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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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Thursday, October 20,2011

One-handed piano

A disease left piano star Leon Fleisher unable to play with his right hand, but that didn’t stop him

By Peter Alexander
When pianist Leon Fleisher and the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) comes to Boulder next Tuesday, be prepared for fireworks.
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Thursday, September 29,2011

Ludwig's everywhere

Beethoven abounds in Boulder this week

By Peter Alexander
It´s a good week for Beethoven. Friday and Saturday, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) opens its 2011–12 season with a concert that includes the exuberant Symphony No. 7 — so rhythmically exciting that Richard Wagner called it “the apotheosis of the dance.”
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Thursday, September 15,2011

Start your strings

Programs meant to resonate with Boulder audience

By Peter Alexander
Bang! The classical music season is off and running in Boulder. The College of Music Faculty Tuesdays series, which has some especially tempting offerings this year, is already under way. Boulder Philharmonic opens its season Saturday in Macky Auditorium, and the Takács Quartet follows in Grusin Hall Sept. 18-19.
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Thursday, July 28,2011

Breaking walls with violins

Time for Three aims to combine classical and contemporary

By Peter Alexander
Zach DePue wants to break down walls. Not everyone can accomplish that with a violin, but DePue is a member of Time for Three. Known as a “classically trained garage band,” the trio of two violins and bass (DePue, Nicolas Kendall and Ranaan Meyer) has already earned a reputation for breaking barriers.
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