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Andrew Litton to Continue as Colorado Symphony Music Director Through 2017/18 Season
December 17, 2014, 7:00 pm
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The Colorado Symphony is delighted to announce that internationally renowned conductor Andrew Litton will continue to serve as the orchestra’s Music Director through the 2017/18 season. As the orchestra’s artistic leader, Litton will continue to guide the artistic vision of the largest and most critically acclaimed professional orchestra in the Rocky Mountain West.

“It’s my honor to extend my tenure with the Colorado Symphony, which is one of the finest orchestras in the United States, and a joy to conduct and lead,” says Litton. “The musicians here are some of the best in the world, and it’s my honor to grow professionally with them and to contribute to the evolution of this modern American orchestra.

“The future of the Colorado Symphony is very bright,” Litton adds. “The next three years will be a thrill for me, for the musicians, and for Denver, a city I’ve come to love and am proud to be a part of.”

After serving as the Colorado Symphony’s Artistic Adviser from 2012 to 2013, Litton was named Music Director last August. Since then, Litton has elevated the orchestra to new heights of excellence in performance and programming. With an unparalleled portfolio that includes nearly 100 recordings as both conductor and performer, as well as distinguished conducting appointments around the world, Litton has expanded the orchestra’s global profile and audience.

“Andrew is the Peyton Manning of the orchestra world, and Denver is fortunate to have a conductor of his caliber on the podium and behind the scenes,” says Jerome H. Kern, the Colorado Symphony’s CEO and co-chair of its Board of Trustees. “This is another step forward for one of the greatest orchestras in the United States.”

Yesterday, Litton was named music director of the New York City Ballet. The announcement was made as Litton, a New York native, prepared for a performance at Carnegie Hall with Colorado Symphony Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams and Principal Horn Michael Thornton. Litton currently serves as Music Director of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway, a post he will vacate in October 2015. Litton was formerly Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony in Britain. Multiple appointments are common among prestige conductors.

Litton has brought the world’s leading soloists to the stage of Boettcher Concert Hall; the 2014/15 season includes performances by Gil Shaham, Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg, and Yefim Bronfman. Last month, Litton led the Colorado Symphony through a high-profile recording of the music of Aaron Copland, to be released by Bis Records, classical music’s leading imprint, in 2015. Working closely with Colorado Symphony musicians, Litton has overseen the growth of the orchestra to include new principal players, culled from leading ensembles across the United States. The extension of Litton’s contract allows him and the Colorado Symphony to pursue an ambitious set of goals, including more recordings as well as national and international tours.

Litton serves on the Colorado Symphony’s Board of Trustees.

ABOUT THE COLORADO SYMPHONY

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.



BOULDER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA presents a special New Year’s Eve concert
December 5, 2014, 3:37 pm
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“A Night on the Danube”

The Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) will present “A Night on the Danube”, a special New Year’s Eve celebration concert featuring guest artist Szilvia Schranz on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at the Lakewood Cultural Center. The concert begins at 6:30 PM.

The concert includes:
• Strauss, Blue Danube and More
• Brahms, Hungarian Dances
• Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody

Event: “A Night on the Danube” – Boulder Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Bahman Saless

Date/Location: December 31, 2014 6:30 pm at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison    Pkwy., Lakewood, CO 80226

Admission: $50 Box Seats, $35 General Admission, $25 Seniors/Students, $5 Children 12 & Under

Box Office: Call (303) 987-7845 or visit http://www.lakewood.org/tickets for tickets.
“A Night on the Danube”

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.

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

 



Colorado Symphony Highlights: The season’s best weekend, Holiday series begins
December 3, 2014, 4:27 pm
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A Bright Beginning to the Colorado Symphony Holiday Season
Innovation, excellence, and diversity define a banner weekend and season

This holiday season, the Colorado Symphony has many reasons to celebrate. Beginning with a high-profile recording project and ending with a popular family program, the Thanksgiving weekend was one of the 2014/15 season’s best yet, bringing new faces, new sounds, and new prestige to the largest professional orchestra in the Rocky Mountain West.

One of the most innovative orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony constantly seeks new and creative ways to preserve the cultural legacy of symphonic music while actively co-creating its future. Artistic excellence, affordability, accessibility, creativity, technology, and audience engagement are all vital elements of today’s Colorado Symphony.

Weekend Highlights:

• Music Director Andrew Litton led a recording of the major works of Aaron Copland, to be released internationally in 2015 by Sweden’s Bis Records, classical music’s leading imprint. Over three days, Litton and the orchestra captured performances that will be heard by listeners around the world, significantly elevating the Colorado Symphony’s global profile and reach.

