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Colorado Ballet promotes Corps de Ballet dancer to Soloist, adds new Principal and four new Corps de Ballet dancers
July 28, 2015, 7:43 am
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Colorado Ballet promoted one of its Corps de Ballet dancers to Soloist dancer, added a new Principal and four new Corps de Ballet members for a total of 30 professional Company dancers.

At the end of the 2014-2015 season, Artistic Director Gil Boggs promoted Francisco Estevez from Corps de Ballet to Soloist.  Born in Quito, Ecuador, Estevez moved to the U.S. in 1995.  He began his ballet training in Louisville, Kentucky and finished his professional training at the School of American Ballet in New York where he also performed featured roles with the New York City Ballet.  He graduated in 2008 and danced with Boston Ballet and Barcelona Ballet before joining Colorado Ballet during the 2012-2013 season.

With the retirement of two Principals at the end of the 2014-2015 season, Boggs brought on Yosvani Ramos as a new Principal this season.

Ramos was born in Camagüey, Cuba and trained at the National Ballet School, dancing with Jeune Ballet de France and Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris after winning the Gold Medal at the Paris International Ballet Competition in 1998. He joined English National Ballet as a Soloist in 1999 and was promoted to Senior Soloist in 2000, then Principal Dancer in 2003. He danced with ENB until 2008 when he joined The Australian Ballet as a Principal Artist, where he remained until April 2013.  He danced at the XVIII International Ballet Festival in Miami in September 2013, spent several months guesting with companies in Europe and the USA and joined the Cincinnati Ballet as principal dancer in July 2014.  He joins Colorado Ballet for the 2015-2016 season as a Principal Dancer.

Colorado Ballet’s new Corps de Ballet dancers include: Mackenzie Dessens, formerly with Cincinnati Ballet’s second company; Megan Dillon, who previously danced Charlotte Ballet 2 and Ballet Met 2; Sarah Tryon, formerly with Sarasota Ballet; and Bryce Lee, who danced in Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company before his promotion into the Company.

More than half of Colorado Ballet’s Company dancers will perform at the Vail International Dance Festival on August 2, 9 and 10.  Colorado Ballet’s dancers will also perform at An Evening under the Stars on August 22 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  The Company will officially open the 2015-2016 season with La Sylphide on October 2 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

In addition to the new dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers will join the professional Company dancers this season for the productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company is a pre-professional training opportunity for dancers with the potential and desire to become professional dancers.

About Colorado Ballet
Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 55 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver.  Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet 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.



Lamont Opera Theatre Announces Performances of Frank Loesser’s Broadway Classic GUYS & DOLLS
July 20, 2015, 8:12 pm
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Gamblers, gangsters, showgirls and a strait-laced missionary take the Newman Center stage as the University of Denver’s Lamont Opera Theatre and the Lamont Symphony Orchestra present Frank Loesser’s Broadway classic GUYS & DOLLS.  Performances in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts are Thursday, November 5 through Saturday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 8 at 2:30 p.m.

Frank Loesser’s brassy American musical celebrates the golden age of Broadway with “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat,” and “I’ve Never Been In Love Before,” performed by Damon Runyon’s unforgettable characters – Nathan Detroit, Sky Masterson, Miss Adelaide and Sarah Brown.

Based on the recent sold-out successes of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! and SOUTH PACIFIC, the new fall musical tradition on the University of Denver campus is becoming a very popular event and performances of GUYS & DOLLS are expected to sell out.

The Director of GUYS & DOLLS is Kenneth Cox and the Lamont Symphony Orchestra is conducted by S. Mordecai Fuhrman.

Purchase tickets through the Newman Center Box Office online at http://www.NewmanTix.com, call 303.871.7720, or visit the box office in the Newman Center, open 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday – Friday.  Parking for these performances is complimentary one hour before curtain in the Newman Center garage.

For more information and a complete list of concerts, master classes and events, please visit the Lamont School of Music website at http://www.du.edu/lamont.  For updated weekly information call the Concert Line at 303.871.6412.



Colorado Ballet to perform An Evening under the Stars at Arvada Center
July 20, 2015, 8:06 pm
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Colorado Ballet will perform a collection of works at An Evening under the Stars at 7:30 p.m. on August 22, 2015 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80003.

