Opus Colorado

July 9, 2014, 8:17 pm
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 Colorado Clarinet Days
September 27-28, 2014

The 2014 Colorado Clarinet Days conference will be held at the College of Music, CU Boulder. They are inviting Colorado composers to submit short solos and duets for clarinet(s) written within the last five years.  There are several cash prizes, no entry fee, and a finalists’ concert where the finalist compositions will be performed as part of the conference.

For more information, please visit the Conference website at http://www.colorado.edu/music, or submit a piece by filling out the entry form.

Deadline: August 1st, 2014
Requirements: click here

About the Playground Ensemble:

The Playground Ensemble, made up of faculty and alumni from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, is the Rocky Mountain Region’s premier new music group. We are professional musicians, composers and fans dedicated to presenting classical music as a living art form. The Playground’s mission is to provide stimulating performances, expand common perceptions of both contemporary music and the chamber ensemble, and nurture a community
around this music that we love.

July 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
Filed under: News

Kids, dogs, instruments welcome at festival-style fundraiser
Presented by St. Anthony Hospital

The Colorado Symphony kicks off its 2014/15 season with a 5K Run/Walk at Sloan’s Lake on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Building on the success of last year’s event, which drew more than 1,000 participants, the Colorado Symphony Run/Walk is a fun and interactive fundraiser for the Colorado Symphony, the largest professional orchestra in the Rocky Mountain West. Colorado Symphony musicians and CEO/Co-Chair Jerry Kern will be among the participants hitting the course. Colorado Rockies mascot Dinger will lead the Kids Fun Run, which kicks off festivities.

The Colorado Symphony 5K Run/Walk brings a musical twist to the 5K experience, with a variety of ensembles performing along the course as well as a finish-line concert from Colorado Symphony musicians. Though participants can leave their headphones at home, they’re welcome to bring kids, babies in strollers, and dogs.

“We’ve got lots of runners in the orchestra, and they’ll be out at Sloan’s Lake with their families and everyone else, enjoying the outdoors,” says Kern. “The Colorado Symphony 5K is a great way to have fun, hear some music and enjoy the Colorado lifestyle while supporting one of the greatest orchestras in the country.”

The Colorado Symphony 5K Run/Walk is presented by St. Anthony Hospital. Additional sponsors include Delta Dental, the Colorado Symphony Guild and KBCO 97.3 FM. Proceeds support Colorado Symphony Kids, an education and outreach program that serves more than 30,000 students per year.

“We’re excited to be part of this event. And we encourage our community to come out and join the St. Anthony Hospital Running Team for a great run that benefits a worthy cause,” says Patrick Green, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer, St. Anthony Hospital.

Participants can enjoy samples from Boulder Ice Cream, Clif Bar, Garbanzo’s Mediterranean Grill and Great Harvest Bread Company, as well as food trucks Vibrant Earth Juices (VEJ), Eat This featuring Devilish Confections and Gusto’s, among others. Also onsite will be The Kids Korner by The mama’hood, a creative activity zone for young people.

Registration is now open for teams and individuals at http://www.cosymphony5k.com. Participants are encouraged to generate pledges of support for their teams; top runners and fundraisers will receive recognition and special prizes during a post-race awards ceremony. Prizes include packages from the Colorado Rockies, DIRECTV, Sports Authority, Natural Grocers and many more. Pups in attendance will receive doggie bandanas from Urban Dogg.

Each registration includes an event t-shirt and a free ticket to a Colorado Symphony performance in the 2014/2015 Season. (Some exclusions apply.)

Advanced adult registration is $35 and day-of registration is $40. Kids (12-and-under), seniors (60-and-over) and veterans may register for $25 throughout the registration period.

For information on sponsorship and vendor booths, please contact Elizabeth Frels at efrels@coloradosymphony.org or 303.308.2472.

Early packet pickup is available on Friday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Colorado Symphony Box Office (1000 14th St., No. 15 Denver, CO 80202).

