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Thursday, October 16,2014

Pro Musica Colorado opens season with beautiful music but no theme

By Peter Alexander
That particularly seems true of the first concert of Pro Musica’s season, which will be performed Friday in Denver and Saturday in Boulder (7:30 p.m. both nights; www. promusicacolorado. org/season). The program comprises three pieces with no evident connection among them: Sibelius’ tone poem Rakastava.
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Thursday, October 2,2014

Boulder’s Barsamian joins Kronos Quartet for Oct. 8 concert at Macky

By Peter Alexander
“The world that we live in is incredibly affected by things that occurred a long time ago,” he says. “For me personally, and I think for a lot of Americans, that war is something that we don’t know as much about as we know about other wars, so I thought it would be a good idea for Kronos to explore that time.
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Thursday, September 18,2014

Some unexpected charisma

Classical Requiem not by Mozart opens BCO season

By Peter Alexander
Before I confuse you any further, some simple facts: Conductor Bahman Saless and the BCO open this season, titled “Mystique,” with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at First United Methodist Church in Boulder. They will repeat the program at 7:30 p.
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Thursday, September 11,2014

Boulder Phil launches ‘Legends’ season with a bang

By Peter Alexander
If that doesn’t capture your imagination, next on the program will be the Second Piano Concerto by Camille Saint-SaŽns.
Friday, August 1,2014

Four or more for Music Director

CMF may have more candidates than we thought

By Peter Alexander
Rumors have been swirling around Chautauqua all summer. When the Colorado Music Festival announced its summer season, it was stated that three of the guest conductors were candidates to replace
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Thursday, July 31,2014

Final week at CMF features aspects of love

It’s all about love.

By Peter Alexander
In Shchedrin’s score, the rhythms and dances from the opera have been distilled and concentrated. As Zeitouni explains it, “When you condense it into a 45-minute ballet, then suddenly the landscape is more compact and you just feel the dance energy all the time.
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Thursday, July 17,2014

Prieto programs favorites for festival

Carlos Miguel Prieto brings two very different programs to the Colorado Music Festival.

By Peter Alexander
The Mexican conductor, the second of three candidates for the position of music director of the festival, will lead the full Festival Orchestra in a program of early 20th-century ballets on July 17 and 18, and the Chamber Orchestra in a program of 18th/19th-century classics on July 20.
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Thursday, July 3,2014

Off on a light note

First CMF music director candidate crafts light program

By Peter Alexander
The first of three candidates for music director of the Colorado Music Festival to conduct at Chautauqua this summer, Boughton will lead two programs, with the chamber orchestra July 6 and the full orchestra July 10-11 (7:30 p.m. in the Chautauqua Auditorium; tickets https://tickets.
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Thursday, June 26,2014

Second time the charm for Colorado Music Festival?

By Peter Alexander
After a failed first attempt, the CMF announced that it has hired a new executive director. Andrew Bradford, currently the executive director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra in Park Forest, Ill., will take the reins at CMF on Aug. 11.
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Thursday, June 26,2014

Batons at the ready

Colorado Music Festival kicks off its season on Sunday

By Peter Alexander
When the Colorado Music Festival gets underway Sunday (7:30 p.m. in Chautauqua Auditorium), many of the festival’s familiar features will be in place. There will be family concerts, patriotic pops, orchestral showpieces, guest artists, and a mix of popular and classical styles on the “Music Mash-up” series ( July 1, 15 and 29). There will be picnics on the lawn and people sitting outside enjoying the summer nights.
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