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The Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra announces its new season
September 14, 2014, 7:17 pm
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Below is a press release that I received from the Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra. Maestra Katsarelis and the guest artists are performing some remarkable music. You must make an attempt to hear the October and the February performance. On October 17 and 18th, Amanda Balestrieri will be performing Samuel Barber’s remarkable Knoxville: Summer of 1915. I have heard her perform this work before and it is breathtaking. The Pro Musica’s February performances will feature Denver’s own Yumi Hwang-Williams performing the Violin Concerto Nr. 2 by Philip Glass. Yumi Hwang-Williams is so busy fulfilling her duties as Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony, that she does not often have time to do solo performances. However, make note that she is an absolutely profound, world-class musician, and she knows how to perform Philip Glass.

What follows is the press release.

Welcome to our 2014-15 Season! Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra has so many reasons to be excited about the upcoming year and when you hear about our season, we think you’ll be delighted, too!
• We open with a lovely concert of Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 in Eb Major, Barber’s poignant Knoxville: Summer 1915, and Sibelius’ Rakastava.
• Our February concert features a world premiere by CU Composition Competition Winner, Daniel Cox. PMC’s superb string section will shine in Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, as well as Philip Glass’ American Seasons.
• Our finale blockbuster concert in March features the oratorio Voices of Light presented with the legendary silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc.
• Our fabulous guest artists include the widely acclaimed soprano, Amanda Balestrieri, in the Barber Knoxville; Colorado Symphony Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams in the Glass American Seasons; and for the Gregorian chant-inspired oratorio, Voices of Light, we are joined by the Choir and Soloists of St. John’s Cathedral, Denver.

We are thrilled to share this gorgeous music with our terrific audiences.  Mark your calendars and buy your tickets now for a season of wonderful chamber orchestra music.   With our first-class professional musicians, intimate venues and accessible performance style, you won’t hear concerts like these anywhere else on the Front Range.  This season, come experience Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra!

Cynthia Katsarelis, Music Director and Conductor
P.S. Please visit our recently updated website for more information about Pro Music Colorado!

October 17 & 18, 2014
7:30 pm Concert, 6:30 pm Pre-Concert Talk

In October, Pro Musica Colorado presents Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 in Eb Major, completing PMC’s programmed trilogy of Mozart’s last three symphonies, each a supreme masterpiece.  PMC’s founding concertmaster played with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell and brought us perspective on that legendary Mozart style, but our playing also is informed by the recent scholarship of the period instrument movement. Our Mozart performances capture the best of all worlds. In a centennial year commemoration of World War I, the program includes Samuel Barber’s poignant Knoxville: Summer of 1915. The poet, James Agee, was writing from the perspective of a child, but looking back through a filter of the tragedy of The Great War. Acclaimed soprano Amanda Balestrieri joins PMC for the Barber. Jean Sibelius’ rich-toned Rakastava opens the fall program.

October 17, 2014 Friday 
Montview Presbyterian
1980 Dahlia Street, Denver

October 18, 2014, Saturday  
First United Methodist Church
1421 Spruce Street, Boulder

Jean Sibelius Rakastava
Samuel Barber Knoxville:  Summer of 1915
Amanda Balestrieri, soprano
Wolfgang A. Mozart Symphony No. 39 in Eb Major

$25 General Admission, $5 Students – Buy Season Tickets  or   Buy Concert Tickets

For further information, www.promusicacolorado.org please go to or to purchase tickets by phone, call: 720-443-0565

February 6 & 7, 2015
7:30 pm Concert, 6:30 pm Pre-Concert Talk

The February program features the stunning Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, a work so gorgeous and beloved it has been featured in many films and stringed concerts. Violinist Yumi Hwang-Williams joins PMC in Philip Glass’ American Seasons, a violin concerto written in 2010. Even in its relative youth, American Seasons has achieved considerable notice and popularity. Though written as a companion piece to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, even Glass and the soloist couldn’t agree on which parts referred to which seasons! So they invite the audiences’ interpretations. This program includes a World Premiere work by University of Colorado student, Daniel Cox, winner of the CU Composition Competition. Cox has a strong grip on tension and release in music that is beautifully expressive.

