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Coming Soon to the Colorado Symphony
March 20, 2015, 3:01 pm
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World premiere of “The Raven,” Scott O’Neil’s final Masterworks, Litton conducts Mahler among highlights of spring programs


David Lockington, conductor
Peter Cooper, oboe
Colorado Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, director

ERIC EWAZEN Down a River of Time
STRAVINSKY Suite from The Firebird (1919)

The Suite from The Firebird is one of Stravinsky’s most popular works, featuring lush musical colors. You also won’t want to miss the world premiere of Colorado Symphony Principal Timpanist William Hill’s homage to Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, featuring the Colorado Symphony Chorus. The program begins with Principal Oboist Peter Cooper performing “Down a River of Time,” a piece for oboe and strings by Eric Ewazen. “Down a River of Time” is a heartbreakingly beautiful and intensely emotional piece that sets the tone for an unforgettable evening featuring two of the Colorado Symphony’s powerhouse principal talents.



Douglas Boyd, conductor
Natasha Paremski, piano

WEBERN Fünf Sätze (Five Movements) for Orchestra, Op. 5
SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

An examination of the First and Second Viennese Schools of composition, this program features audience favorite Natasha Paremski performing her favorite piece for piano, Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1. The evening opens with a unique strings-only first half, featuring Schoenberg’s Verklerte Nacht, often regarded as the most beautiful work of the Abstract Expressionist movement.



Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin

HAYDN Symphony No. 1 in D major
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Cristian Macelaru, currently assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, makes his Colorado Symphony debut with this Masteworks program. Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, one of the most important works of the violin concerto repertoire.



Growing up in the Zappa family home, Dweezil Zappa marveled at his father’s virtuoso skills as a composer and guitarist. After his father’s passing he was inspired to do something to honor his father. Feeling as though there was a generational gap and a fair amount of public confusion as to what his father’s music really was, Dweezil set about creating an opportunity for music fans to make a new discovery. Not satisfied with the generic journalistic descriptions that had been applied over the years or the accidental default association of “novelty act” he earned by way of the casual radio exposure of songs like “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow” and “Valley Girl,” Dweezil Zappa decided it was time for a change. He wanted to expose core fans as well as a potential new generation of fans to his father’s compositions in a way that would give them a balanced perspective of the totality of Frank Zappa’s work. If “Zappa Plays Zappa” was to become a conduit for a new generation of people discovering Frank Zappa’s music then Dweezil wanted to do his best so that very little could be lost in translation.



Scott O’Neil, conductor

Join us for an exploration of today’s fast-rising stars in the composition world. Come see an evening featuring Tracy Silverman performing Nico Muhly’s concerto for electric violin, Seeing is Believing, and other works by today’s most innovative composers. Discover what makes these composers unique, exciting, and unforgettable.



Andrew Litton, conductor
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99
MAHLER Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor

Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 is an intense, alluring work that is at times sublime and haunting. Music Director Andrew Litton is joined by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, often regarded as the champion of this great work. The program closes with one of Mahler’s most popular symphonies, creating an experience that is simultaneously powerful and emotional.



Scott O’Neil, conductor
Victor Wooten, electric bass

JOSEPH SCHWANTNER New Morning for the World
CONNI ELLISOR/VICTOR WOOTEN The Bass Whisperer – Concerto for Electric Bass and Orchestra

Five-time Grammy winner and long-time member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Victor Wooten joins the Colorado Symphony in a program you won’t want to miss. Wooten breaks new ground with The Bass Whisperer – Concerto for Electric Bass and Orchestra, co-written with renowned Colorado-bred composer Conni Ellisor. Co-commissioned by the Colorado Symphony, this piece will be premiered by a select group of orchestras. In his final Masterworks program as Resident Conductor, Scott O’Neil will showcase his talent for orchestration with his arrangements of two works by Pat Metheny. The Colorado Symphony is thrilled to again collaborate with the dancers of Wonderbound, who join the musicians on stage in this eclectic program.


Tickets are available online at http://www.coloradosymphony.org, by phone on 303.623.7876, and in person at the Boettcher Concert Hall Box Office, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1000 14th Street. The Box Office is open Mon-Friday from 10 am – 6 pm, Sat noon-6 pm, and two hours prior to each performance.

