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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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. […]
A Preview by Ruth L. Carver Certain operas are perennial favorites – by all sorts of companies, schools, orchestras, musicologists, not to mention...
A preview by Betsy Schwarm At this time of year, Christmas choral concerts seem to happen on an hourly basis. Many have the same overall plan: carol...