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Colorado Symphony Ball, Single Tickets On-Sale Now
April 17, 2015, 12:25 pm
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Colorado Symphony Ball
From Bach… To Rock! : The Battle Of The Bands
Saturday, April 25 At The Fillmore Auditorium

Last year’s From Bach… to Rock! The Battle of the Bands was bigger and better than 2014. For 2015 we’re going EPIC! Once again we take over the Fillmore Auditorium in a memorable evening featuring the Colorado Symphony in an encore performance with the DaVita Blues All Stars, and new musical guests Tracksuit Wedding. Single tickets are now on sale for the general public.

• 8:30pm entry for concert and post-concert cocktail party.
• Hosted hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

• Box level seating with VIP views of concert.
• Hosted beverages, dinner and post-concert cocktail party.

• Hosted beverages, dinner and post-concert cocktail party.
• Sponsorship recognition.

ROCK LEVEL: $1,000
• Priority seating, hosted beverages, dinner and post-concert cocktail party.
• Sponsorship recognition.
• Sponsorship recognition in event program.

A portion of single ticket purchase is a tax-deductible contribution and varies on ticket purchase level.

More Information on the Colorado Symphony Ball:

Each year, the Colorado Symphony Ball welcomes more than 1,000 individuals, government officials and corporate representatives to celebrate and raise funds for the Colorado Symphony’s musicians. The evening includes a cocktail hour, silent auction, live auction, dinner, concert, dancing, after-dinner party, and the presentation of the esteemed Margaret Phipps Award given in acknowledgment of longstanding contributions and service to the Colorado Symphony and the arts community.

The Colorado Symphony Ball 2015 is chaired by Debbie and Jim Shpall, and Honorary Event Co-Chairs Governor John Hickenlooper, Mayor Michael B. Hancock and First Lady Mary Louise Lee.

The Colorado Symphony thanks its presenting sponsors for this year’s Colorado Symphony Ball: Arrow Electronics, Inc. and DaVita HealthCare Partners.

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 Mon-Friday fro 10 am – 6 pm, Sat noon-6 pm.

To request further information, contact Parker Owens, Director of Marketing, powens@coloradosymphony.org, 303-308-2498.

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 http://www.coloradosymphony.org

Colorado Ballet Joins 2015 Vail International Dance Festival Season
April 16, 2015, 2:56 pm
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Denver-Based Ballet Company to be Featured in Three Performances:
Ballet Blast, Balanchine Celebration, and Dance for $20.15

Marking its 27th season with world premieres, exceptional debuts, and captivating collaborations, the Vail International Dance Festival announces Colorado Ballet as a featured company during the 2015 season, which will be held July 27 through August 10 in Vail, Colorado. The Festival welcomes back Colorado Ballet, which performed last during the 2011 Festival, premiering a new work by Emery LeCrone.

On Sunday, August 2 at 7:30pm at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Colorado Ballet will perform in Ballet Blast, along with the National Ballet of Mexico, BalletX, and BalletCollective. Ballet Blast will feature a selection of international ballet stars for a diverse evening of dance, from classic to contemporary, with music by the cutting edge string quartet, Brooklyn Rider.

On Sunday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Colorado Ballet will perform in Balanchine Celebration, a performance featuring a selection of the world’s finest dancers in a unique evening of Balanchine ballets.  Members of Colorado Ballet’s corps de ballet will perform Concerto Barocco with guest principal dancers.

On Monday, August 10 at 7:30pm at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Colorado Ballet will perform on the closing night of the Festival in Dance for $20.15, an evening for everyone with specially-priced tickets for every seat in the house. Dance for $20.15 features Colorado Ballet performing In Pieces, with choreography by Val Caniparoli with music by Poul Ruders.

“When Colorado Ballet presented the world premiere of In Pieces in 2013, the Denver Post described it as ‘contemporary action-packed’ and now our dancers have the opportunity to present this exciting work on an international stage,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “This is the first time since 2011 that Colorado Ballet has performed at the Vail International Dance Festival and we are honored that Damian Woetzel has chosen us to perform at a festival that includes some of the world’s greatest dancers performing a variety of dance genres.  I believe our dancers have tremendous talent and this is a chance for dance fans from all over the world to see that talent firsthand.”

