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Thursday, May 14,2015

A perfect piece for Robert Olson’s final MahlerFest

By Peter Alexander
Olson will lead his final two concerts with the festival that he nurtured from the merest of ideas 28 years ago to an event recognized around the world today, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 16 and 17.
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Thursday, April 16,2015

Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ inspires CU production of a Baroque masterpiece

Poppea wants to be empress, and the emperor wants Poppea.

By Peter Alexander
Nero and Poppea were the amoral power couple of 60s A.D. imperial Rome, and they didn’t care who got in their way. They are the subjects of Claudio Monteverdi’s final operatic masterpiece, The Coronation of Poppea, based on Roman history and written in 1653 for the carnival season in Venice.
Thursday, April 9,2015

Musical explorations

Ars Nova Singers map a new world of music in the New World

By Peter Alexander
More than 500 years later, the same song will open a concert by Boulder’s Ars Nova Singers, “New World Renaissance,” presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Boulder and Saturday in Englewood.
Thursday, March 26,2015

Music for movement, and movement to music

Boulder Bach Festival and 3rd Law Dance/Theater collaborate on ‘Bach UnCaged’

By Peter Alexander
The Boulder Bach Festival will reprise its highly successful 2014 partnership with 3rd Law Dance/Theater with a new work that combines the music of J.S. Bach with iconoclastic 20th-century American composer John Cage.
Thursday, March 12,2015

Silent film and oratorio comprise Pro Musica Colorado program

By Peter Alexander
Friday, March 13 in St. John’s Cathedral, Denver, and Saturday, March 14 in First United Methodist Church, Boulder. Soloists appearing with Pro Musica and the St. John’s Cathedral Choir will be soprano Ashley Hoffman, alto Marjorie Bunday, tenor Steven Soph and bass David Farwig.
Thursday, March 5,2015

Rare pleasures

Takacs Quartet will play a piece of Beethoven you probably have never heard before

By Peter Alexander
Because it is an elegy, the Beethoven score works well with the final piece on the program, Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet, an intense and somber piece that takes its mood and the theme of its slow movement from Schubert’s song of the same name.
Thursday, February 26,2015

Carrettin and the Boulder Bach Festival take a new look at the B-minor Mass

By Peter Alexander
Bach’s B-minor Mass is one of the most studied, most wellknown works of music there is. But have all the answers been found to performing this monumental work? Zachary Carrettin, the music director of the Boulder Bach Festival and conductor for the B-minor Mass this weekend, doesn’t think so.
Thursday, February 5,2015

Pro Musica Colorado offers four seasons

But they can’t say which is which

By Peter Alexander
Conductor Cynthia Katsarelis explains that the composer left it up to the listener to decide: “The concerto was commissioned by violinist Robert McDuffie,” she says. “But when McDuffie and Glass got together, they didn’t agree on which parts went with which season.
Thursday, January 29,2015

BCO’s ‘Romance’: An adventure with unfamiliar yet comfortable music

By Peter Alexander
“The music is very approachable,” Saless says. “I think ‘Romance’ is the perfect name I could give it. It immediately tells you it’s a friendly concert, right?” Although not a familiar name today, Arensky was once considered one of Russia’s most promising composers.
Thursday, January 15,2015

Back to Beethoven’s days

Conrad Tao will be both soloist and composer Saturday evening

By Peter Alexander
wide repertoire, including not only Beethoven concertos, but Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Bach, Elliot Carter, Mozart, Ravel, Debussy, Gershwin, Stravinsky — “Yeah, it’s quite across the board,” he says.