• “An Evening of Copland,” Friday, November 28, garnered critical attention and exceeded attendance and sales goals, drawing a diverse audience including members of the United States Armed Forces, teachers, students, musicians, young professionals, and visitors to Denver. Active duty military, educators and students enjoy deep discounts on most Colorado Symphony concerts.

• On Saturday, November 29, patrons danced in the aisles during “Los Lobos: Disconnected,” the second offering in the new Colorado Symphony Presents series, which brings contemporary artists to Boettcher Concert Hall throughout the season. A showcase of Los Lobos’ virtuosity and depth, the all-acoustic concert attracted an intergenerational and culturally diverse crowd, including many members of Denver’s Latino community.

• 145 children and adults experienced a Colorado Symphony concert — for free. Throughout the 2014/15 season, the Colorado Symphony will provide $170,000 in concert tickets to individuals and families for whom cost is a barrier to participation in the arts. Many had never been to Boettcher Concert Hall before last weekend. The Community Ticketing Initiative is a partnership with Denver Arts & Venues and supports the City of Denver’s Imagine 2020 Cultural Plan.

• The CSO exceeded audience and sales goals for a second time in one weekend with “Drums of the World” on Sunday, November 30. Like all concerts in the Family series, tickets were $10 for kids and $25 for adults.

• More than 5,000 school children attended youth concerts at Boettcher Concert Hall on Monday, December 1 and Tuesday, December 2.

• The Colorado Symphony’s profile on social media continues to expand, with approximately 100 new followers per week and an average engagement rate of 80%. Social media activity is incorporated into several Colorado Symphony programs this season.

Still to Come: Holiday Concerts

The celebration continues throughout December, as the Colorado Symphony presents an array of holiday programs from classical to contemporary.

• PINK MARTINI with the Colorado Symphony, Tuesday, December 9, 7:30 pm
• HANDEL’S MESSIAH, Saturday, December 13, 7:30 pm; Sunday, December 14, 1 pm
• HOLIDAY BRASS: At Lonetree Arts Center, Thursday, December 11, 7:30 pm; at Montview Presbyterian Church, Sunday, December 14, 5 pm
• A COLORADO CHRISTMAS, Friday, December 19, 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 20, 2:30 pm & 6 pm; Sunday, December 21, 1 pm
• TOO HOT TO HANDEL, Saturday, December 27, 7:30 pm; Sunday, December 28, 1 pm
• A NIGHT IN VIENNA, Wednesday, December 31, 6:30 pm

Tickets for most programs start at $25. Discount offers include $2 tickets for Active Duty Military; $10 teacher/student with valid ID, when purchased at the Boettcher Concert Hall Box Office. Some exceptions apply.

For details, visit http://www.coloradosymphony.org, call 303-623-7876, or visit the box office at Boettcher Concert Hall, located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex at 14th and Champa streets.

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 ABOUT THE COLORADO SYMPHONY
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.



Here are some performances at Dazzle Jazz Club that you can’t miss
December 2, 2014, 9:44 am
Filed under: News

DazzleJazz Holiday Lineup:

CU Jazz Ensemble presents the Duke Ellington Nutcracker Suite:
Thursday, December 11, 2014 • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tickets $15

Mandy Harvey Holiday Concert – CD Release:
Saturday, December 13, 2014• 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tickets $15

Nelson Rangell Holiday Show
Sunday, December 14, 2014 • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tickets $15

Swingin’ in the Holidays w/ Katie Glassman & Snapshot
Friday, December 19, 2014 • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tickets $15

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, under 18 years of age – $10

Christmas Day Brunch
Thursday, December 25, 2014 • 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
For reservations call 303.839.5100

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Sunday, December 21, 2014 • 7:00 PM
Website: dazzlejazz.com
Email: Aaron@dazzlejazz.com
Music: DazzleJazz Will Present The 3rd Annual Solo Piano Night Featuring: Jeff Jenkins, Art Lande, and Eric Gunnison. Featuring an individual set each by three of the best pianists in the world.

Tickets $15

About Jeff:
Jeff Jenkins has released four CD’s in the last 15 years. The most recent on Capri Records entitled “Cique”, is an eclectic exciting blend of jazz and funk. He has appeared with many jazz greats in that amount of time as well, including: Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Harris, Clark Terry, Dakota Staton, Frank Morgan, Marlena Shaw, David Fathead Newman, Teddy Edwards, the Count Basie Orchestra, The New York Voices, Bobby Hutcherson, Nelson Rangell, Renee Marie, John Abercrombie, and Richie Cole.

About Eric:
Based in Denver since 1980, pianist and composer Eric Gunnison has led a distinguished career during which he has not only established himself as one of the mainstays of the Mile High City’s vibrant jazz scene as an instrumentalist, bandleader and educator, but has also attracted a global following performing, touring and recording with internationally renowned jazz artists, particularly jazz vocalists.

