Opus Colorado

July 24, 2014, 2:19 pm
Filed under: News

The Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) presents its eleventh season, “Mystique”, premiering in September, 2014. Kicking off the season is a very exciting collaboration with Saint Martin’s Chamber Choir performing Michal Haydn’s Requiem and Mozart’s Church Sonatas with 3 concert dates in Boulder, Broomfield, and Denver.

Other season highlights include visiting pianist Victoria Aja in October for both a full concert weekend as well as a special evening of Spanish piano masterpieces. At 18 she was the recipient of the award for the International Competition for Spanish Music and in a recent review of a performance at New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, writer Harris Goldsmith stated: “Victoria Aja proved herself to be a remarkably persuasive champion of this highly specialized literature…This is without a doubt one of the best concerts I have heard of late.”

In November, BCO welcomes cellist Inbal Segev. An Israeli-born musician, Ms. Segev holds degrees from Juilliard and Yale and is the recipient of several honors including the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship (which she began receiving at the age of seven), and top prizes at the Pablo Casals International Competition, the Paulo International Competition, and the Washington International Competition. She has been described by the Washington Post as “a near-miracle.”

December will feature BCO’s traditional “Gift of Music” holiday concert weekend featuring local violist Erika Eckert and Seicento Baroque Ensemble performing Rossini’s String Sonata No. 2, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and selected holiday pieces. Our third annual New Year’s Eve Concert in Lakewood titled, “A Night on the Danube” will feature festive European classics with a special guest appearance by soprano artist, Szilvia Schranz.

In January, BCO will feature up and coming violinist Andrew Sords. He has appeared as a soloist with nearly 150 orchestras across 4 continents. Continually diversifying his repertoire and appearances, Sords is hailed as “utterly radiant” (Canada’s Arts Forum). Local flutist and BCO musician Cobus du Toit will be featured during the March concert weekend for Nielsen’s Flute Concerto. Originally from South Africa, Cobus du Toit has won over a dozen competitions on two different continents. As an international soloist, Cobus has performed in Japan, South Africa, Germany, France, and the USA.

Finally, BCO is thrilled to welcome back local pianist Hsing-ay Hsu for our closing Mother’s Day Weekend in May. She has been described by the New York Times as “An explosion of energy…” and has performed to two sold out crowds during BCO’s 2012-2013 season.

Below is the 2014-2015 concert lineup highlights. All concerts begin at 7:30PM unless otherwise noted.

September 19, 2014 (Boulder),
September 20, 2014 (Broomfield),
September 21, 2014 (Denver @ 3:00pm)
Saint Martin’s Chamber Choir
• Mozart, Church Sonatas
• Michael Haydn, Requiem in C Minor
• Rossini, String Sonata No. 2

October 3, 2014 (Boulder)
October 4, 2014 (Broomfield)
Victoria Aja, Piano
• De Falla, Fire Dance
• Franck, Symphonic Variations
• De Falla, Nights in the Gardens of Spain
• Bizet, Symphony in C

October 10, 2014 (Boulder)
Mini-Chamber Concert featuring Victoria Aja (piano) and an evening of Spanish piano masterpieces

November 7, 2014 (Broomfield)
November 8, 2014 (Boulder)
Inbal Segev, Cello
• Friedrich Gulda, Jazz Cello Concerto
• Richard Strauss, Serenade for Winds
• Mozart, Wind Serenade in E flat
• Martinu, La Revue de Cuisine

November 9, 2014 (Boulder) time TBD
Mini-Chamber Concert featuring Inbal Segev performing Bach Cello Suites 1, 2, & 4

“A Gift of Music”
December 19, 2014 (Boulder)
December 20, 2014 (Denver)
Seicento Baroque Ensemble and Erika Eckert, Viola
• Antonio Vivaldi, Gloria
• Richard Toensing, When Beings of Fire Sang Praises with Beings of Clay
• Selected Holiday Pieces

“A Night on the Danube”
December 31, 2014 (Lakewood @ 6:30 PM)
Special New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Lakewood Cultural Center
Szilvia Schranz, Soprano
• Strauss, Blue Danube and More
• Brahms, Hungarian Dances
• Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody

January 30, 2015 (Boulder)
January 31, 2015 (Broomfield)
Andrew Sords, Violin
• Arensky, Violin Concerto
• Dvorak, Romance for Violin & Orchestra
• Arensky, Variations for Strings in Memory of Tchaikovsky
• Brahms, Haydn Variations

