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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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Old and New from Evergreen Chamber Orchestra

A preview by Betsy Schwarm The operative number is 3: composers, centuries, and nationalities. Let no one suggest that the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra does not offer variety for performers and audiences alike. On the ensemble’s November programs, one finds a rarely heard work by a familiar name, a work so well known that many will […]

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Duruflé in Denver: Ars Nova and Friends

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 […]

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Spreading Baroque Music’s Joys

A preview by Marc Shulgold  Maybe Frank Nowell’s Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado should work out an arrangement of the Beatles’ “Here, There and Everywhere.” That tune pretty much describes where the group will perform during its 12th season, which kicks off on October 13-15, 2017. A quick glance at the line-up reveals 16 concerts […]

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The Joie de Vivre of the Alliance Française de Denver

A preview by Barbara Hamilton Walking into the Alliance Française de Denver is a perfect way to lift your spirits.  One of 107 centers for French language and culture in the United States, the Alliance is located in a lovely historic building on 6th Avenue and Galapago Street in Denver. From the comfortable chairs in […]

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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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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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Singing Out for SafeHouse

Preview by Betsy Schwarm Music has often set out to support and promote social causes.   Even before recent and current pop stars began undertaking such endeavors, Bedřich Smetana was speaking up for Czech nationalism, and it is no accident that Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro explores the divide between aristocrats and those who serve them. So […]

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Dancing Above, Singing Below: Ars Nova and Frequent Flyers at the Dairy

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 […]

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Honoring a Pivotal Moment in Our History: St. Martin’s Chamber Choir

A preview by Marc Shulgold We all know a little something about America’s bloody Civil War – mostly who won and who lost, the names of a few generals and battles, and how the country seems still divided between North and South. Sadly, the one thing we really don’t know is the music directly inspired […]

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