About Art:
Grammy-nominated Art Lande is considered one of the premiere improvisational jazz pianists today. He began piano at age 4, studied at Williams College & moved to San Francisco in 1969. He has mostly carved out his own singular path throughout his career, taking the innovations of Bill Evans several steps further. In 1973 he recorded with Jan Garbarek and Ted Curson and in the mid-1970’s had started his own jazz school. In 1976 he formed the quartet Rubisa Patrol which recorded for ECM and lasted until 1983. After teaching for three years in Switzerland, Lande in 1987 moved to Boulder, Colorado. He appears in many of the “Who’s Who in Jazz” encyclopedias available today for his role in the development of “Chamber Jazz.”

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DazzleJazz will present Adam Bartczak Republic
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 • 7:00 PM

Tickets $12, $8 students

About Adam Bartczak:
Though rooted in jazz, Denver-based trombonist, composer, arranger, and educator Adam Bartczak reaches into many walks of music. His compositions have been performed by the West Point Acade-my’s Jazz Knights, the University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band, Denver’s 9th and Lincoln Jazz Orchestra, and his own Adam Bartczak Republic, among other groups. Adam is in demand as a performer, composer, arranger, and clinician throughout the country.
A Colorado native, Adam grew up playing in jazz, rock, reggae, Afro-Cuban, and Dixieland bands, to name a few. In addition to jazz, blues, and soul, his music and playing are influenced by various popular and world musics, particularly those of Africa and Latin America.
Recent projects have included presentations of works at the Jazz Education Network Conference, and for the West Point Jazz Knights Composers Forum, where he worked with esteemed jazz com-poser Jim McNeely. Adam worked on The Soul of Jewish Music, which premiered in Los Angeles and featured iconic violinist Itzhak Perlman. Performances of his arrangements for jazz orchestra have featured artists such as Donny McCaslin, Jeff Coffin, Robin Eubanks, Brian Lynch, Billy Pierce, and Geoffrey Keezer. He also recently won the Ithaca College Jazz Composition Contest, and groups he has performed in have won numerous awards in Downbeat magazine.
His first release as a leader, the Adam Bartczak Republic’s “Grass Is Greener” is available here and on Dazzle Recordings.
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Sunday December 28 – 6 & 8 PM 
Website: dazzlejazz.com
Email: Aaron@dazzlejazz.com
Music:  DazzleJazz will present Brad Leali Jazz Orchestra

Tickets $25.

About Brad Leali:
A native of Denver, he began playing saxophone in junior high school. It was while listening to his father’s recordings of jazz masters such as Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley that he became intrigued with jazz. He attended the University of North Texas where he performed with the world renowned One O’clock Lab Band and played the Dallas scene with local tenor saxophone legends, James Clay and Marchel Ivery. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in music education, he was hired as the lead alto saxophonist for the Harry Con-nick, Jr. Orchestra and was appointed musical director five months later. It was on the road with Harry Con-nick, Jr. that Mr. Leali made his move to New York City. He is now a featured alto saxophone soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra under the leadership of Grover Mitchell. In 1999, the Count Basie Orchestra won a Grammy award for their CD, ‘Count Play’s Duke.’ On this recording, Brad was also nominated for a Grammy for his solo work on the classic Billy Strayhorn composition, ‘The Star-Crossed Lover’s.’ He has performed nationally and internationally. A well-rounded musician, Mr. Leali has performed with such stellar musicians as Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Jimmy Cobb, Nancy Wilson, Frank Foster, Jon Hendricks, Roy Hargrove, The Mingus Big Band, Jack McDuff, George Duke, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Smith, and Melvin Rhyne among others. Mr. Leali is currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. When not on tour with the Basie Band, Mr. Leali is playing in the New York Club scene fronting his own organ quartet. ‘I want everyone to dig my music – not just the musicians.’ Leali says. ‘I want to bring soul into the music like say – Stanley Turrentine, Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan, David ‘Fathead’ Newman, Freddie Hubbard and Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis. I want people to feel my music in their soul.’
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For Bookings or more info contact:

Aaron Melon—Aaron@dazzlejazz.com
Kevin Lee – Kevin@DazzleJazz.com

DazzleJazz
930 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203



St.Martin’s Chamber Choir in Three Performances of “A Cambridge Christmas”
November 25, 2014, 4:05 pm
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WHO: 24 voices, Timothy J. Krueger, conductor, Ralph Valentine, organist, Jimmy Howe, Mark Sheldon Conducting Intern

WHAT: Carols commissioned by the various choirs of Cambridge University (King’s, Trinity, St. John’s, Gonville & Caius) plus carol arrangements for choir and audience with organ. Music by Sir David Willcocks, Peter Maxwell Davies, Judith Weir, Harold Darke, John Taverner, Jonathan Dove, Herbert Howells, Ralph Vaughan Williams and others.

