SEASON 27: VIRTUALLY YOURS 2020-2021
October 23-30, 2020: Beguiling Enchantment, virtual broadcast/zoom through Happy Hour Concerts, with music of Ganzpech, Franz Götz/Josef Fuchs, Tobias Hume, Louis-Toussaint Milandre, Christian Pezold
December 16, 19 & 20, 2020: Incessant Hum, play/music by Jeff Neuman, virtual broadcast, with Chris Kendall (Beethoven), Chelsea Frye (Elise), CCP string quartet, and Andrew Cooperstock.
January 16 & 17, 2021: Macarons de Paris, virtual broadcasts. Complete preludes for viola d’amore of Henri Casadesus, Saint Saens Fantasie, Faure Impromptu. With Barbara Hamilton, Dan Urbanowicz, Lily Primus and Paul Primus.
February 12-14, 2021: Love Sweet Love, video on demand. Love comes in so many forms and versions. With Beth Vanderborgh, John Fadial, Barbara Hamilton, Paul Primus, Andrew Cooperstock, Bill Terwilliger, Dan Urbanowicz, Josh Baker, Emily Levin, Lily Primus, Gwenyth Aggeler, Alice Chuaqui Baldwin, Kathryn Radakovich, and Sarah Biber.
March 12-16/21: Beguiling Enchantment, video on demand. Music for viola d’amore, gamba, harpsichord, with Dan Urbanowicz, Barbara Hamilton, Sarah Biber, Paul Primus.
April 24, 25, 26, 2021: Wild Things: Music of Springtime, virtual broadcasts through On The Stage. With Scott Kluksdahl, Yuan Yuan Yang, Josh Baker, Dan Urbanowicz, Andrew Cooperstock, Barbara Hamilton, Paul Primus and Lily Primus.
SEASON 28: TRANSFORMATIONS 2021-2022
September 21, 2021: Baroque Gems, with Jennifer Carpenter, Guest recorder. Online with Arapahoe Public Libraries.
October 21, 22, 23, 24, 2021: We Go Lower, with August Ramos, Guest Double Bass. Concerts were at Lincoln Meadows, Holly Heights Senior Living, Colorado Public Radio, Broomfield Auditorium and the University of Wyoming/Laramie.
November 19-December 3, 2021, Video on Demand: Misshapen Pearl, music of baroque women composers de la Guerre, Vizzana and Leonarda.
December 2021: Holiday Concert: Harp and Violin holiday music, Pueblo Library and Trailwinds Senior Center, Thornton.
February 15, 16, 19, 20, 2022: Love Changes Everything, at Lone Tree Arts Center, Schmitt Music, First Universalist Church and Broomfield Auditorium.
May 21, 2022: Tunji and the Giant, at Parker Arts. African folk tale with narrator, clarinet and strings.
Denver hospice series (Lowry campus) occurred in September, December 2021 and in April 2022.
SEASON 17: 2010-2011
Music of Mark Carlson, October 2010: At Denver School of the Arts and Opus Two Hall. CCP performed Bagatelles, Piano Quartet (1992), View From a Hilltop (2009), for clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, and piano; and Hall of Mirrors, Clarinet and Piano (1990)
SEASON 18: 2011-2012
October 9, 10, 14, Dvorak in Love, at Curious Theatre, South Suburban Church and Foothills Art Center, for string quintet and narrator. Program included Dvorak Cypresses, Terzetto, and String Quintet op. 97; guest artist Matthew Dane, viola.
10/27/11: Brahms Quintet op. 34, with Aviram Reichert, guest pianist, at Newman Center Hamilton Hall, as part of the JAAAM Fest through the Mizel Arts Center/JCC.
11/12/11: World Premiere of The Legend of Pecos Bill, a musical fable for narrator, oboe and strings, Boulder Public Library and Brighton Armory.
Lisa Martin, Oboe
2/14/12: BrahmsFest on Valentine’s Day, all Brahms program at St. John’s Cathedral, with Sonata op. 120 no. 2 for Clarinet/Piano; Sonata op. 108 for Violin/Piano; Three Intermezzi, solo piano.
4/15/12: Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, at Boulder Public Library. Daniel Silver, Clarinet and the CCP string quartet performed Oswaldo Golijov’s masterpiece in the Canyon Theatre.
