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Changing the Narrative: Stories on Stage

A preview by Mare Trevathan Oh, wow. Did you see Twitter? Here, sit down. We don’t have to talk. In fact, let’s just be quiet for a bit and listen to something elevating. Or funny! How about funny? Have a cookie. It’s homemade. If the fever and furor of our era has you fevery and […]

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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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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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Strength in Numbers – Two Hebrew Chorales to Perform

A preview by By Marc Shulgold  For Leah Peer, breaking from the Colorado Hebrew Chorale in 2013 to form a subsidiary women’s chorus was hardly an act of defiance. Instead, it was, the director of Kol Nashim, says, an act that would strengthen the mixed chorus led by Carol Kozak Ward. “We’re all just following […]

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Storytime for Grownups

A preview by Mare Trevathan Tell me about your childhood… Did someone read aloud to you? It felt nurturing, right? Someone gave you their time and focus, and you learned about new things, and maybe did some laughing or crying or both. Some of us reclaim a bit of this former joy in our adult […]

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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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Wolfgang and His Pals

Herr Johann Christian Bach, music master of the queen, took Wolfgang between his knees. He would play a few measures; then Wolfgang would continue.

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Bravely Mixing the New with the Old

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 […]

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There’s No ‘Can’t” With Kantorei

A preview by Marc Shulgold  It’s only his second season at the helm of Kantorei, but Joel Rinsema has big plans. For starters, he has officially ended his 23-year tenure as president, CEO and assistant conductor of the highly respected Phoenix Chorale. “I’ve recently located to Denver,” he said with no lack of excitement. He’s […]

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Delving into Dmitri

A preview by Marc Shulgold Barbara Hamilton and her Colorado Chamber Players have titled their two-year survey of Dmitri Shostakovich’s chamber music a “Celebration.” That’s appropriate – sort of. While the music world has come to celebrate the Russian composer’s work, the man’s life (1906-75) was anything but a celebration. “He walked a political tightrope,” […]

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