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CONCERT-ONLY TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Concert, cocktail party and dancing
Music by the Colorado Symphony and The Moderators and The DaVita Blues All Stars
Tickets are now available for the concert portion of The Colorado Symphony Ball 2014, FROM BACH…TO ROCK! THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS, to be held Saturday, April 5, at the Fillmore Auditorium. Doors open at 8:30 pm. Concert-only tickets include cocktails, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, a post-concert party and music from the Colorado Symphony, The Moderators and the DaVita Blues All Stars.
Tickets are available for $150 each and include first-come, first-serve seating in the balcony.
As the most unique gala of the year, the Colorado Symphony Ball is a chance to celebrate with 1,000 of Denver’s business, cultural, non-profit, young professional and philanthropic leaders. The Colorado Symphony’s largest annual fundraiser, this year’s Ball promises to be even more exciting than the sold-out 2013 event.
“We’re reprising the theme of ‘black tie with rock flair,’ and we expect the crowd to once again show their creativity and style,” says Colorado Symphony board co-chair Mary Rossick Kern, who co-founded the Colorado Symphony Ball with Sharon Magness in 1992. “Last year we saw everything from ball gowns with leather jackets to tuxedos and cowboy boots. We encourage evreyone to have fun — and to join us on the dance floor.”
Presented by Arrow Electronics and DaVita, the event is co-chaired by DaVita’s Kent Thiry and Denise O’Leary. Governor John Hickenlooper will be presented with the esteemed Margaret Phipps Award, in recognition of his sustained and generous support of the Colorado Symphony.
Table sponsorships begin at $7,500. Single tickets to the full event begin at $500.
Visit the Colorado Symphony’s website for complete information about the Colorado Symphony Ball.
ABOUT THE COLORADO SYMPHONY
The Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts during its regular season at Boettcher Concert Hall and on location throughout the state and region. 2013/14 season highlights include appearances by virtuoso violinists Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell, and classical pianists Natasha Paremski and Stephen Hough. This season’s Pops and Classic Rock series feature rock greats, iconic film scores and Broadway blockbusters. The Holiday, Family and Inside the Score series offer musical favorites, captivating collaborations and interactive concerts for music lovers of all ages. For more about the Colorado Symphony visit http://www.coloradosymphony.org
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Three winners have been selected in the 6th Ars Nova Singers Colorado Composers Competition: Nathan Hall, Leigha Amick, and Joseph Goodhew.
Nathan Hall is a doctoral candidate in music composition (DMA) at the University of Colorado. A former Fulbright fellow, he recently studied in Iceland, and his winning composition is a setting of an Icelandic poem by Stein Steinarr entitled Utan Hringsings (Outside the Circle). Mr. Hall’s evocative work includes soprano and baritone soloists and percussion.
Leigha Amick is a sophomore at Boulder High School and an Advanced Placement music theory student. She has studied composition at the Rocky Ridge Music Center and was a winner of the 2013 National Young Composers Challenge, having her winning piece performed by the Orlando Philharmonic. Ms. Amick set a translation of a Rumi text in her work Awake for mixed voices and flute.
Joseph Goodhew is a home-schooled high school senior. As a marimbist he has played with Kutandara Marimba Ensemble and as an organist he has accompanied the choirs of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. He was a winner of the 2013 Vancouver Chamber Choir Young Composer’s Competition. Mr. Goodhew’s winning piece for the Ars Nova Singers’ competition is a setting of Ave Maria for a cappella choir.
Eighteen composers (either current residents or composers born in the state of Colorado) entered works for consideration. The competition guidelines stipulated that works submitted be six minutes or less in duration, unpublished, and composed for unaccompanied voices or voices with one solo instrument. The submitted works were screened by an initial review panel, and the top works were then read by the ensemble before the final winners were selected. Based on the entries received, the judging panel elected to give two prizes in the student composer category this year.
