has sensed a distinct cultural gap in the musical life of this city—a gap he believes can be filled only with orchestral chamber music. After taking the podium with numerous ensembles such as the New England Youth Symphony, the Timberline Symphony Orchestra, the Zlin Philharmonic, the Astoria Symphony, and the Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, he is confident that he and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra have something unique to offer the community: orchestral chamber music produced by the community, for the community, and for the love of music.

Maestro Timothy J. Krueger, St. Martin’s founder and Artistic Director, studied musicology at the Wheaton Conservatory of Music, the University of Colorado, Boulder, the Universität Hamburg, Germany, and the University of London’s Royal Holloway College, where his doctoral dissertation was on the sacred music of Charles Villiers Stanford. He studied conducting with Dr. Paul Wiens and privately with Dennis Keene of the Voices of Ascension. He has sung professionally with the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Chicago A Cappella, the Vox Early Music Ensemble and the Ars Nova Singers, as well as several Episcopal cathedral choirs. In addition to being the founding Artistic Director of St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, Krueger in the past served as Chorus Director for the Boulder Bach Festival and in a similar capacity for the Colorado Music Festival and the Boulder Philharmonic. He is an Affiliate Faculty member in the Music Department of Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is Choirmaster of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, overseeing one of Denver’s finest classical church music programs.

For more about concert locations, information and tickets please call:
(303) 583-1278 or visit http://www.boulderchamberorchestra.org.
Elizabeth Kennedy, Managing Director, Boulder Chamber Orchestra
(303) 583-1278 Liz@boulderchamberorchestra.org



Art and the art of communication: The Colorado Ballet

The Colorado Ballet gave their opening performance of the season at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater on Saturday, August 16. Some of the works that were on the program have been previously performed, but Saturday night they were infused with a new sense of freshness and enthusiasm that truly reflected the excitement of an opening season. Indeed, there has been so much good news from the Colorado Ballet in the last few weeks. The Artistic Director, Gil Boggs, has wisely been offered – and he has signed – a new five-year contract. This is remarkably good news, for it should be obvious to everyone that he has turned the Colorado Ballet into a vital and robust program that has some of the best dancers in the country. The second bit of good news is that Dana Benton and Domenico Luciano have been promoted from Soloists to Principals, and that is most certainly where they belong, for they are stellar artists. The other bit of good news, as most of you ballet aficionados know, is that they are preciously close to moving into their new building in the art district on Santa Fe. Note that it is their building, and they won’t have to pay anybody rent.

Keep in mind that on Saturday there were no complete works performed: this wonderful dance concert was comprised entirely of excerpts which gave the audience a taste of the coming 2014-2015 season. And, in addition, the opening excerpt, a pas de deux from the ballet Flames of Paris, was used simply as an introduction to their entire performance. I’m sure it was chosen because the choreography certainly attracts immediate attention due to its difficulty and its romantic ambiance. It was danced by Dana Benton and Viacheslav Buchkovskiy. The original ballet was premiered in 1932, and it is a fairly typical “French Revolution” ballet which deals with the trials and tribulations of that era. The music was composed by Boris Asafyev (1884-1949) whose music sounds very much like Tchaikovsky. The choreography was done by Vasily Vainonen and it requires a great deal of virtuosity. Benton and Buchkovskiy are, of course, two virtuoso artists and it showed very clearly in this introduction which alternated between solo dances and a pas de deux. As I said above, the entire company seemed to be very excited for the opening performance, and certainly Benton and Buchkovskiy were no exception.

You readers, who are not totally familiar with ballet terminology, must understand that principals are the top-of-the-line. Next, comes soloists, and, after that are members of the corps de ballet. I mention this only to tell you that everyone in the Colorado Ballet is an exceptional dancer, and I have absolutely no doubt that all of them are quite capable of eventually being promoted to a principal. From my point of view, it is only the smallest detail that is separating them now.

Next on the program, Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov danced the Grand Pas de Deux from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The music for this ballet always startles me, because Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) wrote the Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream when he was 17 years old. Dwell on that. He wrote the incidental music (incorporating the Overture) for Shakespeare’s play shortly before his death, and it is that music of Mendelssohn’s which is used in the ballet.

Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov were sensational. They are sensational because they are totally consumed by their art, and there is nothing that detracts from their concentration on that art, which includes their relationship to each other on stage. They are capable of so much communication through their movements and facial expressions, that it surely must attract the attention of those not totally familiar with ballet. Therefore, they are completely able to convert ballet neophytes to ardent supporters. And, as in paragraph one of this article, there is one more bit of good news: everyone in this company is capable of doing exactly that. It’s still astounds me that Gil Boggs has put together such an amazing collection of dancers. Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov are positively electrifying.

