Colorado Spotlight this week: Elias Quartet, Central City Opera and more

Photo: Elias String Quartet
Elias String Quartet.

Monday through Friday nights at 7, Charley Samson is your connection to the music, voices and happenings of Colorado's classical music community.

Here's what's on tap for the week of Dec. 1.


How Joseph Haydn fathered the string quartet, and an Elias String Quartet performance of one of his pieces from a previous Friends of Chamber Music Concert.


The story of Viktor Ullmann, who composed some of his finest works in a World War II concentration camp. We'll share a recording of his String Quartet No. 3, which is on the Dover Quartet's Wednesday program at the Newman Center.


The story of Menotti's one-act Christmas opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors," and a recording of the piece. A Central City Opera production opens Thursday in Highlands Ranch.


A holiday performance by the Colorado Children's Chorale, which performs this year's seasonal concerts on Saturday and Sunday.


A look at Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, and a performance of the piece by the Boulder Philharmonic. The Colorado Symphony plays an all-Beethoven concert this weekend.