One World Singers Presents “Christmas in Provence”


I am playing my flute this December in “Christmas in Provence”, a production by One World Singers and Alliance Française de Denver. Join us for a festive celebration in music and the French culture! Here are the details:

Christmas in Provence
In collaboration with Alliance Française de Denver
December 6, 2014, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Park Hill United Church of Christ, 26th & Leyden, Denver
Tickets: $15 each

Begin your holiday season with a delightful and stirring musical experience, featuring the music of the French countryside! In collaboration with the Alliance Française de Denver, One World Singers presents Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël (Midnight Mass for Christmas) as well as best-loved carols in both French and English. Delicacies of the Provence region will be enjoyed following the concert.

We hope to see you on December 6 for a joyeuses fêtes!

Boulder Symphony Orchestra Autumn 2014 Concerts

I am a cellist with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra and I would like to invite you to join us for our upcoming concerts. Go to http://bouldersymphony.org/ to learn more and purchase tickets.

PASSIONATE COLLISIONS
Saturday, September 20th at 7:00pm

Toku Kawata – Piano

Sibelius’s First Symphony along with Russian great, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s most beloved piano concert, featuring CU’s Toku Kawata making his symphonic debut in Boulder.

Program:
Symphony #1 by Jean Sibelius
Piano Concerto #2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff
What Trees May Speak (World Premiere) by Jonathan Sokol

THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE MYSTERIOUS MAESTRO
Saturday, October 25th at 2:00pm

Join us for our annual Halloween Family Concert, solve the mystery, enter into a Costume Contest (winner conducts the orchestra) and Trick-or-Treat Boulder-style. Also engage in an Instrumental Petting Zoo.

Program:
Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar
Coriolan Overture by Ludwig Van Beethoven

MYSTERY OF THE ENGIMA
Saturday, October 25th at 7:00pm

Devon Howard, Organ

English composer Edward Elgar took the solution to his mysterious Enigma to his grave. Solve the code along with the Boulder Symphony; we’re also joined by organist Devon Howard.

Program:
Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar
Coriolan Overture by Ludwig Van Beethoven
Prelude and Fugue in G Minor by Johannes Brahms


OUT OF THE DARKNESS
Saturday, November 22nd at 7:00pm

The Fourth Symphony is one of Beethoven’s happiest and freshest works composed at time when the composer was at one of the darkest places in his life. A testament of music’s power to soothe the soul.

Program:
Symphony No. 4 by Ludwig Van Beethoven

A Concert for Kati – a Collaboration Concert

Recently, we held our second annual Boulder Cello Project, Cello Expressions, and Chase the Music collaboration concert to enrich the life of a nominated child with a special need. The Boulder Cello Project practiced and prepared for this concert for many months and Nick Halsey of Cello Expressions arranged some of the child’s favorite songs, plus a special arrangement just for her entitled “Kati’s Run”. The concert was held at eTown Concert Hall, and since Kati’s favorite color is purple, we all wore purple shirts with purple flowers for the ladies’ hair, and the room was lit with fun colored lights including – yes, purple lights! It was a magical time of music and getting to know and meet Kati and her family. I played flute and cello for the concert. View Concert Program Here.

Here are some videos – I’m on the flute:

A Concert for Kati

I am honored to be playing both flute and cello once again in our second annual concert dedicated to a deserving child in need. Like last year, this is a collaboration concert with the Boulder Cello Project, Chase the Music, and Cello Expressions. Our child this year is Kati, and the concert will feature arrangements specially made for our group, featuring some of Kati’s favorite songs including Viva la Vida, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Call Me Maybe, and an original composition by Nick Halsey. Unlike last year’s concert, this one will be open to the public, so if you want to attend, mark you calendars for Saturday, July 12th and visit http://celloexpressions.com/bcp-chase/ for the latest news and further updates.