February 6, 2015 Friday 
Saint John’s Cathedral
1350 Washington Street, Denver

February 7, 2015, Saturday  
First United Methodist Church
1421 Spruce Street, Boulder

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Daniel Cox (CU Competition Winner) World Premiere
Philip Glass American Seasons
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violinist

$25 General Admission, $5 Students –  Buy Season Tickets or Buy Concert Tickets

For further information, go to www.promusicacolorado.org or to purchase tickets by phone,
call: 720-443-0565

March 13 & 14, 2015
7:30 pm Concert, 6:30 pm Pre-Concert Talk

PMC’s finale in March is a blockbuster presentation of Voices of Light, an oratorio accompanying the legendary silent film by Carl Dreyer, The Passion of Joan of Arc. It is a stunning evening of musical theatre that has played to enormous ovations on the East Coast. Composer Richard Einhorn, who will be present for the March concerts and offering pre-concert lectures, utilizes a retro, Gregorian chant style for the chorus and vocal solos, which will be sung by the outstanding choir and soloists of St. John’s Cathedral, Denver. The music sets texts from Joan’s trial, notable medieval women, and the Bible.

March 13, 2015 Friday 
Saint John’s Cathedral
1350 Washington Street, Denver

March 14, 2015, Saturday  
First United Methodist Church
1421 Spruce Street, Boulder

Richard Einhorn Voices of Light 
Choir and soloists of St. John’s Cathedral, Denver
Carl Dreyer The Passion of Joan of Arc (silent film)

$25 General Admission, $5 Students – Buy Season Tickets or Buy Concert Tickets

For further information, go to http://www.promusicacolorado.org or to purchase tickets by phone,
call: 720-443-0565

September 12, 2014, 3:05 pm
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“Founded in 1994 as Colorado’s only year-round, fully professional choir, St. Martin’s has delighted Colorado audiences for almost 20 years with its exhilarating sound, its exquisite blend, and its fascinating repertoire, drawn from 1,000 years of choral music.

“I am proud of our history, which includes hundreds of concerts, a dozen recordings, increasingly frequent collaborations with other distinguished local organizations, and a growing number of broadcasts; but I look forward with even greater anticipation to the wonderful things we are doing in and around Denver in the months and years to come, especially with your support.”

Timothy J. Krueger
Founder and Artistic Director

For tickets and more information, please go to: http://www.stmartinschamberchoir.org/tickets/

Here are the details about an exciting collaboration with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra:

St. Martin’s is joining the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, under maestro Bahman Saless, in three performances of the Michael Haydn Requiem.  This is a marvelous work, and it has been documented that Mozart heard or played in the orchestra for this Requiem seven times!  It is therefore little surprising that Mozart’s Requiem, written 20 years later, bears striking resemblances to Haydn’s work, including similar (sometimes identical!) themes, similar moods, similar pacing, similar structure.  When you hear this, you will shake your head in wonder, either that Mozart could get away with a good bit of plagiarism; or at the fact that the Haydn is not better known, given that it is clearly the inspiration (and a jolly good inspiration at that) of such a pillar among classical choral/orchestral works.
Anyway, judge for yourself whether Mozart got away with murder by attending one of these performances, as follows:

 Friday, Sept. 19, 7:30pm, First United Methodist Church, Boulder
 Saturday, Sept. 20, 7:30pm, Broomfield Auditorium
 Sunday, Sept. 21, 3:00pm, Montview Presbyterian Church, Denver (Park Hill)

Tickets may be had in advance at the Boulder Chamber Orchestra’s website, or (303) 583-1278; or may be purchased at the door.  The BCO is quite popular in Boulder, so you may want tickets in advance there; and Denverites, I encourage you to support this fine ensemble as it stretches itself in coming to Denver on the 21st.  Other works on the program include string sonatas by Mozart and Rossini.

