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Jefferson Symphony Season Opening Concert To Feature Marcia Ragonetti, Mezzo Soprano
August 15, 2014, 10:01 am
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The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra (JSO) will kick off its 62nd concert season on October 19, 2014 with an exciting concert featuring Colorado’s favorite mezzo soprano Marcia Ragonetti. The season opening concert is sure to please audiences with a perfect blend of dramatic and light-hearted compositions.

Marcia Ragonetti, mezzo soprano, returns to the JSO stage to perform Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) as well as her favorite Gershwin selections. Ms. Ragonetti has enjoyed an extensive performance career throughout Colorado and beyond performing with Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Opera Fort Collins, Colorado Symphony and symphonies across the Rocky Mountain region. She is a long-time friend of the JSO and has become an audience favorite.

In addition, the JSO will perform the lively and familiar William Tell Overture by Gioacchino Rossini, known to many as the Lone Ranger theme song. The program also includes Die Toteninsel  (Isle of the Dead) by Sergi Rachmaninoff which musically depicts the haunting and somber scene in the painting of the same name by Arnold Bocklin. And audience members will also enjoy a performance of  The Incredible Flutist Suite by Walter Piston. This beautiful and energetic composition written for ballet paints the story of a visiting circus in a small village and a flutist/snake charmer whose talents extend to charming women as well.

The JSO is composed of 75 musicians from across the Denver and Front Range area who dedicate their time and talents to each performance.  With the skilled leadership of Dr. William Morse, Music Director and Principal Conductor, the JSO has become one of the most well regarded community symphonies in Colorado.

The JSO relies on the support of the community through corporate and individual donations and grants from various organizations including the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). A 16-member board of directors guides the direction of the organization by contributing time, talents and financial support each season. The board also coordinates fundraising efforts which this year will include a beer tasting event and the annual holiday silent auction and wine reception.

Concerts are held at the Green Center, Colorado School of Mines Campus, 16th and Cheyenne Streets in Golden on Sundays at 3p.m. This season’s Holiday Concert will be held on a Thursday evening at 7p.m.

Season and individual concert tickets may be purchased in advance at http://www.jeffsymphony.org, by calling 303-278-4237, visiting the Jefferson Symphony office at 1204 Washington Street, Golden, CO 80401, or at the door before the concert.

Season ticket prices (five concerts) are: Adults $99, Seniors (62+) $79, Student (11-21yrs old) $45, Child (10yrs old and under) $20.

Individual ticket prices are: Adult $25, Senior (62+) $20, Student (11-21yrs old) $10, Child (10yrs old and under) $5.

Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Concert
October 19, 2014 at 3:00pm

William Tell Overture,   Gioacchino Rossini

Die Toteninsel, Op. 29,  Sergei Rachmaninoff

Songs of a Wayfarer,    Gustav Mahler

The Incredible Flutist Suite,  Walter Piston

Selections, George Gershwin

Guest Artist: Marcia Ragonetti, Mezzo Soprano

Colorado Ballet re-signs Artistic Director Gil Boggs to five year contract
August 8, 2014, 3:46 pm
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Colorado Ballet’s Board of Trustees renewed Artistic Director Gil Boggs’s contract for an additional five years.  Boggs accepted the position of Artistic Director with Colorado Ballet in the spring of 2006.

“The Board last renewed his contract in 2009 and we have been so pleased with the artistic and financial success of Colorado Ballet under his leadership that we are honored to offer him an additional five years,” said Colorado Ballet Board Co-chairs Henny Lasley and Holly Baroway. “We look forward to another five years of continued excellence under his leadership.”

During Boggs’ tenure, Colorado Ballet has presented 14 world premieres and 12 Colorado Ballet premieres by choreographers including Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, Anthony Tudor, Val Caniparoli, Dwight Rhoden and Lynne Taylor-Corbett.  He has also re-staged full-length productions of Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote and Coppelia along with adding new full-length productions of Romeo & Juliet, Le Corsaire, Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan.  In addition, Colorado Ballet performed at the Gotham Dance Festival at The Joyce Theatre in New York City in June 2012 at the invitation of choreographer Jodie Gates. She chose two companies to show the span of her work, and Colorado Ballet performed her ballet Embellish.

