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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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Thursday, July 11,2013

Central City Opera presents a study in contrasts

Central City Opera presents two different, satisfying shows

By Peter Alexander
Central City Opera (CCO), one of the jewels of the summer season in Colorado, is offering two productions in the historic Central City Opera House this year.
Wednesday, July 3,2013

Life in opera

Couple celebrates 30 years in the business

By Peter Alexander
If you think the nomadic, demanding schedule of opera singers might make it difficult for them to sustain a healthy marriage, you have not met Kevin Langan and Sally Wolf. The bass and soprano, who are appearing in plum roles at the Central City Opera (CCO) production of Our Town this summer, are living proof that opera singers can have their cake and eat it together. As a couple. Long term.
Thursday, June 27,2013

Masters and mash-ups at the Colorado Music Fest

Colorado Music Festival bids 'do svidaniya' to longtime director Michael Christie with ambitious program

By Peter Alexander
If you stop by the Colorado Music Festival (CMF) at Chautauqua this summer (June 29 through Aug. 9) and order “the usual,” you might get almost anything, from Bach to Brazilian guitars to Radiohead.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.