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Thursday, May 17,2012

A titanic composition

MahlerFest takes the stage to perform composer’s epic Second Symphony

By Peter Alexander
Robert Olson remembers the first time he conducted Mahler’s Second Symphony. “When you get to conduct your first Second, it’s like your first love,” he says. “You never forget it.” Olson, artistic director and conductor of the Colorado MahlerFest, will be reunited with the Second Symphony on Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, in Macky Auditorium, conducting the unforgettable score as part of this year’s festival.
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Thursday, May 3,2012

Celebrating women in classical music

Pro Music Colorado devotes program to telling ‘The Women’s Story’

By Peter Alexander
Cynthia Katsarelis, director of Pro Music Colorado Chamber Orchestra, is a storyteller. “I kind of believe that music is always telling some kind of story, even if it’s an abstract story,” she says.
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Thursday, April 19,2012

Angular music

Boulder Phil and Takács jam a lot into concert season finale

By Peter Alexander
The Boulder Philharmonic’s season finale concert has more unusual angles than a geometry textbook. And fortunately for Boulder’s classical music audiences, they are all positive.
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Friday, March 30,2012

Boulder Philharmonic reveals 2012-13 season

Sarah Chang, Cirque de la Symphonie on tap

By Peter Alexander
The Boulder Philharmonic will welcome back violinist Sarah Chang and the acrobatic Cirque de la Symphonie, present a tribute to Louis Armstrong, and feature Boulder composer Jeffrey Nytch as part of t
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Thursday, March 29,2012

Boulder Symphony comes full circle

Headquartered back in town, group presents transformative music

By Peter Alexander
Having travelled through several other communities, the county’s community orchestra is back in Boulder with music director Devin Patrick Hughes. They will play “Transcendental Metamorphosis,” a concert featuring music of Charles Ives, Arvo Pärt, Brahms and Denver’s Conrad Kehn, at 7 p.m. Saturday in the First Presbyterian Church in Boulder.
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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 SchĂĽetz, 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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