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

Metropolitan Opera Tenor Matthew Plenk to Join University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music Faculty
March 18, 2015, 3:52 pm
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Tenor Matthew Plenk will step off the stage of the Metropolitan Opera this fall and accept an assistant professorship in voice with the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.  This season, Mr. Plenk performed at the Met as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor and in its productions of Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, his eighth season with the company. He was also featured in the Bel Canto concert in the Met Opera Rising Stars Series at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center singing selections from La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor and L’elisir d’amore. In May, he will appear with The Cleveland Orchestra for performances of Strauss’s Daphne and with The New West Symphony for Mozart’s Mass in C.

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2007/2008 season as the Sailor’s Voice in Tristan und Isolde under the baton of Maestro James Levine. Other recent opera engagements have included Los Angeles Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Virginia Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Atlanta Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and Yale Opera.

Mr. Plenk made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble and has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Boston
Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and he appeared at the Aspen Music and La Jolla Summerfest festivals.

Mr. Plenk is a Samling Scholar, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Hartt School of Music and a Master’s degree from Yale University. He was Grand Finalist in the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Hear Matthew Plenk perform at http://www.matthewplenk.com.

For Mr. Plenk’s full biography and a complete list of concerts, master classes and events, please visit the Lamont School of Music website at http://www.du.edu/lamont. For updated weekly information call the Concert Line at 303.871.6412.

March 18, 2015, 3:22 pm
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Colorado artists Ian Cooke, Land Lines, Megan Burtt to perform with orchestra; original arrangements by Jay Clifford Thursday, May 28, 7:30 pm, Boettcher Concert Hall All tickets $25, now on sale

The Colorado Symphony is thrilled to announce the lineup for “Turn Over the Keys,” which comes to Boettcher Concert Hall on Thursday, May 28, at 7:30 pm.

 Emerging Colorado artists Ian Cooke, Land Lines, and Megan Burtt will perform individual sets with musicians from the Colorado Symphony, each with a unique style, sound, and symphonic approach.

Longtime CSO collaborator Jay Clifford, leader of the seminal South Carolina-based band Jump Little Children, will work with each artist to create original orchestral arrangements of their music for a complement of 26 string players. Clifford will also perform.

 “Turn Over the Keys” builds on a tradition of creative collaboration with emerging independent artists in Colorado, which boasts one of nation’s liveliest music scenes. Beginning with a now legendary pairing of the orchestra and DeVotchKa in 2012, the Colorado Symphony has joined with up-and-coming regional musicians including the Lumineers, Gregory Alan Isakov, Nathaniel Rateliff, Otis Taylor, Flobots, Elephant Revival, and more.

 The Colorado Symphony’s collaborative spirit has helped to cement the orchestra’s reputation as one of the most innovative and artistically adventurous in the United States. Westword has twice selected CSO collaborations for “Best of Denver” awards.

 “Colorado has an incredibly vibrant and talented pool of artists who live and work in our community, and ‘Turn Over the Keys’ provides us with unique opportunity to work with some of these amazing musicians,” says Tony Pierce, Senior Vice President of Program Innovation for the Colorado Symphony. “It’s also a chance to give back. The community makes a huge investment in us, and in Boettcher Concert Hall, and we want to make everyone has access to the hall, and to the music.”

 “Turn Over the Keys” closes the inaugural Colorado Symphony Presents contemporary concert series, which opened in November 2014 with a performance from Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Los Lobos, The Chieftains, and Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock are among the artists who have appeared at Boettcher Concert Hall under the Colorado Symphony Presents banner. “Zappa Plays Zappa,” featuring Dweezil Zappa performing music of his iconic father, Frank, will be presented April 23.

 Tickets for “Turn Over the Keys” are on sale now at http://www.coloradosymphony.org. All seats are $25, general admission. Service fees and taxes apply.

 “Turn Over the Keys” is the first of its kind — and a chance for promising artists to realize a musical vision; the “keys” to the orchestra are in each artist’s creative control. That’s an exciting prospect, they say.

