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Thursday, October 1,2015

Boulder Symphony’s family affair

Orchestra season opens with Dvork and Beethoven

By Peter Alexander
The opening of the Boulder Symphony’s 2015–16 season features three members of Boulder’s legendary musical family, the Lehnerts, playing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. And it all got started at the farmers’ market. “Nothing is more like local Boulder than that,” says the orchestra’s music director, Devin Patrick Hughes.
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Thursday, September 10,2015

The narrative of music

Boulder Philharmonic 2015-16 season opens

By Peter Alexander
The Boulder Philharmonic’s 2015–16 season is titled “Reflections: The Spirit of Boulder,” but the orchestra will open the season by telling stories. The season’s opening concert under music director Michael Butterman will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, in Macky Auditorium — a departure from the orchestra’s standard 7:30 p.m. Saturday concert dates.
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Thursday, August 6,2015

The final note

As the summer draws to its end, CMF offers one last weekend of music

By Peter Alexander
The days are growing ever so slightly shorter. Summer is turning toward fall, and the 2015 Colorado Music Festival (CMF) is at its final weekend. The closing events offer a microcosm of what has been a fascinating season, revealing the personality of new music director Jean-Marie Zeitouni. As over the whole season, there will be both American and French music, there will be familiar and refreshingly unfamiliar pieces and there will be a celebration of the human voice.
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Thursday, July 23,2015

A thriller comes to Colorado Music Festival

Star operatic baritone Samuel Ramey will be a guest artist for Bartk’s ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’

By Peter Alexander
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, music director of the Colorado Music Festival (CMF), makes Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle sound almost like a Hollywood horror movie. “The musical score is warning about danger,” he says of the one-act opera, which he will conduct as part of a Festival Orchestra concert Thursday and Friday, July 23 and 24, in the Chautauqua Auditorium. The concert, titled “Beyond Fairy Tales,” will conclude with a concert performance of the opera. Also on the program is Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, as arranged by the composer in 1919.
Thursday, July 16,2015

Central City Opera shines bright

The 2015 season opens with a winning production

By Peter Alexander
Colorado’s high-altitude gem, the Central City Opera, opened Saturday night ( July 11) with a winning production of Verdi’s La Traviata. The production, under the direction of John Baril and stage direction by Elise Sandell, runs in repertory through Aug. 8.
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Thursday, July 2,2015

New CMF music director aims to build a relationship with the audience

With the festival under way, Zeitouni can come into his own

By Peter Alexander
Jean-Marie Zeitouni is excited about his entire first season as music director of the Colorado Music Festival (CMF). “I love them all!” he says of the festival concert programs. “These are all concerts that I’m looking forward to. [Over the summer] you have every single genre, and every single period in music. You have solo works, you have chamber music, you have recitals, you have chamber orchestra and big orchestra — everything is covered.”
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.
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.
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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.
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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.