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Thursday, November 15,2012

Boulder Chamber Orchestra seeks harmony via alchemy

In 'Basilisk and Ankh,' orchestra makes symphonic gold

By Peter Alexander
If you mix the right ingredients, you will get pure gold. That was the belief of the medieval alchemists, and it is the belief of Bahman Saless, who mixes the musical ingredients as director of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra.
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Thursday, November 8,2012

Journeys through time, space and music

Pro Musica Colorado follows the travels of young Mozart

By Peter Alexander
Cynthia Katsarellis likes to travel. In fact, the director of the Pro Musica Colorado chamber orchestra likes travel so much that she has organized the group’s 2012-13 season as a series of musical journeys, starting with “Mozart Travels to London” Friday and Saturday in Denver and Boulder.
Thursday, October 25,2012

Sequence of rakes

CU presents three versions of ‘Rake’s Progress’

By Peter Alexander
Igor Stravinsky: mashup artist? Indeed, the great Russian composer was mixing up styles long before the term “mashup” was invented.
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Thursday, October 18,2012

Music for the adventurous from Ars Nova Singers

Group takes on Philip Glass and ´Koyaanisqatsi´

By Peter Alexander
Tom Morgan wants to hear something new. "As I get older I’m less interested in hearing the same sounds over and over again," he says.
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Thursday, October 4,2012

John Cage and the sound of silence

Composer pointed out that it’s louder, and more musical, than you think

By Peter Alexander
If someone says ´can’t,´ that shows you what to do.”
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Thursday, September 20,2012

Period reconstruction

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado aims for classical music authenticity

By Peter Alexander
Turning back the clock would be a futile endeavor for most of us, but for Frank Nowell, it is a productive and creative activity.
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Thursday, September 13,2012

Casual meets formal for Boulder philharmonic

Boulder Philharmonic’s season presents a mix of genres

By Peter Alexander
It’s going to be a “blue jeans plus dinner jacket” kind of season with the Boulder Philharmonic this year.
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Thursday, August 2,2012

Mighty fifths to end the summer

Colorado Music Festival explores seminal work of contemporary, classical composers

By Peter Alexander
The 2012 Colorado Music Festival (CMF) surges to its conclusion this week with concerts Thursday and Friday by the Festival Orchestra — one of the best I have heard in recent years at CMF — conducted by Michael Christie.
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Thursday, July 19,2012

Phantoms in the opera

Ghosts haunt Central City’s ‘La Bohème’ and ‘Turn of the Screw’

By Peter Alexander
Central City’s 2012 season offers an emotionally varied program. With the final opening night of the season Saturday, the ghosts of Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw joined the starving artists of Puccini’s La Bohème and the homespun Americans of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! on the bill.
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Thursday, July 12,2012

Knowledge is power

CMF’s ‘Beyond the Score’ lecture tells the story of the music

By Peter Alexander
The word ‘planet’ means wanderer,” the narrator says, explaining the captivating, wandering harmonies of Gustav Holst’s popular orchestral piece The Planets. “To the ancient world, the planets were the stars that changed position, that wandered from one place to another. In The Planets, the music wanders from harmony to harmony.”
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