MUSIC EVENTS, Winter/Spring 2013-2014
Ars Nova Singers
April 25-26: The 6th Colorado Composers Competition allows interested composers in three categories (students in grades 6-12, undergraduates, professionals) to submit original choral compositions to be performed by Ars Nova Singers at the April concert. Entry deadline is Feb. 1. Complete info: www.arsnovasingers.org.
Dec. 7 & 13: Annual Christmas concerts at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7:30pm
Arvada Center: Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversations®
Feb. 5 & March 5: Celebrated concert pianist and conductor Jeffrey Siegel presents concerts that inform as well as entertain. Find out more about this series, and about other music events at the center, by visiting www.arvadacenter.org. 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada.
Aster Women’s Chamber Choir
Aster Women’s Chamber Choir performs regularly in Boulder and Broomfield. www.asterchoir.org.
Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
BCO performs at a variety of Denver-area venues, including some dates in Broomfield. www.bcocolorado.org.
Blues & Greens Restaurant
Boulder’s “home of the blues” is at the Outlook Hotel with live music four or five nights per week. Open jams most Sunday nights begin at 7:30pm. 800 28th St. 303-443-3322; www.bouldershomeoftheblues.com.
Boulder Bach Festival
Noted violinist and conductor Zachary Carretin was appointed new music director of the festival in July 2013. Check www.boulderbachfestival.org for venue and time details about the events listed below and other upcoming performances.
Feb. 9: Kids for Bach
Feb. 18 & 22: Vivaldi Concertos Concerts
Feb. 23: Concerto, Cantatas & Motets
May 2: Spring Artist Recital
May 11: Bach for Kids
Boulder Bassoon Quartet
Dec. 29: The group’s annual Christmas show takes place at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park as part of the Estes Park Music Festival Winter Concert Series. www.boulderbassoons.com.
Boulder Chamber Orchestra
BCO’s 10th season is called, simply, “X.” Check www.boulderchamberorchestra.org for information about the performances below and others on the schedule, since the Boulder/Broomfield venues differ for each.
Dec. 20-22: A Gift of Music
Feb. 7: Somewhere in the Middle
March 21: Bach’s Birthday Celebration Concert
May 10-11: Pillars of Ingenuity
The Boulder Chorale and the Boulder Children’s Chorale perform at a variety of Boulder-area venues throughout the concert season. Check www.boulderchorale.org for info about the dates listed below and others.
Dec. 13 & 15: Holiday Gala
March 15: Music Through the Ages
May 18: Celebration of American Music
Boulder Concert Band
Dec. 14: “Festive Holidays” is the band’s annual holiday concert, 7pm at Platt Middle School, 6096 Baseline Road. This popular all-volunteer band also plays other free concerts throughout the year; check www.boulderconcertband.org for the upcoming schedule of events.
Boulder Friends of Jazz
1st Sundays: BFJ is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion and performance of traditional Dixieland jazz. Monthly jam sessions are held the first Sunday of every month from 2-5pm at the Boulder Elks Lodge, 3975 28th St. Everyone who signs in is guaranteed to play. 303-449-9596; www.boulderfriendsofjazz.org.
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
The Boulder Phil’s current season explores music inspired by nature. Highlights include world-class artists, creative collaborations and world premiere. Most Boulder performances are in CU’s Macky Auditorium; see www.boulderphil.org for ticket and subscription information.
Nov. 29 & Dec. 1: The Nutcracker, with Boulder Ballet
Dec. 22: Christmas with the Phil
Jan. 11: Three B’s
Feb. 22: A Night at the Oscars
March 22: Rhapsody in Blue, with Simone Dinnerstein
April 26: Season Finale: The Pastoral Symphony
Boulder Public Library Free Concerts
Boulder Public Library presents dozens of outstanding concerts each year that are free and open to the public. Midday Music Meditations happen on 2nd Wednesdays from noon-1pm; the Third Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series is from noon-1pm on 3rd Tuesdays. Some highlights are listed below; check http://bplnow.boulderlibrary.org for more. Most performances are in the library’s Canyon Theater, 1000 Canyon Blvd., 303-441-4492.
