Opus Colorado

Don’t forget the Colorado Ballet’s production of Dracula. It is this weekend only!
October 26, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Colorado Ballet will present Dracula, October 31-November 2, 2014 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Dracula features choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

“Come sink your teeth into this spine-tingling ballet full of seductive vampires, frightening mental patients and the king of the undead himself, Count Dracula,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director. “Our audience requests this production over and over again and we cannot wait to perform Dracula during Halloween weekend this year. This is one of the most popular ballets we perform and because it is for one weekend only, we are expecting full houses for every performance.”

Based on Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror, Dracula contains mature content and is not recommended for children ages 13 or younger.

“Our production of Dracula is big, with grand sets including a train station, grand hotel, sanatorium, a terrifying underground vault and of course, Count Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania,” said Boggs. “Audiences will feel like they are part of the action, as if any moment Count Dracula could sneak up behind them in the theater. People who love the book or any of the other adaptations of this horror classic will love Colorado Ballet’s performance because the story is easy to follow and the dancing and music enhance the passion and terror of this deliciously macabre ballet.”

Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, October 31, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 @ 2 p.m.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 2, 2014 @ 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. Dracula is presented by PwC.

Colorado Ballet will also host several special events around Dracula including a costume party after the performance on Halloween night and a Bloody Mary Brunch for the Center Stage Young Patrons group before the November 2 performance. For more information on either of these events, visit http://www.coloradoballet.org/events.

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.

For more information contact:
Mary Pettit

The Boulder Chamber Orchestra presents “Allure” and a special recital with guest cellist Inbal Segev
October 26, 2014, 2:42 pm
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The Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) will present “Allure” with special guest Inbal Segev, cello on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Broomfield Auditorium and on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church of Boulder. Both concerts start at 7:30 PM. There will also be a solo recital with Inbal Segev on Sunday, November 9th at 1:00 PM at Grace Lutheran Church in Boulder.

Israeli-American cellist Inbal Segev’s playing has been described as “characterized by a strong and warm tone . . . delivered with impressive fluency and style,” by The Strad and “richly inspired” by Gramophone. Equally committed to new repertoire and known masterworks, Segev brings interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to the vast range of music that she performs.

Segev’s repertoire includes all of the standard concerti and solo works for cello, as well as new pieces and rarely performed gems. In 2013, she gave the world premiere performance of a new amplified cello concerto written for her by composer Avner Dorman with the Anchorage Symphony. Her May 2013 performance of Lucas Richman’s Three Pieces for Cello and Orchestra with the Knoxville Symphony included the premiere of an additional movement.

She gave the U.S. premiere of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Cello Concerto in D Major, which was written in 1866 but never published. She performed jazz musician and composer David Baker’s cello concerto at Town Hall in New York, and was the first cellist to perform Dutilleux’s challenging Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher at Carnegie Hall. She gave the world premiere of Max Schubel’s Concerto for Cello, which was written for her. Argentinean pianist and Grammy-winning composer Fernando Otero is also at work on a Tango-inspired concerto for her.

Segev has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Helsinki Philharmonic, Radio Symphony of Helsinki, Reutlingen Symphony, Dortmund Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Bangkok Symphony, and with all the major orchestras of Israel. She made debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic, led by Zubin Mehta, at 17.

Segev is a founding member of the Amerigo Trio with New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus, formed in 2009. In addition, Segev regularly performs chamber music with artists including Emanuel Ax, Agustin Dumay, Pamela Franck, Gilbert Kalish, Michael Tree, and the Vogler Quartet throughout the U.S., Europe, and Israel.

Inbal Segev’s discography includes Sonatas by Beethoven and Boccherini (Opus One, 2001), Nigun (Vox, 2005), Schubel’s Concerto for Cello (Opus One, 2001), and Fernando Otero’s Pagina de Buenos Aires (Nonesuch, 2007). With the Amerigo Trio she has recorded serenades by Beethoven and Dohnányi (Navona Records, 2011).