 “We’re on the verge of releasing a new album of dense, classically-influenced music, so this opportunity to work with the Colorado Symphony comes at the perfect time,” says Ian Cooke. “To this day, one of my favorite sounds is of a symphony orchestra tuning up,” says Megan Burtt. “It’s profound; just a few notes can unite everything and everyone in that space, and induce the kind of anticipation a child has on Christmas Eve. I have always considered symphony players the epitome of musicians, and I’m beyond humbled for this opportunity to share the stage with such talent. It is certainly a dream come true.”

 “I can’t think of a single reason not to be excited to play with the Colorado Symphony,” says Martina Grbac of Land Lines. “As a band, we’ve been playing around with arrangement and harboring hopes of performing with larger groups for some time; some of our songs have had string arrangements waiting in the wings for years. This is something we’ve wanted to do for a very long time and we are thrilled and overjoyed about getting an opportunity to share such an incredible stage with such an incredible ensemble.”


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.


Ian Cooke is described as “one of the most talented living songwriters and performers” by Westword’s Tom Murphy. Though most often referred to as “unique” and “endearing,” it has been well-documented for the past decade that Cooke is much more: a creative force to be reckoned with. The forthcoming Antiquasauria raises the bar to delight Cooke’s most fervent supporters with its scientific influence and genre-defying musical scope. Summoning Mesozoic creatures over the course of ten songs and forty minutes, Antiquasauria is a journey spanning nearly 100 million years and showcasing a vast diversity of life. Inspired by Holst’s “The Planets,” and fueled by a recent collaboration with Wonderbound, Antiquasauria is a cerebral and primal musical synthesis celebrating life before history. Produced by Ian O’Dougherty, engineered by Chris Fogal, and featuring arrangements by Cooke and his band, Antiquasauria will be released on vinyl, CD, and DVD (5.1 surround-sound mix by Neil Wilkes [King Crimson, Yes, XTC]) from Greater Than Collective in the spring of 2015.


Land Lines is an impossible decade, some gap in history where the tines of early electric pianos shimmer in echo chambers, baroque cellos thrum minor chords, and modern percussive rhythms build with surgical precision, all culminating in sparing, angular pop melodies that find new creative spaces in an otherwise overpopulated musical landscape. Land Lines arose from the ashes of Matson Jones, when Martina Grbac, Anna Mascorella, and Ross Harada, regrouped and began crafting new songs. After releasing their self-titled LP, Land Lines, on Denver’s Cash Cow Records, Anna left the group to attend graduate school; James Han, who had been recording and touring with Nathaniel Rateliff and Gregory Alan Isakov, joined and helped shape the new sonic direction of the band. Land Lines has performed at venues such as the Boulder Theatre and Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and has shared the stage with artists such as Devotchka, Nathaniel Rateliff, Esmé Patterson, and Black Heart Procession. In early 2014, Land Lines recruited Xandy Whitesel to record/mix and TW Walsh (Sufjan Stevens, The Shins, David Bazan) to master a second LP, The Natural World, which was released on January 30th, 2015. With sultry songs that saunter, thrust, and linger, The Natural World is a treasure trove of heart breaking songs of love, loss, and human nature and ushers in the next era of Land Lines’ sonic exploration.


What distinguishes Megan Burtt is her emotional insight and soulful delivery. A Colorado-born songwriter and national touring artist, she weaves elements of pop, folk, jazz, and groove to yield a sound that is uniquely hers. After completing her formal music education, Burtt has continued to hone her craft around the world, inspired by her time in the Mississippi delta, living and entertaining in Vietnam, and an annual East Coast prison tour. Winning nationally recognized songwriting competitions, including Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Kerrville NewFolk, and regional NPR Mountain NewSong, Burtt has also performed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and shared the stage with John Oats, Diane Birch, and members of Better Than Ezra. Burtt persistently immerses herself in human stories and unique cultures, building a fierce following through grassroots touring. Multiplying her impact to both music and charity, Burtt produced In Good Company in 2013, a fundraising collaborative songwriting project with top Colorado artists and Hall of Fame inductees, including Chris Daniels, which earned her a Westword “Best of Denver” award for “Most Innovative Artist/Project of the Year.” Burtt’s upcoming album, produced by Louis Cato (Bobby McFerrin, Mariah Carey) and inspired by her time in the South and surviving a brush with mortality, will be available in summer 2015.


