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DazzleJazz will present Nicholas Payton Trio featuring Vicente Archer and Bill Stewart
January 25, 2015, 1:47 pm
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Thursday & Friday February 19-20 – 7 & 9 PM $25

About Nicholas Payton: Nicholas Payton is widely considered one of the greatest artists of our time. Hailed as a virtuoso before he was even out of high school, his maturation and talent has earned him praise and accolades, as well as insured his place in musical history. When he was barely in his 20s, Nicholas Payton made his major-label recording debut as a leader with From This Moment (Verve). Since then, Payton has consistently committed himself to developing his distinct voice. He says: “As a musician, as an artist, you’re always trying to zero in on the bull’s eye as a means of becoming a better version of yourself. I’ve been able to find the kind of music that’s more inclusive of all of my life. The approach and the ideas of my music have become more singular, more cohesive. I have no agenda in terms of a specific genre or style, only to be true to who I am.” Nicholas Payton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, into a musical family. Encouraged by his mother, a pianist and vocalist, and his father the legendary bassist, composer and educator Walter Payton, Nicholas showed talent for music at a very early age. He received his first trumpet at age four and by age nine was sitting-in with local bands including the Young Tuxedo Brass Band. By the age of 12, he was a member of the All Star Brass Band that performed and toured extensively. As he grew up and studied, Nicholas successfully learned how to play several instruments. In addition to being an accomplished trumpeter, Nicholas plays piano, bass, drums, tuba, trombone, clarinet and saxophone, et al. During his high school years, Payton attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts to study with Clyde Kerr Jr. and after graduation attended the University of New Orleans where he studied with Harold Battiste and Ellis Marsalis.

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For Bookings or more info contact:
Aaron Melon—Aaron@dazzlejazz.com
Kevin Lee – Kevin@DazzleJazz.com
930 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203

Colorado Ballet breaks records with 2014 production of The Nutcracker and year-end fundraising!
January 21, 2015, 1:16 pm
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Colorado Ballet’s 2014 production of The Nutcracker broke records for attendance and revenue, making it the most successful Nutcracker run in the Company’s history.

The 2014 production had ticketing revenue of $2.47 million, shattering the previous record set in 2013 of $2.39 million.  In addition, the 2014 run had one performance less than the previous year, with 24 performances in 2014 and 25 performances in 2013.  The Company considers a performance sold out at 2,000 patrons in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the average attendance in 2014 was 2,062 per show, breaking the previous average attendance record of 1,981 per show set in 2012.

“For the past few years, The Nutcracker has continued to grow and break records,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs.  “We could not sell out nearly every performance of this holiday classic without the support of the people of Denver.  Our dancers and musicians were so grateful to receive standing ovations from more than 2,000 patrons at every performance this season.”

Ticketing revenue from The Nutcracker accounts for approximately one-third of Colorado Ballet’s total annual budget.  This season, Colorado Ballet’s goal for The Nutcracker was $2.23 million.

“Performing The Nutcracker is essential for the economic stability of most professional ballet companies,” said Boggs.  “It makes or breaks a season for us.  Without The Nutcracker, we could not afford to present other ballets.  Luckily, The Nutcracker is as popular as ever and we have been honored to present it on stage for the past 54 years.”

Colorado Ballet also set a fundraising record by receiving just shy of $1 million between capital and operating contributions in the month of December.  The contributed revenue reflects a robust annual fund campaign and the continued success of the ballet’s capital campaign for The Armstrong Center for Dance, which is more than 90 percent complete.

“As a non-profit organization, we depend heavily on donations from our generous supporters to continue to present world-class ballet performances and dance education in Denver,” said Boggs.  “Colorado Ballet’s patrons and stakeholders continue to demonstrate their faith in the Company by investing in our future.  We are fortunate to have their support.”

The record-breaking Nutcracker ticket sales and December fundraising follows a trend of positive news from Colorado Ballet.  In August 2014, the organization moved into its new state-of-the-art studios at The Armstrong Center for Dance in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe—the first time in its 54-year history that the organization has owned its home.  In addition, the Company’s 2013-2014 season was the most successful in its history, exceeding budget goals and breaking revenue records for three of its productions and attendance records for two of its productions.

KeyBank sponsored the 2014 production of The Nutcracker.

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.

Coming Up at the Colorado Symphony
January 13, 2015, 3:50 pm
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Late January highlights include Simone Dinnerstein debut, H.M.S Pinafore and Cirque Musica

All performances at Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex


Friday, January 16 & Saturday, January 17, 7:30 pm
Mark Wigglesworth, conductor
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin
Brook Ferguson, flute

 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
 BRUCKNER Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major, “Romantic”

Making her Colorado Symphony debut, Simone Dinnerstein has been celebrated for her mastery of the Baroque style most notably her interpretations of J.S. Bach’s music. Mark Wigglesworth leads a dynamic performance of Bruckner’s emotionally compelling Symphony No. 4.