SEASON 19: HAYDN QUARTET SLAM, 2012-2013
In the 2012-2013 season, the Colorado Chamber Players led a community-wide celebration with performances of all of Franz Josef Haydn’s 68 string quartet. Participating groups included members of the Colorado Symphony, Lamont Pre-College Academy, Intermezzo Chamber Players, Denver Eclectic, Friends of Chamber Music,
Venues included Broomfield Auditorium, Arvada United Methodist Church, Newman Center Recital Hall,
February 23, 2013: Revolutionary Times: Haydn and Washington, at Boulder Public Library, Four Mile Historic Park, Bennett Schools, Polton, Thunder Ridge schools.. Play/music by Josh Hartwell about the Revolutionary War, European royalty. With Lindsey Pierce, Jake Walker, Brian Landis-Folkins and CCP string quartet.
May 2013: Intermezzo Chamber Players performed op. 20 “Sun” quartets.
May 14, 17 and 19, 2013: Haydn at the Opera, op. 1 #2, op. 17 #5, op. 33 #6, at Trinity United Methodist Church (Denver), Children’s Hospital, Boulder Public Library, and live on Colorado Public Radio.
June 6 and 8, 2013: Denver Eclectic Concerts performed Op 20 “Sun” quartets at a private venue.
June 7, 2013: members of Colorado Symphony performed Op 9 #3 in G major and Op 17 #3 in E-flat major at Trinity Presbyterian, Arvada.
June 19, 2013: Lamont Pre-College Academy students performed op. 1 #2, D major, op. 64 #2.
SEASON 20: 20TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON, 2013-2014
Bach Cantatas, 9/20, 9/21 and 9/22/13, at Bethany Lutheran Church, First United Methodist Church of Boulder, and Trinity Lutheran Church Ft. Collins.The Colorado Chamber Players and Colorado Bach Ensemble performed three beloved Bach Cantatas on Cantatas performed included Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4; Nun, komm der Heiland, BWV 61; and Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170.
A Toast to Tost, 9/10/13, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Arvada. Written for the virtuoso violinist and friend of Haydn’s -Johann Tost- the Colorado Chamber Players performed #2 and #3 of the op. 54 quartets, and featured florid and virtuosic writing for all four parts. The “Frog” Quartet, op. 50 #6, was performed, as part of the Haydn Quartet Slam
Revolutionary Times: Haydn and Washington. The CCP Quartet performed with 2 actors and puppets, in a zany narrated program about classical music, the Revolutionary War, and European royalty. Scripted by Josh Hartwell of Buntport Theatre, this cross-disciplinary show imagined a conversation between the “Papa” of the string quartet (Haydn) and the founding “Papa” of the United States (Washington), bringing revolutionary history to life. 10/28 & 29 at Four Mile Historic Park, Denver; and December 2013 at Thunder Ridge Middle School, Aurora; Southmoor and Columbian Elementary Schools, October 2013.
Durufle Requiem and Debussy On 11/2 & 3/13, performances of the Durufle Requiem Mass and Debussy Danses occurred at Saint John’s Cathedral of Denver, with solo harpist Ann Marie Liss.
Schubert Cello Quintet
Schubert Quintet, February 2014
The Colorado Chamber Players welcomed guest artists Catherine Beeson and Thomas Heinrich in Luigi Boccherini’s wonderful Cello Quintet Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid, G.324, and the transcendental Schubert C major cello quintet. Schubert’s final work for chamber ensemble was composed just two months prior to his death, in the summer of 1828. Boccherini’s quintet, Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid (Night Music through the Streets of Madrid), went on a night journey through the streets of Madrid, with descriptive and often humorous music. Concerts were on 2/1/14, 2/22, and 2/23, at First Universalist Church of Denver, Foothills Art Gallery in Golden, and Fine Arts at Four in Brighton.
Curious Theatre Company and Colorado Chamber Players, presented SOUL IN TURMOIL: The Private Life of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky on 5/4/14 at Curious Theatre, and on 5/3/14 at Colorado Academy. Written by Curious Company Member Josh Hartwell, the play illuminated the personal challenge faced by Tchaikovsky: a man leading a public life of acclaim while forced to conceal his sexual orientation. String arrangements by Tchaikovsky were eloquently woven into the play, exposing audiences to the work of the classical composer as the script explored the tensions of this public figure’s private inner turmoil.
Genius of Our Time: Derek Bermel. The CCP hosted composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel in a week-long residency in Colorado. Works performed of Bermel were Mulatash Stomp, A Short History of the Universe, andThree Funk Studies, along with Brahms Clarinet Quintet op. 115 and Petra Hogan’s Rashim. Performances were at St. John’s Cathedral (5/9/14), Boulder Library (5/10), Opus Two Hall (5/10), and East High School (5/8). Bermel visited Colorado Public Radio on 5/6.