March 6, 2015 (Boulder)
March 7, 2015 (Broomfield)
Cobus du Toit, Flute
• Mendelssohn, Hebrides Overture
• Nielsen, Flute Concerto
• Mozart, Symphony No. 38 (Prague)

March 27, 2015 (Location TBD)
Mini-Chamber Concert with Members of BCO

April 10, 2015 (Location TBD)
Mini-Chamber Concert with Members of BCO

May 9, 2015 (Broomfield)
May 10, 2015 (Boulder)
Hsing-ay Hsu, Piano
• Rossini, Overture to La Scala Di Setta
• Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 2
• Beethoven, Symphony No. 4

For additional information on the upcoming season, subscriptions, and individual tickets, visit http://www.boulderchamberorchestra.org or call 303-583-1278.

About Bahman Saless, Music Director

Bahman Saless started his dual career as composer and physicist during his teen years in England. After obtaining his A-level and O-level certificates in music, mathematics, and physics, Dr. Saless immigrated to the United States in 1977.

He 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, 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. In 1990, Dr. Saless’s work for guitar trio, Mexican Moonlight, won the Pacific Composers’ Forum competition.
After moving back to Boulder in 1994, 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.

About the Boulder Chamber Orchestra
The Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 committed to providing exceptional chamber music programming, education, and outreach, as well as an outlet for talented local artists in the Front Range Community.

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Kennedy, Managing Director, Boulder Chamber Orchestra
(303) 583-1278, Liz@boulderchamberorchestra.org


Ars Nova Singers announcs auditions for the 2014-2015 Season
July 23, 2014, 4:12 pm
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Auditions for all voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) will be held from July 20 to August 2.

To schedule an audition, please e-mail a brief choral/vocal resume to Tom Morgan, Artistic Director: tom@arsnovasingers.com. An individual audition will then be scheduled for qualified candidates.

Ars Nova’s 29th concert season opens in October and includes 13 performances of music ranging from works of the Medieval and Renaissance periods to new music by contemporary composers.

The 20-minute auditions will include one prepared song (any language, no jazz/gospel/showtunes please), sight-reading, tonal memory, and general vocalizations. An accompanist is provided. Some paid positions are available for professional singers; see the website for details: http://www.arsnovasingers.com

Auditions will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine Street in downtown Boulder.

Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings (7:00-9:45 pm), with occasional Tuesday rehearsals (especially in concert weeks).

Tickets are on sale now for Colorado Ballet’s 2014-2015 season
July 15, 2014, 7:01 pm
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Single tickets went on sale today for Colorado Ballet’s 54th season, which will include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula, The Nutcracker and Ballet MasterWorks at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Peter and the Wolf at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

The season opens with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, September 26-October 5, 2014.  This enchanting ballet inspired by Shakespeare’s classic is filled with mischief, romance and comedy.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream features choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and a musical score by Felix Mendelssohn, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and the Colorado Children’s Chorale.

Back by popular demand, Colorado Ballet will perform a spine-tingling Halloween presentation of Dracula, October 31-November 2, 2014Dracula features choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  The ballet inspired by Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror includes seductive vampires, frightening mental patients and the king of the undead himself, Count Dracula.

The season continues with Colorado Ballet’s 54th annual production of The Nutcracker, November 29 through December 27, 2014The Nutcracker features unforgettable characters, dazzling costumes, onstage blizzards, timeless choreography and Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  This enchanting holiday adventure will transport audiences to a magical world of awe and wonder.

Colorado Ballet presents Ballet MasterWorks, February 20-March 1, 2015.  This collection of works from the masters of music and dance will showcase the dancers’ artistry and athleticism, highlighted by powerful live music performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Ballet MasterWorks includes Concerto Barocco, by choreographer George Balanchine and music by Johann Sebastian Bach; Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins with music by Leonard Bernstein; and a work to be announced.  Colorado Ballet first performed a Ballet MasterWorks production in 2013.

The season closes with the children’s classic Peter and the Wolf, March 27-29, 2015 Peter and the Wolf includes choreography by Michael Smuin and a musical score by Sergei Prokofiev.  This irresistible family adventure features familiar music, vibrant costumes, lively dancing and a spirited narration of the whimsical story that demonstrates true bravery and imagination.  The production will open with a special performance of Bruch Violin Concerto No.1, choreographed by Clark Tippet and music by Max Bruch.

