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Cocoa for Christmas: Britten and Much More from The Colorado Choir

A preview by Betsy Schwarm At this time of year, Christmas choral concerts seem to happen on an hourly basis.  Many have the same overall plan:  carol arrangements old and new with a dash of audience sing-along.  Certainly, there’s much to be said for the tried and true.  However, more adventurous ensembles branch out rather […]

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Tracing “The Way of St. James” in Song

A review by Marc Shulgold Whether by car, airplane, bus, train or bike, there’s something appealing about taking a trip. Usually, it’s for pleasure, visiting friends or relatives or simply for discovering new places. But for many of the world’s Catholics, one journey has always carried significance beyond the mere act of leaving home. “The […]

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Discovering Musical Treasures of the Baroque

A preview by Marc Shulgold The century-and-a-half known as the Baroque Era (1600-1750) has its undisputed musical superstars: Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. As great as they were, and as often performed as they are, those three tend to overshadow the hundreds – who knows? maybe thousands – of other composers of that day who are […]

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Off the Rails with the Arapahoe Philharmonic

A preview by Betsy Schwarm When a community orchestra has passed its 65th birthday, one imagines that a certain level of trust has developed.  Its audiences have learned to rely on the ensemble for interesting music that’s both enjoyable and exciting, whether or not it’s familiar.  With its upcoming November concert this year, the Arapahoe […]

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A Little Fright Music – Stories on Stage and Colorado Chamber Players

A preview by Betsy Schwarm Interdisciplinary arts:  certainly some of the most powerful and compelling performing arts experiences are exactly that.  Whether it’s opera, combining voices and instruments with sets, props, costumes, and story-telling, or an orchestra providing live performance of the soundtrack to a beloved film, in both cases, it’s entertainment that draws upon […]

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Boulder Bach Festival’s “The Sound of Romanticism”

A review by Gwen Gray After an ambitious year that included a half-dozen public concerts, two subscriber-only performances, and several outreach and education events (at schools, retirement homes, libraries, etc.), the Boulder Bach Festival ended its 38th season with a spectacular finale on Thursday, May 23. 2019, at Boulder Seventh Day Adventist Church. BBF audiences […]

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From Verdi to Lauridsen with The Colorado Choir

A preview by Betsy Schwarm Imagine a large group of singers, performing gloriously beautiful music together.  What composer would you like it to be?  Perhaps something grandly operatic by Verdi, or would you prefer something lush and serene by Lauridsen?  If your vote is for both, in close order, then The Colorado Choir’s season-closing concerts […]

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Off to the Underworld with BCOC

A preview by Betsy Schwarm Boy loves girl – boy loses girl – boy gets girl back (almost):  it’s one of the most timeless of all plot-lines, inhabiting countless novels, plays, ballets, and operas.  It’s also the theme of Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643).  Orfeo tells the Greek myth of Orpheus, whose singing […]

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Seicento Baroque Courts Audience with a Royal Tour

A review by Betsy Schwarm Many ensembles make their mark in part by focusing on the music of the Baroque. Seicento Baroque Ensemble goes one step further, drawing its repertoire largely from the generations preceding the almighty Bach. It might seem a risky practice to build one’s programs around less familiar names. However, Seicento’s audiences […]

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The Show (and the snow) Must Go On: Pro Musica Colorado

A Review by Marc Shulgold “You are the most intrepid music lovers in all of Denver,” Cynthia Katsarelis enthused to the small but enthusiastic gathering on a blustery, snowy night in the Mile High City on Feb. 22. Undeterred by the weather, a few dozen folks made their way to the First Baptist Church of […]

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