Opus Colorado

Coming Up at the Colorado Symphony
January 13, 2015, 3:50 pm
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Late January highlights include Simone Dinnerstein debut, H.M.S Pinafore and Cirque Musica

All performances at Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex


Friday, January 16 & Saturday, January 17, 7:30 pm
Mark Wigglesworth, conductor
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin
Brook Ferguson, flute

 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
 BRUCKNER Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major, “Romantic”

Making her Colorado Symphony debut, Simone Dinnerstein has been celebrated for her mastery of the Baroque style most notably her interpretations of J.S. Bach’s music. Mark Wigglesworth leads a dynamic performance of Bruckner’s emotionally compelling Symphony No. 4.


Saturday, January 24, 7:30 pm & Sunday, January 25, 1 pm
Colorado Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, director
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players

Otherwise known as The Lass who Loved a Sailor, Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera opened in 1878 and was the one of the longest-running musical theater pieces. Get ready to laugh along with the members of the celebrated New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. This semi-staged production is suitable for music lovers of all ages.


Friday, January 30, 7:30 pm & Saturday, January 31, 2:30 pm
Scott O’Neil, resident conductor

Cirque Musica takes audiences on a musical journey to a land of dazzling beauty, mystery, and suspense. The show blends the grace and thrills of the world’s greatest circus performers with stunning symphonic music from classical, pops, and popular repertoire. Cirque Musica is a concert and visual experience for the entire family, blending the spell-binding grace and dare-devil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of the greatest music of all time. It is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to experience great music from classical, pops, and popular repertoire, while enjoying an edge-of-your-seat circus experience. Cirque Musica features top circus performers from around the world performing in this over-the-top spectacular.

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

Rachmaninoff Reigns Supreme
January 13, 2015, 3:15 pm
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Top Three Finalists at Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition Win with Rachmaninoff Concertos 1, 2 & 3

If you love listening to Rachmaninoff piano concertos, you would have been in heaven at this weekend’s Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition (JSIYAC) Winners’ Recital. Each of the top three finalists won by performing a different Rachmaninoff concerto. And all three winners performed their complete concertos at the evening recital on Saturday, January 10. Sherry Kim, first place winner gave a stunning performance of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 1. Second place winner, Ruixue Zhang, performed beautifully on Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2. And third place winner Alex Chien offered an impressive performance of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3.

The evening recital followed a full day of competition for twelve finalists who ranged in age from 16 to 23 years old and represented six different countries including China, Taiwan, Peru, Canada, South Korea, and the United States, including one pianist born in Colorado. Six of the twelve finalists chose to perform a Rachmaninoff composition for the live round of competition. So the chances that the winner would be performing Rachmaninoff were good. However, no one expected the top three winners to all place with Rachmaninoff and to do it in 1, 2, 3 fashion. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s lush compositions feature memorable melodies combined with technically difficult passages, which make his concertos favorites among competitors, judges and audience members alike.

Sherry Kim, the 2015 Winner of the JSIYAC, is a 22-year-old graduate student at Manhattan School of Music. She is currently studying with Alexandre Moutouzkine after graduating from Northwestern University Bienen School of Music under the tutelage of Alvin Chow. She began playing the piano at the age of five. She recently won the Dora Zaslavsky-Koch Concerto Competition at Manhattan School of Music as well as the 2012 Elaine and Jerome Nerenberg Scholarship Competition and the 2012 Union League and Civic Scholarship Competition. She has performed at several music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School.

As the winner of the JSIYAC, Ms. Kim will receive the grand prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to perform her winning concerto with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra at the March 22, 3:00pm concert at the Colorado School of Mines Green Center. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.Jeffsymphony.org or by calling the JSO office at (303) 278-4237.  In addition, Ms. Kim will also perform a solo recital on March 21 at 7:00pm at Rockley Music Center in Lakewood as a fundraiser for next year’s competition. For more information and tickets for this special evening of music, appetizers and drinks, please call the JSO office at (303) 278-4237.

This year’s second place winner is 20-year-old Ruixue Zhang from China. She will receive $2,000 in prize money. Ms. Zhang is currently a sophomore piano performance major at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth where she studies with Dr. Tàmas Ungàr. She began studying the piano at the age of four and has won several piano competitions including the Schlern International Competition in 2014 and the Zhou Guangren Young Pianist Award in 2012.