Segev’s many honors include the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship, and top prizes at the Pablo Casals, Paulo, and Washington International Competitions. She was invited by Isaac Stern to come to the U.S. at 16, and earned a B.M. from Juilliard and M.M. from Yale, studying with masters Joel Krosnick, Harvey Shapiro, Aldo Parisot, and Bernhard Greenhouse.

Inbal Segev (pronounced Inn-BAHL SEH-gehv) lives in New York with her husband and three young children. She performs on a cello made by Francesco Rugeri in 1673 and is managed by Barrett Vantage Artists.

The BCO “Allure” concert includes:
• Stravinsky, Octet for Winds
• Mozart, Wind Serenade in C Minor, K. 388
• Gulda, Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra

The solo recital includes:
• Bach Cello Suites Nos. 1, 2 and 4, performed in anticipation of the release of Inbal’s upcoming Bach album

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

Event: “Allure” and special recital with guest artist Inbal Segev – Boulder Chamber Orchestra


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

November 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302

November 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 1001 13th St., Boulder, CO 80302

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.
Boulder Chamber Orchestra Presents “Allure” and Special Recital with Guest Artist Inbal Segev

Media Contact: Jennifer Slater, Managing Director, Boulder Chamber Orchestra(303) 583-1278 jennifer@boulderchamberorchestra.org

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Composer Missy Mazzoli To Receive Music Alive: New Partnerships Grant
October 22, 2014, 7:13 pm
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The grant comes from the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA for One-Week Residency.

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Missy Mazzoli are just one of twelve orchestras and composers who have been selected to receive Music Alive: New Partnerships grants of $7,500 each from the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. Matching composers and orchestras who have not previously worked together, the program will support a series of one-week residencies between 2014 and 2016, each culminating in the performance of an orchestral work from the composer’s catalog. Orchestras with operating budgets of approximately $7 million and below were eligible to apply.

“We are thrilled to be able to welcome a composer of Missy’s caliber and creativity for a residency in our city,” said Boulder Philharmonic Executive Director Kevin Shuck. “The Boulder Phil seeks to connect our community with the most engaging orchestral music from yesterday and today, and Missy will be an excellent guide and ambassador for us in this endeavor. We look forward to weaving her music and her voice into an upcoming season program.”

“I am so thrilled to be working with the Boulder Phil,” said composer Missy Mazzoli. “There are so many possibilities and I have already enjoyed our conversations and sharing of ideas. This will be my first time in Colorado and I’m very happy that it’s under these circumstances.”

“These new Music Alive residencies provide communities across the country with invaluable opportunities to hear the music of our time while connecting in-person with these talented composers,” said League President and CEO Jesse Rosen. “Supporting orchestras in their commitment to perform the works of living American composers has always been an institutional priority for the League, with programs such as Ford Made in America and the ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming historically playing an important role at the organization.”

“Through the generosity of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and our other funders, we are delighted to be continuing our support of collaborations between composers and orchestras,” commented Ed Harsh, President and CEO of New Music USA. “Through Music Alive and in many other ways, New Music USA supports the dynamic, sustained relationships between individual creative artists and orchestras that are essential to a healthy musical ecology.”

The other composer/orchestra partnerships are:

• Clarice Assad and Boston Landmarks Orchestra
• Douglas Cuomo and Grant Park Music Festival (Chicago)
• Annie Gosfield and Chautauqua Symphony (NY)
• Takuma Itoh and Tucson Symphony Orchestra
• Jingjing Luo and Princeton Symphony Orchestra (NJ)
• Rick Robinson and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (Houston)
• Carl Schimmel and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (New Orleans)
• Laura Schwendinger and Richmond Symphony Orchestra (VA)
• Derrick Spiva and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
• Sumi Tonooka and South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (Sioux Falls)
• Dan Visconti and Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (Little Rock)

Recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” (New York Times) and “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out New York), Missy Mazzoli’s music has been performed globally by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, New York City Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra and many others. She is Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia, and in 2011-2012 was composer-in-residence with the Albany Symphony. In February 2012 Beth Morrison Projects presented Song from the Uproar, Mazzoli’s first multimedia chamber opera. The work had a sold-out run at venerable New York venue The Kitchen. The Wall Street Journal called this work “both powerful and new”, and the New York Times claimed that “in the electric surge of Mazzoli’s score you felt the joy, risk and limitless potential of free spirits unbound.” Recent months included the premiere of an extended work for Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall as well as new works performed by pianist Emanuel Ax and the Detroit Symphony. Mazzoli is an active pianist, and often performs her music with her ensemble Victoire. Their album Cathedral City was named one of 2010’s best classical albums by Time Out NY, NPR, the New Yorker and the New York Times. In February 2014 they will perform a set of new material at Carnegie Hall, joined by percussionist Glenn Kotche of Wilco. Missy Mazzoli recently joined the faculty at Mannes College of Music, and her works are published by G. Schirmer.

Additional composer bios can be found here.

Forty-four orchestras and 219 composers applied for the program and two artistic panels selected the twelve grantees. Each residency will include a performance of a work by the composer, as well as individually tailored events, enabling the composers to reach new audiences, interact with youth, and take part in community-centered activities.

Now in its 14th year, Music Alive supports composer residencies in the concert halls and communities of orchestras throughout the country by providing funding, administrative support, and resources for both short and multi-year orchestra-composer collaborations. In addition to the new Music Alive: New Partnerships program, Music Alive also currently supports a three-year residency program for five composers and orchestras, most recently announced in 2013. Since 1999, there have been 127 Music Alive orchestral residencies; that number includes 78 individual orchestras and 110 individual composers (several orchestras and composers have participated multiple times). Music Alive programs help orchestras increase new music opportunities for audiences, artists, and administrators; identify model practices for sustained partnerships between artists and communities; help orchestras fully and comprehensively achieve their missions; and enrich orchestral repertoire with fresh and inventive music of our time.

More information on Music Alive is available here.

Funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and The Amphion Foundation.

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Colorado’s premier ensembles, with growing, enthusiastic audiences under the vision and leadership of Music Director Michael Butterman. The Boulder Phil’s main concert series is presented at Macky Auditorium on the University of Colorado campus. From multi-genre productions to concerts with a unique hometown flavor, the Phil’s imaginative programming has resulted in increasing numbers of sold-out concerts and nationwide notice in Symphony magazine. In recent seasons the Phil has collaborated with 45 local organizations, encompassing arts, science, nature, youth, social services and more. Founded in 1958, the Boulder Phil today reaches audiences of over 20,000, with performances from Arvada to Highlands Ranch as well as regular invitations to perform at the prestigious Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. The Boulder Phil reaches thousands of 4th and 5th grade students in 28 schools with its interactive Discovery Concerts, and fosters new talent with the annual Young Artist Concerto Competition and side-by-side youth orchestra concerts. Visit BoulderPhil.org.

The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of approximately 800 orchestras across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers, and boards. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit americanorchestras.org.

New Music USA is devoted to fostering the creation, dissemination, and enjoyment of new American music. New Music USA places special emphasis on broadening the public community for the music and musicians whom we serve. Advocacy in the broadest sense is at the heart of all of New Music USA’s work. It is inherent in the work of the online magazine NewMusicBox and radio station Counterstream, in all of New Music USA’s grant making activity—which distributes more than one million dollars each year to the field—and in New Music USA’s role as a key voice in the national and international scenes. Newmusicusa.org

October 16, 2014, 6:49 pm
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Boulder, CO (October 13, 2014) Newly formed Pathways To Jazz awarded five grants to deserving musicians to help them achieve their dream of making a new recording of their music.
Award winners include pianist Scott Martin, singer Barbara Paris, pianist Paul Shinn, pianist
Annie Booth, and singer Bonnie Lowdermilk.