Listening to Jay Clifford’s new album, Silver Tomb for the Kingfisher is like being haunted by a friendly ghost. Through sparse production and elegant songwriting, simple observations of everyday life become whispered confessions. Lilting strings lift a meditation on the nature of love to ethereal heights. At every surprising turn, Clifford dares the listener to blink first, imbuing each song with an unflinching emotional honesty that is at once harrowing and restorative. It’s a common thread that runs through all of Clifford’s work, including his long tenure as the creative force behind Jump Little Children. Though the band went on hiatus in 2006, their music remains timeless and relevant. Their biggest hit, “Cathedrals,” (a top ten AAA single released in 1998 on Breaking/Atlantic Records) was used on the most recent season of So You Think You Can Dance, of all places. Through its thirteen years of touring, Jump developed a ravenous cult following and became the unofficial musical ambassadors of their hometown of Charleston, SC. During this time, Jay also released two highly revered albums (Rosebud and Vespers) under his Rosebud side project. After Jump, Jay released his first solo album Driving Blind in 2007. He is now most often found at his studio in Charleston called Hello, Telescope. His time there is split between producing other artists (most recently collaborating on William Fitzsimmons’ critically acclaimed Gold In The Shadows) and arranging and recording strings for other major label projects (Colbie Callait, Vedera, Caitlin Crosby). Completely fan-funded, Silver Tomb for the Kingfisher represents another daring step forward for this wildly talented singer/songwriter. For the Colorado Symphony, Jay has original orchestral arrangements for and the Beck Song Reader project featuring Nathaniel Rateliff and Otis Taylor, Gregery Alan Isakov, and the Moderators.

“New World Renaissance” Ars Nova Singers to Perform Cross-Cultural Renaissance Music with Period Instruments
March 18, 2015, 2:49 pm
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Guest Instrumentalists: Ann Marie Morgan, viola da gamba and William Simms, theorbo and baroque guitar

Ars Nova Singers, Boulder’s nationally recognized ensemble of 36 choral musicians known for its innovative and adventuresome programming, will present two concerts entitled New World Renaissance special guest artists Ann Marie Morgan, viola da gamba and William Simms, theorbo and baroque guitar.

When and Where:
Friday, April 10, 7:30pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine Street, Boulder
Saturday, April 11, 7:30pm at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Blvd, Englewood

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $5 for college students and youth. Tickets are on sale at our website: http://www.arsnovasingers.com.

These concerts will feature music from Spanish composers of the 16th and 17th centuries whose works were transported to the New World. As the Spanish empire transplanted European musical culture to Central America and Mexico, it absorbed and was influenced by the melodies and rhythms of the indigenous peoples. The result is a diverse and fascinating body of cross-cultural music, drawing together the influences of the Spanish Roman Catholic Church, Native American cultures such as the Aztecs and the Incans, and music of slaves from Africa, Puerto Rico, and Cuba.

Christopher Columbus died in 1506, still believing that he had discovered an outlying portion of the continent of Asia. His incomplete knowledge did not diminish the significance of his discovery, and the period of Spanish colonization that followed had dramatic ramifications for peoples in both hemispheres. Our program begins with a sailing song probably known to Columbus and his crew: Ayo visto lo mappamundi (I have seen the map of the world). The opening portion of the program includes the first piece of music published in the Western Hemisphere, Juan Pérez Bocanegra’s Hanacpachap cussicuinin, a work in the Quechua language of the Incan empire.

The featured work on the program is the vibrant Missa Ego flos campi by Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla. Padilla was born in Málaga, Spain but moved to Puebla, Mexico, in 1620 to compose music in the New World. Although rooted in the Spanish Renaissance, his work came to embrace Mexico: the rhythms of its dances, the exuberance of its song, and the textures of its indigenous instruments.