Sixteen year old Alex Chien placed third in this year’s competition and will receive $1,000 in prize money. He is currently a student of Mack McCray at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He also attends Bellarmine College Preparatory School. He has won several piano competitions including the 2014 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, the 2013 San Francisco Young Pianist’s Competition and the 2013 Henry and Carol Zeiter Piano Competition, to name a few. He has also given multiple solo recitals across the U.S. and England.

Honorable mentions were given to Man-Ling Bai, who performed Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninoff, and also to Soyoung Kim, who performed Concerto No. 3
by Prokoviev.

In its 56th year, the JSIYAC has evolved from a local competition to an international gathering of outstanding young musicians competing for top prize money and scholarships. There is no minimum age requirement to enter the competition, but there is an age limit of 23 years of age. The competition alternates every other year between pianists and all other instrumentalists.

The first round of competition took place in October when three judges carefully reviewed the competitors’ audio recordings. Judges for the first round were Dr. Tamara Goldstein, associate professor and coordinator of keyboard studies at Metro State University, Denver; Dr. Nanette Shannon, adjunct instructor of piano at Regis University and Metro State University; and Robert Spillman, professor emeritus of the opera program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The twelve selected finalists then competed in the live round, which was held on Saturday, January 10, at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood. Judges for the live round were Dr. Grace Asquith, adjunct faculty member at the University of Northern Colorado and co-founder and pianist for the Chamber Ensemble con Grazia; Dr. Andrew Cooperstock, soloist and chair of the keyboard department at the University of Colorado; and Christopher Thompson, collaborative pianist and adjunct faculty member at Metro State University, Denver.

The Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition is co-sponsored by the Jefferson Symphony Association and Colorado Christian University. Its underwriters include Frani and Ted Bickart, Colorado Creative Industries, Golden Civic Foundation, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), and the Wilmot Charitable Trust.

Young Artists Competition Winner Concert – March 22, 2015, 3p.m.
Màquez                            Dànzon No. 2
Bernstein                         On The Waterfront
Rachmaninoff                 Concerto No. 1 in F Minor
Guest Artist: Sherry Kim, Piano

Concerts are held at the Green Center, Colorado School of Mines Campus, 924 16th Street, Golden, CO on Sundays at 3p.m.

Individual concert ticket prices are Adults $25; Seniors (62+) $20; Students (11-21 year old) $10; Children (10 years and younger) $5, Group rates are available for 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.Jeffsymphony.org or by calling 303-278-4237 or at the door before the concert.

For more information: http://www.jeffsymphony.org * email: office@jeffsymphony.org * Tel: 303-278-4237

The Good Bad and The Dazzle For a Few More Dizzles:
January 13, 2015, 2:47 pm
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Dave Devine & Friends Play the Music of Spaghetti Westerns
Sat, January 24, & Sun, January 25 2015
7 & 9 Sat, 7:00 Sun

In honor of the Conclusion of the Denver Stock Show we will be presenting Ennio Morricone’s award winning music from the Sergio Leone films “A Fistful of Dollars”, “For a Few Dollars More”, “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly” and “Once Upon a Time in the West”. Last years single night sold out in advance so to meet demand we have added another performance on Sunday night. Grab your tickets before their gone!


About Dave:
If every music scene requires a guitar god, a case can be made that Denver’s is Dave Devine. Possessing a musical range that reminds one of Bill Frisell and resembling a younger Thurston Moore in appearance, Devine has been deeply involved in both the jazz and rock music of Denver for the last decade. He was a member of long-time Denver rock group The Czars and also played in jazz trumpeter Ron Miles’ band. In the rock band Delby L, he worked with legendary producer Steve Albini. He’s been a member of the Ninth & Lincoln Orchestra, and, when not playing gigs in Denver, Devine often performs in New York and has appeared on the BBC in London. A guitar wizard needs a sphere of influence, also, and Devine’s has come through teaching at Metro State University and the University of Colorado-Denver. In his tenures he has taught many of the musicians who make the Denver music scene vi-brant, including members of Rubedo, ManCub, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Varlet, Achille Lauro, Paper Bird, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake and Bad Weather California. -HeyReverb.com

Boulder Chamber Orchestra Presents “Romance” with special guest Andrew Sords, violin
January 13, 2015, 2:26 pm
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The Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) will present Romance with special guest Andrew Sords, violin on Friday, January, 30, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church of Boulder at 7:30 PM and on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Broomfield Auditorium at 7:30 PM.

