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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.
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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.
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.
Thursday, October 2,2014

Boulder’s Barsamian joins Kronos Quartet for Oct. 8 concert at Macky

By Peter Alexander
“The world that we live in is incredibly affected by things that occurred a long time ago,” he says. “For me personally, and I think for a lot of Americans, that war is something that we don’t know as much about as we know about other wars, so I thought it would be a good idea for Kronos to explore that time.
Thursday, September 18,2014

Some unexpected charisma

Classical Requiem not by Mozart opens BCO season

By Peter Alexander
Before I confuse you any further, some simple facts: Conductor Bahman Saless and the BCO open this season, titled “Mystique,” with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at First United Methodist Church in Boulder. They will repeat the program at 7:30 p.
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.
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.
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