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Thursday, March 22,2012

Beatbox vs. symphony

‘Deadlock’ pits the modern against the classic

By Peter Alexander
Familiar as a fundamental element of music, the pulse that compels us to tap our feet or march along with the band, rhythm is even more than that. It underlays the movements of dance and the meter of poetry. It is found in the language and the scene structure of drama and film.
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Thursday, March 1,2012

New director, new direction

Bach Festival's final concert opts for shorter pieces instead of a single work

By Peter Alexander
This year new festival director Rick Erickson has chosen a different kind of program: Instead of a single major work, he is venturing into what he calls the “heart” of Bach’s work as a composer, the cantatas.
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Thursday, February 23,2012

Classically ambitious

András Schiff’s piano recitals are daring in their scope

By Peter Alexander
Very few pianists follow a full recital program with a 20-minute encore. Very few, as in one: András Schiff, the Hungarian pianist who comes to Macky Auditorium as part of the University of Colorado’s CU Presents series at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27.
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Thursday, February 16,2012

Dusting off forgotten classics

Seicento Baroque Ensemble gives oft-overlooked works new life

By Peter Alexander
The program will feature the works of three Baroque composers with low name recognition but great historical connections: Heinrich Schüetz, an important predecessor of Bach and Handel in the German tradition; Heinrich Ignaz von Biber, a predecessor of Mozart in Salzburg; and Friedrich Kuhnau, the direct predecessor of J.
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Thursday, February 9,2012

Bach for a lifetime

Rick Erickson, the new director of the Boulder Bach Fest, discusses why Bach remains so popular

By Peter Alexander
Erickson, the new director of the Boulder Bach Festival, took that advice to heart. As a child he studied Bach on piano and organ, he performed Bach’s cantatas as a student at the Eastman School of Music, and for nearly 20 years he has headed the renowned Bach Vespers series at Holy Trinity Church in New York.
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Thursday, January 12,2012

Sweet like baklava

Planina’s alternate New Year concert celebrates music of eastern Europe

By Peter Alexander
If you missed New Year’s the first time, Planina offers you another chance to celebrate. Planina (“mountain” in southern Slavic languages) is a group of singers and instrumentalists specializing in the folk music of eastern Europe.
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Thursday, December 1,2011

Holiday classical concerts in Boulder

By Peter Alexander
The calendar of holiday events by Boulder County’s classical music organizations heats up this weekend with Pro Musica Colorado and St. Martin’s Chamber Choir’s performances of Bach’s rarely heard Christmas Oratorio (see story at left). 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Denver, and on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Boulder. For tickets visit www.promusi cacolorado. org/buy_tick ets_donate or www.stmartin schamberchoir.org.
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Thursday, December 1,2011

’Tis the season

Get in the holiday spirit with classical music concerts

By Peter Alexander
First a tattoo of timpani. Then, unexpectedly, flutes and oboes. And then trumpets in an eruption of jubilation. It’s one of the most splendid openings ever written. And it’s part of possibly the greatest classical piece you’ve never heard. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, which is as popular in Germany as Handel’s Messiah in the United States, hasn’t been performed in the Denver-Boulder area for 18 years.
Wednesday, November 23,2011

Next-best thing

Watching opera in movie theaters is becoming popular in Boulder

By Peter Alexander
Operatic characters are larger than life. Especially when projected on a 20-foot tall movie screen. And today, thanks to the development of digital sound and high-definition video, more and more people experience opera on the big screen.
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Thursday, October 27,2011

Intrigue and murder mystery wrapped up in a requiem

Mozart’s final piece is shrouded in mystery

By Peter Alexander
You may know the legend: A mysterious stranger showed up at Mozart’s door, asking the composer to write a Requiem for an unknown patron. Although he was overworked with other commissions, Mozart needed the income. As fall turned to winter, Mozart worked ever more feverishly to complete the work.
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