Achieving Zoomness: Performing Arts Online

A preview by Betsy Schwarm, January 13, 2021 It is at times like those of the past ten months that the performing arts can mean the most.  Not only is it a chance to gather together in a shared artistic experience, it is also a reminder of the marvelous things that mankind can create, especially […]

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Delectable Delights for Strings: Macarons de Paris

January 4, 2021 A preview by Betsy Schwarm                    Imagine a sandwich cookie with cream filling.  Now set aside that vision of Oreos and instead think of Parisian macarons:  lighter, brighter, and infinitely more elegant than Oreos.  It’s the Parisian cookie, rather than the American one, which best suits the Colorado Chamber Players online recital of […]

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Holiday Moods Sparkle with Pro Musica

Review by Betsy Schwarm The concerts offered this first weekend of December by the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra bore the heading “Holiday Moods.”  Admittedly, in this particular year, holiday moods are not quite what they have usually been.  However, if one needed some reassurance that there is still joy to be found, Pro Musica’s programs […]

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Ars Nova Sings Together and Apart

A preview By Marc Shulgold Tom Morgan has one goal in mind for the Ars Nova Singers’ upcoming performance on Youtube. “I want our audience to get an Ars Nova experience,” the chamber choir’s director stressed. An admirable goal. And it may happen – but that experience will be like no other. At 7 p.m. […]

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The Boundless Wonder of Schubert: a new CD from Carrettín and Gajić

A CD review by Betsy Schwarm Given current events, some may see accidental irony in the title of this delightful new recording of Schubert’s Sonatinas for violin and piano, Boundless, with Zachary Carrettín and Mina Gajić.  After all, “Boundless” can’t entirely describe the day-to-day activities of many, many millions of people living on lockdown in […]

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Baroque Confections from Seicento Baroque Ensemble

A review by Betsy Schwarm Photo credits: Britt Ripley “The show must go on:” a time-worn mantra that doesn’t allow for global pandemics.  From the Berlin Philharmonic to jazz ensembles at brew pubs, live music experiences are on hold.  With concert cancellations came the regrets of audience members who had long had those concerts marked on their calendars.  Even more poignant are the sorrows […]

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The Jazz Age: Arapahoe Philharmonic

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 […]

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The Gloves Come Off: Wilder Women with Stories on Stage

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, […]

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Love and Loss with the Colorado Choir: ‘Tisn’t All Tears

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 […]

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Going Boldly with Pro Musica: Diverse Voices

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 […]

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