Below are some videos from last year. I’m playing the flute:

Boulder Symphony Orchestra Spring 2014 Concerts

As a cellist with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, I would like to invite you to join us for our upcoming concerts. Go to http://bouldersymphony.org/ to learn more and purchase tickets.

ORGAN-IC ORCHESTRA
Saturday, February 15th at 7:00pm Devon Howard, organ
Ann Marie Liss, Harp
Phoenix Avalon, violin

Returning to the Symphony by popular request is wunderkind violinist Phoenix Avalon, in a concert featuring the great prodigy composers. Camille Saint-Saens was performing the piano for Franz Liszt as a child; Gioachino Rossini wrote more than 30 operas before turning 30, and Felix Mendelssohn composed his most beloved works as a teenager. Camile Saint-Saëns’s Third Symphony, a masterful and seamlessly organic French interpretation of the genre features organist Devon Howard, and is indebted to the composer’s teacher Liszt, who himself showed off his wunderkind piano technique to Beethoven half a century earlier.

Program:
Symphony No. 3 “Organ” by Camille Saint-Saens
Overture to the Opera “William Tell” by Gioachino Rossini
Violin Concerto by Felix Mendelssohn
Sacred and Profane Dances by Claude Debussy

EVENT HORIZONS
Saturday, March 15th at 7:00pmBrandon Matthews, guest conductor
In collaboration with Metro State Orchestra

A lifelong school teacher turned composer and mystic, Gustav Holst was was profoundly intrigued by both the human condition and our place in the universe. He delved inwardly into the spiritual traditions of humanity by examining the Mahabharata and other Hindu scriptures, as well as outward and upward towards the heavens as an astrologer and horoscope reader. The Planets is the composer’s greatest portrayal of the eternal, one of the most penetrating artistic representations of the Solar System and the great beyond. Joined by members the Metro State Orchestras, Event Horizons will also feature the world premiere of A Warmer Wind, a multimedia feast by Jonathan Sokol and Boulder Symphony violist Julie Rooney.

Program:
The Planets by Gustav Holst
A Warmer Wind (World Premiere) by Jonathan Sokol & Julie Rooney

SECRET AGENTS FOR CHANGE
Saturday, May 17th at 7:00pmDeborah Marshall, clarinet

The fiery and rousing season finale features Mr. Beethoven and Mr. Shostakovich as political activists as much as they were composers. Under the thumb of the powers that be, both composers orchestrated subliminal political messages and innuendos into the their music to combat the status quo. Shostakovich’s epic Fifth Symphony is perhaps history’s greatest dramatic battle between dictator and creator.

Making her debut as soloist with the Boulder Symphony is Chamber Music Director and Clarinetist Deborah Marshall, capped off by an instrument that we guarantee you have never seen before nor heard of, the world premiere of the joint venture of Max Bernstein, Mark Hamilton McCoin, and DeVotchKa’s Tom Hagerman, their Concerto for Pianoharp and Orchestra.

Program:
Symphony No. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Lenore Overture No. 3 from Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven
Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Concerto for Pianoharp (World Premiere) by Max Bernstein, Tom Hagerman & Mark Hamilton McCoin

Boulder Symphony Orchestra Winter 2013 Concerts

I am a cellist with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, and I invite you to join us for our upcoming concerts. Go to the new website at http://bouldersymphony.org/ to learn more and purchase tickets.

DEAF MAN’S DYSFUNCTIONAL DANCE
Saturday, September 21st at 7:00pm

Celebrate folk traditions spanning half a millennium with the Symphony as we share the greatest musical dance traditions from Transylvania, Hungary and Romania, to present day America. Wagner called Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony the apotheosis of the dance in Dionysian fashion with its gyrating rhythms and intoxicating spirit. Also explored on the program are good old American jigs in the form of the contra-dance in the world premiere of Loretta Notareschi’s Balance and Swing.

