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Thursday, March 13,2014

American grasslands, the sea and two piano concertos

Another program in the Boulder Philharmonic’s year-long exploration of “Nature and Music”

By Peter Alexander
If you only skimmed the publicity, you might think that Dinnerstein, whose career has been built with performances and recordings of Bach, was an unlikely soloist for Gershwin.
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Thursday, March 6,2014

Students belt it out in opera

‘Hansel & Gretel’ features CU, elementary school pupils

By Peter Alexander
In many ways, the production is the same one mounted by CU in 2006. After those performances, the CU College of Music kept the sets and costumes, which they will use again. But in some ways, it will be a new production. “There are some things that are different,” Leigh Holman, CU director of opera, explains.
Thursday, February 13,2014

Beyond Bach

Boulder Bach Festival looks beyond its namesake

By Peter Alexander
While masterworks are still very much on the mind of festival director Zachery Carrettin, the festival has expanded from one or two concerts during festival week to nearly a year-long seasons.
Thursday, February 6,2014

A taste of Italy

Venice Baroque Orchestra brings the music of Vivaldi to Boulder

By Peter Alexander
The Washington Post described the group as “tearing the powdered wig off this music once and for all.”
Thursday, January 9,2014

Who says classical music isn’t passionate?

Rachael Barton Pine to perform in Boulder on Saturday, Jan. 11

By Peter Alexander
“Within classical music my goal is to do the same thing [as heavy-metal bands], to give 150 percent and get everyone caught up in the emotions,” says Rachael Barton Pine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.