For further information on the program or the ensemble, please visit our website, or contact Artistic Director Tom Morgan (tom@mrgn.us) or Ars Nova Singers web site:  http://www.arsnovasingers.com

Ars Nova’s 29th season is made possible in part by grants from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (Boulder County); the Boulder Arts Commission; the Boulder County Arts Alliance; Colorado Creative Industries; the Schramm Foundation; the Avenir Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The performances in the season are accessible to persons with disabilities. For complete accessibility information, please contact the Ars Nova Singers office at (303) 499-3165.

Tony Monaco & Fareed Haque Trio Featuring Greg Fundis at DazzleJazz
March 9, 2015, 10:34 am
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Saturday, March 28, 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Sunday, March 29, 6:00 PM and 8:00
Tickets are $20

About Tony:
Tony Monaco may be the best organ player you have yet to hear of flying stealth while playing arguably some of the hottest B-3 around. Mentored by the legendary Jimmy Smith in what is considered the more classic style, Monaco does not swing, smolder or smoke. “Tony Monaco burns is this most fitting!” CriticalJazz Review2012. Tony Monaco began his keyboard life at age eight. When he was twelve, his destiny as a jazz organist was sealed when he first heard Jimmy Smith. An enthusiastic student, Tony began working in Jazz clubs as a teenager in his native Columbus, Ohio, guided by local organ gurus Hank Marr and Don Patterson. Four years later, Jimmy Smith invited Tony to come play at his club in California, a peak lifetime experience for Tony.
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About Fareed:
Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation. Haque continues to tour and record extensively along with documenting his unique and often unorthodox teaching methods in a series of interactive video courses through TrueFire.
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About Greg:
Greg Fundis is a rising star among fellow musicians, live music fans and music critics alike being described as a “phenomenon” and “a monster performer in any setting”. Having found a unique, creative voice through the drums, Greg Fundis brings energy, positivity and groove to every performance in genres that span the spectrum from jazz to jamband, funk to hip-hop, pop to fusion and electronica to world music.
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For Bookings or more info contact: 
Aaron Melon—Aaron@dazzlejazz.com
Kevin Lee – Kevin@DazzleJazz.com
DazzleJazz 930 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203

The Denver Early Music Consort and Cadmus are joining together to present Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater
March 2, 2015, 7:20 pm
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The Denver Early Music Consort and Cadmus will present a chamber performance of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Denver on Friday, March 20, at 7 pm, and Sunday, March 22, at 3 pm. Both performances will be at St. Paul Lutheran Church at the corner of Grant and 16th in downtown Denver. Soloists will be local favorites and baroque specialists Marjorie Bunday, alto, and Amanda Balestrieri, soprano. The performance will be on period instruments with Mary Harrison and Alexandra Eddy, baroque violins; Emily Bowman, baroque viola; Sandra Miller, baroque ‘cello; David Crowe, baroque double bass; and Frank Nowell; portatif organ.

Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater is a meditation on grief and faith, particularly appropriate for the season of Lent. It is a musical setting of a medieval Catholic hymn, Stabat Mater Dolorosa (The Grieving Mother Stood), describing Jesus’ mother Mary standing at the foot of the cross at his crucifixion. The piece consists of several movements alternating between soprano and alto solos and duets, meditating on the death of Jesus, suffering with him and Mary, and praying for redemption and entry into the glories of Heaven.

Pergolesi composed this work in 1736, while he was dying of tuberculosis. It is impossible not to imagine how closely Pergolesi must have identified with the emotions expressed here. The music employs operatic gesture to express sadness; the violence, desolation, and pain of death; the empathy of the faithful; and the desire to be accepted into heaven. The Stabat Mater achieved great popularity after Pergolesi’s death and remains a favorite among musicians. Most audiences are familiar with the powerful prayer on death Quando corpus morietur (When my body dies) that was featured in the movie Amadeus as Salieri describes the death of his father.

Amanda Balestrieri and Marjorie Bunday are frequent collaborators and often paired in performances by discerning conductors. In order to present this work to the Denver community, they have combined forces to arrange these performances.

What:  Denver Early Music Consort and Cadmus present Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)

Where:  St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1600 Grant St., Denver

When:  Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Tickets: Available at the door:
$15 adults; $10 students and senior citizens 65+.
Checks accepted at the door made out
to “Denver Early Music Consort”.
Sorry, no credit cards.

