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The Playground Ensemble 2014-2015 season
September 28, 2014, 2:43 pm
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Our New Residence at Metropolitan State University of Denver
The Playground Ensemble is excited to announce our new partnership with the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Our residency provides us with a new place to rehearse and more concerts at the King Center, and we provide our services to MSU@Denver students and faculty.

Playground Chamber Jazz Project

• Live on KUVO 89.3 FM on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 8pm

• Performance at the Williams Recital Salon, Lamont School of Music, 2344 E Iliff, Denver on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 7pm
o Tickets are $10

• Performance at Dazzle Jazz, 930 Lincoln Street in Denver on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 7pm
o Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors

The brainchild of 9th & Lincoln Orchestra’s Tyler Gilmore and Playground director Conrad Kehn, the group played its debut show in February 2010. The annual event is a staple of the Playground season. The line-up, featuring core members of the Playground and area jazz heavies, focuses on premiering new compositions that live in the cracks. Meditative ragas, fresh post-bop, and beautiful melodies- this is always a unique experience for Colorado audiences. A unique mix of high energy improvisation, ground breaking original jazz, and modern classical aesthetic. Get tickets early as these have a history of selling out!

Youth CoCoCo (Colorado Composer’s Concert)

• Performance at the Washington Park Center for Arts and Music, 400 S Williams St. in Denver – Sunday, December 14 at 7:00PM
o Free admission

The Playground is so active in the schools, encouraging young people to write chamber music. In the 2013- 2014 our Very Young Composers efforts were responsible for the creation of 90 pieces of new music by Colorado young people.
For the past nine years The Playground’s Colorado Composers Concert (CoCoCo) has featured music written by Colorado Composers. We have always held at least one spot on that concert for a K12 aged composer but we are receiving too many pieces, and too much good music.
It is time to give a broader voice to this important age group. By adding this concert to our season we are providing another opportunity for us to publically champion this new music.

Twentieth Century Masterpieces for String Quartet

• Performance at Peter Claver Recital, Regis University, 3333 Regis Blvd in Denver, on Monday, February 2nd  at 7:30 PM
o Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for military or seniors, and $10 for non-Regis students.

Join us for Reich’s Different Trains and commission premieres from David Farrell and Wes Devore. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich helped to redefine music in the mid-twentieth century with his minimalist innovations.  His 1988 work Different Trains, for string quartet and pre-recorded performance tape, contains Reich’s typical driving rhythms and highly repetitive structures.  The impetus for the work was the Jewish American composer’s recollection of childhood cross-country train trips during World War II, and his later awareness that at the same time, trains were taking millions of Europeans to Nazi concentration camps.  The piece includes pre-recorded samples of both train sounds and interviews with Holocaust survivors.

• Performance at First Presbyterian Church, 1820 15th St in Boulder, on Saturday, February 7 at 7PM
o Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and children under 18 attend for free.

Reich’s Different Trains and some works from September’s Chamber Electronica concert featured on the Boulder Symphony Chamber Series. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich helped to redefine music in the mid-twentieth century with his minimalist innovations.  His 1988 work Different Trains, for string quartet and pre-recorded performance tape, contains Reich’s typical driving rhythms and highly repetitive structures.  The impetus for the work was the Jewish American composer’s recollection of childhood cross-country train trips during World War II, and his later awareness that at the same time, trains were taking millions of Europeans to Nazi concentration camps.  The piece includes pre-recorded samples of both train sounds and interviews with Holocaust survivors.

• Performance at Dazzle Jazz, 930 Lincoln street in Denver, on Tuesday, March 3 at 7pm
o Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors

Béla Bartók and Steve Reich are undisputed masters of twentieth-century music.  Bartók’s folk-influenced modernism was a powerful voice in the first half of the century, while Reich’s tech-savvy minimalism redefined music for the second half.  The two string quartets on this program, written nearly fifty years apart, showcase the two composers’ prodigious gifts.  They also give two radically different perspectives on World War II.  Béla Bartók’s sixth quartet of 1939 was the composer’s last work written in his native Hungary.  It gives voice to the composer’s grief at the destruction of Europe and his forced flight from his homeland.  The impetus for Reich’s Different Trains, from 1988, was the Jewish American composer’s recollection of childhood cross-country train trips during World War II, and his later awareness that at the same time, trains were taking millions of Europeans to Nazi concentration camps.  The quartet includes samples of recorded interviews with Holocaust survivors.

