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The Denver Early Music Consort and Cadmus are joining together to present Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater
March 2, 2015, 7:20 pm
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The Denver Early Music Consort and Cadmus will present a chamber performance of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Denver on Friday, March 20, at 7 pm, and Sunday, March 22, at 3 pm. Both performances will be at St. Paul Lutheran Church at the corner of Grant and 16th in downtown Denver. Soloists will be local favorites and baroque specialists Marjorie Bunday, alto, and Amanda Balestrieri, soprano. The performance will be on period instruments with Mary Harrison and Alexandra Eddy, baroque violins; Emily Bowman, baroque viola; Sandra Miller, baroque ‘cello; David Crowe, baroque double bass; and Lyn Loewi; portatif organ.

Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater is a meditation on grief and faith, particularly appropriate for the season of Lent. It is a musical setting of a medieval Catholic hymn, Stabat Mater Dolorosa (The Grieving Mother Stood), describing Jesus’ mother Mary standing at the foot of the cross at his crucifixion. The piece consists of several movements alternating between soprano and alto solos and duets, meditating on the death of Jesus, suffering with him and Mary, and praying for redemption and entry into the glories of Heaven.

Pergolesi composed this work in 1736, while he was dying of tuberculosis. It is impossible not to imagine how closely Pergolesi must have identified with the emotions expressed here. The music employs operatic gesture to express sadness; the violence, desolation, and pain of death; the empathy of the faithful; and the desire to be accepted into heaven. The Stabat Mater achieved great popularity after Pergolesi’s death and remains a favorite among musicians. Most audiences are familiar with the powerful prayer on death Quando corpus morietur (When my body dies) that was featured in the movie Amadeus as Salieri describes the death of his father.

Amanda Balestrieri and Marjorie Bunday are frequent collaborators and often paired in performances by discerning conductors. In order to present this work to the Denver community, they have combined forces to arrange these performances.

What:  Denver Early Music Consort and Cadmus present Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)

Where:  St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1600 Grant St., Denver

When:  Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Tickets: Available at the door:
$15 adults; $10 students and senior citizens 65+.
Checks accepted at the door made out
to “Denver Early Music Consort”.
Sorry, no credit cards.

Performers:
Amanda Balestrieri, soprano
Marjorie Bunday, alto
Lyn Loewi, portatif organ
Mary Harrison, baroque violin
Alexandra Eddy, baroque violin
Emily Bowman, baroque viola
Sandra Miller, baroque ‘cello
David Crowe, baroque double bass



Colorado Ballet announces 2015-2016 season
March 2, 2015, 4:02 pm
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Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs announced the 2015-2016 season, which will feature Colorado and world premiere ballets, a production the Company has not performed in 20 years, and the 55th annual production of The Nutcracker.

Colorado Ballet opens its 55th season with the romantic ballet La Sylphide, October 2-11, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  This ballet features choreography by August Bournonville and music by Herman Severin Løvenskiold, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Bournonville choreographed La Sylphide in 1836, making it one of the oldest surviving ballets.  In the production, a young Scotsman pursues a beautiful, bewitching winged sylph, or spirit.

“The Company last performed La Sylphide in 1996 and I wanted to present it this season because it is one of the most beautiful, romantic ballets of all time,” said Boggs. “In his quest for the unattainable love of the sylph, the young Scotsman abandons his fiancé and ultimately loses everything.  The ballet demonstrates temptation, loss and loving something you cannot have.”

The season continues with The Nutcracker, November 28 through December 27, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Nutcracker features more than 300 costumes, 30 Company dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers, 65 Academy dancers, scenery by José Varona and timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

“Colorado Ballet’s enchanting presentation of The Nutcracker is the largest production of the holiday favorite in Colorado,” said Boggs.  “Do not wait to purchase your tickets to watch Clara and the Nutcracker Prince’s magical wintertime journey to the delicious Land of Sweets.  Nearly every performance was sold out during in 2014, so we encourage patrons to buy their tickets early.”