Single tickets and season subscriptions are on sale now.  Tickets range from $25 to $155.  Visit http://www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

In addition to the main season productions, the Arvada Center will present Colorado Ballet at An Evening under the Stars at 7:30 p.m. on August 16, 2014 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  This performance will feature excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula and other classical and contemporary works.  For more information, visit http://www.arvadacenter.org.

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.


 Sanya Andersen-Vie
Public Relations Manager
Colorado Ballet
1278 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203
Fax: 303-861-7174

July 9, 2014, 8:17 pm
Filed under: News

 Colorado Clarinet Days
September 27-28, 2014

The 2014 Colorado Clarinet Days conference will be held at the College of Music, CU Boulder. They are inviting Colorado composers to submit short solos and duets for clarinet(s) written within the last five years.  There are several cash prizes, no entry fee, and a finalists’ concert where the finalist compositions will be performed as part of the conference.

For more information, please visit the Conference website at http://www.colorado.edu/music, or submit a piece by filling out the entry form.

Deadline: August 1st, 2014
Requirements: click here

About the Playground Ensemble:

The Playground Ensemble, made up of faculty and alumni from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, is the Rocky Mountain Region’s premier new music group. We are professional musicians, composers and fans dedicated to presenting classical music as a living art form. The Playground’s mission is to provide stimulating performances, expand common perceptions of both contemporary music and the chamber ensemble, and nurture a community
around this music that we love.

July 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Kids, dogs, instruments welcome at festival-style fundraiser
Presented by St. Anthony Hospital

The Colorado Symphony kicks off its 2014/15 season with a 5K Run/Walk at Sloan’s Lake on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Building on the success of last year’s event, which drew more than 1,000 participants, the Colorado Symphony Run/Walk is a fun and interactive fundraiser for the Colorado Symphony, the largest professional orchestra in the Rocky Mountain West. Colorado Symphony musicians and CEO/Co-Chair Jerry Kern will be among the participants hitting the course. Colorado Rockies mascot Dinger will lead the Kids Fun Run, which kicks off festivities.

The Colorado Symphony 5K Run/Walk brings a musical twist to the 5K experience, with a variety of ensembles performing along the course as well as a finish-line concert from Colorado Symphony musicians. Though participants can leave their headphones at home, they’re welcome to bring kids, babies in strollers, and dogs.

“We’ve got lots of runners in the orchestra, and they’ll be out at Sloan’s Lake with their families and everyone else, enjoying the outdoors,” says Kern. “The Colorado Symphony 5K is a great way to have fun, hear some music and enjoy the Colorado lifestyle while supporting one of the greatest orchestras in the country.”

The Colorado Symphony 5K Run/Walk is presented by St. Anthony Hospital. Additional sponsors include Delta Dental, the Colorado Symphony Guild and KBCO 97.3 FM. Proceeds support Colorado Symphony Kids, an education and outreach program that serves more than 30,000 students per year.

“We’re excited to be part of this event. And we encourage our community to come out and join the St. Anthony Hospital Running Team for a great run that benefits a worthy cause,” says Patrick Green, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer, St. Anthony Hospital.

Participants can enjoy samples from Boulder Ice Cream, Clif Bar, Garbanzo’s Mediterranean Grill and Great Harvest Bread Company, as well as food trucks Vibrant Earth Juices (VEJ), Eat This featuring Devilish Confections and Gusto’s, among others. Also onsite will be The Kids Korner by The mama’hood, a creative activity zone for young people.

Registration is now open for teams and individuals at http://www.cosymphony5k.com. Participants are encouraged to generate pledges of support for their teams; top runners and fundraisers will receive recognition and special prizes during a post-race awards ceremony. Prizes include packages from the Colorado Rockies, DIRECTV, Sports Authority, Natural Grocers and many more. Pups in attendance will receive doggie bandanas from Urban Dogg.

Each registration includes an event t-shirt and a free ticket to a Colorado Symphony performance in the 2014/2015 Season. (Some exclusions apply.)

Advanced adult registration is $35 and day-of registration is $40. Kids (12-and-under), seniors (60-and-over) and veterans may register for $25 throughout the registration period.

For information on sponsorship and vendor booths, please contact Elizabeth Frels at efrels@coloradosymphony.org or 303.308.2472.

Early packet pickup is available on Friday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Colorado Symphony Box Office (1000 14th St., No. 15 Denver, CO 80202).

7:45 AM — Registration and Packet Pick-Up
8:45 AM — Kids Fun Run, led by Dinger
9:00 AM — 5K Run/Walk
10:00 AM — Awards Ceremony
10:30 AM — Concert and Grand Prize Giveaway

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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


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