“I am honored that the Board of Trustees has offered me a five year extension,” said Boggs.  “I am so proud of this Company and the quality of performances.  You don’t have to go to New York or San Francisco to see a great ballet, you can see it in Denver with Colorado Ballet.”

In addition to his artistic achievements, Boggs has also worked with the Board of Trustees to secure a new home for Colorado Ballet, which is slated to open next month after construction is complete.  The new 30,000 square foot dance training and rehearsal studio in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe will include eight state-of-the-art professional dance studios, improved amenities for the professional Company and Academy, and The Armstrong Theater, a black box theater for small performances and events.

“Professional ballet companies who have built and own their facilities see tremendous growth and we expect the new building to do the same for Colorado Ballet,” said Boggs.  “Our new home in the Arts District on Santa Fe is a wonderful statement that we are a viable organization with deep roots in the city of Denver.”

Financially, the organization continues to improve under Boggs’ leadership.  Last season, Colorado Ballet had the most successful performance season in the history of the organization, breaking both attendance and revenue records.

“More and more people are coming to see Colorado Ballet and it is because of Gil’s artistic leadership that the Company is able to present such a great variety of performances,” said Lasley and Baroway.  “During the last few years, Colorado Ballet has offered classical ballet masterpieces like Swan Lake and Giselle, family-friendly shows like Peter Pan and Cinderella, and innovative contemporary works like The Rite of Spring and Traveling Alone.  Colorado Ballet offers something for everyone to enjoy because of the diversity of Gil’s artistic choices.  We are looking forward to Colorado Ballet’s 2014-2015 season and beyond.”

Boggs began his dance career with the Atlanta Ballet.  He joined American Ballet Theatre in New York in 1982 and was promoted to soloist dancer in 1984 and principal dancer in 1991.  Boggs was a member of the company for 17 years. He also performed with the Twyla Tharp Dance Company, Baryshnikov and Company, Nureyev and Friends, and made several guest appearances around the world.

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.


Sanya Andersen-Vie
Public Relations Manager
Colorado Ballet
1278 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-339-1630 | Fax: 303-861-7174

Colorado Ballet promotes two Soloists to Principals, adds six new Corps de Ballet dancers
August 5, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Colorado Ballet promotes two of its Soloist dancers to Principals and adds six new Corps de Ballet dancers, for a total of 30 Company dancers.

Artistic Director Gil Boggs promoted Dana Benton and Domenico Luciano to Principals.

Benton is now in her 14th season with Colorado Ballet.  In 2001, she joined Colorado Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member and was promoted to Soloist in 2007.  Her notable roles include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Swanilda in Coppélia, Cow Girl in Rodeo, Ave Maria Pas de Deux, Clara and the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Gulnara in Le Corsaire, Tinker Bell in Peter Pan, Lucy in Dracula, Princess Florine and Diamond Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Peasant Pas in Giselle, Flower Girl and Cupid in Don Quixote, Hermia and Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the featured role in Amy Seiwert’s Traveling Alone.

Luciano is in his second season with Colorado Ballet.  He joined Colorado Ballet as a Soloist during the 2013-2014 season after serving as a Principal dancer with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in Houston.  His repertoire includes many of the classical principal leads including Romeo, Paris, and Benvolio in Romeo & Juliet, Solor in La Bayadere, The Prince in The Nutcracker, Albrecht in Giselle, Onegin in Onegin, and Don Jose in Carmen, as well as several contemporary works.

Colorado Ballet’s new Corps de Ballet dancers include: Joshua Allenback, Ariel Breitman, Emily Dixon, Oliveira Fernanda, Emily Speed and Melissa Zoebisch.