7:45 AM — Registration and Packet Pick-Up
8:45 AM — Kids Fun Run, led by Dinger
9:00 AM — 5K Run/Walk
10:00 AM — Awards Ceremony
10:30 AM — Concert and Grand Prize Giveaway

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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

Colorado Ballet to perform under the stars at the Arvada Center
July 9, 2014, 7:41 pm
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Colorado Ballet will present An Evening under the Stars at 7:30 p.m. on August 16, 2014 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.

An Evening under the Stars will highlight Colorado Ballet’s 2014-2015 season by featuring previews from several ballets including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Dracula.  The production will also include other classical and contemporary works.  The evening will close with Sandra Brown’s The Last Beat, with music by DeVotchKa, which premiered at Ballet Director’s Choice in March 2014.

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

This performance marks the opening of Colorado Ballet’s 54th season, which includes:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
September 26-October 5, 2014,

October 31-November 2, 2014,

The Nutcracker
November 29-December 27, 2014,

Ballet MasterWorks
February 20-March 1, 2015

Peter and the Wolf
March 27-29, 2015.

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.


The Colorado Ballet address is http://www.coloradoballet.org

Alliance Française de Denver Summer soirée
July 9, 2014, 7:21 pm
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Here is an announcement that I received from the Alliance Française. You do not want to miss this one!

 The mission of the Alliance Française de Denver is to promote awareness of and interest in French cultures and language.

1.       Summer soiree Saturday  July 19
Party like You’re in Paris (and You Might Be on Your Way!)
To further its mission to be the Center for all Things French in the Rocky Mountain Region, the Alliance hosts a Bastille Day Celebration each year. This year, on the evening of July 19, French enthusiasts will gather at Four Mile Historic Park to sip wine, dance, play Pétanque, and taste food from some of Denver’s signature French restaurants and caterers. One lucky guest will win a flight for two to Paris on Icelandair.

Event Details
•         When: Saturday July 19, 2014, from 5:30-9:00 pm
•         Where: Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S Forest St, Denver, CO 80246
•         Cost: AFD Members $60 advance, $70 at door, Non-Members $70 advance, $80 at door (includes all   food and beverage). Tickets available at afdenver.org.
•        Participating Businesses: Opus Fine Dining, Randolphs Restaurant and Bar, La Patisserie Française, La Cour Bistro and Art Bar, Babettes Artisan Breads, Giuliana Direct Olive Oil, Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Corvus Coffee   Roasters, Crêpes ‘n Crêpes, E&A Chicken Rotisserie, Lillet, and The Village Cork.
2.       Raffle: A flight for two to Paris
This year, our raffle winner will receive a flight for two to Paris on Icelandair. The difficult choice isn’t whether or not to pick up a few raffle tickets. That’s a win-win. Support the Alliance and play the odds for a trip to the city of lights. The challenging choice is who to bring along.

We guarantee with 100% certainty that if you don’t enter, you won’t win.

Raffle tickets: $5 each or $20 for a bundle of 5. Click here to buy yours now.
Details: Drawing will be held on Saturday, July 19 at 8:30 pm at Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S Forest St. Denver, CO 80246. Winner need not be present to win.  Alliance staff, board members and their families are not eligible to enter.

Philippe Marsé
Executive Director
Alliance Française de Denver
571 Galapago Street
Denver, Colorado 80204
Tel: +1.303.831.0304 (main office)
Email: director@afdenver.org
Website: http://www.afdenver.org


$2 Million to Support Graduate Scholarships in Music
July 3, 2014, 3:50 pm
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A $1 million commitment to the University of Denver from Chancellor Emeritus Daniel Ritchie will be matched by the University to provide a total of $2 million in scholarship support for graduate students in the Lamont School of Music.

The Jessie Dee Ritchie Endowed Graduate Scholarship Fund for Music is named in honor of Mr. Ritchie’s mother. “My mother was a singer before she met my father,” says Mr. Ritchie. “She introduced me to opera and instilled in me a love of music. I’m pleased that I can extend this appreciation to others and support promising young students.”