Art of the Fugue. As part of the Colorado Bach Ensemble’s two-week festival of the music of J.S. Bach and Handel, the Colorado Chamber Players performed in its entirety, Bach’s monumental Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080, arranged for string quartet by J.S. Bach. Performances were at Bethany Lutheran Church and at the Organ Recital Hall at CSU on June 8th and 9th, 2014.
Outreach performances of The Ants Come Marching In by Katrina Wreede occurred on 3/8/14 and 3/4/14 at Boulder Library and the Butterfly Pavilion.
CCP performed at the University of Northern Colorado on the Concerts Under the Stars series, 7/9/13, with short works of Gordon Jacob, W.A. Mozart, Astor Piazzolla, Mark Carlson, and Antonin Dvorak.
SEASON 21: 2014-2015
10/14/14, Masakazu Ito, Guitar joined the CCP at Trinity Presbyterian Church, in guitar quintets by Leo Brouwer and Boccherini. Ito performed solo guitar works by Barrios and Torroba, and the CCP played excerpts from JS Bach’s Art of the Fugue.
10/11/14 & 10/19/14, CCP Artistic Director performed the virtuosic viola concerto of Bela Bartok with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, on at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge; and on 10/19/14 at Boettcher Hall.
11/1 & 2/2014, CCP performed Gabriel Faure’s haunting Piano Quartet in c minor, op. 15, with pianist Andrew Cooperstock, at St. John’s Cathedral. Faure’s Requiem featured CCP musicians and the combined vocal forces of the Saint John’s Cathedral and Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church Choirs.
January 2015: Testament: The Diaries of Bella Berliner, with performances at Boulder Library and St. John’s Cathedral. This program highlighted World War II diary excerpts from Barbara Hamilton’s great grandmother Bella Berliner. With the assistance of the Dutch underground, 66-year old Bella hid in seven different hiding places in Utrecht, Rotterdam and Amsterdam during World War II, after the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands. She survived the war, and emigrated to the USA after five years of separation from her family. Actor Mare Trevathan read excerpts from Bella’s diary, accompanied by slides of the era and some of Bella’s favorite composers. Music included works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, and Shostakovich.
Souvenir de Florence, April 2015
Three performances of Brahms G major string sextet, op. 36 and Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence for string sextet, occurred at Children’s Hospital, Bethany Lutheran Church and Boulder Library. Channel 8 in Boulder videotaped the concert, and broadcast excerpts on Channel 8, reaching over 25,000 viewers. Guests Thomas Heinrich, cello and Matthew Dane, viola appeared.
SEASON 22: SHOSTAKOVICH CELEBRATION 2015-2016
November 2015: Shostakovich Piano Quintet: First Universalist Church of Denver; Longmont Museum; Children’s Hospital, with Paul Primus, Margaret Soper Gutierrez, Barbara Hamilton, Jeff Watson, Andrew Cooperstock.
December 2015: Different Worlds, Music of Prokofiev and Shostakovich, at Denver Eclectic Concerts; at Smoky Hill Library; and on the Trinity Presbyterian Second Tuesday series. With Susan Cahill, Double Bass, Lisa Martin, Oboe, and Daniel Silver, Clarinet.
January 2016: Intimate Shostakovich, Viola Sonata, Dances for Two Violins and Piano. Boulder Library and St. John’s Cathedral.
March 2016: Shostakovich Third Quartet, performed in collaboration with Arvada Chorale.
April 2016: The Joyful Muse, at Clyfford Still Museum “Music in the Galleries”
May 2016: Heartfelt Shostakovich, at St. John’s Cathedral and Colorado Public Radio. Quartets no. 3, 7, and 11.
SEASON 23: Shostakovich and Beyond, 2016-2017
November 13 and 16, 2016: Jewish Sounds of Soviet Russia, with Thomas Heinrich, Cello, Margaret Soper Gutierreiz was performed at the Longmont Museum and at the Mizel Arts Center, as part of the JAAMM series. Music of Shostakovich, Mikhail Gnessin, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Miecyzslaw Weinberg was performed.
December 13, 2016: Swirling Colors, with Daniel Silver, Clarinet. Trios by Max Bruch, Aram Khachatourian, Darius Milhaud and Mozart were played at the Second Tuesday Series at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Arvada.
April 27, 28, 30, 2017: Pure Serenity, with Emily Levin, Harp, Paul Nagem, Flute and Barbara Hamilton, Viola. Music of Glinka, Debussy, Caplet, Ravel, and Weinberg, in Englewood, Littleton United Methodist Church and Westcliffe.
