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Thursday, September 11,2014

Boulder Phil launches ‘Legends’ season with a bang

By Peter Alexander
If that doesn’t capture your imagination, next on the program will be the Second Piano Concerto by Camille Saint-SaŽns.
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Friday, August 1,2014

Four or more for Music Director

CMF may have more candidates than we thought

By Peter Alexander
Rumors have been swirling around Chautauqua all summer. When the Colorado Music Festival announced its summer season, it was stated that three of the guest conductors were candidates to replace
Thursday, July 31,2014

Final week at CMF features aspects of love

It’s all about love.

By Peter Alexander
In Shchedrin’s score, the rhythms and dances from the opera have been distilled and concentrated. As Zeitouni explains it, “When you condense it into a 45-minute ballet, then suddenly the landscape is more compact and you just feel the dance energy all the time.
Thursday, July 17,2014

Prieto programs favorites for festival

Carlos Miguel Prieto brings two very different programs to the Colorado Music Festival.

By Peter Alexander
The Mexican conductor, the second of three candidates for the position of music director of the festival, will lead the full Festival Orchestra in a program of early 20th-century ballets on July 17 and 18, and the Chamber Orchestra in a program of 18th/19th-century classics on July 20.
Thursday, July 3,2014

Off on a light note

First CMF music director candidate crafts light program

By Peter Alexander
The first of three candidates for music director of the Colorado Music Festival to conduct at Chautauqua this summer, Boughton will lead two programs, with the chamber orchestra July 6 and the full orchestra July 10-11 (7:30 p.m. in the Chautauqua Auditorium; tickets https://tickets.
Thursday, June 26,2014

Second time the charm for Colorado Music Festival?

By Peter Alexander
After a failed first attempt, the CMF announced that it has hired a new executive director. Andrew Bradford, currently the executive director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra in Park Forest, Ill., will take the reins at CMF on Aug. 11.
Thursday, June 26,2014

Batons at the ready

Colorado Music Festival kicks off its season on Sunday

By Peter Alexander
When the Colorado Music Festival gets underway Sunday (7:30 p.m. in Chautauqua Auditorium), many of the festival’s familiar features will be in place. There will be family concerts, patriotic pops, orchestral showpieces, guest artists, and a mix of popular and classical styles on the “Music Mash-up” series ( July 1, 15 and 29). There will be picnics on the lawn and people sitting outside enjoying the summer nights.
Thursday, May 8,2014

Dropping the hammer

Robert Olson chooses ‘ultimate fate’ for his next-to-last MahlerFest

By Peter Alexander
The founder and artistic director of the Colorado MahlerFest has announced that he will retire after the 2015 festival of music by Gustav Mahler. This year’s festival, the 27th and Olson’s next-to-last, features the “Sixth Symphony,” with performances in Macky Auditorium on May 17 and 18.
Thursday, May 1,2014

The ‘Fifth’ for the 10th

Boulder Chamber Orchestra tackles its biggest-ever challenge: ‘dun dun dun dun’

By Peter Alexander
Part of the challenge is that the “Fifth Symphony” is such a well known piece of music. The opening contains probably the most famous four notes in all classical music, and it has been recorded literally hundreds of times, by orchestras great and small. Virtually everyone in the audience has heard it many times, often by the greatest interpreters of the past 75 years or more.
Thursday, April 17,2014

Time signatures and space

Ars Nova Singers aim for the unusual

By Peter Alexander
Going boldly where few choirs ever do, Boulder’s Ars Nova Singers and conductor Thomas Edward Morgan love to explore strange new worlds of vocal performance.