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 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 review by Marc Shulgold A list of Greatest Hits from the Baroque would be incomplete without Vivaldi’s tuneful “Four Seasons” and Bach’s brilliant “Brandenburg” Concertos. It’s not unusual to see the Italian composer’s quartet of violin concertos served up on a concert program. But an evening devoted to all of Bach’s glorious “Brandenburgs” is […]
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 […]
Herr Johann Christian Bach, music master of the queen, took Wolfgang between his knees. He would play a few measures; then Wolfgang would continue.
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 […]
A review by Marc Shulgold In greeting his audience at the Bahá’í Center in Denver Sunday afternoon, Frank Nowell promised that this season-ending concert by his Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado would be “fun and festive.” Actually, that description could be applied to the entire season, the ensemble’s 10th. Most folks might never think of […]
By Marc Shulgold Some cool ideas just take some time to grow from dream to reality. No one knows this more than Frank Nowell, a soft-spoken man with a great deal of patience, it seems. Not to mention courage. This man had quite a dream. “It started out as my idea. It came to me […]
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...
A review by Betsy Schwarm Photo credits: Britt Ripley “The show must go on:” a time-worn mantra that doesn’t allow for global...
A Preview by Betsy Schwarm Spoiler alert: Beethoven was deaf! Of course, anyone reading this article already knew that, and likely also knew that...