All venues in Denver unless otherwise noted

Full Ensemble (26 singers)
Fri Oct 3, 7:30 pm
Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral

Sun Oct 5, 3:00 pm
St. Augustine Orthodox Church

Cameo Ensemble (12 singers)
Fri Nov 7, 7:30 pm
Holy Cross Lutheran Church (Wheat Ridge)

Sat Nov 8, 7:30 pm and Sun Nov 9, 3:00 pm
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Full Ensemble (24 singers and organ)
Fri Dec 12, 7:30 pm
Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church

Sun Dec 14, 3:00 pm
Holy Cross Lutheran Church (Wheat Ridge)

Fri Dec 19, 7:30 pm
Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral

Full Ensemble (24 voices) 
Sat Feb 14, 7:30 pm
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church

Full Ensemble (24 voices)
Tue Feb 24, 7:30 pm
Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church

Cameo Ensemble (12 voices)
Alex Komodore, guitar
Fri Apr 10, 7:30 pm
Holy Cross Lutheran Church (Wheat Ridge)

Sat Apr 11, 7:30 pm and Sun Apr 12, 3:00 pm
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Full Ensemble (24 voices)
Fri May 29, 7:30 pm
Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church

Sun May 31, 3:00 pm
St. Gabriel the Archangel Episcopal Church
(Cherry Hills Village)

Boulder Symphony Announces 2014-2015 Concert Season: Transcendence
September 12, 2014, 2:06 pm
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September 20th: Opening performance includes Sibelius’s First Symphony, and World Premiere, What Trees May Speak, by Jonathan Sokol

Boulder Symphony is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 season opener entitled Passionate Collisions, featuring a world premiere by our newest composer in residence, Jonathan Sokol.  Sokol’s work, What Trees May Speak, features prerecorded birdsongs and brings awareness to the ever-declining bird population.  There will be special family bird-watching events throughout the season in collaboration with the Boulder Audubon Society.

The new season begins Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. and features CU Boulder Doctoral Candidate and concert pianist Toku Kawata in his symphonic début, performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s most beloved Piano Concerto No. 2.  Completing the program is the rarely performed First Symphony of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.  The Symphony and Piano Concerto were written at a time when both composers felt overwhelmed by musical giants that preceded them and used the compositional process to successfully conquer their own doubts and fears concerning their abilities.  The result catapulted both Rachmaninoff and Sibelius into musical posterity to be adored for ages to come.

KGNU’s Ron Nadel will host a pre-concert talk with Composer in Residence Jonathan Sokol and Boulder Audubon Society’s Stephen Jones beginning at 6:15 p.m.

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

New this year is our Behind The Scenes Series, revealing the inner workings of what goes into putting an orchestra concert together.  Also, our Chamber/New Music Series, featuring soloists from within the orchestra and highlighting local artists such as The Playground, continues.  For more information on these special series, visit http://www.bouldersymphony.org.

THE FULL 2014-2015 SEASON:
All concerts (except the family special) begin at 7:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church Concert Hall

Saturday, September 20, 2014 | Passionate Collisions
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 1
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Toku Kawata, Piano
Jonathan Sokol: What Trees May Speak (World Premiere)

Saturday, October 25, 2014 | The Curious Case of the Mysterious Maestro –
Family Special, 2 PM
Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
Ludwig van Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Featuring a side-by-side with the Longmont Youth Symphony and Halloween costume contest

Saturday, October 26, 2014 | Mystery of the Enigma
Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
Ludwig van Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Johannes Brahms: Prelude and Fugue in G Minor
Devon Howard, Organ

Saturday, November 22, 2014 | Out of the Darkness
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite (for 13 instruments)

Saturday, February 21, 2015 | A Titanic Journey
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 “Titan”
Ernest Chausson: Poeme
Phoenix Avalon, Violin

