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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.
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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.
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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.
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Thursday, April 3,2014

Sex, drugs and tango

Pro Musica Colorado gets Epic

By Peter Alexander
Juxtaposing Vivaldi’s familiar Four Seasons with the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by the Argentine nuevo tango composer Astor Piazzolla, the program will be presented Friday, April 4, in Denver and Saturday, April 5, in Boulder, both performances starting at 7:30 p.
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Thursday, March 13,2014

American grasslands, the sea and two piano concertos

Another program in the Boulder Philharmonic’s year-long exploration of “Nature and Music”

By Peter Alexander
If you only skimmed the publicity, you might think that Dinnerstein, whose career has been built with performances and recordings of Bach, was an unlikely soloist for Gershwin.
Thursday, March 6,2014

Students belt it out in opera

‘Hansel & Gretel’ features CU, elementary school pupils

By Peter Alexander
In many ways, the production is the same one mounted by CU in 2006. After those performances, the CU College of Music kept the sets and costumes, which they will use again. But in some ways, it will be a new production. “There are some things that are different,” Leigh Holman, CU director of opera, explains.
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Thursday, February 13,2014

Beyond Bach

Boulder Bach Festival looks beyond its namesake

By Peter Alexander
While masterworks are still very much on the mind of festival director Zachery Carrettin, the festival has expanded from one or two concerts during festival week to nearly a year-long seasons.
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Thursday, February 6,2014

A taste of Italy

Venice Baroque Orchestra brings the music of Vivaldi to Boulder

By Peter Alexander
The Washington Post described the group as “tearing the powdered wig off this music once and for all.”
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Thursday, January 9,2014

Who says classical music isn’t passionate?

Rachael Barton Pine to perform in Boulder on Saturday, Jan. 11

By Peter Alexander
“Within classical music my goal is to do the same thing [as heavy-metal bands], to give 150 percent and get everyone caught up in the emotions,” says Rachael Barton Pine.
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Thursday, December 12,2013

Jazz from unusual places

Tierney Sutton and Turtle Island Quartet draw from diverse inspirations

By Peter Alexander
“It’s not going to be a Christmas show like people are used to,” says Turtle Island’s cellist Mark Summer. “It’s going to be something different.” It will also be Hanukkah, the Hindu celebration of Diwali, and a winter solstice celebration that includes music from Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell and Miles Davis.
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