The 9th Annual Colorado Composer’s Concert (CoCoCo)

• Performance at the King Center concert hall on the Auraria Campus, on Saturday, April 25 at 7pm
o Tickets are $10

The Playground’s annual CoCoCo showcases chamber music written by residents of Colorado. To date CoCoCo has featured 80 works by 57 different Colorado-based composers including a number of K-12 composers. Each year one composer is commissioned to compose a new work specifically for the Playground. Be watching our web site for the next deadline and be sure to alert any composers you know to this opportunity.

Spoke N Motion Dance Collaboration

• Performance in May 2015, exact date, venue, and other details TBD
• In our ongoing attempts to collaborate with dance groups we are excited to announce this collaboration with Colorado’s integrated dance group for the able bodied, and those with disabilities. Keep checking our web site for further information!

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra Presents Wings & Spirits, October 11, 2014
September 23, 2014, 7:27 pm
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Following its best-attended Opening Night concert in recent history, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra continues its season, Legends: The Spirit of Boulder, on Saturday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m. at CU’s Macky Auditorium.

“Our October concert, Wings & Spirits, explores the themes of spirituality and transcendence,” said Music Director Michael Butterman. “Richard Strauss reflects on life’s essence in his masterpiece, the Four Last Songs, while shadowy figures haunt Apparition by Colorado composer Michael Udow. Colorful orchestration paints vivid images of famous mythical birds, including Stravinsky’s stunning Firebird,” said Butterman.

Featured guest artists include Brian Jones, the principal timpanist in the Dallas Symphony performing in Apparition, and Twyla Robinson, the soprano soloist in Four Last Songs, who made her Opera Colorado debut as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro in 2012.

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra Concert: Wings & Spirits
Saturday, October 11, 2014—7:30 p.m., Macky Auditorium, CU-Boulder
Pre-concert talk, 6:30 p.m., free to ticket-holders.

GRIFFES—The White Peacock  
UDOW—Apparition, featuring Brian Jones, timpani
STRAVINSKY—Suite from The Firebird (1919)
SIBELIUS—The Swan of Tuonela   
STRAUSS—Four Last Songs, featuring Twyla Robinson, soprano
Honoring the 150th Anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birth

Tickets: $13-$70 ($5 for students) at http://www.BoulderPhil.org and 303-449-1343, ext. 2.

“Café Phil” Free Open Rehearsal
Wednesday, October 6, 7:30–10 p.m.
Watch up-close as Music Director Michael Butterman works with the musicians of the Boulder Philharmonic to bring the music to life. Refreshments available for purchase. Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. in Boulder.

Musical Hikes
Sunday, October 5, 8–10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, October 7, 5:30–7 p.m.
Paired with this Boulder Philharmonic concert are two bird-watching outings inspired by composers’ fascination with birds. Join Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks naturalist Dave Sutherland for a bird-watching walk at Sawhill Ponds to search for local birds during the fall migration and explore ways that birds have been captured in classical music. Beautiful musical selections and fall colors guaranteed. Beginning bird watchers strongly encouraged. Bring binoculars if you have them and leave your dogs at home. Follow this link to the meeting place: https://bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/sawhill-ponds-trailhead.

Colorado Ballet presents spine-tingling Dracula during Halloween weekend
September 20, 2014, 4:34 pm
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Colorado Ballet will present Dracula, October 31-November 2, 2014 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Dracula features choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

“Come sink your teeth into this spine-tingling ballet full of seductive vampires, frightening mental patients and the king of the undead himself, Count Dracula,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director. “Our audience requests this production over and over again and we cannot wait to perform Dracula during Halloween weekend this year. This is one of the most popular ballets we perform and because it is for one weekend only, we are expecting full houses for every performance.”

Based on Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror, Dracula contains mature content and is not recommended for children ages 13 or younger.

“Our production of Dracula is big, with grand sets including a train station, grand hotel, sanatorium, a terrifying underground vault and of course, Count Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania,” said Boggs. “Audiences will feel like they are part of the action, as if any moment Count Dracula could sneak up behind them in the theater. People who love the book or any of the other adaptations of this horror classic will love Colorado Ballet’s performance because the story is easy to follow and the dancing and music enhance the passion and terror of this deliciously macabre ballet.”

Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, October 31, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 @ 2 p.m.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 2, 2014 @ 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. Dracula is presented by PwC.

Colorado Ballet will also host several special events around Dracula including a costume party after the performance on Halloween night and a Bloody Mary Brunch for the Center Stage Young Patrons group before the November 2 performance. For more information on either of these events, visit http://www.coloradoballet.org/events.

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.

For more information contact:
Mary Pettit

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

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