Amanda Balestrieri, soprano
Marjorie Bunday, alto
Lyn Loewi, portatif organ
Mary Harrison, baroque violin
Alexandra Eddy, baroque violin
Emily Bowman, baroque viola
Sandra Miller, baroque ‘cello
David Crowe, baroque double bass

Colorado Ballet announces 2015-2016 season
March 2, 2015, 4:02 pm
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Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs announced the 2015-2016 season, which will feature Colorado and world premiere ballets, a production the Company has not performed in 20 years, and the 55th annual production of The Nutcracker.

Colorado Ballet opens its 55th season with the romantic ballet La Sylphide, October 2-11, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  This ballet features choreography by August Bournonville and music by Herman Severin Løvenskiold, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Bournonville choreographed La Sylphide in 1836, making it one of the oldest surviving ballets.  In the production, a young Scotsman pursues a beautiful, bewitching winged sylph, or spirit.

“The Company last performed La Sylphide in 1996 and I wanted to present it this season because it is one of the most beautiful, romantic ballets of all time,” said Boggs. “In his quest for the unattainable love of the sylph, the young Scotsman abandons his fiancé and ultimately loses everything.  The ballet demonstrates temptation, loss and loving something you cannot have.”

The season continues with The Nutcracker, November 28 through December 27, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Nutcracker features more than 300 costumes, 30 Company dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers, 65 Academy dancers, scenery by José Varona and timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

“Colorado Ballet’s enchanting presentation of The Nutcracker is the largest production of the holiday favorite in Colorado,” said Boggs.  “Do not wait to purchase your tickets to watch Clara and the Nutcracker Prince’s magical wintertime journey to the delicious Land of Sweets.  Nearly every performance was sold out during in 2014, so we encourage patrons to buy their tickets early.”

In the spring, Colorado Ballet will fall down the rabbit hole for the Colorado premiere of Alice (in Wonderland), February 19-28, 2016 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass,” the ballet includes choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Alice (in Wonderland) first premiered in 2012 and the choreography merges traditional ballet movements with contemporary ballroom, modern and hip-hop steps.

“This isn’t your typical, classical storybook children’s ballet.  Alice (in Wonderland) is a charming theatrical extravaganza with colorful costumes, whimsical sets and a wide variety of dance styles,” said Boggs.  “Come watch the adventures of Alice in a strange land filled with eccentric and entertaining characters including the frantic White Rabbit, mysterious Cheshire Cat, peculiar Mad Hatter, terrifying Jabberwock and the wicked Queen of Hearts.”

Colorado Ballet will close its season with a collection of contemporary premieres in Ballet Director’s Choice, March 25-27, 2016 at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.  Renowned contemporary choreographer Dominic Walsh will be doing a work for the Company.  Walsh is a former Principal Dancer and Choreographer with Houston Ballet and founder of contemporary ballet company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater.  The repertory will also include the premiere of a tango-inspired ballet by choreographer Lorita Travaglia.  In addition to her work as Ballet Mistress at Colorado Ballet, Travaglia is the Creative Director of Parasol Arts, a non-profit organization that takes inspiration from the art of Argentine Tango.  The production will include a third work to be announced at another date.

Ballet Director’s Choice highlights the talents of Colorado Ballet’s dancers through a diverse selection of new works,” said Boggs.  “Audiences will see a range of different dancing styles, from contemporary to Tango, all in one amazing performance.  Ballet Director’s Choice is the perfect production to debut exciting world premiere ballets with our extremely talented Company.”

Season subscriptions are on sale now and single tickets will be on sale July 15.  Visit http://www.coloradoballet.org for more information.

In addition to the season productions, Colorado Ballet will also perform at the Vail International Dance Festival on August 2 and August 10, 2015.  This is the first time since 2011 that the Company has performed at the festival.  In addition, Colorado Ballet will perform at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts on August 22, 2015.  The Company will also present an encore of its Ballet Director’s Choice in April 2016 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.  For more information on these additional performances, visit http://www.coloradoballet.org.

About Colorado Ballet
Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 55 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 please contact:

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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