SEASON 24: MUSIC AMONG FRIENDS, 2017-2018
November 11 & 12, 2017: Wonders of the Heart: Music about Love, with guests Amanda Balistrieri, Soprano; Candace Magner, Lute/Guitar; and Joy Adams, Baroque Cello. CCP played music by Barbara Strozzi, Couperin, Telemann, Vivaldi, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier at the Longmont Stewart Auditorium and at Denver School of the Arts Concert Hall. Candace Magner is the owner/editor of Cor Donato Editions, which publish the works of Barbara Strozzi.
December 9 & 10, 2017: Marvelous Messiah found the CCP collaborating with St. John’s Cathedral on Handel’s masterpiece of the holiday season, in the grand sanctuary.
January 9, 13 & 14, 2019: French Virtuosity, featured guest violin William Terwilliger, pianist Andrew Cooperstock and the CCP string quartet in the blockbuster Chausson Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings, along with Chausson’s songs; at Boulder Library, Opus Two Hall, and St. John’s Cathedral.
April 12-15, 2018: Cellist superstar Lynn Harrell graced the Colorado Chamber Players with a weeklong residency. Performances of Brahms Bb Sextet, Bach G major suite for solo cello and Schubert Cello Quintet occurred at Bethany Lutheran Church and at the University of Wyoming/Laramie, along with guest artist master classes for DYAO and Denver School of the Arts cello and chamber music students, at Thornton Arts and Culture Center.
SEASON 25: CITIES OF INTRIGUE 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON 2018-2019
September 11, 2018: New York: Opus Two Duo, Trinity Presbyterian, Balfour Senior Living, Children’s Hospital; celebrating the music of Leonard Bernstein.
October 7 & 9, 2018: Salzburg and Venice: That’s D’Amore!, at McNichols Civic Center and Broomfield Auditorium. With Matthew Dane, viola d’amore, Ann Marie Morgan, gamba; Eric Wicks, harpsichord.
October 28, 29, 31, 2018: Invisible Cities: Caplet’s Conte Fantastique, Arapahoe Libraries and Boulder Public Library, with Ann Marie Liss, Guest Harpist and Mare Trevathan, Actor.
December 2018: London: Handel’s Messiah, St. John’s Cathedral.
January 2019: Paris- Franck Quintet, at Boulder Library, Opus Two Hall, Koelbel Library and St. John’s Cathedral.
March 2019: Spirited Conversations, with Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. At Thornton Arts and Culture Center, Regis Claver Hall, PACE Events Center.
April 4, 5 and 7, 2019: City of Sorrows: Quartet for the End of Time, Olivier Messiaen. At Bethany Lutheran Church, Children’s Hospital, and Broomfield Auditorium. With Daniel Silver, Clarinet; Andrew Cooperstock, Piano; Paul Primus, Violin; Judith McIntyre, Cello.
SEASON 26: MUSIC SPEAKS 2019-2020
October 19-20, 2019: A Little Fright Music, spooky Halloween music and stories, with Stories on Stage. With Emily Levin, Harp, Mare Trevathan and John Jurcheck, actors.
November 15-16-17, 2019: Flaming Swords, music for viola d’amore and continuo, at Happy Hour Concerts, Thornton Arts and Culture Center, and St. John’s Cathedral.
December 12-13, 2019: Handel’s Messiah, St. John’s Cathedral.
January 17-18-19, 2020: Incessant Hum premiere, Boulder Library, Broomfield Auditorium, Metropolitan Arts Academy, Opus Two Hall. Hybrid music/theatre play by Jeff Neuman, about Beethoven’s emotional world as he dealt with increasing deafness.
April 2020: Seven Last Words of Christ, virtual broadcast from Central Presbyterian Church, Denver.
Concerts with the Stanislav Quartet; with Simone Spadino; and Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro were canceled due to covid 19.
SEASON 7: CHAMBER MUSIC IN THE NEW WORLD/MUSICA DE LAS AMERICAS, 2000-2001
September 20-22-24, Puccini’s La Boheme, with Colorado Opera Troupe, Houston Fine Arts Center, with Irene Friedlob, Soprano and Elizabeth Schulze, Conductor
October 16, 2000, American Dreams with guest Patrick Mason, Baritone, at Temple Events Center, Denver. Songs by William Bolcom, Charles Ives, Alex Craig, Chris Berg, Luis Jorge Gonzales. Dover Beach by Samuel Barber and Dvorak American Quartet op. 96 completed the program.
November 18, 2000, Bach and Beyond, with Patrick Mason, Baritone, Andreas Tischhauser, Tenor and Mee-Ae Nam, Soprano, at Metro State/King Events Center on the Auraria Campus. Bach Cantatas #209 and Coffee Cantata #210 were preceded by music inspired by Bach, by Mozart, Ysaye and Hindemith.
