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Thursday, June 13,2013

Carmen to corruption to hope

Sounds of Lyons presents an ambitious weekend program

By Peter Alexander
The director and guiding spirit of the annual Sounds of Lyons chamber music festival has described herself in the past as “part renegade, part experimentalist and part naďve,” which fits the previous four festivals to a “T.” And in the fifth Sounds of Lyons ( June 14–16), she and the festival are still renegade and experimental, but they are well beyond naďve.
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Thursday, May 16,2013

Leaving on a high note

MahlerFest bids farewell to departing CU professor Julie Simson

By Peter Alexander
“Der Abschied” is ideal for Simson’s MahlerFest farewell because the text literally describes the parting of two friends. It is, Olson says, “the most colorful, beautiful, intimate piece of music ever written. Period.”
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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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