In the spring, Colorado Ballet will fall down the rabbit hole for the Colorado premiere of Alice (in Wonderland), February 19-28, 2016 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass,” the ballet includes choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Alice (in Wonderland) first premiered in 2012 and the choreography merges traditional ballet movements with contemporary ballroom, modern and hip-hop steps.

“This isn’t your typical, classical storybook children’s ballet.  Alice (in Wonderland) is a charming theatrical extravaganza with colorful costumes, whimsical sets and a wide variety of dance styles,” said Boggs.  “Come watch the adventures of Alice in a strange land filled with eccentric and entertaining characters including the frantic White Rabbit, mysterious Cheshire Cat, peculiar Mad Hatter, terrifying Jabberwock and the wicked Queen of Hearts.”

Colorado Ballet will close its season with a collection of contemporary premieres in Ballet Director’s Choice, March 25-27, 2016 at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.  Renowned contemporary choreographer Dominic Walsh will be doing a work for the Company.  Walsh is a former Principal Dancer and Choreographer with Houston Ballet and founder of contemporary ballet company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater.  The repertory will also include the premiere of a tango-inspired ballet by choreographer Lorita Travaglia.  In addition to her work as Ballet Mistress at Colorado Ballet, Travaglia is the Creative Director of Parasol Arts, a non-profit organization that takes inspiration from the art of Argentine Tango.  The production will include a third work to be announced at another date.

Ballet Director’s Choice highlights the talents of Colorado Ballet’s dancers through a diverse selection of new works,” said Boggs.  “Audiences will see a range of different dancing styles, from contemporary to Tango, all in one amazing performance.  Ballet Director’s Choice is the perfect production to debut exciting world premiere ballets with our extremely talented Company.”

Season subscriptions are on sale now and single tickets will be on sale July 15.  Visit http://www.coloradoballet.org for more information.

In addition to the season productions, Colorado Ballet will also perform at the Vail International Dance Festival on August 2 and August 10, 2015.  This is the first time since 2011 that the Company has performed at the festival.  In addition, Colorado Ballet will perform at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts on August 22, 2015.  The Company will also present an encore of its Ballet Director’s Choice in April 2016 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.  For more information on these additional performances, visit http://www.coloradoballet.org.

About Colorado Ballet
Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 55 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.

For more information please contact:

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



Colorado Symphony Announces 2015/16 Season
February 27, 2015, 4:20 pm
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Artistry, diversity, return of Music Director Andrew Litton among highlights; subscriptions on sale Monday, March 2 at 10 am.

The Colorado Symphony is thrilled to announce programming for the 2015/16 season, which opens Friday, September 18, 2015 at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver.

Guided by Music Director Andrew Litton, the Colorado Symphony’s 2015/16 season represents a richly diverse spectrum of styles, from classical to contemporary, and includes appearances by some of symphonic music’s most revered conductors and artists. More than forty distinct programs in the 2015/16 season showcase the virtuosity of one of the finest orchestras in the United States while appealing to the broad interests and appetites of Colorado audiences.

“As everybody’s orchestra, our goal and mission, always, is to curate a diverse offering of programs that appeal to music lovers of every taste and background,” says Jerome H. Kern, Colorado Symphony CEO and co-chair of its Board of Trustees. “We’re thrilled by this year’s lineup, which showcases the excellence, virtuosity, depth, and range of the Colorado Symphony.”

On sale Monday, March 2 at 10 am, 2015/16 subscriptions are available for renewal by existing subscribers through April 15, 2015. New subscribers enjoy a range of benefits including priority seating, discounts of up to twenty percent, and convenient ticket exchange options. Single tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 3, 2015. New and renewing subscribers can purchase subscriptions and add-on tickets to individual concerts by visiting http://www.coloradosymphony.org, by calling 303.623.7876, or by visiting the Colorado Symphony Box Office inside Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1000 14th Street.