Saturday, March 28, 2015 | Musical Rapture
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Nicol Spera, Guitar
Matthew Brown: World Premiere Work

Saturday, May 09, 2015 | Love’s Arrow
Georges Bizet: Carmen (full production)
Sarah Barber: Mezzo-Soprano
Javier Gonzalez: Tenor
Mica Dominguez-Robinson: Soprano
Thomas Kittle: Baritone

The Boulder Symphony is the intrepid explorer in the vast universe that is symphonic music. Committed to consistent innovation, the Symphony embraces music’s transformative joy of discovery.  Dedicated to enhancing the symphonic arts and culture for the benefit of the Colorado Front Range community, Boulder Symphony introduces gifted new composers and musicians, adventurous world premieres, evolves the community through bold interactive performances, increases educational outreach and programming to youth and other diverse organizations, and re-imagines that which is symphonic music.

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2014-2015 Season: A new Concert Master and a World Premiere
September 5, 2014, 2:37 pm
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The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2014-2015 season, Legends: The Spirit of Boulder explores myths, stories, and legends in music and is highlighted by rising stars, dashing virtuosi, and a world premiere. The season also shines a spotlight on the orchestra, from celebrating its new concertmaster on opening night to the season finale with Bartok’s “Concerto for Orchestra,” a tour de force for everyone on stage.

“Our season is rich with narrative and provides a number of entry points for our audience,” said Michael Butterman, music director of the Boulder Phil. “We’ve created concert programs based on an overarching theme of exploring legends in music, while celebrating Boulder’s innovative character, and reflecting our community’s love of nature and the outdoors. Our concerts offer something new and fresh, something recognizable and established, and something with a special twist, be it a soloist with virtuosic star power, an epic concerto, or a world premiere.”

But first, an introduction to the new concertmaster. The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Michael Butterman have appointed University of Colorado Assistant Professor of Violin Charles (Chas) Wetherbee as concertmaster for the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. This selection followed a thorough and extensive 18-month national search, with an audition that included candidates from all over the United States. Charles Wetherbee succeeds Gregory Walker who served in this position for the Boulder Phil for 25 years.

“An orchestra’s concertmaster has a profound influence on its sound,” said Michael Butterman, music director of the Boulder Phil. “Chas is not only a first-rate violinist, but also a tremendously experienced orchestral musician, and the combination of artistry and ensemble expertise that he brings will have an enormous and positive impact on the Boulder Phil’s performance quality. We look forward to sharing a bright future together.”

Wetherbee was recently appointed to the violin faculty of CU-Boulder College of Music. He is the first violinist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, a founding member of Opus 3 piano trio, and the artistic director of the Dercum Center for Arts and Humanities in Keystone, Colorado.  A native of Buffalo, New York, Wetherbee is a Curtis Institute of Music graduate, where he studied with Aaron Rosand, and has received numerous honors, including the Ashworth Artist and the George Hardesty awards.

The season opens in September with a world premiere of Stephen Lias’ “Gates of the Arctic,” in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Lias, who makes his home in Texas, is recognized as an adventurer-composer, and his passion for the wilderness and the great outdoors has led to more than a dozen works related to the national parks of the U.S.

Also on the opening night program is Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” which showcases the Boulder Phil’s orchestra with Charles Wetherbee, recently appointed as concertmaster, as the featured soloist. Wetherbee is a member of the violin faculty of CU-Boulder College of Music and brings his extensive orchestral experience to this position.

Guest artists for the season—all making their Boulder debuts—include pianists Gabriela Martinez performing Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2, Conrad Tao (a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, who will be featured as composer in addition to soloist) performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”), violinist Philippe Quint performing Corigliano’s “The Red Violin” Concerto on Valentine’s Day, and cellist Zuill Bailey performing Dvořák’s magnificent Cello Concerto. World-class soprano Twyla Robinson will sing Strauss’s “Four Last Songs,” in honor of the 150th anniversary of Strauss’s birth.

