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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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Thursday, November 21,2013

Symphonic odysseys for Pro Musica Colorado

Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra begins Homeric season

By Peter Alexander
It’s going to be an epic season for the Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra. That is not a critical judgment, by the way; it’s how the orchestra’s music director, Cynthia Katsarellis, thought about the season.
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Thursday, November 7,2013

Boulder Chamber Orchestra celebrates 10th season with wide variety of works

By Peter Alexander
“The season is basically about celebrating our 10-year anniversary doing things that have always been my favorites, pieces that I’ve missed doing, and pieces that I know the audiences have been wanting to come back,” Saless says.
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Thursday, October 24,2013

Celebrating comets, new and old

Seicento Baroque Ensemble looks to the stars for inspiration

By Peter Alexander
"It’s not the end of the world.” That will be the musical message when Boulder’s Seicento Baroque Ensemble celebrates the Great Comet of 1680 by performing the music of Henry Purcell.
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Thursday, October 10,2013

Ars Nova and Sphere Ensemble team up for self-led concerts

By Peter Alexander
There are choirs that sing without a conductor, and orchestras that do likewise. But combined choral-orchestral concerts usually require a conductor.
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Thursday, September 19,2013

Boulder Bach Festival: New take on a classical composer

New director Carrettin aims for diverse offerings

By Peter Alexander
Zachary Carrettin is not a strictly-by-the-book kind of guy. The new director of Boulder Bach Festival prefers to sample it all.
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Thursday, September 5,2013

Inspired by the earth

Boulder Phil kicks off season with geologic symphony

By Peter Alexander
For the Boulder Philharmonic, the 2013–14 season is all about nature.
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Wednesday, September 4,2013

Interview: Jeffrey Nytch

Composer explains interplay between geology and his music

By Peter Alexander
My first thought when I heard about this work was, knowing the scope of time in which geologists think, you will really have to compress things in the symphony! Yes, the earth has rhythms, but…
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Thursday, August 8,2013

A farewell to the baton at the CMF

Finale concert marks the end of conductor Michael Christie’s tenure with the CMF

By Peter Alexander
One day, back when she was Kristy Peterson, composer Kristin Kuster got bored. The Boulder native was supposed to be practicing the piano, but like a lot of kids she got tired of the pieces she had been assigned. So she went into her father’s study, took out the scissors, and cut Mozart into tiny one-measure fragments.
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Thursday, July 18,2013

Concerto marathon at Chautauqua

Pianist Olga Kern to play a bold series of Rachmaninoff pieces

By Peter Alexander
Michael Christie is really up for this weekend’s concerts at the Colorado Music Festival (CMF). “I think it’s going to be one of the most spectacular feats of artistry and stamina I’ll ever see,” he says.
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