Music lovers can choose from a variety of subscription packages to suit a range of tastes, lifestyles, and budgets. Offering both flexibility and choice, subscriptions are the most affordable way to purchase tickets for Colorado Symphony concerts. This season’s options include Custom Design and Flex Pass as well as packages for the Masterworks, Pops, Family, and Inside the Score series. Additional concerts from the Special, Holiday, and Geek series may be included in custom packages or added on.

Most concerts in the 2015/16 season will be performed at Boettcher Concert Hall, home of the Colorado Symphony. Additional concerts, programs, and venues will be added throughout the season.

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2015/16 Season Highlights:

Music Director Andrew Litton Returns

Named Music Director of the Colorado Symphony in August 2013, Andrew Litton has elevated the orchestra to new heights of excellence in performance and programming. With an unparalleled portfolio that includes 120 recordings as both conductor and performer, as well as distinguished conducting appointments around the world, Litton has expanded the orchestra’s global profile and audience. The 2015/16 season offers eight Litton-led programs – a powerful tour through some of the greatest musical masterpieces of all time. Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Mahler, and Copland are among the composers who will receive the Litton treatment; an all-Gershwin program (“All Gershwin Featuring The New York City Ballet,” January 10, 2016) features guest dancers from the New York City Ballet, where Litton was named Music Director in December 2014.

Masterworks, In Many Forms

Music Director Andrew Litton opens the season with “Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1,” September 18-20, 2015, an all-Russian slate to start the season with a bang. Between Opening Weekend and the season’s closing in May 2016, Boettcher Concert Hall will welcome ascending and established stars from the symphonic world, including pianists Alessio Bax (“Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1,” September 18-20, 2015), Denis Kozhukhin (“Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3,” November 6-8, 2015), and Andrew Staupe (“All Beethoven Featuring Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica,’” December 4-6, 2015). Classic pieces by Mozart, Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Mahler, and other great composers appear alongside works by emerging voices, including banjo master Béla Fleck (“Béla Fleck: Return Of The Banjo,” April 1-2, 2016), and Gabriel Kahane, who appears with his pianist father (and former Colorado Symphony Music Director) Jeffrey Kahane (“Jeffrey and Gabriel Kahane,” April 15-17, 2016, conducted by Jeffrey Kahane). The inaugural Shakespeare Festival probes the musical intersections between the Bard of Avon and the world of music with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” March 4-5, 2016; “Inside The Score: Shakespeare Festival,” with the Colorado Symphony Chorus, March 11, 2016; and “Shakespeare Festival Romeo And Juliet,” March 18-20, 2016.

Colorado Symphony Musicians Front And Center, Chorus Celebrated

Colorado Symphony resident musicians take turns in the spotlight throughout 2015/16, showcasing the brilliance that permeates the orchestra all season long. Audiences will enjoy solo turns from Principal Horn Michael Thornton (“Mozart Performed By Michael Thornton,” Masterworks, October 2-3, 2015), Principal Harp Courtney Hershey Bress (“Elgar ‘Enigma Variations,’” Masterworks, October 16-17, 2015), Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe (“Strauss Conducted By Andrew Litton,” Masterworks, October 23-24, 2015), Assistant Concertmaster Claude Sim (“Mussorgsky Pictures At An Exhibition,” Masterworks, January 29-30, 2016), and Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams (“Dvořák Symphony No. 9 ‘From The New World,’” Masterworks, May 13-14, 2016). Led by Director Duain Wolf, the Colorado Symphony Chorus anchors many powerhouse performances throughout the season, including “Mahler Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection,'” Masterworks, February 19-20, 2016, conducted by Andrew Litton; “Handel’s Messiah,” Holiday, December 18-19, 2015, conducted by Duain Wolf; and a blockbuster finale to end the season, with “Carmina Burana,” Masterworks, May 20-22, 2016, conducted by Andrew Litton.

