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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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Boulder Bach Festival Review: From London with Love

A Review by Gwen Gray (Photo credits from Broomfield Auditorium: Opus Zero) Few have ever claimed that love is a singular emotion. It can be patient, blind, ill-fated, all-consuming, unrequited, sweet, tragic or true — and that’s just for starters. This was illustrated in great detail during the Boulder Bach Festival’s Feb. 14, 2019 production […]

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Shake Your Ears Loose with the Earthquake Mass

Preview by Ruth L. Carver A piece nicknamed the “Earthquake Mass” would hardly seem capable of transporting a listener to a peaceful, transcendent place…yet that is just what Ars Nova Singers hope to do in their upcoming concerts. This rarely performed piece by Renaissance master Antoine Brumel will gently yet insistently tug the audience from […]

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Passion Unbound with Boulder Bach Festival

A Preview by Gwen Gray Love and passion, in their most intense and concentrated expressions, are the ties that bind the eight works to be presented in Boulder Bach Festival’s upcoming “With Love from London,” set to debut on Valentine’s Day. The program is brimming with tantalizing Purcell, Vivaldi and Händel selections, and a little-known […]

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Pick Your Flavor of Baroque: Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado in February

A preview article by Ruth Carver The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado brings a unique mélange of tastes and flavors to audiences in the bleak midwinter this February. With pieces voted on by listeners at their recent December concerts, and a mix of other classics, this “A Taste for Baroque” program is sure to have […]

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Raisins with Almonds – a Program of Hope

A preview by Betsy Schwarm In tumultuous times, music can be the ideal antidote to anxiety. The beauty of the music itself may serve as a soothing balm. Moreover, reflecting upon how that music came to be written and what its composer was seeking to express likely adds depth of meaning to the listening experience, […]

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A Marian Christmas with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir

Preview article by Betsy Schwarm When it comes to Christmas choral music, one can count on references to the Christ Child, the manger, the shepherds, the star, and likely the Three Kings. There’s also Mary, and she’s the inspiration for this year’s Christmas programs by the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir. A smaller ensemble focusing on […]

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A Celestial ‘Requiem’ for a Solemn Occasion

A review by Marc Shulgold   Sadly, the glorious sacred works of Renaissance brothers Giovanni and Felice Anerio have all but faded away in the passage of time. But their music wasn’t the only revival featured in a stunning concert by Timothy Krueger’s St. Martin’s Chamber Choir earlier this month. The middle of three weekend […]

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Chamber Messiah in Boulder: Pro Musica Colorado and Boulder Chamber Chorale

A preview article – by Betsy Schwarm Is there such a thing as a single “authentic” Messiah? Even the composer himself might suggest not; after all, in the seventeen years between the work’s premiere in 1742 and Handel’s passing, he presented the work again and again, often reshaping it for particular singers and/or venues. So […]

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