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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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Mad Madrigals with Seicento Baroque – March 2018

Preview article by Betsy Schwarm Boulder-based Seicento Baroque specializes in choral music of the 16th century. Last fall, that focus was expressed in a 500th anniversary commemoration of the Reformation. This spring, the ensemble takes up the secular side of the equation: similarly intricate layers of voices, but significantly higher spirits. The program, to be […]

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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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French Fireworks: Colorado Chamber Players

A preview by Betsy Schwarm Leave it to other ensembles to fill a French-themed program with the usual suspects and rely upon Impressionistic works. In its program for January 2018, the Colorado Chamber Players has, admittedly, chosen to include Maurice Ravel, certainly a frequent favorite. However, rarely does one hear his elder countryman Ernest Chausson, […]

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Lost in Place: 3rdLaw Dance/Theater at the Dairy Center

A preview by Barbara Hamilton 3rd Law Dance Theater’s upcoming performances of Lost in Place this coming weekend at the Dairy Center will be a tribute to the beloved co-founder of the company: Jim LaVita. Jim is survived by his wife and artistic partner Katie Elliott, who helped to choreograph Lost in Place. The work […]

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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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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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