February 1, 3 & 4, 2001, The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, with guest clarinet David Krakauer; performed at the Mizel Arts Center and at Colorado School of Mines. Golijov’s seminal work was paired with contemporary works by Mario Davidowsky and Betty Olivero.
March 15 & 18, 2001: Broadway Tango, with Galit Gottlieb, Soprano and Martin Goldstein, Baritone, at Lakewood Cultural Center and at the Mizel Arts Center.
April 29, 2001: Viajes por el mundo nuevo, with Peter Cooper, Oboe, Karen Yonovitz, Flute and Amy Frost Baumgarten, Cello. Works of de Falla, Hallfter, Caltelnueovo-Tedesco and Scarlatti were performed at the Museo de las Americas.
Young Chamber Players, a collaboration with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, occurred on December 10, 2000 and April 9, 2001 at the King Center and at the Mizel Center.
SEASON 8: CITIES OF INTRIGUE I, 2001-2002
September 30, 2001: The Emperor and The Nightingale, David Mullikin’s charming fable, Auditorium Theatre Lobby, Colorado Performing Arts Festival.
October 3 and 5, 2001: Pagliacci, with Colorado Opera Troupe, Irene Friedlob, Soprano; at Teikyo Loretto Heights Theatre.
November 16 and 19, 2001: Late and Great Mozart, with Jesse Levine, guest artist. Longmont Creation Church and King Events Center Recital Hall, with string quintets K. 515 and K. 593 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
December 1 and 3, 2001: Young Chamber Players, music of Brahms, Kodaly and Dvorak, performed at Children’s Museum of Denver and King Events Center Recital Hall.
January 25, 2002: Winter Cultural Series, Highlands Ranch Cultural Association, presented the CCP performing chamber music of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Turina.
February 10 and 15, 2002: Marc Chagall’s Paris Circle, at Mizel Arts Center and Colorado School of Mines, music of Stravinsky and Prokofiev (as part of Russian Revolutions interdisciplinary project).
April 7, 2002: Shostakovich and Weiner, with guest artist Nadezda Shabanina, soprano and Marcia Ragonetti, mezzo soprano. Performed at Mizel Arts Center (as part of Russian Revolutions interdisciplinary project).
April 28, 2002: Music of Cuba, with Ricardo Iznaola, guest guitarist, King Center Recital Hall. Music of Joaquin Nin-Culmell, Guido Santorsola, Tania Leon, Paquito d’Rivera and Leo Brouwer was performed.
May 4 and 13, 2001: Young Chamber Players, music of Bartok, Dvorak and Mendelssohn, at the Children’s Museum and King Events Center Recital Hall.
SEASON 9: CHAMBER MUSIC SPEAKS! 2002-2003
September 28 and 29, 2002, Tunji and the Giant, Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Performing Arts Festival) and Boulder Public Library, with David Mullikin, Cello/Composer and Tamara Mullikin, Violin.
November 11, 15 and 16, 2002: Voices of Robert, Clara and Johannes, Longmont Senior Center and King Events Center Recital Hall, with Patrick Mason, Baritone and Andrew Stevens, Clarinet. CCP performed Robert Schumann Lieder, Clara Schumann Piano Trio, and Brahms op. 115 Clarinet Quintet.
February 9, 2003: Red Dogs and Pink Skies: A Musical Celebration of Paul Gauguin, with Bruce Adolphe, Composer/Narrator, at the Mizel Arts Center. Little Red Riding Hood, another musical fable by Adolphe, was also performed.
March 30, 2003: New York Scenes, featuring Karen Yonovitz, Flute, at the Mizel Arts Center. Works for flute, piano and strings by Bloch, Sheila Silver, Paul Schoenfield, Jacob Druckman, Aaron Jay Kernis and Bernstein were part of the Mizel Arts Center’s series on Jewish artists, writers and composers from New York City.
Young Chamber Players performed works by Copland (Appalachian Spring), Ravel, Shostakovich, Schumber, Mozart and Brahms at the King Events Center and at the Denver Children’s Museum. With Adam Flatt, guest conductor; December 7 & 9, 2002 and May 10 & 12, 2003.
SEASON 10: 10TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON, 2003-2004
September 19 and 21, 2003: Colorado Opera Troupe Femmes Fatales: Carmen and Salome, conducted by Adam Flatt, collaboration with Colorado Chamber Players.
September 28, 2003: Music of Bruce Adolphe: Red Dogs, Pink Skies and Little Red Riding Hood, Boulder Public Library, with guest Ben Makinen, percussion.
October 21, 2003: Barbara Hamilton and Friends, King Center Recital Hall, with Donna Milanovich, guest flute and Erika Eckert, guest viola. Music of JS Bach, Frank Bridge, Toru Takemitsu and Claude Debussy was performed.
