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Thursday, May 9,2013

Beethoven explained

Boulder Chamber Orchestra’s Saless describes composer’s link to Napoleon

By Peter Alexander
Tired of weird spring weather? Bahmann Saless is doing something about it. The conductor of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra has programmed Beethoven’s Third Symphony and Fifth Piano Concerto, two popular avatars of the composer’s heroic style, for its upcoming concert.
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Thursday, April 25,2013

Influenced by the master

Beethoven's legacy runs through Takács Quartet program

By Peter Alexander
Even though there’s not a single piece by Beethoven on the next program of CU’s Takács Quartet (at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 and at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 29 Keith Saunders in Grusin Music Hall), the quartet’s first violinist sees him everywhere he looks.
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Thursday, April 11,2013

A taste of the world’s music at CU

West African, mariachi ensembles perform on campus

By Peter Alexander
If you are a fan of West African Highlife, that most infectious of world music styles, you could travel to Accra, Lagos or Yaounde. Or you could walk over to Grusin Music Hall on the University of Colorado Boulder campus.
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Thursday, March 21,2013

Leadership via committee

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra ditched the conductor for a more wholesome approach

By Peter Alexander
To an outsider, rehearsals of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra may seem like chaos — but members insist it’s focused chaos.
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Thursday, March 14,2013

Verdi's grand, operatic ending

Italian composer went out with a bang with 'Falstaff,' playing at Macky

By Peter Alexander
Verdi’s Falstaff is one of the great stories of opera. No, not the plot, although it is delectable in its own right. I mean the story about the opera.
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Thursday, February 28,2013

The passions of Bach

Boulder Bach Festival focuses on composer’s religious works

By Peter Alexander
Bach’s St. John Passion is a dramatic musical work that tells the story of Jesus’ betrayal and crucifixion. From other perspectives, it is a great work of art, a powerful religious experience and a Lutheran devotional event. And it forms the centerpiece of this year’s Boulder Bach Festival.
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Thursday, February 21,2013

Poetry and music combine

Boulder Philharmonic taps Maya Angelou's writing for performance

By Peter Alexander
Assembling a work of art is like putting together a puzzle: Sometimes it’s a struggle to make the pieces fit, and sometimes they just fall into place.
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Thursday, January 31,2013

Scotland sojourn: Pro Musica Colorado retraces Mendelssohn’s misty journey

By Peter Alexander
“This evening in the deep twilight we went to the palace where Queen Mary lived and loved,” he wrote in a letter home that also included a musical sketch. “The adjacent chapel has lost its roof; grass and ivy grow thickly within; and on the broken altar Mary was crowned Queen of Scotland.
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Thursday, January 10,2013

Violinist Sarah Chang is back where it all started

Former child prodigy Sarah Chang first performed with Boulder Philharmonic at age 8

By Peter Alexander
Sarah Chang is happy to be back in Boulder.
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Thursday, December 13,2012

Christmas music through the centuries

From Bach to Berlin, holiday music abounds in Boulder

By Peter Alexander
Tired yet of “Frosty,” “White Christmas” and “Jingle Bells”? Boulder’s classical musicians have the answer for you: whole concerts of Christmas music that avoid the inescapable standards currently flooding the airwaves and suburban malls. No sleigh rides, roasting chestnuts or reindeer shouting with glee.
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