Renee Fleming To Help Kick Off Colorado Symphony's Next Season
One of the world's best-known opera singers will help the Colorado Symphony kick off its next season.
Soprano Renee Fleming -- who has appeared on countless opera stages, won Grammy awards and performed at the Super Bowl -- will sing at Boettcher Concert Hall on Sept. 9, 2017, the orchestra announced recently.
The performance will also celebrate conductor Brett Mitchell's first concert as music director of the Colorado Symphony. (He's serving as music director designate this season, and spoke with CPR Classical in September about his new job.)
Details on what Fleming will sing in Denver, as well as Colorado Symphony's full 2017-18 season schedule, will be announced later. Here are a few highlights of the current season.
Fleming is one of many opera superstars set to sing on the Met Opera's weekly broadcasts, which air Saturday mornings on CPR Classical. (View the 2016-17 season schedule.) Hear Fleming in the broadcast of "Der Rosenkavalier" by Richard Strauss on May 13 at 11 a.m.
Watch a clip from Fleming's performance in the 2014 Met Opera production of "Rusalka" by Antonin Dvorak:
Hear The Opera Version of Stephen King's 'The Shining'
Stephen King’s “The Shining” is an all-time great Colorado ghost story. King wrote the 1977 novel after a stay at the famous Stanley Hotel in Estes Park.
The plot is intense stuff. The ghosts at an isolated hotel haunt the winter caretaker and terrorize his family. The book inspired a 1980 Stanley Kubrick film and a 1997 miniseries filmed at the Stanley.
Earlier this year, Minnesota Opera debuted an opera based on the “The Shining.” Composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell created the adaptation.
Now you can hear the music and follow along with some excellent photos from the production at Classical Minnesota Public Radio. The stream is available through Nov. 30.
This past spring was a great time for American stories making their way to the opera stage. As “The Shining” debuted in Minnesota, Opera Colorado premiered Lori Laitman's "The Scarlet Letter." Check out our feature on the making of the “Scarlet Letter” opera.
Aztec Baroque? A Boulder Choral Director On Exploring A Unique Subgenre
A Boulder-based choral group explores an unusual chapter in the history of classical music this weekend.
Seicento Baroque Ensemble will perform Baroque music written by indigenous composers in Latin America in the 16th and 17th centuries. The program focuses on music by Aztec and Nahua composers from what’s now Mexico and El Salvador.
The pieces contain traditional chords and harmonies you’d associate with European Baroque music, but also incorporates rhythms from these composers’ native culture.
There’s a fascinating story behind the blend of cultures that created the music, and its rediscovery in recent decades.
Evanne Brown, the group’s founder and artistic director, spoke with CPR Classical about that history, learning to perform the unusual music and what makes it so exciting to sing. Click the play button to hear the conversation:
Seicento sings the music in three concerts this weekend: Friday in Denver, Saturday in Boulder and Sunday in Longmont.
Baroque Chamber Orchestra Opens Season With An Unusual 'Goldberg' Variations
The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado opens its season this week with a concert that features chamber music arrangements of J.S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi.
The performance includes a chamber music arrangement of music from the “Goldberg” Variations, Bach’s keyboard masterpiece. Concerts are set for Thursday in North Denver, Friday in Grand Junction and Sunday in South Denver.
The orchestra’s 2016-17 season includes a February collaboration with the contemporary dance troupe Wonderbound, featuring music by Vivaldi and Giuseppe Tartini.
And in May, the ensemble will perform a program called “Mozart Among Friends,” featuring music interspersed with readings of Mozart’s letter.
A Look At Boulder Bach Festival's 2016-17 Season Schedule
The Boulder Bach Festival has unveiled its schedule for the upcoming season. Led by conductor and violinist Zachary Carrettin, the festival offers unusual takes on the music of J.S. Bach and other Baroque composers.
The 2016-17 schedule includes concerts in Boulder, Denver and Longmont. Some highlights:
Oct. 14 & 16: A “surround-sound” program, called Concertos and Chorales Contextualized, that places the audience in the middle of strings, singers and a cathedral organ.
Dec. 8 & 10: A program exploring music of the Viennese Baroque with harpsichord and other Baroque period instruments.
March 16, 17 & 18: Concerts exploring Spanish Baroque music featuring Richard Savino, a Grammy-winning guitarist and lute player who will perform on the theorbo, a period instrument.
May 21: A “greatest hits” concert featuring the festival’s chamber orchestra playing music by Bach, Vivaldi and Handel.
One of the highlights from last season was a series of concerts called “Venice on Fire.” It featured electrified instruments interpreting pieces by Italian Baroque composers. Check out this footage of the Venice on Fire musicians playing music by composer Barabara Strozzi in the CPR Performance Studio:
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields Set For Two More Years At Bravo! Vail
The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra will return to the Bravo! Vail music festival in 2017 and 2018.
The festival's organizers made the announcement Sunday night at Ford Amphitheater, during the last of the Academy's three concerts at Bravo! Vail for 2016. This was the first year the ensemble, and its music director Joshua Bell, have been in residence at the festival.
The English chamber orchestra performs around the world and is one of the most widely recorded groups in classical music. The Academy is the first international orchestra to be in residence at Bravo! Vail.
"Their music-making adds a fresh, vibrant, and essential artistic voice to our summer season,” Anne-Marie McDermott, the festival's artistic director, said in a press release. The Academy will play three concerts during each of their upcoming residencies.
Bravo! Vail also hosts three American orchestras each season: the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Dallas Symphony.