November 14 and 15, 2003: Magnificent Brahms, all-Brahms program with guest viola Jesse Levine, performed at the Longmont Senior Center and King Center Recital Hall. Sonatensatz, Piano Quartet no. 3 in c minor, and op. 111 String Quintet were included on the program.
November 18, 2003: Jesse Levine performed a special recital at the King Center Recital Hall, with works of Hindemith, Franck, Roslaez and Herzogenberg.
December 8, 2003: Young Chamber Players, King Center Recital Hall, performed Smetana, Hindemith, Dvorak and Brahms.
March 8 and 9, 2004: Goldberg Variations, with Thomas Heinrich, Cello, performed at King of Glory Lutheran/Arvada and at King Center Recital Hall, including Turina Piano Quartet.
April 26, 2004: Young Chamber Players, King of Glory Church, works of Mozart, Dvorak and Amy Beach.
10 Anniversary Season
SEASON 11: PASSAGES, 2004-2005
October 16, 17 and 19, 2004: Debussy’s Legacy: Flute, Viola and Harp. Julie Duncan-Thornton, Flute, Barbara Hamilton, Viola, Lynne Abbey-Lee, Harp, at Foothills Arts Center, Boulder Library and King Center Recital Hall. Music of Arnold Bax, Richard Rodney Bennett, Rebecca Clarke and Claude Debussy.
November 23, 2004: Debussy’s Legacy at Saint Joseph Hospital Rainer Auditorium, same program as above for Flute, Viola and Harp.
October 3, 28 and November 5, 7, 2004: Basically Bach, works for solo violin and viola, with Paul Primus. Performances were at Foothills Art Center, Aurora Senior Center, Englewood Civic Center and Broomfield Auditorium.
December 4, 6, 2004: Young Chamber Players, works by Bartok, Poulenc, Schubert and Dvorak, with concerts at Children’s Museum of Denver and Denver School of the Arts.
February 19 and 20, 2005: Colorado Chamber Players co-presented Hans Krasa’s Brundibar with Central City Opera and the Colorado Children’s Chorale. Brundibar is an opera with children’s voices written by Krasa while he was interned at Terezin. The opera was performed at Terezin 55 times in 1943 and 1944, and most of the performers were deported to Auschwitz, where they were gassed.A member of the original cast in Terezin, Ela Stein Weissberger (who played the role of the cat), survived the Holocaust. Ela gave introductory remarks for the February 2005 performances, and worked with the cast leading up to the performances.
February 19, 2005: The Cutting Edge, music of Derek Bermel, Javier Alvarez, Francisco Mignone, Gyorgy Kurtage and Chen Yi, at the King Center Concert Hall.
March and April 2005: Bruce Adolphe’s Oceanophony, performed in metro Denver schools.
April 23, 24, 2005: Young Chamber Players, works by Hindemith, Brahms and Martinu, at Children’s Museum of Denver and Mizel Center.
May 5, 7, 2005: From Budapest to Vienna, music by Dohnanyi, Korngold and Brahms, with guest Michael Thornton, Horn in Dohnanyi Piano Sextet. Concerts at King of Glory Lutheran Church/Arvada and Broomfield Auditorium.
SEASON 12: ELEMENTS, 2005-2006
November 5 and 6, 2005: Brilliant Visions, music of Bela Bartok, at King Center Concert Hall and Foothills Art Center. Solo Violin Sonata, Contrasts and 5th string quartet were performed.
December 3rd, Young Chamber Players, Denver Children’s Museum, music of Shostakovich and Brahms.
January 20, 21 and 22, 2006: Einstein’s Mozart, with Kate Light, poet/narrator, at Mizel Arts Center and University Park United Methodist Church.
January 23, 2006, Mozart 250th Birthday Celebration and Dinner, Highlands Garden Cafe, Denver
March 11 and 12, 2006: A Tribute to Toru Takemitsu, Newman Center Hamilton Hall, Denver, and Foothills Art Center, with guest Masakazu Ito, guitar and Lynne Abbey-Lee, harp.
April 28, 2006: Fairy Tales and Fables, with Ken Harper, Double Bass. Music by Prokofiev, Jon Deak and William Bolcom was played at the King Center Recital Hall.
April 29, 2006: Young Chamber Players, Denver Children’s Museum, works of Mozart and Mendelssohn.
SEASON 13: CONVERSATIONS, 2006-2007
October 21, 28, 29, 2006: Halloween Music and Stories for Kids, Foothills Art Center, Children’s Museum of Denver, with spooky short pieces by Saint-Saens, Schubert and Schulhoff, mixed together with Halloween poems and stories.
