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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.
Thursday, July 14,2011

Music in the mountains

Central City Opera presents Carmen and more

By Peter Alexander
A fierce and earthy Carmen stalks the stage at the Central City Opera this summer. Director Daniel’s Pelzig’s production of Bizet’s ever-popular opera, starring mezzo Kirstin Chávez in the title role, opened the CCO’s diverse 2011 season June 25. There are eight more performances through the last day of the season, Aug. 7.
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Thursday, July 7,2011

Eclectic violins

Colorado Music Festival presents program of classical, barnyard and tango

By Peter Alexander
If the months-long Colorado Music Festival (CMF) were a gourmet restaurant, the spécialité de la maison would be the mini-festival that each year occupies a central place in the schedule. In past years, the specialty has been either a composer (Beethoven, Brahms) or a genre (piano concertos). This year it is the virtuoso violin.
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Thursday, June 23,2011

Worlds of music

Colorado Music Festival brings diverse classical offerings to Boulder

By Peter Alexander
Michael Christie knows what he wants at Boulder’s Colorado Music Festival (CMF). “Variety is most important,” says the festival’s music director. “What we do is look off the beaten track and then throw in some element that’s surprising.”
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Thursday, June 16,2011

Peering through the workshop windows

CU New Opera Works offers rare glimpse into creative process

By Peter Alexander
Early performances of a work still not finished are obviously beneficial to composers. They serve much the same purpose as out-of-town tryouts for Broadway shows: a chance to evaluate the opera's effectiveness and make any necessary changes before it is considered finished.
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Thursday, June 2,2011

Making music theatrical

Sounds of Lyons continues unconventional traditions

By Peter Alexander
Min Tze Wu likes to break barriers. She broke several when she founded Sounds of Lyons, a classical chamber music festival in one of the world capitals of bluegrass.
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Thursday, May 19,2011

Music for musicians

Artists’ passion drives MahlerFest, and audiences still support it

By Peter Alexander
The obstacles were obvious. Mahler's music requires very large orchestras and often a chorus. It is extremely challenging to the players and the conductor, and it has a limited, if devoted, audience of its own. Nobody had ever attempted anything like it.
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