Pathways to Jazz knows the value that recorded work plays in furthering artistry and awards grants to jazz musicians to support the costs associated with producing recordings. The mission of Pathways to Jazz is to provide opportunities for jazz musicians of all ages to succeed in their artistic, educational and career development. Pathways to Jazz seeks to connect people with the rich tradition of jazz in our musical heritage and to expand the reach of that music to a wide audience. It is the hope that these grants will assist talented performers in producing professional, quality media for commercial distribution and self-promotion.

Pathways to Jazz will offer this grant again in summer 2015. To be eligible an artist must have the capability to produce a studio-quality recording, can evidence a strong artistic track record, would clearly benefit from producing a recording in terms of artistic development and would further and preserve jazz music. Emerging and established artists are eligible, and recorded works can be original or the works of other contemporary composers. The creative control of the recording remains with the artist.

As an individual, organization or business you can support the mission of Pathways To Jazz to support musicians and to provide wider exposure for jazz music by making a donation to the project through the Boulder County Arts Alliance. http://www.bouldercountyarts.org

For more information please call or email Sarah Goodroad. For more information on each award recipient please visit their websites:

Annie Booth: http://www.annieboothmusic.com
Scott Martin: http://www.scottmartinmusic.com
Barbara Paris: http://www.barbaraparis.com
Bonnie Lowdermilk: http://www.bonnielowdermilk.com
Paul Shinn: http://www.paulshinntrio.com

Pathways To Jazz is sponsored by the Boulder County Arts Alliance.

Sarah Goodroad
Administrative Director

CONTACT: Alan Cogen, Founder

Announcing: Better Boettcher Bash
October 7, 2014, 7:02 pm
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New plan for Boettcher Concert Hall, 25th anniversary celebrated in October 26 Concert and Fundraiser

The Colorado Symphony is thrilled to announce the Better Boettcher Bash, Colorado Symphony 25th Anniversary Celebration, to take place Sunday, October 26 at Boettcher Concert Hall. A concert and fundraiser, the Better Boettcher Bash celebrates the orchestra’s legacy as well as a bold new vision for its home.

Conducted by Scott O’Neil, the Better Boettcher Bash will feature music from the Colorado Symphony as well as Natasha Paremski, world-renown pianist and favorite of Colorado Symphony audiences. Cellist Zuill Bailey will also join the orchestra for a program that includes traditional and beloved pieces from the symphonic canon, from Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saëns to Bernstein and Williams. Belen de Leon of 9News will host. Admission is available with a tax-deductible donation of $50, $100, or $200. All proceeds support the Better Boettcher campaign.

The Better Boettcher Bash falls on the silver anniversary of a groundbreaking cultural moment in 1989, when the Denver Symphony became the Colorado Symphony.

Last month, the Colorado Symphony unveiled a plan to renovate Boettcher Concert Hall, its home of 35 years. Built for the Colorado Symphony and recognized as one of the most unique concert venues in the world, Boettcher Concert Hall is in need of overdue repair as well as upgrades to fit the changing needs of one of the great orchestras in the United States. The Better Boettcher Plan, created by Denver’s Semple Brown Design, re-envisions Boettcher Concert Hall as a flexible, multi-media space with optimal acoustics and sound reinforcements. Details of the plan are available on the Colorado Symphony’s web site http://www.coloradosymphony.org.

“We believe Boettcher Concert Hall needs renovation, not demolition, and the public seems to agree with us,” says Jerome H. Kern, Colorado Symphony CEO and co-chair of its Board of Trustees. “Since we announced the Better Boettcher plan, we’ve heard from hundreds of community members who wish to support our efforts. The Better Boettcher Bash gives them an incredible opportunity to do so.”