Dec. 17: Essence of Larynx Holiday Concert, noon
Jan. 19: Prominent Pianist Series featuring Larry Graham, 2pm
March 8: Colorado Chamber Players Present: Insect Tales, 11am
May 10: Colorado Chamber Players Present: Meet a Really Cool Composer, 11am
Boulder Symphony Orchestra
Dec. 7: The new season, called “Titans of the Symphony,” continues with “Bridges to Heaven,” featuring the works of Gustav Mahler and the world premiere of “Convergence” by Austin Wintory. 7pm at First Presbyterian Church, 15th and Canyon. www.bouldersymphony.org.
Jan. 17: Chamber Music Series: Musical Soirée at Downton Abbey
March 15: Event Horizons
May 17: Season Finale: Secret Agents for Change
Boulder Renaissance Consort
Dec. 8 & 15: The Boulder Renaissance Consort’s Holiday Concerts take place in Boulder on Dec. 8 and Denver on Dec. 15. The Boulder performance is at 4pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2200 Broadway. See the group’s Facebook page for details about the Denver venue.
The historic Boulder Theater, just off the Pearl Street Mall, hosts national music acts all year long. A few highlights are listed below, but check www.bouldertheater.com for a complete schedule, which often has events added daily. The Boulder Theater is at 2034 14th St. 303-786-7030; www.bouldertheater.com.
Dec. 4: George Winston
Dec. 14: Trace Bundy
Jan. 19: Blue Sky Riders (Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr)
Feb. 27: Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Broomfield Auditorium hosts a wide variety of music events each season, plus theater, dance, comedy and literary events. The Audi is at 3 Community Park Road in Broomfield. www.broomfieldauditorium.com; 303-469-3301 ext. 7999.
Dec. 4 : Denver Municipal Band Holiday Benefit Concert, to benefit FISH Food Bank
Dec. 8: Boulder Opera Company: The Magic Flute
Broomfield Symphony Orchestra
Dec. 14-15: BSO’s holiday concert is “A Celtic Christmas with Colcannon,” Colorado’s premier Celtic music ensemble. BSO performs at Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road in Broomfield. See www.broomfieldsymphony.org for times and details about this concert and other events listed below.
March 7: Baroque Masterworks
May 22-23: On with the Show! Music of Broadway
Feb. 6 & 9: “Beatles & Spirituals” celebrates the music of the Beatles and its influence on our culture. Check online for info about Boulder venues and times. www.catabilesingers.org.
May 9 & 11: Mozart’s Great C minor Mass: Robert Levin Anniversary Edition
Central City Opera: Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra
Feb. 5, 10, 11, & 12: Central City Opera is co-sponsoring a series of engaging, 45-minute performances created to introduce kids age 6 and under to orchestral music, from Looney Tunes to Beethoven. Visit www.insidetheorchestra.org or www.centralcityopera.org for times and Denver-area venues.
Chamber Ensemble Con Grazia
March 9: CEG’s professional players pair up with students for an afternoon of chamber music. 2:30pm at the historic Brunner Farmhouse, 640 Main St., Broomfield. It’s also the location of the group’s Christmas concert, 3pm on Dec. 21. www.congrazia.com.
The historic Chautauqua Auditorium and Community House draw popular performers from all over the world. A few highlights from the upcoming schedule are listed below, but check www.chautauqua.com for more, plus ticket information. Chautauqua is at 900 Baseline Road. 303-442-3282 ext. 35.
Jan. 17: The Jeff Brinkman Band, 7:30pm
Feb. 14: Gretchen Peters, 7:30pm
April 4: Rob Drabkin, 7:30pm
Christmas Candlelight Festival
Dec. 20-22: Now in its 20th year, this popular festival is presented by the Tara Performing Arts High School. 5pm and 8pm each day at Pine Street Church, 1237 Pine St. www.tarahighschool.org.
