Opus Colorado

The Denver Early Music Consort and Marjorie Bunday, Artistic Director present a unique program: You must go.
April 13, 2014, 8:00 pm
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From Solomon’s Court to the Ends of the Earth: Songs of the Sephardim

Yayoi Barrack, Guest Artistic Director with Danse Etoile Ballet, Marie-Jose Payannet, Choreographer

What:The Sephardic song tradition dates to Medieval Spain. As the Sephardic Jews emigrated,
these songs traveled to places like Morocco, the Balkans, Greece, Turkey, Israel, & Mexico,
where they are still sung today–sometimes very close to the original, sometimes with
changed text or tune. Join DEMC on a multimedia journey spanning 500 years around
the world as we explore how the songs of the Sephardim have evolved through time and place.

Amanda Balestrieri, soprano; Yayoi Barrack, viol & vielle;
Marjorie Bunday, contralto; Eric Harbeson, percussion;
Linda Lunbeck, recorder; Carla Sciaky, viol and rebec.

When and Where:
Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 pm – King Center Recital Hall
Auraria Campus, 855 Lawrence Way, Denver, CO

Sunday, April 27 at 4:00 pm – Congregation Har HaShem
South Building, 3901 Pinon Drive, Boulder, CO

For more information, please visit http://www.denverearlymusic.org.

Look what your symphony has done! “Colorado Symphony Ball 2014: Most Successful in Event’s History”
April 10, 2014, 8:45 pm
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Governor Hickenlooper among supporters who raised nearly $1.2 million; Moderators win Battle of the Bands

The Fillmore Auditorium may never be the same. On Saturday, April 5, the Colorado Symphony transformed the palatial concert venue into a ballroom — albeit one with plenty of rock-and-roll attitude. The Colorado Symphony Ball: From Bach…to Rock! The Battle of the Bands drew Denver’s business and cultural leaders to the most fun — and successful — event in the Ball’s 21-year history, raising nearly $1.2 million to support the musicians of the Colorado Symphony.

The year’s most exciting gala featured dining, dancing, a live and silent auction, and the presentation of the Margaret Phipps Award to Governor John Hickenlooper. The honor was presented by Mary Rossick Kern and Jerome H. Kern, Co-Chairs of the Colorado Symphony Board of Trustees; Jerome H. Kern serves as the Colorado Symphony’s CEO.
The Colorado Symphony Ball 2014 was co-chaired by DaVita’s Kent Thiry and Denise O’Leary and presented by Arrow Electronics and DaVita, with additional support from Liberty Global and The Malone Family Foundation. Founded in 1993 by Sharon Magness Blake and Mary Rossick Kern, the Colorado Symphony Ball is the orchestra’s largest annual fundraiser.

Highlights of the Colorado Symphony Ball 2014:

• The event raised nearly $1.2 million, exceeding last year’s total by more than $270,000.

• After a spirited and well-played competition among the Moderators, the DaVita Blues All Stars and the Colorado Symphony; the Moderators won the Battle of the Bands. The Battle generated nearly $100,000 in votes, valued at $1 each. This amount was matched by a generous, anonymous donor. The Moderators are a Denver band composed of CEOs from Colorado’s largest companies.

• A true music lover and supporter of the Colorado Symphony, Governor John Hickenlooper donned a mop-top wig and joined the Moderators for an extended Beatles medley.

• DaVita CEO Kent Thiry joined the DaVita Blues All Stars for a rousing rendition of “Old Time Rock-and-Roll.”

• The live auction generated a record $160,000; Jerry Kern’s silver 1999 SL600 Mercedes was the top seller.

• The Colorado Symphony Ball drew a multi-generational crowd of more than 750 guests, including members of the United States Armed Forces. The crowd reflected the theme of “Black Tie with Rock Flair” in creative and fun ways.

Click here for photos and videos of the Colorado Symphony Ball 2014.


The Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts during its regular season at Boettcher Concert Hall and on location throughout the state and region. 2013/14 season highlights include appearances by virtuoso violinists Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell, and classical pianists Natasha Paremski and Stephen Hough. This season’s Pops and Classic Rock series feature rock greats, iconic film scores and Broadway blockbusters. The Holiday, Family and Inside the Score series offer musical favorites, captivating collaborations and interactive concerts for music lovers of all ages. For more about the Colorado Symphony visit http://www.coloradosymphony.org.