WHEN/WHERE:Friday, December 12, 7:30 pm
Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church
1980 Dahlia Street
Denver CO 80220

Sunday, December 14, 3:00 pm
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
4500 Wadsworth Boulevard
Wheat Ridge CO 80033

Friday, December 19, 7:30 pm
Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral
1350 Washington Street
Denver CO 80203

TICKETS:Premium $35, General Admission $25, Student $10
Online at http://www.stmartinschamberchoir.org, by phone 303-298-1970, or at the door for each performance.

Premium seating for Friday, Dec. 19 is sold out.

For further information call 303-298-1970 or email info@stmartinschamberchoir.org



Boulder Chamber Orchestra Presents “A Gift of Music”
November 23, 2014, 5:55 pm
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Special guest Seicento Baroque Ensemble

The Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) will present “A Gift of Music,” a special holiday concert with guest Seicento Baroque Ensemble on Friday, December 19, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church of Boulder at 7:30 PM and on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church of Denver at 7:30 PM.

The concert includes:
• Vivaldi, Gloria
• Richard Toensing, When Beings of Fire Sang Praises with Beings of Clay
• Special Holiday Selections

Event:    “A Gift of Music” – Boulder Chamber Orchestra

Date/Location:   
December 19, 2014 7:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church of Boulder, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302

December 20, 2014 7:30 pm at the Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church of Denver, 1980 Dahlia St., Denver, CO 80220

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.

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



Plan to attend Project Youth and Chamber Music’s second annual Winter Festival
November 21, 2014, 3:44 pm
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Combining music, film, science and stimulating discussion, Project Youth and Chamber Music’s (PYCh) second annual OFF the HOOK Winter Music Festival offers Valentine’s week-end festivities for all lovers of the arts and science.

The event will be led by Bruce Adolphe, the education director of the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center in New York City, and a composer who teaches at The Julliard School. He also stars as the Piano Puzzler for Public Radio’s Performance Today and is co-artistic director of OFF the HOOK (OtH). Held on February 13 – 16, this winter extension of PYCh’s summer chamber music festival includes workshops, and a performance event based on a soon a new film, Einstein’s Light. In addition, Adolphe joins a visit to the Fort Collins Symphony Guild’s Musical Zoo as narrator for cretaceous fun in Tyrannosaurus with a performance by the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra.

“This year, we’re venturing outside Fort Collins’ borders so Boulder and Denver will experience the magic of Bruce’s music and his great on-stage personality,” says Executive Artistic Director and Founder, Jephta Bernstein.

Clips from the upcoming film, Einstein’s Light: Relativity for Lovers, with Adolphe’s original film score will be shown at the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder with hands-on science exploration in the lobby prior to the concert. It will also be featured at Metro State University’s Piano Celebration in Denver.

Einstein’s Light, a documentary by Nickolas Barris, examines Albert Einstein’s love of music as a violinist, how it inspired his thinking, and how his ideas continue to permeate science, even today. It will premiere at the United Nation’s kick-off celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Einstein’s theory of relativity to be held in Paris in January 2015. For PYCh’s winter festival, Adolphe will lead audiences through short selections from the film, and talk about his compositional process. He will perform his original film score on piano with violinists Clara Lyon (Denver and Boulder) and Emily Ondracek-Peterson (Fort Collins). CU Astrophysicist Dr. Michael Shull will join the discussion and tie Einstein’s scientific theories to the science of today. (The full version Einstein’s Light will be shown during the opening week of OFF the HOOK Summer Chamber Festival in June, 2015.)

The festival demonstrates PYCh’s mission to create life-long creative thinkers, cultural advocates and appreciators of the arts through study, exposure and performance of chamber music, for youth and their communities regardless of their financial access.

“By showing the relationship between science, music and thinking, and delivering it through film and live music performance, people from all walks of life get a fresh view of these three areas,” Bernstein says.

Founded in 2012, PYCh (pronounced “pitch”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit music education organization that works with students at no cost during their In-School program and brings high-level professional performances by local, Colorado chamber musicians to their schools.
Children exposed to live performance are much more likely to build their musical interests and skills. Neuroscientist and music educator, Anita Collins, claims “specific cognitive benefits (are like a) shower of fireworks going off in your brain” when playing an instrument. Her research has shown that playing an instrument is inherently different in mental benefits compared to sports or the study of other arts.

For more information on PYCh, specific dates and times of festival events, refer to PYCh’s website at projectchambermusic.org.




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