The Mendelssohn was followed by a short work entitled Young and Beautiful featuring the choreography of the Colorado Ballet’s own Sandra Brown with music by Lana Del Rey. This was a pas de deux that was stunningly beautiful, and it was danced by Chandra Kuykendall and Domenico Luciano.

Following the remarkable grace of Kuykendall and Luciano was a solid and very expressive depiction of evil. It was the pas de deux from Dracula danced by another incredible pair of dancers, Sharon Wehner and Dmitry Trubchanov. This is the pas de deux wherein Dracula entices Mina from her bed by appearing in her dream, and then flings her around the stage by her emotions, at once enticing her with his supposed love, and repelling her with his overpowering evil. This was another pas de deux where the emotional expression conveyed by the dancers was unmistakable.

Sitting in front of me were some individuals that seemed to me to be unfamiliar with the power of expression of which ballet is capable. When Dracula ripped open his shirt and slashed his chest open, and then thrusts Mina’s face into the blood forcing her to drink, the individuals stared at each other, not believing the horror they had just seen. It was a very powerful moment. If any of you readers have not seen Dracula by the Colorado Ballet, I would encourage you to attend this season. Yes, it is horrifying, but the choreography by Michael Pink, and the music by Philip Feeney, will stay with you for a long time, not only because of the horror, but because of the beauty as well.

The Colorado Ballet then performed the Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This certainly demonstrated the depth of ability of the dancers in the Colorado Ballet. Asuka Sasaki, Sean Omandam, Shelby Dyer, Morgan Buchanan, Luis Valdes, Francisco Estevez, Emily Speed, Tracy Jones, Emily Dixon, and Melissa Zoebisch were truly remarkable. Again, it all comes down to their expression through the movement and the spirit of the music. Some of these are new faces, but they are certainly welcome additions to the Colorado Ballet, and it is an important point to make that the Colorado Ballet can attract, and demand, dancers of this quality.

After the intermission, the second half of Saturday’s performance was taken up by the remarkable (there’s that word again) choreography by Sandra Brown in the performance of a new ballet, The Last Beat, which was given its world premiere in March of this year. The entire company was used on this half of the program. All of the dancers in the Colorado Ballet exemplify what it means to be a member of a Professional company. And, I might add, that this organization keeps getting better and better, and ever since Gil Boggs, Sandra Brown, and Lorita Travaglia have been a part of this organization, their artistic demands have been raised and met with every performance. The choreography for The Last Beat is difficult, and I think there is no mistaking the fact that Sandra Brown took into consideration the dedication and artistic ability of the dancers she was writing for. If you demand a lot, you will receive a lot.

Saturday’s performance was memorable. In addition to all of the good news, there is still more. Even though Saturday’s performance was done to recorded music (there is no room for an orchestra at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater) Maestro Adam Flatt and Maestra Catherine Sailer will still be in charge of leading the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

The Colorado Ballet is comprised of individuals who have made a tremendous investment to their art. They have made it very clear that their art comes first. Therefore, let us all make our own investment, and attend their performances so that this outstanding ballet company will understand how much we appreciate them.



Jefferson Symphony Season Opening Concert To Feature Marcia Ragonetti, Mezzo Soprano
August 15, 2014, 10:01 am
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The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra (JSO) will kick off its 62nd concert season on October 19, 2014 with an exciting concert featuring Colorado’s favorite mezzo soprano Marcia Ragonetti. The season opening concert is sure to please audiences with a perfect blend of dramatic and light-hearted compositions.

Marcia Ragonetti, mezzo soprano, returns to the JSO stage to perform Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) as well as her favorite Gershwin selections. Ms. Ragonetti has enjoyed an extensive performance career throughout Colorado and beyond performing with Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Opera Fort Collins, Colorado Symphony and symphonies across the Rocky Mountain region. She is a long-time friend of the JSO and has become an audience favorite.

In addition, the JSO will perform the lively and familiar William Tell Overture by Gioacchino Rossini, known to many as the Lone Ranger theme song. The program also includes Die Toteninsel  (Isle of the Dead) by Sergi Rachmaninoff which musically depicts the haunting and somber scene in the painting of the same name by Arnold Bocklin. And audience members will also enjoy a performance of  The Incredible Flutist Suite by Walter Piston. This beautiful and energetic composition written for ballet paints the story of a visiting circus in a small village and a flutist/snake charmer whose talents extend to charming women as well.

The JSO is composed of 75 musicians from across the Denver and Front Range area who dedicate their time and talents to each performance.  With the skilled leadership of Dr. William Morse, Music Director and Principal Conductor, the JSO has become one of the most well regarded community symphonies in Colorado.

The JSO relies on the support of the community through corporate and individual donations and grants from various organizations including the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). A 16-member board of directors guides the direction of the organization by contributing time, talents and financial support each season. The board also coordinates fundraising efforts which this year will include a beer tasting event and the annual holiday silent auction and wine reception.