An Evening under the Stars will featuring excerpts from upcoming and past productions as well as other classical and contemporary works.  The performance will include the contemporary ballet In Pieces by choreographer Val Caniparoli, which made its world premiere with Colorado Ballet in 2013.  Featuring dramatic lighting and costumes, the ballet is set to Poul Ruders’ musical composition Concerto in Pieces.

Tickets range from $15 to $39.  Patrons who use promo code BALLET will receive 20 percent off covered seating tickets.  This promotion is for covered seats only; the promotion is not valid on lawn seats and it expires on August 1.  For more information, visit http://www.arvadacenter.org.

Colorado Ballet opens its 55th season with three performances at the Vail International Dance Festival on August 2, 9 and 10.  The season also includes La Sylphide October 2-11, 2015, The Nutcracker November 28-December 27, 2015, Alice (in Wonderland) February 19-28, 2016, Ballet Director’s Choice March 25-27, 2016, and an encore of Ballet Director’s Choice on April 1, 2016.

About Colorado Ballet
Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 55 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver.  Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet 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.



Tickets are on sale now for Colorado Ballet’s 2015-2016 season!
July 15, 2015, 7:25 pm
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Single tickets went on sale today for Colorado Ballet’s 55th season, which will include La Sylphide, The Nutcracker and Alice (in Wonderland) at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Ballet Director’s Choice at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

Colorado Ballet opens its 55th season with the romantic ballet La Sylphide, October 2-11, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  This ballet features choreography by August Bournonville and music by Herman Severin Løvenskiold, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Bournonville choreographed La Sylphide in 1836, making it one of the oldest surviving ballets.  In the production, a young Scotsman pursues a beautiful, bewitching winged sylph, or spirit.  Temptation for the unknown drives him toward an unattainable love; a quest that causes him to lose everything.

The season continues with the 55th annual production of The Nutcracker, presented by KeyBank, November 28 through December 27, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Nutcracker features more than 300 costumes, 30 Company dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers, 65 Academy dancers and scenery by José Varona.  The production includes timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

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

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

Single tickets and season subscriptions are on sale now.  Tickets range from $30 to $155.  Visit http://www.coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

In addition to the season productions, Colorado Ballet will perform at the Vail International Dance Festival in Ballet Blast on August 2, Balanchine Celebration on August 9 and Dance for $20.15 on August 10, 2015.  Colorado Ballet will also perform An Evening under the Stars at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater on August 22, 2015.  Additionally, the Company will present an encore of Ballet Director’s Choice on April 1, 2016 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.  For more information on these additional performances, visit http://www.coloradoballet.org.

About Colorado Ballet
Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 55 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver.  Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet 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



With Music In Mind Conference
June 18, 2015, 10:28 am
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Music And The Brain, Meditation And The Zone.

When: June 27 – 29
Where: The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT), 801 Oval Drive (on the CSU Campus Oval.)
Who: Symposium Panelists and Presenters
Registration Information listed below.
Continuing Education Units available. Ask at registration.

This event is sponsored by TILT Professional Development Program

Music positively affects the brain  — improving creativity, effecting perception of neutral faces, influencing brain development in children, listening ability and even enabling connections with non-verbal people in all stages of life including Alzheimer’s patients. Join us for a week-end of lively discussion, exploration of meditation, and neuroscience in the classroom, in this closing OFF the HOOK festival week-end, hosted by composer Bruce Adolphe.  The perfect opportunity to understand on-going research studies about the effects of music and meditation on the brain, with leading neuroscientists in their fields. Delve deeper into understand what it is to be In the Zone — a state common to composers, performing musicians, and Tibetan monks, as well as other serious practitioners of meditation.

Schedule details:
• Saturday, June 27, 12:30 – 3:30 pm.  SYMPOSIUM: music & meditation’s affect on the brain. Led by Bruce Adolphe and joined by panelists Drs Rael Cahn and Assal Habibi, Dr, Gerald McIntosh, Mac McGoldrick, and Douglas Penick.
•  3:30 – 4:15 pm, Meet and Greet Reception & Refreshments.

• Saturday, June 27, 4:15 – 6:00 pm. In the Zone: Session I – Meditation
David Secondo, Chuck Wilson, and Robert Sher-Machherndl of Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet hosted by pianist George Lopez, participate in this discussion about reaching that higher level of performance through a variety of meditative ways.

• Sunday, June 28, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Improv Session: Exploring the Mind’s Ear
Composer and author of The Mind’s Ear, Bruce Adolphe, introduces the group to the researched benefits of playing an instrument and especially while connecting with other musicians in an improvisatory way.
• 11:30 – 12:30pm, Brunch Reception.