Colorado Chamber Players
March 8 & May 10: This Denver-based group has two scheduled dates at the Boulder Public Library; see www.coloradochamberplayers.org for details and the full performance schedule.
Colorado Music Festival/Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts
Though the Colorado Music Festival is in the summer, the events keep going all year long, since CMF is headquartered at Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts. RMCMA is a nonprofit community music school for all ages and abilities, offering lessons on all instruments and voice, plus early-childhood classes, music theory, music therapy and adult performance ensembles. Call 303-665-0599 or visit www.comusic.org for the full schedule.
March 15: Performathon and Community Open House, 10am-4pm
Kaleidoscope Concert Series:
Feb. 8: Queen City Jazz Band, 7:30pm
March 8: Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams, 7:30pm
April 12: Wil Swindler’s Elevenet, 7:30pm
Colorado Repertory Singers
CRS presents diverse concerts featuring a lively repertoire of fine choral works, past and present. Check www.coloradorepertorysingers.org for time and venue info about the dates listed.
Dec. 6-7: The Bells of Christmas
March 21-22: Earth, WInd & Rolling Sea
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Most CSO performances take place at the Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1000 14th St. in Denver. Some events are listed below; check www.coloradosymphony.com for the full schedule of events.
Dec. 13-15: Handel’s Messiah
Jan. 9: Itzhak Perlman
Feb. 14-16: Love and Lust
April 11-13: Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances
May 10: Symphony at the Movies: Disney’s Fantasia
Colorado Wind Ensemble
This “symphony of woodwinds, brass and percussion” performs in the Denver-area; check the full slate of dates at www.coloradowindensemble.org.
March 14-16: Engelbert Humperdinck’s classic opera “Hansel & Gretel” features the classic tale of two children, the witch and the gingerbread house, set to beautiful melodies. 7:30pm Fri-Sat and 2pm Sun in CU’s Macky Auditorium. www.cupresents.org.
April 24-27: Stephen Sondheim’s “Side by Side”
CU Presents & CU College of Music
The University of Colorado hosts a wide variety of music events during the academic year, including students and faculty from the College of Music, and recitals are often free. There are too many upcoming events to list, so check www.cupresents.org for more. Performances are normally at Macky Auditorium or Grusin Music Hall.
Dec. 15: Turtle Island String Quartet & Tierney Sutton
Feb. 13: Venice Baroque Orchestra
April 5: Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra
April 29: CU Symphony: The Planets
Denver Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert
Dec. 4: Annual holiday concert features holiday songs and special commemorative pieces in honor of World AIDS Day (Dec. 1). 7:30pm at FIrst United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St. Tickets: www.bcap.org.
Dickens Opera House
Longmont’s historic 1881 opera house downtown at Third and Main streets hosts live music several nights per week. The winter/sprng lineup includes The Prairie Scholars, Johnny O Band, and Groovetramps and Ash Ganley. www.dickensoperahouse.com.
Early Music Colorado
Early Music Colorado promotes the performance and appreciation of pre-1750 music, and the redesigned website lists dozens of upcoming early-music events in the metro area. New this season are monthly Happy Hour Chamber Concerts. Find everything at www.earlymusiccolorado.org.
Estes Park Jazz Fest
May 17-18: Annual two-day festival fills Estes Park’s Performance Park with the sounds of great jazz, plus a companion ArtWalk. For updated information, see www.visitestespark.com.
Estes Park Music Festival: Winter Series
Sundays: Sunday-afternoon concerts at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park feature regional, national and international artists. Find the complete schedule at www.estesparkmusicfestival.org.
Jan. 12: Flatirons Brass Quintet
Jan. 26: 40th Parallel Woodwind Quartet
March 30: Giddy Up Kitty
May 4: Estes Valley Chamber Singers
eTown Hall is a live-music venue in downtown Boulder that also has a full-service recording studio, is home to the eTown offices, and is the setting for most tapings of the eTown Live Radio Show. See www.etown.org for more information about the center and for shows that aren’t listed below. eTown Hall is at 1535 Spruce St. 303-443-8696.