The Vail International Dance Festival performances take place at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Tickets for all performances except for Dance for $20.15 are now on sale. Tickets for Dance for $20.15 go on sale June 15. Visit http://www.vaildance.org for more information and follow the Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information on Colorado Ballet, visit http://www.coloradoballet.org and follow Colorado Ballet on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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 the Vail International Dance Festival: The outdoor splendor of the Colorado Rocky Mountains is the perfect backdrop to artistic brilliance, and each summer the unique mountain town of Vail plays host to the world’s finest dancers. Now in its twenty-seventh year, the Vail International Dance Festival has developed into a treasured celebration of dance, renowned for its artistic excellence and unparalleled programming. Nearly twenty thousand people from around the world descend on Vail, a vibrant cultural destination, for the Festival’s two-week residence. The event’s spirited atmosphere transforms the village into a culturally-rich environment that is inviting to dance aficionados and newcomers alike. For more information, visit http://www.vaildance.org, like us on Facebook: Vail International Dance Festival, follow us on Twitter: @VailDance and Instagram: @VailDanceFest.

The Evergreen Chamber Orchestra to give the first performance of a revised work by William Hill
April 16, 2015, 2:23 pm
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Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3:00pm Church of the Hills, 28628 Buffalo Park Rd., Evergreen

The works to be performed are:

Rossini: Overture to the Barber of Seville
Vaughn Williams: The Lark Ascending, for violin and orchestra, Nadya Hill, violin
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 in A Major, Italian
William Hill: El Perro Azul, a slow tango.

The Barber of Seville is drawn from Pierre Beaumarchais’s poem of the same name. Rossini considered that it was easy to convert the poem to a libretto because Beaumarchais thought of his poem as in opera-comique text. Rossini’s opera received its premiere on February 20, 1816, in Rome. The premier was a disaster because there are so many accidents on stage throughout the opera. But, years later, Giuseppe Verdi declared it “… the most beautiful opera buffa in existence.”

The Lark Ascending is a poem English poet George Meredith. The poem inspired the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams to write a musical work of the same name, which is now more widely known than the poem. It was originally composed in 1914 for violin and piano. This had its first public performance in 1920: in the same year the composer re-scored it for solo violin and orchestra, which premiered in 1921, and is the more frequently performed version.

The Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, commonly known as the Italian, is an orchestral symphony written by German composer Felix Mendelssohn. The work has its origins, like the composer’s Scottish Symphony and The Hebrides Overture, in the tour of Europe which occupied Mendelssohn from 1829 to 1831. Its inspiration is the color and atmosphere of Italy, where Mendelssohn made initial sketches of the work. In a letter to his parents, he wrote:

“This is Italy! And now has begun what I have always thought… to be the supreme joy in life. And I am loving it. Today was so rich that now, in the evening, I must collect myself a little, and so I am writing to you to thank you, dear parents, for having given me all this happiness.”

El Perro Azul is a slow mysterious tango for solo violin and chamber orchestra composed by William Hill for his daughter, violinist and soprano Nadya Hill. The original version was composed in June 2014 and premiered by Bill Hill and Friends on the Dazzle World Music Series in August of that year. The chamber orchestra version was composed in January 2015 and this concert is its first performance.

El Perro Azul (the Blue Dog) refers to Hill’s favorite Gabriel Garcia Marquez short story Eyes of a Blue Dog. A man and a women can only see each other in their dreams, and she looks everywhere for him using the phrase “eyes of a blue dog.” She says the phrase to waiters, carves it into tables, and writes it in lipstick, but to no avail.

About Nadya Hill
Nadya Hill has degrees in violin performance and voice performance from the University of Michigan, and is currently continuing her studies at University of Colorado in Boulder. She has been playing violin as long as she can remember, and has performed in public since the age of 4.

While studying violin at university, Nadya became aware of her passion for the vocal repertoire, and began her vocal studies at age 19, and was accepted to the University of Michigan’s Vocal department nine months later. Hill has performed in recitals and with orchestras across the United States and in numerous European countries. She is comfortable in a wide range of musical styles from classical to jazz and ethnically-influenced music. Nadya currently teaches violin classes in two Denver schools, and is the Assistant to the Executive Director for the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Season Ticket Packs (30% off single adult ticket price) can be ordered by mail or purchased at the door and are good for any concert or recital throughout the season. To order call 303-670-6558 or send an email to tickets@evergreenchamberorch.org. Each Season Ticket Pack purchased also includes a membership in the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra Society.

Advance tickets for groups of eight or more are 50% off regular ticket prices. Write, email or call for more information.

You can order single tickets online to our concerts, recitals and May 2015 Jazz Gala by clicking the button below.