Program:
SYMPHONY NO. 7 by Ludwig Van Beethoven
ROMANIAN FOLK DANCES by Bela Bartok
HUNGARIAN DANCES 1 & 5 by Johannes Brahms
PRELUDE TO THE OPERA “THE MASTERSINGER OF NUREMBERG” by Richard Wagner
BALANCE AND SWING [WORLD PREMIER] by Loretta Notareschi

MAYHEM ON CANYON BOULEVARD
Saturday, October 26th at 2:00pm

In collaboration with Longmont Youth Symphony.
Celebrate Halloween early, for the the whole family as the Symphony presents an epic orchestral Murder Mystery topped off with Trick-or-treating Boulder-style, a costume contest with the winner serving as Maestro, and an orchestra petting zoo so kids test drive some of the world’s greatest instruments! We are joined, at least initially, by the famed Italian Maestro Gianfranco Benedicto Cellini.

COSTUME CONTEST – Winner conducts the orchestra
TRICK-OR-TREATING with local Boulder healthy sweets
INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO For kids and all ages

BRIDGES TO HEAVEN
Saturday, December 7th at 7:00pm

Teresa Castillo, soprano
Thomas Kittle, baritone
Gustav Mahler’s music brings us a wealth of experience from the earliest childhood memories to depictions of heaven, and everything in between. For his Fourth Symphony, widely known as his more populist from the genre, classical tradition clashes magnificently with contemporary culture. The Song and Symphony become one as we premiere composer-in-residence Austin Wintory’s modern version of the Song cycle for orchestra, as we welcome back soprano Teresa Castillo and baritone Thomas Kittle.

Program:
SYMPHONY NO. 4 by Gustav Mahler
SONGS OF A WAYFARER by Gustav Mahler
SONG FOR ORCHESTRA [WORLD PREMIER] by Austin Wintory

Many Trails – A Performance for the Joshua School

This past Saturday for the very first time, members of the Boulder Cello Project collaborated with Chase the Music and Cello Expressions to create a special concert for a child and his classmates at the Joshua School. The Joshua School is a day treatment center for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities, and our aim was to enrich their lives by giving them the experience of a live musical performance done especially for them.

The musicians included members of the Boulder Cello Project with the special additions of guitar, marimba, tubular chimes, drums, trumpet, and me on the flute. We performed Disney favorites, classical selections, and premiered an original composition by Nick Halsey dedicated to this deserving child. I think the adults enjoyed the concert just as much as the children did and we are hoping to have more concerts like this in the future.

Learn more about this collaboration and future concerts for these critically ill or specially nominated children at http://bcpandchase.weebly.com.

The Boulder Symphony Orchestra Presents “Natures Realm”

Join the Boulder Symphony Orchestra at First Presbyterian Church in Boulder on Friday, November 30th at 7:00pm for a concert featuring the works of Sibelius, Greig, and composer in suite Austin Wintory’s award-winning soundtrack to the Playstation game “Journey”. Don’t miss the preconcert talk hosted by KGNU’s Ron Nadel with Austin Wintory and conductor Devin Patrick Hughes in the Chapel at 6:00pm.

Program:
Jean Sibelius – Symphony no. 5
Austin Wintory- Woven Variations for Cello & Orchestra (Colorado Premiere) – a Suite from Journey
-Mathieu D’Ordine, cello
Jean Sibelius – Swan of Tuonela
-Virginia Carty, english horn
Edward Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite no. 1

Boulder Symphony Orchestra Concert

I play the cello with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra and am pleased to announce our upcoming performance:

The Boulder Symphony Orchestra along with the Cherry Creek Chorale presents the Brahms Requiem conducted by Devin Hughes on May 18th and 19th. Soloists are soprano Teresa Castillo and baritone Thomas Fitzpatrick Kittle. The concert also features the world premiere performance of “Inter” by Austin Wintory. Tickets are $15.
Join us for a wonderful evening of music on one of the following days:

Friday, May 18th at 7:00pm, First Presbyterian Church, Boulder
Saturday, May 19th at 7:30, Bethany Lutheran Church, Denver