• Sunday, June 28, 12:30 – 2:30pm. In the Zone: Session II  — Feldenkrais Method®: the music, body, brain connection
An exploration of Feldenkrais, brain neuroplasticity and it’s every day application with Feldenkrais practitioners and musicians, Paulette Dolin, Steve Duke and John Cedric Tarr (skype from Switzerland).
•  2:30 – 3:30pm. English Tea Reception

• Sunday, June 28 @ 3:30 pm pre-concert lecture: With Bruce Adolphe, composer.

 4:00 pm. Self Comes to Mind chamber music concert:
With cellist Bion Tsang, Festival Artists and film by Ioana Uricaru.

• Monday, June 29, 10:00 – 12:00 pm. Neuroscience & the Classroom:
Helping teachers apply insights from research to encourage more effective learning in the classroom.
Monday, June 29:  SYMPOSIUM: At the Anschutz Medical Center
4:00 – 5:30 pm. Music and the Brain, Meditation and The Zone.

Host:  Bruce Adolphe, composer

• Panelists: Dr. Rael Cahn, neuroscientist (meditation research) &  Dr. Assal Habibi, neuroscientist (music research).
• 5:30pm. Reception.
• 6:00 – 6:30 pm. Self Comes to Mind:
featuring Bion Tsang, cellist
Location: Anschutz Medical Center, Aurora campus
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 Registration:

To register, please visit our Festival Events Page.

Packages —
Full Week-End Sessions: $100 (includes Sunday, June 28th Concert and receptions)
20% discount for all FCMTA and COWOI members.

Single Days and other options —
Saturday registration only (includes reception)
$45, on or before May 15
$60, after May 15
$5, Sunday Concert reduced ticket.

Sunday registration only (includes receptions and concert)
$45, on or before May 15
$60, after May 15
$10, just the improv session and breakfast reception

Only Self Comes to Mind Concert (Sunday, June 28th)
$15, adult. $5, student. (before June 27th)
$20, adult, $5, student. (June 28th)

Monday, June 29 Neuroscience in the Classroom Educators:
Monday’s CSU session + Sunday’s concert $15 (before May 1)
$20 (after May 1)

Neuroscience for the Classroom Registration Fee Note: Fee will be waived for those registering for 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from CSU Online Plus and independently completing the remaining hours of the online Annenberg Learner series. Please see http://www.online.colostate.edu/courses/EDLL/EDLL4310.dot for details and enter NIC code when purchasing tickets for the Sunday Self Comes to Mind Chamber Music Concert.



quARTet CONNECT
June 15, 2015, 8:15 pm
Filed under: News

Art Show and the Miami String Quartet

June 19, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Community Creative Center, 200 Matthews Street, Fort Collins.
Ticket: $10 adults. $5 students.

Meet and Greet the amazing Miami String Quartet with host, Bruce Adolphe at our Music of Light Art Show Grand Opening! Eat. Drink. Immerse yourself senses. Support PYCh and FOCOs own local artists! Sales from this juried art show of local artists, photographer Bob Willis, posters from CSU International Poster Festivals and Rocky Mountain Woodturners benefit the artists and PYCh. Vintages Wine sponsored reception features food from local downtown restaurants and chefs!

For more information go to: http://www.projectchambermusic.org/programs/off-the-hook/

The Miami String Quartet Residence is graciously underwritten by Dr. Peter Springberg and Lynnette Jung-Springberg.



The Miami String Quartet: Czech It Out! Dvorak, Smetana and Mozart.
June 15, 2015, 8:11 pm
Filed under: News

Thursday, June 18, 6:00pm
At the home of Kay and Larry Edwards (80524)
Tickets: $20 for adults, $8 for students. Includes appetizers and wine.

A House Concert featuring Miami String Quartet with special guests, clarinetist and festival favorite, Deborah Marshall and our cherished new friend, stunning New York City based pianist, Marija Stroke. …“(the Miami String Quartet) plays with sweeping authority, fluency and hushed poignancy.” Great music, great performers and the most ideal of settings …the chamber.

Program:
String Quartet No. 1 ‘My Life’ –  B. Smetana
Clarinet Quintet in A major, K.581 – W. A. Mozart
Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, op. 81 –  A. Dvorak

Please visit http://www.projectchambermusic.org for details and to purchase tickets.




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