December 10, 2006: Shimmering Colors: Flute, Viola and Harp, Highlands Garden Cafe concert and dinner, with Paul Nagem, Flute. Music by Hahn, Genzmer, Seiber and holiday music.
January 10 and 21, 2007: The Tiger’s Ear: Listening to Abstract Expressionist Painting, by Bruce Adolphe, about art by Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollack, Barnett Newman. Bruce Adolphe and Christopher Rothko (son of painter Mark Rothko) led a panel discussion on January 10.
March 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 2007: What’s The Buzz: Music and Insects, at the Butterfly Pavilion for school audiences, music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Schumbert, Bartok and Britten.
March 2, 3, 4, 2007: Prague Prodigies: Music for Bass and String Quartet, featuring Ken Harper, Double Bass. Dvorak Bass Quintet, Schulhoff Five Pieces and Janacek Quartet The Kreutzer Sonata were performed at St. John’s Cathedral, D.L. Parsons Theatre and Foothills Art Center.
May 15, 16, 17, 22, 2007: What’s The Buzz: Music and Insects, at Douglas County Libraries.
SEASON 14: 2007-2008
October 27 & 28, 2007: Medusa, with David Taylor Dance Theatre, music of Schulhoff, Caplet, and Shostakovich, performed at Lakewood Cultural Center.
10/28/2007: Masque of the Red Death, with Lynne Abbey-Lee, harp, at Highlands Garden Cafe, Denver.
11/19/07: Made in the USA, with Nanette Shannon, Piano, Paul Nagem, Flute, Paul Primus, Violin and Barbara Hamilton, Viola, at Onofrio Piano Recital Hall. Music of Lieberman, Kevin Puts, Maria Newman, Rebecca Clarke and Paul Creston.
Pianist Nan Shannon
1/18/2008: Quartet for the End of Time, with Andrew Cooperstock, Lisa Martin, Oboe, Daniel Silver, Clarinet, CCP strings. Music of Messiaen (Quartet for the End of Time) and Loeffler (Deux Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola, Piano) was performed at St. John’s Cathedral.
2/17/2008: Happy Birthday, Mozart! Highlands Garden Cafe, with Matthew Dane, guest violist. Mozart K. 515 viola quintet, Dissonant Quartet K. 465.
3/4-5, 2008: Sweet Songs of Butterflies, music imitating and depicting butterflies by Hollis Taylor, Katrina Wreede, Schubert and Zhanhao-Gang, at Butterfly Pavilion.
3/29 and 30, 2008: La Belle Epoque, music of Franck, Debussy and Chausson, at Foothills Art Center and Alliance Francaise de Denver, with Irene Friedlob, Soprano.
4/18/2008: Violapalooza! Viola music at Colorado Viola Day, Ft. Collins High School, featuring Geraldine Walther, Viola.
5/5-6-7-8, 2008: The Story of Tango, music of Astor Piazzolla, Gardel and Pugleise, featuring Ken Harper, Double Bass, and Evan Orman, Bandoneon, at Douglas County Libraries.
SEASON 15: 15TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON, 2008-2009
Artists in the 2008-2009 season included:
Back row- Kenneth Harper, Barbara Hamilton, David Waldman, Nan Shannon, Paul Primus, Dan Silver, Lynne Abbey-Lee
Front row- Jeff Watson, Lisa Martin, Paul Nagem and Kitty Knight
October 20 and 21, 2008: Pianist Jeffrey Kahane and Colorado Chamber Players, with performances at Lakewood Cultural Center and Broomfield Auditorium. Kahane performed Shostakovich’s haunting Piano Quartet, and conducted Hindemith’s wildly exciting Kammermusik No. 1 for solo piano and eleven solo instruments.
SEASON 16: 2009-2010
November 7 and 8, 2009: Masakazu Ito with Colorado Chamber Players, performance at Cherokee Ranch and Castle and at Museo de las Americas, in works of Iznaola, Puccini, Barrios, Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
FIRST COLORADO CHAMBER PLAYERS CONCERT: DECEMBER 1993
The Lamont School of Music at Houston Fine Arts Center, hosted the Colorado Chamber Players first concert as an ensemble in December 1993.
Program included works by Rebecca Clarke, JS Bach, Lili Boulanger and Paul Hindemith. Performers were Barbara Hamilton, Viola; Paul Primus, Violin; Andrew Stevens, Clarinet; Tamara Goldstein, Piano.