The winning pieces will be performed by the Ars Nova Singers at our season performances in April, 2014. Additionally, Ms. Amick and Mr. Goodhew will each receive a $300 cash prize in the student composer category and Mr. Hall will receive a $500 cash prize in the professional composer category. All three composers will receive a recording of Ars Nova’s concert performances of their works.
Previous winners of the Ars Nova Singers Colorado Composers Competition include:
2001 Shannon Potter, Peter J. Romero
2002 Gabriel Swanson, Andrew Hyde (Heatherwood Elementary School, Boulder)
2003 Garrett Hope
2007 Cherise Leiter
2011 Patrick Rooney, Keane Southard
2014 Nathan Hall, Leigha Amick, Joseph Goodhew
Boulder’s acclaimed Ars Nova Singers have been enrapturing listeners with music beyond words for 28 years. Accolades for the ensemble have come from across the country and around the world, as the ensemble’s concerts and recordings reach into distant ears, enthrall distant minds, and touch distant hearts. Under the creative guidance of acclaimed conductor and Artistic Director Thomas Edward Morgan, the 36-voice professional-core ensemble continues to broaden Colorado’s musical horizons with its “impeccable blend, balance, and intonation” and “highly unusual and imaginative” programming (Denver Post, 3/15/2010). For further information on the competition, please contact Ars Nova Artistic Director Thomas Edward Morgan: email@example.com
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I have just received a press release from the Colorado Ballet concerning their last performances of the season. That, alone, is reason enough for attending, however, they are repeating to ballets that they have done in the past: Traveling Alone and Feast of the Gods. These are exquisite ballets, and with all sincerity I urge you to attend the Ballet Director’s Choice. I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed, and, of course, keep in mind that Colorado Ballet is one of the best ballet companies in the United States.
What follows is the press release:
Colorado Ballet will close its 2013-2014 season with Ballet Director’s Choice, March 28-30, 2014 at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver. This production will feature three contemporary works including Traveling Alone, choreographed by Amy Seiwert, Feast of the Gods, choreographed by Edwaard Liang, and the world premiere of The Last Beat, choreographed by Sandra Brown.
“Ballet Director’s Choice will leave any dance audience amazed,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director. “Aside from the visually stunning choreography, each ballet will be accompanied by a unique musical piece. This is what Ballet Director’s Choice is all about; a performance of just pure dance and music.”
Seiwert is a choreographer and the artistic director of the contemporary ballet company Imagery. She is also Choreographer in Residence for Smuin Ballet and was named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2005. Traveling Alone will feature music by contemporary artist Max Richter, whose work embraces a wide range of influences. Richter’s music has also been used by several filmmakers and was incorporated in the 2010 film Shutter Island.
“Between the collaboration of Seiwert’s vision and the beautifully dynamic strength of Colorado Ballet’s dancers, Traveling Alone will be a very emotional and courageous exhibition that you will not want to miss,” said Boggs.
Liang won the Prince Prize for Choreography and was nominated for the Golden Mask Award in Russia for Best Production. Colorado Ballet’s dancers will perform Feast of the Gods to music by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, who is best known for his orchestral music.
Brown choreographed the closing performance for the Ballet Director’s Choice, The Last Beat. A former soloist dancer for American Ballet Theater, Brown is currently a Ballet Mistress for Colorado Ballet. For several years, she has choreographed for the Bal de Ballet, an event hosted by the Denver Ballet Guild. She has also assisted with choreographing and staging multiple productions for Colorado Ballet and has created several original ballets.
Performance Schedule and Ticketing Information for Ballet Director’s Choice:
Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 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.
Colorado Ballet will present an encore of Ballet Director’s Choice at 8 p.m. on April 5, 2014 at the Lone Tree Arts Center. For more information, visit http://www.lonetreeartscenter.org.
About Colorado Ballet
Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 53 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.
