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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Themes of Loss and Triumph: Beethoven’s Incessant Hum

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 […]

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Raisins and Almonds for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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 […]

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An operatic evergreen: “Dido and Aeneas” with Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado

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 […]

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Cocoa for Christmas: Britten and Much More from The Colorado Choir

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 […]

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Tracing “The Way of St. James” in Song

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 […]

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