Pops, Specials, and Movies

“76 Trombones” kick off the 2015/16 Pops season, with an original, semi-staged production of Meredith Willson’s classic, “The Music Man,” September 26-27, 2015). With a cast that includes local actors and performers and directed by Robert Neu, this is a community celebration of one of the most beloved musicals in American history. All season long, stars of every genre join the orchestra for performances both inspiring and fun – including ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro, October 10, 2015, “Pixar In Concert,” January 15-16, 2016, and Wonderbound, the acclaimed Denver-based modern dance company (“An Evening With Wonderbound,” March 12, 2016). Film buffs will find plenty to watch, and listen to, with a robust Symphony At The Movies series, including Psycho (October 30, 2015), Back to the Future (November 14, 2015), and Home Alone (December 22, 2015). In 2016, the Colorado Symphony presents tributes to two legends – former Colorado Symphony Pops conductor Marvin Hamlisch (“One Singular Sensation: A Tribute To Marvin Hamlisch,” January 23, 2016), and Mel Brooks (“A Symphonic Tribute To Mel Brooks,” April 9, 2016).

Geeks, Families, and Holiday

Attracting patrons of all ages to the Colorado Symphony, many for the first time, the wildly popular Geek series returns with programs to delight one’s inner superhero, including “A Weekend Of Star Wars,” December 26-27, 2015, and “A Symphonic Tribute To Comic Con v3.0,” May 6, 2016. Patrons are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character from pop culture; many of the musicians will do so, too. Costumes are also big part of an annual Family series tradition, with “Halloween Spooktakular,” October 31, 2015. Families will enjoy the return of the bombastic, fun “Drums Of The World,” November 29, 2015; “Side-By-Side With DYAO: 100 Year Celebration Of The U.S. National Parks,” February 6, 2016; and classic tales of elephants and other creatures in “Carnival Of The Animals And The Story Of Babar,” March 13, 2016. Finally, no Colorado Symphony season would be complete without a full range of Holiday programs, including the perennial favorite “Colorado Christmas,” featuring the Colorado Symphony Chorus, directed by Duain Wolfe, December 11-13, 2015; and the intimate, uplifting “Holiday Brass At Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church,” December 18 & 20, 2015, featuring Colorado Symphony Brass and Percussion.

For a complete list of programs in the 2015/16 season, visit http://www.coloradosymphony.org.

The Colorado Symphony is proudly sponsored by Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, ARROW Electronics, DaVita, Target, and 9News.

ABOUT THE COLORADO SYMPHONY
One of the leading orchestras in the United States, 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, 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, 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, Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming. 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.



Colorado Symphony Streaming Online, On Air!
February 24, 2015, 7:35 pm
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Orchestra to launch Soundings Live, resume live broadcasts on CPR Classical

The Colorado Symphony is pleased to announce the launch of Soundings Live, a new streaming service that offers webcasts of select Masterworks performances, recorded live at Boettcher Concert Hall.

The first of these concerts kicks off with The American Festival: Part 1, featuring works by Kevin Puts and Leonard Bernstein. Listeners from anywhere in the world can tune in by visiting http://www.ColoradoSymphony.org/SoundingsLive. Recordings of the concerts will be available online for a limited time following the performances.

Soundings Live will be presented free of charge for the remainder of the 2014-2015 season in an audio-only format. In 2015/16, the Colorado Symphony will offer subscription-based video webcasts and concerts on demand.

Soundings Live launches as the Colorado Symphony and Colorado Public Radio resume offering live broadcasts to listeners of CPR Classical. CPR Classical will broadcast three Masterworks programs remaining in the 2014/15 season, including The American Festival: Part I (February 28), Symphonic Firsts and Yumi Hwang-Williams (April 17), and Bronfman Plays Beethoven (May 22).

“The Colorado Symphony is everybody’s orchestra. Online streaming is just one of many ways we’re making our music accessible to a wide audience, which is a vital part of our mission,” says Jerome H. Kern, Colorado Symphony CEO and co-chair of its Board of Trustees. “We’re also pleased to return to the airwaves with our long-term partner Colorado Public Radio, which shares our commitment to building and nurturing the future of symphonic music.”

