A review by Betsy Schwarm A concert on Valentine’s Day with no sign of Romeo and Juliet? As it happens, the Arapahoe Philharmonic’s program had originally been scheduled for one week earlier. However, Colorado’s often unpredictable weather had other ideas, so the concert was rescheduled. Never fear: there was still much to love about the performance. Those who fit the new concert date into their […]
A preview by Jim Hunt This time around, the gloves are really coming off. After the success of Wild Women from a previous season, Anthony Powell, Artistic Director of Stories on Stage, felt that scheduling a sequel in 2020 was imperative. At a board meeting he asked, “What should we call it?” and a member, […]
A preview by Betsy Schwarm “Songs of Love and Loss:” As a title for a choral program, it might lead some to imagine those famously star-crossed lovers. However, in this case, neither Romeo nor Juliet is on the scene, and the “losses” are more tender than tragic. After all, the phrase “love and loss” does […]
A preview by Betsy Schwarm Few will have missed the TV reference in the title of this article. In this case, though, the idea came from comments by Cynthia Katsarelis, music director of the Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, who asserts that the ensemble “has a mission to ‘boldly go’ where no orchestra has gone […]
A preview by Betsy Schwarm Interdisciplinary arts: certainly some of the most powerful and compelling performing arts experiences are exactly that. Whether it’s opera, combining voices and instruments with sets, props, costumes, and story-telling, or an orchestra providing live performance of the soundtrack to a beloved film, in both cases, it’s entertainment that draws upon […]
A preview article – by Betsy Schwarm Is there such a thing as a single “authentic” Messiah? Even the composer himself might suggest not; after all, in the seventeen years between the work’s premiere in 1742 and Handel’s passing, he presented the work again and again, often reshaping it for particular singers and/or venues. So […]
A preview by Marc Shulgold Every organization must eventually come to terms with a transfer of leadership. That applies to political bodies, corporations, sports teams and performing arts groups. So it is with the Baroque chamber choir Seicento (pronounced Say-CHEN-toe). This past May, founding artistic director Evanne Browne (now emeritus) moved out of state and […]
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 […]
Preview article by Betsy Schwarm The viola d’amore may be the white tiger of the fine music world: remarkably beautiful, but startlingly rare. Even those who are well familiar with the standard variety may have never seen and heard one in person – let alone two of them at once. That one of those […]
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 […]
A Preview by Betsy Schwarm Spoiler alert: Beethoven was deaf! Of course, anyone reading this article already knew that, and likely also knew that...
A preview by Betsy Schwarm On January 27, 1945, in the closing months of World War II, the Russian Red Army reached the gates of Auschwitz, subsequently...
A Preview by Ruth L. Carver Certain operas are perennial favorites – by all sorts of companies, schools, orchestras, musicologists, not to mention...