Ars Nova performs award-winning composition

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Photo: Ars Nova SingersThe Ars Nova Singers, based in Boulder, is a leading Colorado choral ensemble. The group's repertoire ranges from Renaissance to 20th- and 21st-century music.

This weekend, the professional group presents “Extended Voices: Modern Masterworks” in a pair of concerts in Boulder and Denver. The program highlights music for voices by Samuel Barber, John Tavener and Mason Bates.

Looking towards a new generation of choral music composers, the concerts also feature new works from the three winners of Ars Nova’s sixth Colorado Composers Competition.

The ensemble gave CPR an exclusive preview of the new Colorado-grown work, performing a haunting composition by one of the competition’s winners, home-schooled high school senior Joseph Goodhew.

Goodhew, along with University of Colorado doctoral candidate in musical composition Nathan Hall and Boulder High School sophomore Leigha Amick, beat out 15 other Colorado composers for the honor.

“Extended Voices: Modern Masterworks” runs April 25 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder and April 26 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Denver. For more information, visit