The gift will create scholarship funding for exceptionally talented graduate students studying in a variety of disciplines. Lamont is a performance-focused school, committed to providing excellent, innovative musical training, as well as the skills and experiences necessary for a successful career as a musician in a changing environment.

“We are thrilled to receive this gift from Mr. Ritchie,” says Nancy Cochran, director of the Lamont School of Music. “Increased graduate scholarship funding will enable Lamont to be more competitive on the national and international stage while elevating it to be one of the leading and most forward-thinking music schools.”

Mr. Ritchie’s vision and love for the arts helped to establish the Robert and Judi Newman Center for Performing Arts on the University of Denver campus. This paved the way for the Lamont School of Music to return to campus in 2002 from its Park Hill location. In 2013, he made the largest single donation in the University’s history to name the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science in honor of his father. Mr. Ritchie served as the University’s chancellor for 16 years between 1989 and 2005 and as chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2007.

Support for scholarships was a hallmark of the recently completed $480-million ASCEND campaign, resulting in 576 new scholarships. Many gifts to scholarships were matched dollar-for-dollar through a scholarship matching program and a separate performing arts matching program.

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is committed to improving the human condition and engaging students and faculty in tackling the major issues of our day. In 2014, the University of Denver will celebrate its sesquicentennial with a full calendar of events and programs that not only honor the institution’s 150-year commitment to serving students, the community and the public good, but that look forward to a future of continued achievement and innovation. The University of Denver ranks among the top 100 national universities in the U.S. For additional information, subscribe to The University of Denver Newsfeed, visit the sesquicentennial website or follow the University on Facebook and Twitter.

Denver Young Artists Orchestra announces new Executive Director
June 30, 2014, 10:49 am
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Sue Oakes, President of the DYAO Board of Directors, sent the following exciting notification:

I’m extremely pleased to announce that, following a national search by the board of directors, Kelly Waltrip has accepted our offer to become the next Executive Director of Denver Young Artists Orchestra, succeeding Pete Hellyer.

Kelly comes to DYAO from her current position as General Manager of the Lexington Philharmonic in Lexington, Kentucky, where she has been employed for the past five years. In that role she is responsible for artistic planning, operations, production, personnel and other key areas of orchestral administration. Previously she held administrative positions with the Aspen Music Festival, the Music Center of South Central Michigan and the Detroit Symphony, among others.

Kelly grew up in a musical family in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and majored in music at Western Michigan University studying piano and communications.  She also holds a Certificate in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She and her husband, Jason, are delighted to be moving to the Denver area, where his parents and other family now live.

Kelly will formally begin her job at DYAO in late July and work side-by-side with Pete, Wes Kenney and the rest of our wonderful staff on planning and preparation for the 2014-2015 season. We are incredibly fortunate that Pete has given us so much lead time before moving forward with his plans to start a new school for young musicians in the Denver area. In addition, Pete will continue to work closely with DYAO on a part-time contract basis ensure a smooth transition.

Please join me in welcoming Kelly to the DYAO family and in once again wishing Pete all the best as he embarks on his new venture. All of us look forward to another great season for DYAO in the year ahead and to providing our young players with an outstanding musical and educational experience.

Boulder Music Institute Announces Boutique Summer Program for Emerging Opera Singers
June 19, 2014, 9:32 am
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July 14 through July 18, 2014

The business of opera is changing at a rapid rate and young singers are facing challenges greater than ever before. In this fast-paced environment, young artists are expected to be impeccable musicians, technicians, actors, and business people right at the start of their careers. Taking on the mission to help singers prepare for the rigors of opera in today’s world, the Boulder Music Institute, a boutique summer program in Boulder, Colorado, is opening its doors on July 14, 2014, for a week’s worth of voice lessons, vocal coaching, character and musical development, and public events and performances. This program offers a comprehensive experience and personalized approach for emerging singers—and singers of any age—who are serious about developing their voice and their craft.