The Boulder Phil’s special concert in November 2014 aligns seamlessly with the season’s theme that explores legends in music. “We have a couple of terrific guests who will perform the music of legendary piano men Billy Joel and Elton John,” said Butterman.

The 2014-2015 season also includes the annual collaboration with Boulder Ballet in “The Nutcracker” during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Discovery Concerts for local elementary school students, the annual Young Artist Concerto Competition, free open rehearsal nights in partnership with the Dairy Center for the Arts, and a preview performance at St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch on September 13, at 7:30 PM. In addition, the Boulder Phil will continue its popular “Nature & Music” guided hikes with Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks, spotlighting musical selections inspired by nature. For information on the upcoming season, subscriptions, and individual tickets, visit http://www.BoulderPhil.org or call 303-449-1343 x2.

2014-2015 Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Legends: The Spirit of Boulder, Season at a Glance

September 14, 2014 (Sunday) at 7:00 PM, Opening Night:  Nature & Legends
Stephen Lias – Gates of the Arctic (World Premiere)
Camille Saint-Saëns  – Piano Concerto No. 2, with Gabriela Martinez, piano
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov –   Scheherazade, with Charles Wetherbee, concertmaster/soloist

October 11, 2014, at 7:30 PM, Wings & Spirits
Charles Griffes –  The White Peacock
Michael Udow – Apparition, with Brian Jones, timpani
Igor Stravinsky - Suite from The Firebird (1919)
Jean Sibelius –  The Swan of Tuonela
Richard Strauss –  Four Last Songs, with Twyla Robinson, soprano

November 8, 2014, at 7:30 PM, Piano Legends: The Music of Billy Joel & Elton John
Guest artists will perform the music of these two legendary singer-songwriters.

The Nutcracker with Boulder Ballet, November 28 through November 30, 2014

January 17, 2015, at 7:30 PM, Creative Legends
Ludwig van Beethoven Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
Joseph Haydn –  Chaos from The Creation
Darius Milhaud  – La création du monde
Conrad Tao –  Pangu
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, with Conrad Tao, piano

February 14, 2015, at 7:30 PM, Legendary Love
John Corigliano –  The Red Violin Concerto, with Philippe Quint, violin
Richard Wagner –  Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture

April 25, 2015, at 7:30 PM, Season Finale:  Legendary Virtuosity
Anatoly Liadov - The Enchanted Lake
Antonín Dvořák -  Cello Concerto, with Zuill Bailey, cello
Béla Bartok –  Concerto for Orchestra

Tickets and More Information: Six and five-concert subscription packages are now available. New subscribers save 50% off single ticket prices. Call 303-449-1343 x2 or visit http://boulderphil.org/

The Boulder Chamber Orchestra presents “Glamour” with guest pianist Victoria Aja
September 4, 2014, 3:55 pm
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The Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) will present “Glamour” with special guest Victoria Aja, piano on Friday, October 3, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church of Boulder and on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Broomfield Auditorium. Both concerts start at 7:30 PM.

The Spanish Victoria Aja began her musical studies in Bilbao and continued at the Conservatory of Music in Madrid with Manuel Carra (a former student of Manuel de Falla). She then moved to London to perfect her performance. At 18, she won the Luis Coleman contest in Spain followed by the Frank Marshall Academy Competition in Barcelona and obtained the “Rosa Sabater” diploma of the Musica in Compostela. She was invited to play and hold conferences on numerous occasions by the Instituto Cervantes. She recorded an album for EMI devoted to Albeniz, Falla, Turina, Donostia and the pieces by the composer Jesus Guridi for the Naxos label, a record ranking among the American magazine Fanfare’s top records.