Through streaming and live broadcast, the Colorado Symphony will reach music lovers across Colorado – and the globe. Recently dubbed “the most innovative orchestra in the United States,” the Colorado Symphony embraces cutting-edge programming and new technology to connect an ever-widening audience to the transformative power of live, symphonic music.

Soundings Live Broadcasts:

The American Festival: Part 1
February 28-March 1, 2015
Andrew Litton, conductor
Bil Jackson, clarinet
William Wolfram, piano

The American Festival: Part 2
March 13-15, 2015
Andrew Litton, conductor
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

Mahler Symphony No. 5
April 30-May 1, 2015
Andrew Litton, conductor
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

Bronfman Plays Beethoven
May 22-24, 2015
Andrew Litton, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Alan Opie, baritone
Colorado Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, director

Live Broadcasts on CPR Classical, http://www.cprclassical.org:

The American Festival: Part I
February 28, 2015
Andrew Litton, conductor
Bil Jackson, clarinet
William Wolfram, piano

Symphonic Firsts and Yumi Hwang-Williams
April 17, 2015
Cristian Măcelaru, conductor
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin

Bronfman Plays Beethoven
May 22, 2015
Andrew Litton, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Alan Opie, baritone
Colorado Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, director

ABOUT THE COLORADO SYMPHONY
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.



DEVOTCHKA AND THE COLORADO SYMPHONY RETURN TO RED ROCKS
February 20, 2015, 2:41 pm
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An evening of “total bliss,” summer tradition for CO music lovers
Thursday, July 23 at 7:30 pm, Red Rocks Amphitheater
Tickets are now on sale.

The Colorado Symphony is thrilled to announce that the orchestra and DeVotchKa will return to Red Rocks Amphitheater on Thursday, July 23 at 7:30 pm. This concert is co-presented by KBCO and Twist & Shout. Tickets to the general public will be on sale Friday, February 20 at 10 am.

Described by Westword as “total bliss,” the creative partnership between DeVotchKa and the Colorado Symphony is now a Colorado tradition. Conducted by Scott O’Neil, this concert marks the fifth time DeVotchKa and the Colorado Symphony will share a stage. Last year’s concert at Red Rocks was at full capacity.

“Red Rocks is iconic and there truly is an element of magic there,” says Nick Urata, DeVotchKa’s lead singer, guitarist and songwriter; Urata has recently enjoyed acclaim for his work on film scores including Paddington and Focus, starring Will Smith. “It holds extra meaning for Denver bands like us, who started at the Lion’s Lair. The feeling of performing with 75 people on stage is indescribable, and the fact that we get to do it for a fifth time this summer has got us inspired to pull out all the stops.”

The pairing of DeVotchKa and the Colorado Symphony sets the standard for musical collaboration among Colorado musical institutions. Beginning with a performance at Boettcher Concert Hall in February 2012, DeVotchKa’s work with the Colorado Symphony has exposed a new generation of music lovers to the power and possibility of symphonic music. Released later that year, DeVotchKa Live with the Colorado Symphony was hailed by many critics as one of 2012’s best. The album remains a top seller at Denver’s Twist & Shout Records. In its annual Best of Denver issue, Westword named the DeVotchKa/CSO pairing one of the best creative collaborations of 2012.

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Tickets are now on sale and range from $27.50-$65 each. Tickets are available online at http://www.coloradosymphony.org, by phone, 303-623-7876, or in person at the box office in Boettcher Concert Hall, Monday through Saturday, 10 am-6 pm.

Tickets, full concert listings, links and information can be found on http://www.coloradosymphony.org.

