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Boulder Bach Festival’s “The Sound of Romanticism”

A review by Gwen Gray After an ambitious year that included a half-dozen public concerts, two subscriber-only performances, and several outreach and education events (at schools, retirement homes, libraries, etc.), the Boulder Bach Festival ended its 38th season with a spectacular finale on Thursday, May 23. 2019, at Boulder Seventh Day Adventist Church. BBF audiences […]

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From Verdi to Lauridsen with The Colorado Choir

A preview by Betsy Schwarm Imagine a large group of singers, performing gloriously beautiful music together.  What composer would you like it to be?  Perhaps something grandly operatic by Verdi, or would you prefer something lush and serene by Lauridsen?  If your vote is for both, in close order, then The Colorado Choir’s season-closing concerts […]

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Off to the Underworld with BCOC

A preview by Betsy Schwarm Boy loves girl – boy loses girl – boy gets girl back (almost):  it’s one of the most timeless of all plot-lines, inhabiting countless novels, plays, ballets, and operas.  It’s also the theme of Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643).  Orfeo tells the Greek myth of Orpheus, whose singing […]

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Explorations of Time with the Colorado Chamber Players

A review by Betsy Schwarm The Colorado Chamber Players have long made a specialty of spotlighting music inspired by the Jewish experience of the 1930s/1940s.  That repertoire comes complete with compelling backstories that flavor how one hears the music, even generations later, particularly as, all too often, those backstories reach tragic conclusions.  For its season-closing […]

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The Show (and the snow) Must Go On: Pro Musica Colorado

A Review by Marc Shulgold “You are the most intrepid music lovers in all of Denver,” Cynthia Katsarelis enthused to the small but enthusiastic gathering on a blustery, snowy night in the Mile High City on Feb. 22. Undeterred by the weather, a few dozen folks made their way to the First Baptist Church of […]

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It’s A Mystery: Stories on Stage

Preview by Mare Trevathan Americans LOVE a good mystery. The mystery novel tends to be the highest grossing book genre in the nation. (The “Fifty Shades of Gray” series helped romance claim that spot for awhile several years back.) “Some of our greatest American literature is of the mystery genre,” says Stories on Stage Artistic […]

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Pick Your Flavor of Baroque: Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado in February

A preview article by Ruth Carver The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado brings a unique mélange of tastes and flavors to audiences in the bleak midwinter this February. With pieces voted on by listeners at their recent December concerts, and a mix of other classics, this “A Taste for Baroque” program is sure to have […]

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3rd Law Dance/Theater’s “Singularity”

A review by Gwen Gray To hear it told by 3rd Law Dance/Theater’s artistic co-directors Katie Elliott and Paul Fowler, the company’s latest production, “Singularity,” was inherited. That’s because 3rd Law’s late cofounder Jimmy LaVita had already begun to assemble the research for the troupe’s next creation before his death — examining artificial intelligence (AI) […]

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Christmas with The Colorado Choir – Nov. 30 and Dec. 1  

Preview article by Betsy Schwarm              Christmas choral concerts come in many varieties. Some are packed with familiar carols and songs, giving audience members the opportunity to join in the singing. Others, focusing on music requiring more developed technique, are likely better suited for listening than for singing along, but […]

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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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