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After a year’s hiatus, Cadmus, with Artistic Director Amanda Balestrieri, soprano, returns to HHCC to present a concert of operatic cantatas, drawn from the works of Italian baroque secular cantatas, and from the English stage entertainments collected by John Playford in his Theater of Music publications:
Happy Hour Chamber Concert Series
Friday March 28, 2014, 6 pm
Epiphany Lutheran Church, Denver
790 South Corona Street, Denver, CO
ARCADIAN DRAMA: Dialogues by Stradella and Blow
“A Choice Collection of the newest and best Songs Sung at the Court and Public Theaters.
The Words composed by the most ingenious Wits of the Age, and set to Music by the greatest Masters in that Science.”
These two works represent the love between shepherds and nymphs and explore mistrust and fidelity in musical exchanges between two characters. The action takes place between two or three singers with continuo, and is amplified by the addition of two violins and short instrumental interludes.
To punctuate the action, we will add a witty ditty from The Theater of Music, “Cupid, the slyest rogue alive,” a short self-contained song about Cupid and his mother Venus and the sting of love’s dart.
For this concert:
Artistic Director, Amanda Balestrieri
Guest Artistic Director, Andrus Madsen
Harpsichord generously supplied by William Adams
Andrus Madsen, harpsichord
Alexandra Eddy, violin
Elisa Wicks, violin
Ann Marie Morgan, viola da gamba
Amanda Balestrieri, soprano
Marjorie Bunday, alto
Kenneth Donahue, bass
Lasciate ch’io respiri, ombre gradite
Alessandro Stradella, 1639-1682
A pastoral dialogue between an arcadian shepherd, Tirsi, and his nymph, Licori, who both think that their feelings are unrequited and complain to each other in no uncertain terms!
Cupid, the slyest rogue aliveHenry Purcell, 1659-1695
A song from The Theater of Music, II, London, 1685
Septimnius and Acme, Ode from Catullus
John Blow, 1649-1708
From The Theater of Music, I, London, 1685
Text from Gaius Valerius Catullus, c84-c54BC, as translated by Abraham Cowley, 1618-1667
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Here is a new program of exciting music performed by a new ensemble. Please note that there will be two performances.
The Denver Early Music Consort, formed in 2012 by artistic director Marjorie Bunday, is a professional ensemble dedicated to presenting vocal and instrumental music of the Medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque to Colorado audiences. We are ensemble-in-residence at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Denver. DEMC has been featured on Colorado Public Radio’s “Colorado Spotlight” performing music of Hildegard von Bingen and Johannes Ciconia – hear a performance of Hildegard’s “O ignis Spiritus Paracliti” at this link.
Denver Early Music Consort
From Solomon’s Court to the Ends of the Earth: Songs of the Sephardim
Yayoi Barrack, guest Artistic Director with Danse Etoile Ballet and Marie-Jose Payannet, Choreographer
The Sephardic song tradition dates to Medieval Spain. As the Sephardic Jews emigrated, these songs traveled to places like Morocco, the Balkans, Greece, Turkey, Israel, & Mexico, where they are still sung today—sometimes very close to the original, sometimes with changed text or tune. Join DEMC on a journey spanning 500 years around the world as we explore how the songs of the Sephardim have evolved through time and place.
This is a multimedia performance with dancers and slide projections of related art and architecture. Amanda Balestrieri, soprano; Yayoi Barrack, viol and vielle; Marjorie Bunday, alto; Eric Harbeson, percussion; Linda Lunbeck, recorder; Carla Sciaky, viol and rebec.
Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 pm
King Center Recital Hall, Auraria Campus
855 Lawrence Way, Denver, CO
Tickets are $15 / $10 students & seniors, available only from the King Center Box Office, in advance or at the door – 303-556-2296, http://www.ahec.edu/kingcenter/boxoffice.htm.
Free parking is available for all Music events in the 7th Street Garage with your ticket stub, program, or voucher.
Sunday, April 27 at 4:00 pm
Congregation Har HaShem – South Building
3901 Pinon Drive, Boulder, CO
Tickets are $18 / $12 students & seniors at the door; advance purchase discounted tickets will be available online at http://www.denverearlymusic.org for $15/$10.