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Sacred Jazz with Ars Nova Singers

A review by Betsy Schwarm The excellent Ars Nova Singers have long been one of the most adventurous ensembles in the region, with a repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to music of current composers. The ensemble’s October concerts this year brought out yet one more side of Ars Nova’s expressive voice: Sacred Jazz. In his […]

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3rd Law Dance/Theater: Lost in Place at the Arvada Center

A review by Gwen Gray As last Saturday evening’s performance of “Lost in Place” by 3rd Law Dance/Theater got underway, the sound of trains chugging along and boats sloshing into harbor filled the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, and old black-and-white scenes evoking 20th century European immigration were projected on the backdrop. Ten dancers […]

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Bach’s “Brandenburgs” – A Late Evening on Early Instruments

A review by Marc Shulgold  A list of Greatest Hits from the Baroque would be incomplete without Vivaldi’s tuneful “Four Seasons” and Bach’s brilliant “Brandenburg” Concertos. It’s not unusual to see the Italian composer’s quartet of violin concertos served up on a concert program. But an evening devoted to all of Bach’s glorious “Brandenburgs” is […]

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Lynn Harrell and Friends Serve Up Musical Magic

By Marc Shulgold  Quite a coup for the Colorado Chamber Players to enlist the services of internationally renowned cellist Lynn Harrell. Not only was he present for an exceptional concert on Saturday April 14th in Bethany Lutheran Church – Harrell generously starred in all three works.   The program culminated with a sterling performance of […]

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Concerto Premiere Honors a Hero Violinist

A review by Marc Shulgold  On January 13, 2012, the massive cruise ship Costa Condordia was ripped open by an undersea rock off of Isola del Giglio on Italy’s Tuscan coast. Most of the 4,200 passengers and crew were rescued, but 32 did not survive. Among the dead was a Hungarian violinist named Sándor Fehér, […]

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Hidden Masterpieces: Choral Music Beyond the Mainstream – Ars Nova February 2018

A review by Betsy Schwarm Count on the Ars Nova Singers to delve into repertoire that is four centuries old and yet find offerings that are new and different – and delightful, as well. It turns out that beyond Italian masses and English madrigals, there is much to discover and enjoy. For the ensemble’s February […]

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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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