Dec. 8: eTown Live Radio Show Taping with David Bromberg and Wanda Jackson
This nationally known club at 1135 13th St. on “The Hill” presents live shows several nights a week. A few highlights are listed below; check www.foxtheatre.com for updates. 303-443-3399 or 303-447-0095.
Dec. 19: Mayhem
Jan. 16: Naive Melodies performs the music of the Talking Heads
April 30: Stephen “Ragga” Marley
High Street Concert Series
Due to the disastrous flooding in Lyons in September, this concert series is on hold, but organizers hope to be able to resume in January. Check www.highstreetconcerts.com for updates.
Live music plays in the lobby of the Hotel Boulderado, and often in the on-site bars and restaurants, on select evenings. 2115 13th St. www.boulderado.com; 303-442-4880.
Jubilate! Sacred Singers
This intimate chorus was born out of a desire to share the gift of a-cappella choral music. Many performances are during scheduled during area church services, but there are also others listed on the calendar at www.jubilatesacredsingers.org.
Lafayette Art Night Out
May 16: Lafayette’s monthly Art Night Out includes a free concert (lineup TBA). At Festival Plaza, 311 S. Public Road, from 7:30-9pm. www.cityoflafayette.com/ano.
Lakewood Cultural Center
This busy cultural center presents a variety of music events all year long. 470 S. Allison Parkway in Lakewood; www.lakewood.org.
Laughing Goat Coffeehouse
The Laughing Goat, at 1709 Pearl St., hosts an eclectic variety of musical events every night of the week. www.thelaughinggoat.com.
Lone Tree Arts Center
LTAC hosts a variety of regional, national and international music events every season. 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. www.lonetreeartscenter.org.
May 4: “Pop, Rock & Doo Bee Doos” features the songs of the 50s, 60s and 70s, accompanied by a live band. 3pm at at LifeBridge Christian Church, 10345 Ute Highway in Longmont. www.longmontchorale.org.
Dec. 8: Let Heaven and Nature Sing!
March 1: Carmina Burana, with Longmont Symphony Orchestra
Longmont Council for the Arts
Dec. 13, then 3rd Fridays, Jan.-April: LCA presents Friday Afternoon Concert & Art Shows that pair live music with the works of local visual artists. 1:30pm at the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave. www.artslongmont.org.
Longmont Symphony Orchestra
The LSO, founded in 1966, gives 10 or more concerts each season, reaching more than 15,000 audience members every year. Performances are at 7:30pm at Vance Brand Civic Auditorium inside Skyline High School, 600 E. Mountain View Ave. www.longmontsymphony.org.
Jan. 25: Out of This World: Music Inspired by Space
March 1: Carmina Burana
April 12: Gershwin
May 10: Pops Concert: A Night at the Oscars
Louisville Cultural Council
Coffeehouse Concerts are at the Lousville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave. Check www.louisvillearts.org for the spring schedule.
May, TBA: Colorado MahlerFest celebrates the life, music and times of the great composer Gustav Mahler during a week-long festival held each May in Boulder. Full details will be available on www.mahlerfest.org sometime in the spring.
Dec. 21-22: This beloved Christmas tradition continues with three big community sing-along events hosted by the Boulder Messiah Chorale and Orchestra. 7pm Sat and 2pm and 7pm Sun at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 14th and Pine streets. Tickets and more info: www.messiahsingalong.org.
The University of Denver’s Newman Center (2344 E. Iliff Ave.) hosts numerous music performances each year; check www.newmancenterpresents.com.
Nissi’s hosts live music year-round, nearly every night of the week, and serves tapas and drinks. Shows start at 7:30pm and end around 9:30pm, 10pm on weekends. See the website for the winter/spring schedule, which includes The Delta Sonics, Rebecca Folsom and Dreamboat Annie: A Tribute to Heart. 2675 North Park Drive, Lafayette. 303-665-2757; www.nissis.com.
Opera Colorado’s 2014 season opens in March with “Rigoletto.” See www.operacolorado.org for the rest of the schedule and venue information.