Romance includes:
• Dvorak, Romance for Violin and Orchestra
• Arensky, Violin Concerto
• Arensky, Tchaikovsky Variations
• Brahms, Haydn Variations

For more information and to purchase tickets please call: (303) 583-1278 or visit http://www.boulderchamberorchestra.org.

Event: Romance – Boulder Chamber Orchestra

January 30, 2015 7:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church of Boulder, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302
January 31, 2015 7:30 pm at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd., Broomfield, CO 80020

$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 is a nonprofit organization committed to providing exceptional chamber music programming, education, and outreach. Our mission is to promote classical musical arts and education with live and recorded performances of the highest standard.

Boulder Symphony’s Fifth Symphony Series – Titanic Journey is February 21st at 7:00 PM
January 12, 2015, 4:48 pm
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On Saturday, February 21st at 7:00 PM, Boulder Symphony presents its fifth Symphony Series entitled Titanic Journey.

This event features Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan” and Chausson’s Poeme, with special guest soloist, wunderkind (13-year-old violinist) Phoenix Avalon. Concert tickets go on sale January 12th, 2015: bouldersymphony.org/tickets

Mahler began as a young and inexperienced opera conductor, his day job consisting of conducting some of the most trivial and forgettable music with some of the most incompetent orchestras and opera companies. He dreamed of being a composer, and revolutionizing the Symphony. After much perseverance, he became one of the world’s greatest opera conductors and decades after his death, he would be recognized as one of the greatest symphonists. His music is said to contain everything. Throughout one of his Symphonies, which averages 70 minutes, one can experience all the emotion of the entire human race ten times over. On this program is Mahler’s most famous and engaging orchestral masterpiece: his First Symphony. The music illustrates a creative artist setting out on an uncertain path to arrive at his destiny.

In this same spirit, featured for the third consecutive year by popular demand, is wunderkind violinist Phoenix Avalon, this time venturing into the French repertoire performing Chausson’s beautifully haunting Poeme. Recent first place winner in his category of the Music Teachers National Association competition on January 3rd, 2015, Avalon is certainly on his way to exciting endeavors as a soloist. Each year, Avalon’s performances soar to new levels and it is exciting to see him develop as a young artist.

All performances take place at Boulder Symphony Concert Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 1820 15th Street, in Boulder. Tickets are $15 (adults), $10 (seniors), $5 (college students), and free for children (K-12) and are available online at bouldersymphony.org/tickets, or at the door.

Dedicated to making symphonic music more accessible and relevant to people of all ages and backgrounds, Boulder Symphony introduces gifted new composers and musicians, and adventurous world premieres, and focuses on educational outreach and interactive programs for youth. Committed to consistent innovation, the Symphony embraces music’s transformative joy of discovery.

January 9, 2015, 9:07 am
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Concert features violinist Yumi Hwang-Williams, CU Composer Daniel Cox

Who: Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Cynthia Katsarelis, Music Director and Conductor; Yumi Hwang-Williams, Colorado Symphony Concertmaster; CU Composition Competition winner Daniel Cox

What: Chamber Orchestra Concert American Season
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis – Ralph Vaughan Williams
I Give You My Sprig of Lilac (World Premiere) – Daniel Cox, CU Composition Competition Winner
Violin Concerto No. 2, American Seasons – Philip Glass – Yumi Hwang-Williams, violinist

7:30 pm Friday, February 6, 2015
7:30pm Saturday, February 7, 2015

Pre-concert talks at 6:30pm.

Friday, February 6, 2015 at Saint John’s Cathedral, 1350 Washington Street, Denver
Saturday February 7, 2015 at First United Methodist, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302

How Much:  Tickets are available online at: http://www.promusicacolorado.org, or by calling 720-443-0565. Ticket prices to American Seasons are $25 General Admission, $5 Students.

Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra (PMC) presents a uniquely Coloradan performance featuring Colorado Symphony concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams, soloing in Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 2, Americans Seasons, and a new work composed by University of Colorado’s Composition Competition winner, Daniel Cox.  Also featured on the program is the lush Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis composed by Ralph Vaughn Williams, one of the most gorgeous pieces of music written for chamber orchestra in the 20th century.