Concerts are held at the Green Center, Colorado School of Mines Campus, 16th and Cheyenne Streets in Golden on Sundays at 3p.m. This season’s Holiday Concert will be held on a Thursday evening at 7p.m.

Season and individual concert tickets may be purchased in advance at http://www.jeffsymphony.org, by calling 303-278-4237, visiting the Jefferson Symphony office at 1204 Washington Street, Golden, CO 80401, or at the door before the concert.

Season ticket prices (five concerts) are: Adults $99, Seniors (62+) $79, Student (11-21yrs old) $45, Child (10yrs old and under) $20.

Individual ticket prices are: Adult $25, Senior (62+) $20, Student (11-21yrs old) $10, Child (10yrs old and under) $5.

Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Concert
October 19, 2014 at 3:00pm

William Tell Overture,   Gioacchino Rossini

Die Toteninsel, Op. 29,  Sergei Rachmaninoff

Songs of a Wayfarer,    Gustav Mahler

The Incredible Flutist Suite,  Walter Piston

Selections, George Gershwin

Guest Artist: Marcia Ragonetti, Mezzo Soprano



Colorado Ballet re-signs Artistic Director Gil Boggs to five year contract
August 8, 2014, 3:46 pm
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Colorado Ballet’s Board of Trustees renewed Artistic Director Gil Boggs’s contract for an additional five years.  Boggs accepted the position of Artistic Director with Colorado Ballet in the spring of 2006.

“The Board last renewed his contract in 2009 and we have been so pleased with the artistic and financial success of Colorado Ballet under his leadership that we are honored to offer him an additional five years,” said Colorado Ballet Board Co-chairs Henny Lasley and Holly Baroway. “We look forward to another five years of continued excellence under his leadership.”

During Boggs’ tenure, Colorado Ballet has presented 14 world premieres and 12 Colorado Ballet premieres by choreographers including Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, Anthony Tudor, Val Caniparoli, Dwight Rhoden and Lynne Taylor-Corbett.  He has also re-staged full-length productions of Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote and Coppelia along with adding new full-length productions of Romeo & Juliet, Le Corsaire, Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan.  In addition, Colorado Ballet performed at the Gotham Dance Festival at The Joyce Theatre in New York City in June 2012 at the invitation of choreographer Jodie Gates. She chose two companies to show the span of her work, and Colorado Ballet performed her ballet Embellish.

“I am honored that the Board of Trustees has offered me a five year extension,” said Boggs.  “I am so proud of this Company and the quality of performances.  You don’t have to go to New York or San Francisco to see a great ballet, you can see it in Denver with Colorado Ballet.”

In addition to his artistic achievements, Boggs has also worked with the Board of Trustees to secure a new home for Colorado Ballet, which is slated to open next month after construction is complete.  The new 30,000 square foot dance training and rehearsal studio in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe will include eight state-of-the-art professional dance studios, improved amenities for the professional Company and Academy, and The Armstrong Theater, a black box theater for small performances and events.

“Professional ballet companies who have built and own their facilities see tremendous growth and we expect the new building to do the same for Colorado Ballet,” said Boggs.  “Our new home in the Arts District on Santa Fe is a wonderful statement that we are a viable organization with deep roots in the city of Denver.”

Financially, the organization continues to improve under Boggs’ leadership.  Last season, Colorado Ballet had the most successful performance season in the history of the organization, breaking both attendance and revenue records.

“More and more people are coming to see Colorado Ballet and it is because of Gil’s artistic leadership that the Company is able to present such a great variety of performances,” said Lasley and Baroway.  “During the last few years, Colorado Ballet has offered classical ballet masterpieces like Swan Lake and Giselle, family-friendly shows like Peter Pan and Cinderella, and innovative contemporary works like The Rite of Spring and Traveling Alone.  Colorado Ballet offers something for everyone to enjoy because of the diversity of Gil’s artistic choices.  We are looking forward to Colorado Ballet’s 2014-2015 season and beyond.”

Boggs began his dance career with the Atlanta Ballet.  He joined American Ballet Theatre in New York in 1982 and was promoted to soloist dancer in 1984 and principal dancer in 1991.  Boggs was a member of the company for 17 years. He also performed with the Twyla Tharp Dance Company, Baryshnikov and Company, Nureyev and Friends, and made several guest appearances around the world.

About Colorado Ballet
Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 54 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver.  Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet presents more than 50 performances annually. Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado through performances of the professional company, training at the Academy, and Education & Outreach programs.  Visit http://www.coloradoballet.org.

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Sanya Andersen-Vie
Public Relations Manager
Colorado Ballet
1278 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-339-1630 | Fax: 303-861-7174
sanya.andersenvie@coloradoballet.org




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