Take Note:
On May 12th, The Evergreen Chamber Orchestra is hosting a Jazz Gala Fund Raiser for the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra at the Mt. Vernon Country Club at 24933 Clubhouse Circle, Golden, CO 80401. It will celebrate William Hill’s first year as Music Director of the Evergreen Chamber Music and will feature the release of two new DVDs of Jazz and World Music Projects. There will be music by Bill Hill and Friends Jazz/Latin/Fusion.

Boulder Chamber Orchestra And Boulder Bach Festival Present “Character:” Featuring Hsing-Ay Hsu; piano.
April 15, 2015, 7:28 pm
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The Boulder Chamber Orchestra will present Character on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Broomfield Auditorium, and Sunday, May 10th, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Boulder.

The concert includes:
Rossini: Overture to La Scala Di Seta
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 n F Minor Op. 2183-1278
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in bb Major, op.60

For more information and to purchase tickets please call: (303) 583-1278 or visit http://www.boulderchamberorchestra.org.

Event: Character – Boulder Chamber Orchestra

Date/Location: May 9th, 2015 7:30 pm at the Broomfield Auditorium 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield CO 80020; and May 10th, 2015 7:30 pm at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Boulder, 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 is a nonprofit organization committed to providing exceptional chamber music programming, education, and outreach. Our mission is to promote classical musical arts and education with live and recorded performances of the highest standard.

April 14, 2015, 4:41 pm
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Six performances of eleven Bach masterpieces in Denver and Fort Collins

MAGNIFICAT! is the theme for this year’s Colorado Bach Festival, presented by the Colorado Bach Ensemble under the direction of Artistic Director James Kim. The nine-day festival will showcase performances of eleven Bach masterpieces drawn from his most creative and prolific years.

I. Bach’s Six Motets.
The festival will begin on June 5 (Denver) and 6 (Fort Collins) with performances of Bach’s six Motets. Bach’s Motets are considered masterpieces of the form. Included among them are Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Sing to the Lord a new song), Jesu meine Freude (Jesus, my joy), and Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden (Praise the Lord, all nations).

II. Two Cantata Vesper Services
Audiences at this year’s festival will have the rare opportunity to experience two of Bach’s cantatas performed within actual worship services as they were originally intended. These services will take place as late afternoon (5:00 pm) vesper services at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village.

The first service, on Sunday, June 7, features Bach’s Cantata No. 199, Mein Herz schwimmt in Blut (My heart swims in blood) for soprano solo. Colorado Bach Ensemble, 4500 East Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80013 The second service on Sunday, June 14, Bach’s Cantata No. 71, Gott ist mein König (God is my King), for four soloists and choir* will be heard.

The choir for this service will consist of the combined choirs of Bethany Lutheran and Wellshire Presbyterian churches. (These two services are a collaboration between Bethany Lutheran Church Music Ministry and the Colorado Bach Ensemble.)

III. Solo Cantatas and Magnificat
The final concert of this year’s festival will feature the ensemble and guest artists performing two of Bach’s most revered solo cantatas and a rare performance of the Magnificat in D major.

Soprano Clara Rottsolk will be featured as the soloist in Cantata No. 51, Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen (Praise God in all lands), a virtuoso tour de force.

Baritone Paul Max Tipton will perform Cantata No. 82, Ich habe genug (It is enough), a beautiful and deeply introspective work.

The stirring Magnificat in D Major was originally written for performance on Christmas Day. Bach scored this festive work for four soloists, five-part choir and a full orchestra (including flutes, oboes, bassoon, three trumpets and timpani). Magnificat is an exciting, jubilant work and contains some of Bach’s most inspired and memorable writing.

Guest soloists for this year’s festival will include soprano Clara Rottsolk, contralto Emily Marvosh, tenor Derek Chester, and baritone Paul Max Tipton.

Denver concerts (on June 5 and 12) will take place at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, and will begin at 7:30 pm.

The vesper services on June 7 & 14 will take place at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, at 5:00 pm, and are free to the public. No tickets are required.

Fort Collins concerts (on June 6 and 13) will take place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2000 Stover Street, in Fort Collins at 7:30 pm.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.coloradobachensemble.org/, or at the door.

The Colorado Bach Ensemble is dedicated to performing and promoting the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries with a special focus on Bach’s vocal masterpieces. Founder and Artistic Director James Kim is Director of Choral Activities at CSU – Fort Collins. Dr. Kim is also Director of the Chancel Choir at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, and the Boulder Chorale in Boulder.