In addition to the new Corps de Ballet dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers will join the 30 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.

Colorado Ballet’s preview and repertory performance of An Evening Under the Stars will take place on August 16 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  The company will officially open the 2014-2015 season with A Midsummer Night’s Dream on September 26 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

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.

Sanya Andersen-Vie
Public Relations Manager
Colorado Ballet
1278 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203
Fax: 303-861-7174

July 24, 2014, 2:19 pm
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The Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) presents its eleventh season, “Mystique”, premiering in September, 2014. Kicking off the season is a very exciting collaboration with Saint Martin’s Chamber Choir performing Michal Haydn’s Requiem and Mozart’s Church Sonatas with 3 concert dates in Boulder, Broomfield, and Denver.

Other season highlights include visiting pianist Victoria Aja in October for both a full concert weekend as well as a special evening of Spanish piano masterpieces. At 18 she was the recipient of the award for the International Competition for Spanish Music and in a recent review of a performance at New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, writer Harris Goldsmith stated: “Victoria Aja proved herself to be a remarkably persuasive champion of this highly specialized literature…This is without a doubt one of the best concerts I have heard of late.”

In November, BCO welcomes cellist Inbal Segev. An Israeli-born musician, Ms. Segev holds degrees from Juilliard and Yale and is the recipient of several honors including the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship (which she began receiving at the age of seven), and top prizes at the Pablo Casals International Competition, the Paulo International Competition, and the Washington International Competition. She has been described by the Washington Post as “a near-miracle.”

December will feature BCO’s traditional “Gift of Music” holiday concert weekend featuring local violist Erika Eckert and Seicento Baroque Ensemble performing Rossini’s String Sonata No. 2, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and selected holiday pieces. Our third annual New Year’s Eve Concert in Lakewood titled, “A Night on the Danube” will feature festive European classics with a special guest appearance by soprano artist, Szilvia Schranz.

In January, BCO will feature up and coming violinist Andrew Sords. He has appeared as a soloist with nearly 150 orchestras across 4 continents. Continually diversifying his repertoire and appearances, Sords is hailed as “utterly radiant” (Canada’s Arts Forum). Local flutist and BCO musician Cobus du Toit will be featured during the March concert weekend for Nielsen’s Flute Concerto. Originally from South Africa, Cobus du Toit has won over a dozen competitions on two different continents. As an international soloist, Cobus has performed in Japan, South Africa, Germany, France, and the USA.

Finally, BCO is thrilled to welcome back local pianist Hsing-ay Hsu for our closing Mother’s Day Weekend in May. She has been described by the New York Times as “An explosion of energy…” and has performed to two sold out crowds during BCO’s 2012-2013 season.

Below is the 2014-2015 concert lineup highlights. All concerts begin at 7:30PM unless otherwise noted.

September 19, 2014 (Boulder),
September 20, 2014 (Broomfield),
September 21, 2014 (Denver @ 3:00pm)
Saint Martin’s Chamber Choir
• Mozart, Church Sonatas
• Michael Haydn, Requiem in C Minor
• Rossini, String Sonata No. 2

October 3, 2014 (Boulder)
October 4, 2014 (Broomfield)
Victoria Aja, Piano
• De Falla, Fire Dance
• Franck, Symphonic Variations
• De Falla, Nights in the Gardens of Spain
• Bizet, Symphony in C

October 10, 2014 (Boulder)
Mini-Chamber Concert featuring Victoria Aja (piano) and an evening of Spanish piano masterpieces

November 7, 2014 (Broomfield)
November 8, 2014 (Boulder)
Inbal Segev, Cello
• Friedrich Gulda, Jazz Cello Concerto
• Richard Strauss, Serenade for Winds
• Mozart, Wind Serenade in E flat
• Martinu, La Revue de Cuisine

November 9, 2014 (Boulder) time TBD
Mini-Chamber Concert featuring Inbal Segev performing Bach Cello Suites 1, 2, & 4