The concert includes:

  • De Falla, Fire Dance
  • Franck, Symphonic Variations
  • De Falla, Nights in the Gardens of Spain
  • Bizet, Symphony in C

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

Event:  “Glamour” – Boulder Chamber Orchestra

October 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St. Boulder, CO 80302
October 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd., Broomfield, CO  80020

Admission:     $25 General Admission, $18 Seniors, $12 Students, $5 Children 12 & Under

Box Office:     Call (303) 583-1278 or visit http://www.boulderchamberorchestra.org for tickets.

About the Boulder Chamber Orchestra

The Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) is a non-profit organization committed to providing exceptional chamber music programming, education, and outreach, as well as an outlet for talented local artists in the Front Range Community.

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Kennedy, Managing Director, Boulder Chamber Orchestra
(303) 583-1278 Liz@boulderchamberorchestra.org

Growth, change define Colorado Symphony 2014/15 season
September 4, 2014, 3:18 pm
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New staff, new series, new audiences in store when concerts resume Sept. 15

The Colorado Symphony is pleased to announce several changes and additions to its administrative staff, all of which take effect as the 2014/15 concert season gets underway. These changes, which took effect September 2, signal an exciting period for the Colorado Symphony, which enters the new season fueled by optimism, new ideas and a fortified vision for the future of the orchestra.

Also new this season is the just-announced Colorado Symphony Presents contemporary series, which brings world-class artists including Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and the Chieftans to Boettcher Concert Hall. A musician-led change of dress code means no more tuxes for male players. For the first time, patrons will be allowed to bring beverages into Boettcher Concert Hall for all performances. Music lovers will see changes at the box office, too, with low ticket prices and flexible packages that make the concert-going experience more accessible, affordable and welcoming to a wide audience.

The Colorado Symphony 2014/15 kicks off Monday, September 15, with “El Latir de Mexico,” a free community celebration of Mexican Independence Day. Music Director Andrew Litton returns September 18-19 for Opening Weekend performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, featuring the Colorado Symphony Chorus.


Anthony Pierce has been named Senior Vice President of Program Innovation, a position that will allow him to focus on creative and collaborative programming with contemporary and traditional artists, including the newly announced Colorado Symphony Presents series. Pierce will continue to develop partnerships with Colorado concert promoters and venues as well as cultural organizations to grow audiences as well as reach and relevance. Pierce will also lead initiatives to develop new revenue streams via recording and licensing for film, television and digital media.

Robert Neu joins the Colorado Symphony as Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning. The former General Manager of the Minnesota Symphony and a former professional clarinetist, Neu has a history with both the Colorado Symphony and Music Director Andrew Litton; most recently, Neu directed the critically lauded 2012 semi-staged production of Hansel & Gretel. Neu’s varied expertise and creativity will fuel planning and production of the Masterworks series and other traditional programs. Neu is highly regarded within the symphony and theater world as a creative visionary. He joins the CSO part-time for the first part of the season and assumes full-time duties in April.

Catherine Beeson has been named Director of Community and Education Programs. Beeson will retain her position as Assistant Principal Viola in the orchestra. This move builds on a tradition of musician leadership in the CSO education department and recognizes Beeson’s considerable gifts as an educator. She has worked as a teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic and led programs for Up Close and Musical and the Denver Youth Symphony Orchestras, among others. Most recently, Beeson led two new classroom-based initiatives for the Colorado Symphony: the Very Young Composers, a pilot program that guided third-graders at Cole Arts & Sciences Academy through the process of creating original music; and the Creative Classroom Collaborative, which paired the Colorado Symphony with the Denver Center for Performing Arts and Youth on Record. This program served students at Venture Prep Academy in Park Hill and was sponsored by DaVita, Inc.

Shari Myers has been named Education Coordinator and Concierge and will support education initiatives including Youth Concerts and in-school performance programs. An active parent as well as a creative artist and member of the improv comedy troupe Monkey’s Uncle, Myers brings energy, ideas and perspective to this new role.