Violinist Lindsay Deutsch returns with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra
April 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
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BOULDER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRESENTS the “Pillars of Ingenuity” with special guest artist Lindsay Deutsch

The Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) will present a special Mother’s Day weekend celebration with special guest Lindsay Deutsch, violin on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Broomfield Auditorium and on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at Seventh-day Adventist Church in Boulder. Both concerts start at 7:30 PM. Moms get half price tickets!

The concert includes:
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op. 67
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride

For more about concert locations, information and tickets please call: (303) 583-1278 or visit http://www.boulderchamberorchestra.orq.

Event: “Pillars of Ingenuity” — Boulder Chamber Orchestra

May 10, 2014 7:30 pm at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd., Broomfield, CO 80020

May 11, 2014 7:30 pm at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 345 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, CO 80304

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.

April 8, 2014, 7:01 pm
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Here is a performance that you do not want to miss – three stellar musicians performing Bach. How many times have you heard a live performance of the music listed below? You must enjoy this rare treat.

Join David Korevaar, Zachary Carrettin and Lina Bahn on a journey into a labyrinth of harmony and counterpoint. This intimate recital will take you through torrential cascades and silent mists of inspired sound.

Bach – Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006
Bach – Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828
Bach – Suite No. 2 in D Minor for Violoncello Solo, BWV 1008
(Transcribed for the viola by Carrettin)
Bach – Sonata for Violin and Keyboard No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1016

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014 – 7:30 PM
First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine Street, Boulder
Lina Bahn, violin; Zachary Carrettin, viola; David Korevaar, piano

Tickets: $30 general admission, $10 student, http://www.BoulderBachFestival.org or call 303.776.9666. Cash and check only at the door.

This is a wonderful way to celebrate Bach and some of the finest musicians performing his music.

20th Anniversary Season of the Colorado Chamber Players continues with “genius of our time,” Derek Bermel
April 5, 2014, 3:20 pm
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Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel headlines the Colorado Chamber Players’ trio of consecutive concerts in May. The respected New Yorker’s list of works is known for its attention-grabbing titles, such as “Five Funk Studies” and “Mulatosh Stomp.” Bermel will bring these two works – plus “A Short History of the Universe” – to Denver, Boulder and Lafayette, appearing as the CCP’s guest clarinet soloist and resident composer.

While Bermel’s music can seem complex to the casual listener, audiences would do well to “keep things simple.” Explains Bermel, “In music, sounds are relative to other sounds. Everything has to do with context. The materials are abstract, but the language is concrete. I’d be just as happy if a listener walks in and just listens…responding to the music on an emotional level.”
An additional piece on the program – “Rashim” by Petra Hogan – is worth mentioning, given its powerful message of inspiration. Of note, Hogan (formerly Anderson) was one of the people wounded in the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting. Bermel will perform the solo clarinet work by his former student.

In addition to Bermel, performers at the May concerts include Andrew Cooperstock, piano; Danielle Guideri, guest cello; Barbara Hamilton-Primus, viola; Paul Primus, violinist; and Margaret Soper Gutierrez, violinist.

Program:Works by Derek Bermel
Mulatosh Stomp, for Clarinet, Violin and Piano (1991)
Three Funk Studies for Solo Piano (2004)
A Short History of the Universe, for Clarinet and String Quartet (2013)

Also on the program:
Rashim, for Solo Clarinet – Petra Hogan (2011)
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 – Johannes Brahms (1891)

Bermel in Denver
Friday, May 9, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Saint John’s Cathedral, 1350 Washington Street, Denver

Purchase advance tickets online
$20 General in advance, $25 General at door
$15 Senior/Student in advance, $18 Senior/Student at door

Bermel in Boulder
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
Boulder Public Library Canyon Theater, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder

For more information about this abridged concert – featuring program excerpts to be announced from the
stage – contact Juliette Leon Bartsch: 303.441.4492 or bartschj@boulderlibrary.org.

Bermel Gala in Lafayette
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 7:00 p.m.,9167 Davidson Way, Lafayette

Purchase advance tickets online
$40 in advance, $45 at the door
At this intimate house concert and gala, the audience will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with Derek Bermel, as well as enjoy his music and performances. Abridged concert, with wine and dessert reception.

Dr. Barbara Hamilton, Executive/Artistic Director, Colorado Chamber Players Email only: Bhamviola@comcast.net


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