“A Gift of Music”
December 19, 2014 (Boulder)
December 20, 2014 (Denver)
Seicento Baroque Ensemble and Erika Eckert, Viola
• Antonio Vivaldi, Gloria
• Richard Toensing, When Beings of Fire Sang Praises with Beings of Clay
• Selected Holiday Pieces

“A Night on the Danube”
December 31, 2014 (Lakewood @ 6:30 PM)
Special New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Lakewood Cultural Center
Szilvia Schranz, Soprano
• Strauss, Blue Danube and More
• Brahms, Hungarian Dances
• Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody

January 30, 2015 (Boulder)
January 31, 2015 (Broomfield)
Andrew Sords, Violin
• Arensky, Violin Concerto
• Dvorak, Romance for Violin & Orchestra
• Arensky, Variations for Strings in Memory of Tchaikovsky
• Brahms, Haydn Variations

March 6, 2015 (Boulder)
March 7, 2015 (Broomfield)
Cobus du Toit, Flute
• Mendelssohn, Hebrides Overture
• Nielsen, Flute Concerto
• Mozart, Symphony No. 38 (Prague)

March 27, 2015 (Location TBD)
Mini-Chamber Concert with Members of BCO

April 10, 2015 (Location TBD)
Mini-Chamber Concert with Members of BCO

May 9, 2015 (Broomfield)
May 10, 2015 (Boulder)
Hsing-ay Hsu, Piano
• Rossini, Overture to La Scala Di Setta
• Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 2
• Beethoven, Symphony No. 4

For additional information on the upcoming season, subscriptions, and individual tickets, visit http://www.boulderchamberorchestra.org or call 303-583-1278.

About Bahman Saless, Music Director

Bahman Saless started his dual career as composer and physicist during his teen years in England. After obtaining his A-level and O-level certificates in music, mathematics, and physics, Dr. Saless immigrated to the United States in 1977.

He received his BS in physics from Michigan State University in 1981, while studying violin at the same time. He then pursued a career as a physicist, obtaining his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Colorado in 1987.

In 1989, Dr. Saless moved to Los Angeles to continue his dual ambitions by working as a physicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and enrolling in film scoring studies at UCLA. In 1990, Dr. Saless’s work for guitar trio, Mexican Moonlight, won the Pacific Composers’ Forum competition.
After moving back to Boulder in 1994, Dr. Saless has been active in many endeavors, including founding a successful Internet company in Boulder and performing some of his own works with local musicians as well as with Hollywood orchestras.

Since his return to Boulder, Bahman has sensed a distinct cultural gap in the musical life of this city—a gap he believes can be filled only with orchestral chamber music. After taking the podium with numerous ensembles such as the New England Youth Symphony, the Timberline Symphony Orchestra, the Zlin Philharmonic, the Astoria Symphony, and the Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, he is confident that he and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra have something unique to offer the community: orchestral chamber music produced by the community, for the community, and for the love of music.

About the Boulder Chamber Orchestra
The Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 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


Ars Nova Singers announcs auditions for the 2014-2015 Season
July 23, 2014, 4:12 pm
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Auditions for all voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) will be held from July 20 to August 2.

To schedule an audition, please e-mail a brief choral/vocal resume to Tom Morgan, Artistic Director: tom@arsnovasingers.com. An individual audition will then be scheduled for qualified candidates.

Ars Nova’s 29th concert season opens in October and includes 13 performances of music ranging from works of the Medieval and Renaissance periods to new music by contemporary composers.

The 20-minute auditions will include one prepared song (any language, no jazz/gospel/showtunes please), sight-reading, tonal memory, and general vocalizations. An accompanist is provided. Some paid positions are available for professional singers; see the website for details: http://www.arsnovasingers.com

Auditions will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine Street in downtown Boulder.

Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings (7:00-9:45 pm), with occasional Tuesday rehearsals (especially in concert weeks).


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