A preview by Betsy Schwarm The operative number is 3: composers, centuries, and nationalities. Let no one suggest that the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra does not offer variety for performers and audiences alike. On the ensemble’s November programs, one finds a rarely heard work by a familiar name, a work so well known that many will […]
Preview by Betsy Schwarm As a chamber orchestra specializing in symphonic works of humbler proportion, Pro Musica might not be expected to have much to do with early 20th century repertoire. Epic Mahler symphonies, even those of Rachmaninoff, wouldn’t suit the ensemble’s mission. However, that same generation also produced the Neoclassical school of thought. Here, […]
Review by Betsy Schwarm Over 32 years, the Boulder-based Ars Nova Singers have built a reputation as one of the finest a cappella choirs anywhere. Their concert October 6 in Denver had all the artistry one expects of the ensemble. This time, however, being ever inventive in his programming, music director Thomas Edward Morgan had […]
A preview by Marc Shulgold Maybe Frank Nowell’s Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado should work out an arrangement of the Beatles’ “Here, There and Everywhere.” That tune pretty much describes where the group will perform during its 12th season, which kicks off on October 13-15, 2017. A quick glance at the line-up reveals 16 concerts […]
A preview by Barbara Hamilton A 33-year old man emerged from the shadows, paper in hand. His hands shaking, he nailed the manuscript with 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg church. Martin Luther’s revolutionary acts of insubordination and protest against the Catholic Church had just begun. All over the world, choral groups are […]
Now in their 24th season, the Colorado Chamber Players had never done an all-Baroque program – until now.
Like every director of every orchestra or chorus, Timothy Krueger begins sketching out the upcoming season with the equivalent of a blinking cursor on an empty computer screen.
Herr Johann Christian Bach, music master of the queen, took Wolfgang between his knees. He would play a few measures; then Wolfgang would continue.
A preview by Marc Shulgold “It’s a very eclectic mix,” says the ever-understated Frank Nowell, about the program served up March 17 and 18 by his Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. “Eclectic,” indeed, is an understatement. Oh, there’s some Handel, Vivaldi and Geminiani, as expected. These masters of the Baroque Era pop up frequently in […]
Preview by Betsy Schwarm Music has often set out to support and promote social causes. Even before recent and current pop stars began undertaking such endeavors, Bedřich Smetana was speaking up for Czech nationalism, and it is no accident that Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro explores the divide between aristocrats and those who serve them. So […]