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Baroque Wonders with Colorado Chamber Players

Now in their 24th season, the Colorado Chamber Players had never done an all-Baroque program – until now.

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Ars Nova Singers’ “Shared Visions”

A review by Gwen Gray What would it feel like to hear a poem of your own creating rise up, take flight and fill your ears with angelic voices through the force of an entire choir? You had only to look at Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer’s tear-streaked face Saturday evening to get an idea. As the […]

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Music for Six at Bethany: Colorado Chamber Players

Colorado Chamber Players

A review by Marc Shulgold Rather than celebrate Mother’s Day with a mom-flavored program at their Sunday evening concert in Bethany Lutheran Church, a six-member contingent from the Colorado Chamber Players chose to honor the recent birthdays of Brahms and Tchaikovsky, who both arrived on a May 7 (the former in 1833, the latter seven years […]

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Fall 2014 Instrumental Music Roundup

A preview by Robin McNeil Scen3 Fall 2014 Instrumental Music Roundup This coming concert season is going to be very exciting because it contains some rarely heard music, music that we know, and music which is so important in all of music literature, that you simply must go hear it. Some of the organizations listed […]

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Clarinet sounds new and old brought to light

A review by Ruth L. Carver Colorado Chamber Players offered a curious program mixing new and old on May 9 at St. John’s Cathedral. In an evening centered around guest artist and composer Derek Bermel, his clarinet  played both starring and supporting roles in his own works and in the concluding Quintet for Clarinet and […]

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3rd Law Dance/Theater and Boulder Bach Festival’s “Obstinate Pearl”

A review by Gwen Gray (with photos by Heather Gray) Boulder contemporary dance and classical music fans converge during Boulder Arts Week. How do you get from baroque music to a contemporary boxing ring? Follow the path of one restless neuron to another in Katie Elliott or Jim LaVita’s brain. When the co-artistic directors of […]

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What’s in a Name? – Ask Derek Bermel

A preview, by Marc Shulgold “I have fun with titles,” admits composer Derek Bermel. Which may explain the quirky name he gave to his work for clarinet and string quartet, A Short History of the Universe. No, it’s not intended as theme music for the Cosmos TV series.  “It’s is a jumping off point,” he […]

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Schubert Cello Quintet with Colorado Chamber Players

A Review by Robin McNeil The Colorado Chamber Players opened the month of February with an absolutely sensational program of two string quintets: Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid, G. 324 (Night Music of the Streets of Madrid) by Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805), and Schubert’s (1797-1828) String Quintet in C Major, D. 956. This matinee performance […]

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Jazz? Classical? What’s the Difference? Kirill Gerstein

A preview by Marc Shulgold Most of us think of the pop and classical worlds as existing in two universes — widely separated by cultures and attitudes so alien to each other that there seems no chance of meaningful integration. But then, most of us don’t think like Kirill Gerstein. The 32-year-old Russian-born pianist is […]

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Hannah Kahn and the Art of Collaboration

A preview by Marc Shulgold Unless we’re talking about Trisha Brown and that pioneering choreographer’s love of moving to silence, dance is — and always has been — about our response to musical inspiration. In these days of tight budgets and skyrocketing costs, most dance troupes (even major ballet companies) must often settle for recorded […]

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