ABOUT DEVOTCHKA
Grammy nominated DeVotchKa is a four-piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble. International ambassadors of Colorado music, the Boulder-based quartet is composed of Nick Urata, who sings and plays theremin, guitar, bouzouki, piano and trumpet; Tom Hagerman, who plays violin, accordion and piano; Jeanie Schroder, who sings and plays sousaphone, double bass and flute; and Shawn King, who plays percussion and trumpet. http://www.devotchka.net

ABOUT THE COLORADO SYMPHONY
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



Romance, dance, drums come to Boettcher Concert Hall; The Colorado Symphony American Festival launches
February 20, 2015, 2:13 pm
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The Colorado Symphony presents a vibrant selection of programs to bring music lovers into spring. Programs highlight the gorgeous vocal stylings of contemporary songwriter Rufus Wainwright (February 18) and classic crooner Jim Brickman (February 21); explore the intersection between symphonic music and tango (February 20); and celebrate the creative ways hammers, cans, and prepared instruments can be used to create sound (So Percussion, March 20).

On February 28, Music Director Andrew Litton kicks off The American Festival with a Masterworks concert that sees the return of CSO veteran clarinetist Bil Jackson. Running in five unique programs through March, The American Festival celebrates the artistry of America’s most accomplished composers, both traditional and modern.

All programs are at Boettcher Concert Hall, home of the Colorado Symphony. Details are available on http://www.coloradosymphony.org. Tickets for most concerts begin at $25. Students and K-12 teachers with ID may purchase tickets for $10 at the Boettcher Concert Hall box office.

The Art of the Dance: Tango
Featuring the Pablo Ziegler Trio
Friday, February 20, 7:30 pm
Scott O’Neil, conductor

Pablo Ziegler, Piano
Hector Del Curto, bandoneon
Laudio Ragazzi, Electric guitar

Pianist and composer Pablo Ziegler built his astounding reputation in the tango world as the pianist for Astor Piazzola. The rich culture and history of Tango will be brought to life by his trio and the Colorado Symphony. This concert will have you dancing in the aisles!
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An Evening of Romance with Jim Brickman
Saturday, February 21, 7:30 pm
Scott O’Neil, conductor

Two-time Grammy® nominee and multi-platinum recording artist Jim Brickman is America’s piano sensation. Experience the romantic sounds of this hitmaker’s pop-style instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations.
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The American Festival: Part I
Saturday, February 28, 7:30 pm & Sunday, March 1, 1:00 pm
Andrew Litton, conductor
Bil Jackson, clarinet
William Wolfram, piano

On February 28, former principal clarinetist Bil Jackson kicks off The American Festival, showcasing masters who have created, perfected, and expanded the American idiom in symphonic music. This program celebrates the work of living composer Kevin Puts as well as Bernstein’s iconic The Age of Anxiety, Symphony No. 2, titled after W.H. Auden’s poem of the same name.
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Symphony at the Movies: West Side Story
Saturday, March 7, 7:30 pm & Sunday, March 8, 1:00 pm
Scott O’Neil, conductor

Experience Leonard Bernstein’s musical masterpiece and electrifying score live, while the re-mastered film is shown in high definition with original vocals and dialogue.
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The American Festival: Part II
Friday, March 13; Saturday, March 14, 7:30 pm & Sunday, March 15, 1:00 pm
Andrew Litton, conductor
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

Anne Akiko Meyers brilliantly performs Barber’s Violin Concerto, one of the most frequently performed concertos of the 20th century. Andrew Litton leads Stephen Albert’s RiverRun to close the performance with its lush, dramatic symphonic music.
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So Percussion
Friday, March 20, 7:30 pm & Saturday, March 21, 2:30 pm
Scott O’Neil, conductor

Since coming together at the Yale School of Music in 1999, So Percussion has been creating music that is by turns raucous and touching, bombastic and heartfelt, incorporating traditional drums as well as pretty much anything that can be banged, hit, or struck. The ensemble is known for its exotic and unusual instruments including bowed marimba, glockenspiel, and hammer. This concert will feature David Lang’s piece, man-made, written for So Percussion. Don’t miss this evening of creative music that will delight all of the senses.
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ABOUT THE COLORADO SYMPHONY
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…;



Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra Presents “Voices of Light”
February 20, 2015, 11:10 am
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A STUNNING EVENING OF MUSICAL THEATER
Joan of Arc stars in the oratorio & silent film

Who: Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Cynthia Katsarelis, Music Director and Conductor; Richard Einhorn, composer (attending both concerts); choir and soloists of Saint John’s Cathedral, Denver, Stephen Tappe, Music Director.