Saturday, January 24, 7:30 pm & Sunday, January 25, 1 pm
Colorado Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, director
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players

Otherwise known as The Lass who Loved a Sailor, Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera opened in 1878 and was the one of the longest-running musical theater pieces. Get ready to laugh along with the members of the celebrated New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. This semi-staged production is suitable for music lovers of all ages.


Friday, January 30, 7:30 pm & Saturday, January 31, 2:30 pm
Scott O’Neil, resident conductor

Cirque Musica takes audiences on a musical journey to a land of dazzling beauty, mystery, and suspense. The show blends the grace and thrills of the world’s greatest circus performers with stunning symphonic music from classical, pops, and popular repertoire. Cirque Musica is a concert and visual experience for the entire family, blending the spell-binding grace and dare-devil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of the greatest music of all time. It is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to experience great music from classical, pops, and popular repertoire, while enjoying an edge-of-your-seat circus experience. Cirque Musica features top circus performers from around the world performing in this over-the-top spectacular.

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

Rachmaninoff Reigns Supreme
January 13, 2015, 3:15 pm
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Top Three Finalists at Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition Win with Rachmaninoff Concertos 1, 2 & 3

If you love listening to Rachmaninoff piano concertos, you would have been in heaven at this weekend’s Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition (JSIYAC) Winners’ Recital. Each of the top three finalists won by performing a different Rachmaninoff concerto. And all three winners performed their complete concertos at the evening recital on Saturday, January 10. Sherry Kim, first place winner gave a stunning performance of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 1. Second place winner, Ruixue Zhang, performed beautifully on Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2. And third place winner Alex Chien offered an impressive performance of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3.

The evening recital followed a full day of competition for twelve finalists who ranged in age from 16 to 23 years old and represented six different countries including China, Taiwan, Peru, Canada, South Korea, and the United States, including one pianist born in Colorado. Six of the twelve finalists chose to perform a Rachmaninoff composition for the live round of competition. So the chances that the winner would be performing Rachmaninoff were good. However, no one expected the top three winners to all place with Rachmaninoff and to do it in 1, 2, 3 fashion. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s lush compositions feature memorable melodies combined with technically difficult passages, which make his concertos favorites among competitors, judges and audience members alike.

Sherry Kim, the 2015 Winner of the JSIYAC, is a 22-year-old graduate student at Manhattan School of Music. She is currently studying with Alexandre Moutouzkine after graduating from Northwestern University Bienen School of Music under the tutelage of Alvin Chow. She began playing the piano at the age of five. She recently won the Dora Zaslavsky-Koch Concerto Competition at Manhattan School of Music as well as the 2012 Elaine and Jerome Nerenberg Scholarship Competition and the 2012 Union League and Civic Scholarship Competition. She has performed at several music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School.

As the winner of the JSIYAC, Ms. Kim will receive the grand prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to perform her winning concerto with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra at the March 22, 3:00pm concert at the Colorado School of Mines Green Center. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.Jeffsymphony.org or by calling the JSO office at (303) 278-4237.  In addition, Ms. Kim will also perform a solo recital on March 21 at 7:00pm at Rockley Music Center in Lakewood as a fundraiser for next year’s competition. For more information and tickets for this special evening of music, appetizers and drinks, please call the JSO office at (303) 278-4237.

This year’s second place winner is 20-year-old Ruixue Zhang from China. She will receive $2,000 in prize money. Ms. Zhang is currently a sophomore piano performance major at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth where she studies with Dr. Tàmas Ungàr. She began studying the piano at the age of four and has won several piano competitions including the Schlern International Competition in 2014 and the Zhou Guangren Young Pianist Award in 2012.

Sixteen year old Alex Chien placed third in this year’s competition and will receive $1,000 in prize money. He is currently a student of Mack McCray at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He also attends Bellarmine College Preparatory School. He has won several piano competitions including the 2014 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, the 2013 San Francisco Young Pianist’s Competition and the 2013 Henry and Carol Zeiter Piano Competition, to name a few. He has also given multiple solo recitals across the U.S. and England.

Honorable mentions were given to Man-Ling Bai, who performed Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninoff, and also to Soyoung Kim, who performed Concerto No. 3
by Prokoviev.

In its 56th year, the JSIYAC has evolved from a local competition to an international gathering of outstanding young musicians competing for top prize money and scholarships. There is no minimum age requirement to enter the competition, but there is an age limit of 23 years of age. The competition alternates every other year between pianists and all other instrumentalists.

The first round of competition took place in October when three judges carefully reviewed the competitors’ audio recordings. Judges for the first round were Dr. Tamara Goldstein, associate professor and coordinator of keyboard studies at Metro State University, Denver; Dr. Nanette Shannon, adjunct instructor of piano at Regis University and Metro State University; and Robert Spillman, professor emeritus of the opera program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The twelve selected finalists then competed in the live round, which was held on Saturday, January 10, at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood. Judges for the live round were Dr. Grace Asquith, adjunct faculty member at the University of Northern Colorado and co-founder and pianist for the Chamber Ensemble con Grazia; Dr. Andrew Cooperstock, soloist and chair of the keyboard department at the University of Colorado; and Christopher Thompson, collaborative pianist and adjunct faculty member at Metro State University, Denver.

The Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition is co-sponsored by the Jefferson Symphony Association and Colorado Christian University. Its underwriters include Frani and Ted Bickart, Colorado Creative Industries, Golden Civic Foundation, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), and the Wilmot Charitable Trust.

Young Artists Competition Winner Concert – March 22, 2015, 3p.m.
Màquez                            Dànzon No. 2
Bernstein                         On The Waterfront
Rachmaninoff                 Concerto No. 1 in F Minor
Guest Artist: Sherry Kim, Piano

Concerts are held at the Green Center, Colorado School of Mines Campus, 924 16th Street, Golden, CO on Sundays at 3p.m.

Individual concert ticket prices are Adults $25; Seniors (62+) $20; Students (11-21 year old) $10; Children (10 years and younger) $5, Group rates are available for 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.Jeffsymphony.org or by calling 303-278-4237 or at the door before the concert.

For more information: http://www.jeffsymphony.org * email: office@jeffsymphony.org * Tel: 303-278-4237

The Good Bad and The Dazzle For a Few More Dizzles:
January 13, 2015, 2:47 pm
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Dave Devine & Friends Play the Music of Spaghetti Westerns
Sat, January 24, & Sun, January 25 2015
7 & 9 Sat, 7:00 Sun

In honor of the Conclusion of the Denver Stock Show we will be presenting Ennio Morricone’s award winning music from the Sergio Leone films “A Fistful of Dollars”, “For a Few Dollars More”, “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly” and “Once Upon a Time in the West”. Last years single night sold out in advance so to meet demand we have added another performance on Sunday night. Grab your tickets before their gone!


About Dave:
If every music scene requires a guitar god, a case can be made that Denver’s is Dave Devine. Possessing a musical range that reminds one of Bill Frisell and resembling a younger Thurston Moore in appearance, Devine has been deeply involved in both the jazz and rock music of Denver for the last decade. He was a member of long-time Denver rock group The Czars and also played in jazz trumpeter Ron Miles’ band. In the rock band Delby L, he worked with legendary producer Steve Albini. He’s been a member of the Ninth & Lincoln Orchestra, and, when not playing gigs in Denver, Devine often performs in New York and has appeared on the BBC in London. A guitar wizard needs a sphere of influence, also, and Devine’s has come through teaching at Metro State University and the University of Colorado-Denver. In his tenures he has taught many of the musicians who make the Denver music scene vi-brant, including members of Rubedo, ManCub, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Varlet, Achille Lauro, Paper Bird, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake and Bad Weather California. -HeyReverb.com

Boulder Chamber Orchestra Presents “Romance” with special guest Andrew Sords, violin
January 13, 2015, 2:26 pm
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The Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) will present Romance with special guest Andrew Sords, violin on Friday, January, 30, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church of Boulder at 7:30 PM and on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Broomfield Auditorium at 7:30 PM.

Romance includes:
• Dvorak, Romance for Violin and Orchestra
• Arensky, Violin Concerto
• Arensky, Tchaikovsky Variations
• Brahms, Haydn Variations

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

Event: Romance – Boulder Chamber Orchestra

January 30, 2015 7:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church of Boulder, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302
January 31, 2015 7:30 pm at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd., Broomfield, CO 80020

$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.

Boulder Symphony’s Fifth Symphony Series – Titanic Journey is February 21st at 7:00 PM
January 12, 2015, 4:48 pm
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On Saturday, February 21st at 7:00 PM, Boulder Symphony presents its fifth Symphony Series entitled Titanic Journey.

This event features Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan” and Chausson’s Poeme, with special guest soloist, wunderkind (13-year-old violinist) Phoenix Avalon. Concert tickets go on sale January 12th, 2015: bouldersymphony.org/tickets

Mahler began as a young and inexperienced opera conductor, his day job consisting of conducting some of the most trivial and forgettable music with some of the most incompetent orchestras and opera companies. He dreamed of being a composer, and revolutionizing the Symphony. After much perseverance, he became one of the world’s greatest opera conductors and decades after his death, he would be recognized as one of the greatest symphonists. His music is said to contain everything. Throughout one of his Symphonies, which averages 70 minutes, one can experience all the emotion of the entire human race ten times over. On this program is Mahler’s most famous and engaging orchestral masterpiece: his First Symphony. The music illustrates a creative artist setting out on an uncertain path to arrive at his destiny.

In this same spirit, featured for the third consecutive year by popular demand, is wunderkind violinist Phoenix Avalon, this time venturing into the French repertoire performing Chausson’s beautifully haunting Poeme. Recent first place winner in his category of the Music Teachers National Association competition on January 3rd, 2015, Avalon is certainly on his way to exciting endeavors as a soloist. Each year, Avalon’s performances soar to new levels and it is exciting to see him develop as a young artist.

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.


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