“Our primary goal for the Boulder Music Institute is to provide singers with tools to help them build a foundation for success,” said Carrie-Ann Matheson, the vocal coach for the Boulder Music Institute. “Of course, first and foremost, they must be able to sing well,” said Matheson, an assistant conductor, pianist, and prompter at the Metropolitan Opera who has worked closely with some of the brightest stars in opera, including Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, and Jonas Kaufmann. Beginning August 2014, Matheson will be taking a one-year leave of absence from the Met Opera to join the conducting and coaching staff at the Opernhaus Zürich. Later this summer, she is also scheduled to assist Fabio Luisi, principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, with a production of “Falstaff” at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan.

Lauren Sawyer, founder of the Boulder Music Institute, is the primary voice teacher for the program. Sawyer, a dramatic soprano and accomplished vocal technician, runs a voice studio, Boulder Classical Voice, in Boulder, Colorado, and New York City, where her students have been finalists in international competitions, such as The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and are singing in major opera houses that include Washington National Opera, New York Lyric Opera, and Central City Opera. She knows first-hand how competitive world of opera is and understands how easily singers’ careers can get derailed when they don’t have the right mentors, proper training, and adequate performance experience.

Students enrolled in the Boulder Music Institute’s inaugural week will benefit from the tight working relationship between Sawyer and Matheson. “Carrie-Ann and I will be working closely together so we can identify issues that need to be addressed with our singers,” said Sawyer. “Our collaboration will be seamless and our feedback immediate so our students can realize marked improvement to their overall singing ability and performance presentation before the week ends.”
In addition to the week’s offerings of voice lessons and vocal coaching, Megan Marino, Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano, will present a workshop called “Bridging the Professional Gap,” which will focus on helping singers prepare for young artist program auditions and know what to expect after landing the job. Marino will review and edit participants’ marketing materials, offer guidance in writing form emails, give pointers on how to dress, and discuss repertoire variety for audition lists. Singers will perform a mock audition at the end of the day that will be open to the public. One select singer from this workshop will be chosen to perform in the Boulder Music Institute’s public concert on Friday, July 18, with Lauren Sawyer, Megan Marino, and Carrie-Ann Matheson.

There are a variety of ways to participate in the offerings of the Boulder Music Institute. Students can enroll for the entire week to receive three voice lessons from Sawyer, three coachings from Matheson, and have access to all the lectures and master classes. Or they can elect to take individual lessons and have vocal coachings, where time in the schedule allows, and participate in the workshop presented by Megan Marino.
Events and performances, open to the public, are scheduled throughout the week:

Monday, July 14, “The Audition,” First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, 7:30 p.m., free.
• Watch the “The Audition,” a documentary, directed by Emmy award winner Susan Froemke.
• Hear Boulder Music Institute’s founder, Lauren Sawyer, discuss the institute’s vision.
• Hear Galen Otten, Fairview graduate and Eastman School of Music incoming freshman, perform.
• Meet and greet Carrie-Ann Matheson of The Metropolitan Opera.

Tuesday, July 15, Pursuing an Opera Career, First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, 7:30 p.m., free.
• Q&A on anything and everything you want to know about a career in opera with Carrie-Ann Matheson of The Metropolitan Opera.
Wednesday, July 16, Public Master Class, First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, 7:30 p.m., free.
• Public master class with Carrie-Ann Matheson and select student singers enrolled in Boulder Music Institute.

Thursday, July 17, Bridging the Professional Gap, First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $345.
• To register, contact Lauren Sawyer at sawyer.lauren@gmail.com.

Friday, July 18, Performance, First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, 7:30 p.m.
• Public performance with Carrie-Ann Matheson, Megan Marino, Lauren Sawyer, and select student singers.
• $20 adult, $15 student/senior, $10 child.

For more information about the Boulder Music Institute, visit http://www.BoulderMusicInstitute.com.



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