What: Carl Dreyer’s legendary silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc, with oratorio, Voices of Light by American film composer, Richard Einhorn, a stunning evening of musical theatre.

When and Where:
7:30 pm Friday, March 13, 2015 at Saint John’s Cathedral, 1350 Washington Street, Denver
7:30 pm Saturday March 14, 2015 at First United Methodist, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm on both nights. Presenters include composer Richard Einhorn, theologian Elizabeth Randall, and conductor Cynthia Katsarelis. Talk back immediately following the performance.

Tickets: Tickets are available online at: http://www.promusicacolorado.org, or by calling 720-443-0565. Ticket prices for Voices of Light are $25 General Admission, $5 Students.

Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra (PMC) brings the critically acclaimed and deeply moving production of Voices of Light to Colorado audiences next month. The chamber orchestra and its conductor, Cynthia Katsarelis, who garnered multiple rave reviews for their February performances, will be joined in March by the choir and soloists of Saint John’s Cathedral.

Voices of Light merges the legendary silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with a live performance of a ravishing score by award-winning composer Richard Einhorn. It has been playing to standing ovations in sold out houses throughout the United States. Carl Theodor Dreyer’s film, a haunting and powerful depiction of the trial of Joan of Arc, is magnificently enhanced with a live performance of Einhorn’s score. The visual intensity of the performances in the 1928 silent film, particularly by actress Renée Falconetti in her role as Joan, is extraordinary. The film has its own fascinating history, with the only remaining print believed to be lost to a fire when a virtually complete print was found in 1981 in a mental institution in Oslo.

The film is brilliantly supported by Einhorn’s skillful use of vocal parts inspired by Medieval chant and setting texts by medieval woman, including Hildegard of Bingen and Christine de Pizan. The music alone is praised as “lush,” “brilliantly effective,” and “moving” by the New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago Sun Times, and has attracted a huge audience on its own. Einhorn plans to attend the performances in Denver and Boulder, offering pre-concert remarks and remaining available for a post-concert “talk-back.”

Even 600 years after her birth, the story of Joan of Arc continues to capture the imagination and inspire 21st century audiences. In preparation for the concert during the previous summer, Music Director Katsarelis retraced Joan’s steps in France, visiting the very sites portrayed in the film. “Jeanne d’Arc, La Pucelle d’Orlèans, is an intriguing figure, the film is a masterpiece, and the oratorio adds incredible perspective to the story. Combined, it’s an extraordinarily compelling and moving blockbuster event. Don’t miss it!” says Katsarelis.

Ticket prices to Voices of Light: $25 General, $5 Students. Tickets are available online at: http://www.promusicacolorado.org. For further information, or to purchase tickets by phone, call: 720-443-0565

About Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra and Cynthia Katsarelis, Music Director & Conductor
Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra is a professional chamber orchestra presenting excellent performances classic to cutting edge. Reviews in the Boulder Daily Camera called PMC’s performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio “a triumph.” Opus Colorado has written on Pro Musica Colorado performances as “absolutely sensational,” “electric,” and “full of joy.” Peter Alexander described Pro Musica’s playing as having “a transparency and warmth of sound.” Cynthia Katsarelis has served with the Cincinnati Symphony, Pops and May Festival, the Greensboro (N.C.) Symphony, and has conducted many professional, college, and youth orchestras. For the past three seasons, she has guest conducted the Colorado Music Festival’s Young People’s Concerts. Katsarelis is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, with degrees in both violin and conducting.




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