Better Boettcher Bash
Colorado Symphony 25th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, October 26
Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Cocktails 5:30 pm
Concert 7:00 pm
Festive Attire
Contribution levels: $50/$100/$200
Contributions may be made by phone at 303-623-7876, online at http://www.coloradosymphony.org, or through the box office in Boettcher Concert Hall, located at 1000 14th Street, in the Denver Performing Arts Complex in downtown Denver. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am – 6 pm, and Saturday, noon – 6 pm.


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

Colorado Bach Ensemble Announces Special Free Concert
October 3, 2014, 10:54 am
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The Colorado Bach Ensemble has announced a special free concert on October 25 at 5:00 pm. This short, late afternoon program will feature gems from the vocal, choral and instrumental music of JS Bach performed by artists from the ensemble. The concert will take place at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, 4500 East Hampden Avenue.

On the program, the ensemble’s organist Ken Mervine will perform Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Tenor Derek Chester and alto Marjorie Bunday will sing arias from the Christmas Oratorio, St. John Passion, and St. Matthew Passion accompanied by the CBE ensemble conducted by Artistic Director James Kim.

Violinist Jubal Fulks will perform three movements from Bach’s Partita #3 in E Major for Solo Violin ,and Principal Flautist, Michelle Stanley, will perform two movements from the Flute Sonata in Eb Major. Concluding the concert, James Kim will lead the chorus and continuo in a performance of Bach’s motet Lobet den Herrn. Each of the artists will provide brief commentary on the works they will be performing.

A backstage reception following the concert will offer an opportunity for interaction between the performers and audience members. Refreshments will be served.

In assembling this program, Dr. Kim expressed the hope that he will see many old ensemble friends from previous concerts, and he expressed a special hope that many new people might use this opportunity to discover the ensemble, described by independent critic Robin McNeill as “absolute perfection in every way”.


Colorado Bach Ensemble
Free One-Hour Concert
October 25, 2014 5:00 PM
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 East Hampden Avenue
Cherry Creek Village, CO 80013
(free parking)

Boulder Symphony’s Annual Kids’ Halloween Extravaganza
October 3, 2014, 10:38 am
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The Curious Case of the Mysterious Maestro
October 25th
One Day, Two Events: 
An Afternoon Kids & Family Special and an Evening Symphony Series
Saturday, October 25th will be a day full of mysterious melodies as Boulder Symphony presents two concerts: a kid-centered matinee concert complete with Halloween-inspired festivities and an evening Symphony Series filled with Elgar, Beethoven, and Brahms.

Beginning at 2:00 PM, “The Curious Case of the Mysterious Maestro” is Boulder Symphony’s annual Halloween Family Concert.  This year kids are invited to help solve the mystery of Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations as the symphony musicians present not only the symphonic pieces, but theatrical characters and a mystery-filled play, as well as a side-by-side performance with the Longmont Youth Symphony.

Costumes are encouraged as there will be a contest in which the Kids’ Costume Contest Winner gets to conduct the orchestra, as well as Boulder-style Trick-Or-Treating with healthy treats from local vendors and an Instrument Petting Zoo where kids get to try out various instruments, and get inspired.  Adults — wear your costumes too because there will also be prizes for grown-up winners.

All children 18 and under are invited to attend for free through Boulder Symphony’s Free Student Ticket Program.

Later in the day, at 7:00 PM, Boulder Symphony’s 3rd Symphony Series, “Mystery of the Enigma” takes the stage again with Elgar’s Enigma Variations.  Additionally, this concert will include Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Brahms’ Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, featuring soloist Devon Howard’s powerful and haunting playing of the giant Cassavant organ.

All performances take place at First Presbyterian Church Concert Hall, 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 http://www.bouldersymphony.org, or at the door.

Boulder Symphony is the intrepid explorer in the vast universe that is symphonic music.  Dedicated to making symphonic music more accessible and relevant to people of all ages and backgrounds, Boulder Symphony introduces gifted new composers and musicians, 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.


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