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Duruflé in Denver: Ars Nova and Friends

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 […]

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Dancing Above, Singing Below: Ars Nova and Frequent Flyers at the Dairy

A review by Marc Shulgold  In their spoken introduction, Tom Morgan and Nancy Smith welcomed their audience to the Dairy Arts Center by cutely alternating words and phrases in explaining the collaboration of his Ars Nova Singers and her all-women Frequent Flyers aerial dance troupe. Most of what they actually said became lost in the […]

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Celebrating a Decade of Baroque Brilliance

A review by Marc Shulgold  In greeting his audience at the Bahá’í Center in Denver Sunday afternoon, Frank Nowell promised that this season-ending concert by his Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado would be “fun and festive.” Actually, that description could be applied to the entire season, the ensemble’s 10th. Most folks might never think of […]

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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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3rd Law Dance/Theater’s “Elision Project Vol. 1”

A review by Gwen Gray The crowd at the Dairy Arts Center quiets. A young man appears on stage, barefooted, a headset microphone at his lips and a smartphone in his hand. He begins a monosyllabic a cappella chant, which expands into a rich, rhythmic hymn as he digitally loops and chains his own vocals […]

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Denver Phil Brings It On Home

A review by Marc Shulgold Sold-out orchestral concerts are a rarity in these parts—standing-room-only is simply unheard of. Unless you’re talking about the Denver Philharmonic. The 67-year-old ensemble (having gone through several name changes and five music directors in its history) literally packed them in on Thursday for a lively concert in KPOF Hall in […]

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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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Boulder Concert Band surveys America

A review by Ruth L. Carver The bright, brassy sound of a concert band is hard to miss, and the Boulder Concert Band does a splendid job of playing with a bold and celebratory air. They are the heir of a great tradition of local volunteer bands, and under the direction of Dr. William Kinne, […]

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Hannah Kahn Through the Years

A review by Marc Shulgold Time sure flies in the dance world. Can it really be that Baryshnikov is pushing 70? Age hasn’t slowed him down, just as it doesn’t seem to have dented the spirit or the creative juices of one of Denver’s veteran choreographers – Hannah Kahn. She just keeps on keeping on. […]

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A jazzy, spirited night with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra

Denver Philharmonic

A review by Ruth L. Carver The Denver Philharmonic Orchestra is settling into its role as the alternative orchestra in town – and a program on April 3 entitled “Reformations” confirmed why. In addition to its popular #dpotweets live Twitter feed, the DPO is consistently making daring programming choices and the one-night-only vibe of the […]

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