A Preview by Betsy Schwarm Spoiler alert: Beethoven was deaf! Of course, anyone reading this article already knew that, and likely also knew that 2020 will bring the 250th anniversary of the master composer’s birth. However, it is both facts, not just the latter, that inspired an upcoming multi-disciplinary performance of a newly commissioned play […]
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 liberating the camp. With the 75th anniversary of that occasion rapidly approaching, worldwide commemorations of the event are planned, especially as, in 2005, the UN declared January 27 […]
A Preview by Ruth L. Carver Certain operas are perennial favorites – by all sorts of companies, schools, orchestras, musicologists, not to mention performers. Local audiences have the chance to hear one of these classics in January, with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado taking on English composer Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. The opera […]
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 arrangements old and new with a dash of audience sing-along. Certainly, there’s much to be said for the tried and true. However, more adventurous ensembles branch out rather […]
A review by Marc Shulgold Whether by car, airplane, bus, train or bike, there’s something appealing about taking a trip. Usually, it’s for pleasure, visiting friends or relatives or simply for discovering new places. But for many of the world’s Catholics, one journey has always carried significance beyond the mere act of leaving home. “The […]
A preview by Marc Shulgold The century-and-a-half known as the Baroque Era (1600-1750) has its undisputed musical superstars: Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. As great as they were, and as often performed as they are, those three tend to overshadow the hundreds – who knows? maybe thousands – of other composers of that day who are […]
A preview by Betsy Schwarm When a community orchestra has passed its 65th birthday, one imagines that a certain level of trust has developed. Its audiences have learned to rely on the ensemble for interesting music that’s both enjoyable and exciting, whether or not it’s familiar. With its upcoming November concert this year, the Arapahoe […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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...