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Thursday, July 12,2012

Knowledge is power

CMF’s ‘Beyond the Score’ lecture tells the story of the music

By Peter Alexander
The word ‘planet’ means wanderer,” the narrator says, explaining the captivating, wandering harmonies of Gustav Holst’s popular orchestral piece The Planets. “To the ancient world, the planets were the stars that changed position, that wandered from one place to another. In The Planets, the music wanders from harmony to harmony.”
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Thursday, June 28,2012

Camp at the opera

A look into why so many opera companies put on musicals

By Peter Alexander
You would not expect to meet Aunt Eller and Curly, two of the homespun characters of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic American musical Oklahoma!, at the opera house. But up in Central City this summer, that’s exactly where they are.
Thursday, June 21,2012

Near-lost composers come to life at Colorado Music Festival

Salieri, Mendelssohn on the bill

By Peter Alexander
Boulder’s Chautauqua this summer will be home to several music festivals. Principally there is the annual Colorado Music Festival (CMF), an attractively eclectic festival that has become one of Boulder’s premiere cultural events. Running June 24 through Aug. 3, CMF offers four concerts every week, almost all of them in the Chautauqua Auditorium.
Thursday, May 31,2012

Strings sing in the park

Sounds of Lyons moves outdoors

By Peter Alexander
Ever mutable, the festival is both the same as ever and completely remade. It has all the same ingredients as the past three years: the combination and juxtaposition of musical styles, serious chamber music and folk styles, storytelling with music, and improvisation alongside music that is thoroughly composed.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.