* Singers from the community are invited to participate in singing Cantata No. 71. To find out how to participate, contact Jack Lindsey drjacklindsey@comcast.net.

John Parfrey, cobachensemble@gmail.com, 303.817.5971 http://www.coloradobachensemble.org

Boulder Symphony presents the opera Carmen as season finale May 9th at 7:00 PM
April 9, 2015, 7:58 pm
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On Saturday, May 9th at 7 PM, Boulder Symphony presents its season finale, Love’s Arrow, with a semi-staged, minimalist production of the famous opera Carmen, by Georges Bizet. Sensual, seductive, and one of the most popular operas of all time, Bizet’s Carmen will raise the temperature in downtown Boulder! Set in Seville, the action pivots around Carmen, a gypsy who has the power to seduce any man that suits her fancy. Join us to experience the jealousy and passion that seal Carmen’s fate in one of opera’s most memorable conclusions.

The orchestra will be joined by an incredible all-local cast of talented singers: mezzo-soprano Erica Papillion-Posey as Carmen, tenor Jason Baldwin as Don José, soprano Mica Dominguez-Robinson as Micaëla, and baritone Thomas Kittle as Escamillo.

All performances take place at Boulder Symphony Concert Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 1820 15th Street, in Boulder. Tickets are $15 (adults), $10 (seniors), $5 (college students), and free for children (K-12) and are available online at bouldersymphony.org/tickets, or at the door.

Dedicated to making symphonic music more accessible and relevant to people of all ages and backgrounds, Boulder Symphony introduces gifted new composers and musicians, and adventurous world premieres, and focuses on educational outreach and interactive programs for youth. Committed to consistent innovation, the Symphony embraces music’s transformative joy of discovery.

DU Lamont Concert Season Climaxes with Opera, A New Ensemble, Musical Workshop and Beethoven’s 9th
April 9, 2015, 7:35 pm
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The University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music 2014 / 15 Concert Season culminates with a comic opera, the unveiling of a new 21st Century ensemble, the world premiere workshop of a musical, and a combined Lamont Symphony and choirs performance of Beethoven’s thrilling 9th Symphony.

Lamont Opera Theatre and the Lamont Symphony Orchestra present The Merry Wives of Windsor (performed in English) in Gates Concert Hall from Thursday, April 16 to Sunday, April 19. Directed by Kenneth Cox, Otto Nicolai’s exuberant operatic romp, based on Shakespeare’s comedy, revolves around the captivating rascal Sir John Falstaff, who attempts to seduce the wives of two of Windsor’s most prominent men. But the wooed Windsor women see right through his schemes, making his plans go askew with disastrous and hilarious results. Thursday through Saturday performances are at 7:30pm and the Sunday matinee is at 2:30pm. Tickets range from $11 to $30 and are reserved seating.

As part of a new 21st Century initiative, Steve Wiest conducts Lamont’s newest ensemble, the FLEX Ensemble – a jazz rhythm section with instrumentalists and vocalists from the classical, vocal and chamber departments. They perform on Wednesday, May 20 at 7:30pm in Gates Concert Hall. Admission is free.

Lamont Opera Theatre will perform two world premiere workshops of the new musical Far Beyond Rubies by Oscar Sladek. The story of Esther & Mordecai imagined as a great love story set against the turmoil and intrigue of Ancient Persia, Far Beyond Rubies will be directed by Matthew Rumsey and will be performed on Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Hamilton Recital Hall. All seats are reserved and tickets are $10.

The Lamont Symphony Orchestra, The Lamont Chorale, Women’s Chorus and Men’s Choir close the concert season with the stunning “Ode to Joy” symphony, Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 “Choral.” Lawrence Golan conducts on Thursday, May 28 at 7:30pm. Free tickets are required and $5 Reserved Seating is available.

All concerts are in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Denver campus at University Boulevard and Iliff Avenue. Purchase tickets through the Newman Center Box Office online at http://www.newmantix.com/lamont, call 303.871.7720, or visit the box office in the Newman Center, open 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday – Friday. Parking for these and other select performances is complimentary one hour before curtain in the Newman Center garage.

For more information and a complete list of concerts, master classes and events, please visit the Lamont School of Music website at http://www.du.edu/lamont. For updated weekly information call the Concert Line at 303.871.6412.

Chris Wiger
Director of Public Relations
Lamont School of Music
Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts
2344 Iliff Avenue
Denver, CO 80208-0102
Cell 303 489-2597


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