Christine Devereaux has been named Events Coordinator and will lead the Colorado Symphony’s expanding calendar of special events, including the 5L Run/Walk and the popular Beethoven 7 Brew series and the 5K Run/Walk. A devoted music fan with a passion for live music, Devereux brings energy, enthusiasm and creativity to the CSO’s events.

For more details, visit the Colorado Symphony online.


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 www.coloradosymphony.org.

Colorado Ballet completes move into new building in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe
August 29, 2014, 3:08 pm
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Colorado Ballet announced today that it has completed the move into its new building at 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.  Construction on the 30,000 square foot building at the north end of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe was completed earlier this month.

In January 2013, Colorado Ballet purchased the building on Santa Fe Drive, which had been partly occupied by a sewing machine distributor and parts warehouse. In preparation for a move from the organization’s home of 20 years at 13th and Lincoln—a space owned by the Colorado State Land Board—a capital campaign was initiated and major renovations ensued.

Colorado Ballet’s new $6.5 million facility will host rehearsal and training studios as well administrative offices, while performances will continue to take place primarily in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

“The new building will encourage world-class dance to flourish in Colorado and enhance the training of the next generation of dancers,” said Colorado Ballet’s Artistic Director Gil Boggs.  “Our new facility will also grow our outreach efforts, bringing dance to thousands of school-kids and people with disabilities.  We will also host small performances and events in our new theater, exposing more people to the magic of dance in this thriving arts neighborhood.”

The new facility, designed by Denver-based Semple Brown Design, features seven state-of-the-art dance studios for Colorado Ballet’s professional Company and the Colorado Ballet Academy.  In addition, a multi-use black box theater will function as both a dance studio and performance space equipped with theatrical lighting, sound and telescoping seats for presenting smaller performances and hosting outside groups and their events.  Improved amenities for the Company also include locker rooms, showers and a physical therapy room.  The new Academy location also includes safer student drop-off and increased parking in the neighborhood for Academy families.  Denver-based CMC Group, Inc. was the contractor.

“The search for a new space for the Colorado Ballet has been our priority for nearly a decade, thus the long awaited opportunity to turn a quiet structure on Santa Fe Drive into a theatrical showcase for the dancers and organization has truly been an honor,” said Rusty Brown, AIA, cofounder and president of Semple Brown Design. “In partnership with Artistic Director Gil Boggs and their board of directors, we’re thrilled to unveil this stunning new space designed to inspire the dancers, elevate learning, and provide one of our state’s artistic treasures a permanent home—all while establishing a new anchor for our city’s booming Santa Fe Arts District.”

“This is the first time in our nearly 54-year history that we will own our building and that is very exciting for everyone involved with Colorado Ballet,” said Boggs.  “We have so much to celebrate in our organization, not just the new building but also last season’s record-breaking attendance and performance revenue and our upcoming season of performances.”

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 Semple Brown Design, PC:

Semple Brown Design has built a reputation over the last 30-plus years for being one of the most respected full-service design firms in the Mountain West. Since its co-founding by Sarah Semple Brown, FAIA and Rusty Brown, AIA in 1982, the firm’s genuine passion for delivering great design has resulted in some of the most prominent, award-winning projects in the state, as well as a long list of high-profile and repeat clients. The September 2012 issue of 5280 Home describes Semple Brown as “Denver’s premiere architectural firm.” Notable examples of Semple Brown’s work include the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the new Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center, the restoration of Larimer Square and renovation of Denver Pavilions and Kent Denver School’s new Dining Hall. Semple Brown has also designed many of Denver’s most beloved restaurants—Frasca Food & Wine, The Kitchen (Denver, Fort Collins and Chicago) and The Kitchen Next Door (Denver Union Station and Glendale CitySet), The Squeaky Bean, Coohills, Steubens and Euclid Hall to name only a few—as well as numerous Colorado residences. In recognition of its design excellence, the firm has also received more than 100 design awards from a variety of esteemed groups, including the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For further information see: http://www.semplebrowndesign.com.


For more information please visit:

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


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