“All of the music on this program is heart breaking in its beauty and depth of expression. The Philip Glass American Seasons Violin  Concerto, composed in 2010 is already popular, as it is a fitting tribute to Vivaldi’s Four Season’s. The fast parts really have a sprightly baroque feel to them, while the slow movements are lovely and have a moving sense of journey. Yumi Hwang-Williams is the perfect interpreter for this work,” says Cynthia Katsarelis, Music Director and Conductor of Pro Musica Colorado.

On the program is a new work written by CU Composition Competition winner, Daniel Cox, for Pro Musica Colorado. It is a reflection on the Walt Whitman poem When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d, written in response to the death of Abraham Lincoln. The title of the composition is a quote from the larger poem … I give you my sprig of lilac. “Whitman’s poem uses natural and idyllic imagery to ruminate on the nature of life and death. The result is one of coexisting sadness and beauty in the fleeting world that surrounds us,” says Daniel Cox.

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful works written for string orchestra and has been used in pop culture, notably in the movie, Master and Commander. “The acoustics in Saint John’s Cathedral and First United Methodist will greatly enhance the listeners experience of this lovely work,” invites Katsarelis.

Ticket prices to American Seasons: $25 General, $5 Students. Tickets are available online at: http://www.promusicacolorado.org. For further information, or to purchase tickets by phone, call: 720-443-0565

About Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra and Cynthia Katsarelis, Music Director & Conductor
Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra is a professional chamber orchestra presenting excellent performances of familiar and innovative music. Reviews in the Boulder Daily Camera called PMC’s performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio “a triumph.” OpusColorado wrote that in the fall of 2014, Pro Musica Colorado’s performance was “absolutely sensational.” Peter Alexander described Pro Musica’s playing as having “a transparency and warmth of sound.” Cynthia Katsarelis has served with the Cincinnati Symphony, Pops and May Festival, the Greensboro (N.C.) Symphony, and has conducted many professional, college, and youth orchestras. For the past two seasons, she has guest conducted the Colorado Music Festival’s Young People’s Concerts and is slated to return in 2014. Katsarelis is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, with degrees in both violin and conducting.

For more information CONTACT: Becca Tice (303) 909-3517

Colorado Ballet presents three works from the masters of music and dance in Ballet MasterWorks
January 7, 2015, 6:59 pm
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Colorado Ballet presents Ballet MasterWorks, a collection of three works by the masters of music and dance February 20-March 1, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, with live music performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

Ballet MasterWorks includes Concerto Barocco, by choreographer George Balanchine and music by Johann Sebastian Bach; Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins with original score composed for the ballet by Leonard Bernstein; and In Pieces, choreographed by Val Caniparoli with music by Poul Ruders.

“The first time we performed a Ballet MasterWorks production in the spring of 2013, we really pushed our dancers and musicians to demonstrate their artistry, athleticism and raw talent,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs.  “We needed to show what our performers were capable of outside of traditional storybook ballets and they exceeded everyone’s expectations.  That is why it was so important to present another collection of challenging works like this again.”

About the ballets:

Balanchine, a neo-classical ballet choreographer, has been credited for the successful fusion of contemporary concepts with the vocabulary of classical ballet.  According to Balanchine, the ballerinas in Concerto Barocco personify the violins in Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Two Violins.

Not only did Robbins choreograph more than 60 ballets, he also created choreography for theater, movies and television.  Fancy Free is a comical and romantic ballet set during World War II that features three sailors on leave in New York City.

Rounding out Ballet MasterWorks is the return of In Pieces, which made its world premiere with Colorado Ballet in 2013.  Caniparoli has contributed to the repertories of more than 35 dance companies.  Featuring dramatic lighting and costumes, the ballet is set to Ruders’ Concerto in Pieces.

“I don’t think the audience knew what we were capable of the last time we presented a MasterWorks production,” said Boggs.  “Our dancers proved that you don’t need to go to New York or San Francisco to see ballet of this caliber, you can see it right here in Denver with Colorado Ballet.  If you want to experience a performance of spectacular and exhilarating dance, Ballet MasterWorks is not to be missed.”

Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

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 and Marketing Manager
Colorado Ballet
New address: 1075 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-339-1630 | Fax: 303-861-7174


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