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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Tuesday, December 30,2014

BCO offers classical option for New Year’s Eve

By Peter Alexander
“I always felt like on New Year’s Eve, the only game in town in classical music is the Colorado Symphony,” he says, speaking of the CSO’s annual “Night in Vienna” (6:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve in Boettcher Concert Hall). “I thought, ‘It’s kind of a far thing to go all the way to Denver.
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Thursday, December 4,2014

‘Christmas with the King’s Singers’ aims to leave the audience smiling

By Peter Alexander
Founded in 1968 by six friends at King’s College, Cambridge — hence their name — the King’s Singers have become known worldwide for their “close-harmony” style. Indeed, they invented the term, which describes their style of singing, featuring chords with notes very close together — what Wayne-Wright calls “clashy chords.
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Thursday, November 20,2014

In the nick of time, Boulder Symphony will bring listeners ‘Out of the Darkness’

By Peter Alexander
Only days after Boulder descended from record highs to record lows, into what feels like the depth of winter, the orchestra and conductor Devin Patrick Hughes are offering to bring listeners “Out of the Darkness” Saturday evening (7 p.m. Nov. 22 in Boulder’s First Presbyterian Church: http://bouldersymphony.
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Thursday, November 6,2014

Experience music, and glimpse culture from a world away

World music concert invites rethinking the meaning of music

By Peter Alexander
The College of Music offers several world music ensembles, giving students the opportunity to learn a different musical culture from the inside. In addition to the Japanese and Balinese ensembles, there is West African Highlife ensemble, which will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.
Thursday, October 23,2014

Barking pirates, Barbies and a parasol

Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ opens at CU

By Peter Alexander
Written in Victorian times, Gilbert and Sullivan’s shows kept their massive popularity for decades. Through most of the 20th century, there were Gilbert and Sullivan (G&S) companies, professional and amateur, all across the U.S.
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Thursday, October 16,2014

Pro Musica Colorado opens season with beautiful music but no theme

By Peter Alexander
That particularly seems true of the first concert of Pro Musica’s season, which will be performed Friday in Denver and Saturday in Boulder (7:30 p.m. both nights; www. promusicacolorado. org/season). The program comprises three pieces with no evident connection among them: Sibelius’ tone poem Rakastava.
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