Opera on Tap
The not-for-profit Opera on Tap’s mission is to prove that opera doesn’t have to be pretentious, stuffy, boring or expensive, and its informal, lighthearted shows are suitable for all ages. Check www.operaontap.com for upcoming performances, which take place at various venues in Boulder and Denver.
Oskar Blues’ three locations serve up live blues music and more nearly every night. Check online to see who’s playing at the original location in Lyons at 303 Main St.; the Tasty Weasel Taproom in Longmont, 1800 Pike Road; and Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont, 1555 S. Hover St. www.oskarblues.com.
The Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center hosts live music events and other performances, all year long. The center is at 20000 Pikes Peak Ave. in Parker; www.parkeronline.org/PACE.
Denver’s art-deco Paramount Theatre hosts more than 100 events each year. 1621 Glenarm Place; www.paramountdenver.com.
Planet Bluegrass Ranch was heavily damaged during the September floods, and when the folks there have finished helping others in Lyons, they hope to get the venue restored in time for the summer festival season. Check www.bluegrass.com for updates.
Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra
Pro Musica’s “Season of Epics” features performances at Boulder and Denver venues; see www.promusicacolorado.org for venue and time info about the dates listed.
Jan. 31 & Feb. 1: Epic Mozart
April 4-5: Epic Seasons
The Renaissance Project
The Renaissance Project, a small a-cappella chrous that specializes primarily in Renaissance motets, performs at different venues in Boulder, Longmont and Lyons; see www.renaissanceprojectboulder.org for info about the dates listed and others.
Dec. 13: Renaissance Christmas Concert
Jan. 18-19: Music for the Spirit: Great Motets by Josquin
May 3-4: Renaissance Genius: William Byrd
Resonance Women’s Chorus
April 12, 13 & 19: This Boulder-based chorus has scheduled three April performances. Check www.resonancechorus.org after the holidays for updated information.
Rialto Theater Center
The historic Rialto Theater at 228 E. Fourth St. in Loveland was recently expanded and now offers workshop, community and conference rooms, in addition to the numerous events held in the original theater space. Check www.ci.loveland.co.us for the schedule.
Rocky Mountain Brassworks
Dec. 21: RMB’s Elite Brass small ensemble is partnering with the Evergreen Chorale for a series of holiday performances, including one at the Broomfield Auditorium on Dec. 21. Check times, venues and other upcoming performance dates at www.rockymountainbrassworks.org.
Rocky Mountain Chorale
April 25-26: “Coronations and Celebrations” features the coronation anthems of G.F. Handel and celebratory music by Mozart. 7:30pm Fri at First United Methodist Church, 350 11th Ave., Longmont; 7:30pm Sat at First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St., Boulder. www.rockymtnchorale.org.
Seicento Baroque Ensemble
March 21-23: Seicento Baroque Ensemble’s spring concert, “Music for Voices and Viols,” highlights the 36-voice choir, vocal soloists and a voila de gamba consort. The March 22 performance is at 7:30pm at First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St. in Boulder; check www.seicentobaroque.org for Denver (March 21) and Estes Park (March 23) venues.
Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place
Shine, at 2027 13th St., hosts live music acts, theater and dance performances, and other special events, nearly every night of the week. www.shineboulder.com/events.
St Julien Hotel
Catch live music many nights a week at the St Julien Hotel, 900 Walnut St., including Kort McCumber, Sambadende and Trio Con Brio. www.stjulien.com.
St. Martin’s Chamber Choir
St. Martin’s 20th-anniversary season is “Echoes,” a look at the past 20 years and the next 20 to come. Many performances are in Denver, but there’s one Broomfield date: “A Salzburg Christmas,” Dec. 13 at Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. www.stmartinschamberchoir.org.
Swallow Hill Music Association
SHMA showcases folk, roots and acoustic music in the Denver area. Concerts, jams, open stages, classes, children’s events and much more take place at the three-venue center at 71 E. Yale Ave. in Denver. www.swallowhillmusic.org.