June 11, 1994: Music for Viola, Clarinet and Piano, took place at the Divine Science Church of Denver. Mark Berge, Clarinet, Barbara Hamilton, Viola and Tamara Goldstein, Piano performed trios by W.A. Mozart, Max Bruch and Robert Schumann, along with the Rebecca Clarke Viola and Piano sonata.
SEASON 1: 1994-1995
Chamber Music Series at the Divine Science Church, Denver. Musicians on series were Paul Primus, Desiree Ruhstrat, violins; Barbara Hamilton, viola; Thomas Hoisch, cello; Jeannie Foster, flute; Mark Berge, clarinet; Marcia Ragonetti, mezzo soprano; Jeffrey Irving, baritone; and Kevin Kennedy, piano.
August 12, 1994: Verdi String Quartet, Puccini Chrysanthemums, Loeffler Four Songs for voice, viola, piano, Walton Piano Trio.
August 14, 1994: Ravel Chansons Madecasses, Bartok Contrasts, Martinu Trio flute, cello, piano, Frank Martin Four Sonnets voice, flute, viola and cello.
August 15, 1994: Hindemith Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, Martinu Three Madrigals for violin and viola, Silvestre Revueltas String Quartet no. 1.
June 9, 1995: Music of Terezin, at University of Denver Houston Fine Arts Center. Viktor Ullmann String Quartet no. 3, Gideon Klein Three Songs and Lullaby for Soprano and Piano, Pavel Haas Suite for Solo Piano, Hans Krasa Theme and Variations for String Quartet, Erwin Schulhoff String Quartet no. 1. With Galit Gottlieb, Soprano, Tamara Mullikin, Violin, David Mullikin, Cello, Paul Primus, Violin, Barbara Hamilton, Viola, Alice Rybak, Piano.
SEASON 2: UPLIFTING DISCOVERIES FROM A GENERATION LOST, 1995-1996
In the 2nd full season of the Colorado Chamber Players, a series of 4 concerts focused on music of the Holocaust, much of which was written in Terezin (concentration camp near Prague.) The series was part of an interdisciplinary project at the Mizel Arts Center, with an art exhibit and film series. A CD was released in fall of 1995 on the Centaur Label, Uplifting Discoveries of a Generation Lost, with Paul Primus and Tamara Mullikin, Violins; Barbara Hamilton, Viola; Dennis Parker, Cello.
I. October 24 and November 7, 1995: Music of Erwin Schulhoff, Mizel Arts Center, Denver. Quartet no. 1, Violin/Piano Sonata no.2, Bass Nightingale for solo contrabassoon, Concertino for Viola, Bass and Flute were on the program. Performed at Mizel Arts Center and at Holocaust memorial concert.
II. January 16, 1996: Music of Terezin, Mizel Arts Center, Denver. Music of Viktor Ullmann, Hans Krasa, Gideon Klein and Erwin Schulhoff was performed.
III. February 13, 1996: Vocal Chamber Music of Terezin, Mizel Arts Center, Denver. Vocal music by Pavel Haas, Gideon Klein and Viktor Ullmann, including Der Kaiser von Atlantis, with Martin Goldstein, Baritoe.
IV. March 26, 1996: Solo Piano Music of the Holocaust, Mizel Arts Center, Denver. Piano music by Klein, Haas and Kaprilova, with Tamara Goldstein and Alice Rybak, Piano.
December 3, 1995: Matinee Musical, Marharbour Concerts, music by Brahms, Mozart, de Falla and Rebecca Clarke.
January 22, 1996: Women Composers Concert, Metropolitan State College, with music of Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach and Rebecca Clarke, featuring Emily Bullock, Mezzo-Soprano.
SEASON 3: DISPLACEMENT AND THE CREATIVE SPIRIT, 1996-1997
January 11, 1997: Exiles in Hollywood, Miklos Rosza’s String Quartet no. 2 and Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s String Sextet in D Major, at Mizel Arts Center. With Paul Primus, Tamara Mullikin, Violins; Barbara Hamilton and Margaret Miller, Violas; Rich Slavich and Kitty Knight, Cellos.
January 26, 1997: Music Among Friends, Stanley Hotel, Estes Park. Brahms Songs op. 91, Martinu Chansons for the Cabaret Red Seven, Bloch Suite Hebraique and Kurt Weill Cabaret and Theatre Songs were played, with Emily Bullock, Mezzo Soprano.
February 1 and 22, 1997: Decadence! Weimar Cabaret, Paris Jazz and Dada. At Metro State and Mizel Arts Center. Emily Bullock, Mezzo Soprano performed Cabaret Songs of Satie, Schoenberg and Hanns Eisler; Alice Rybak and Tamara Goldstein performed Schulhoff Ironies; CCP quartet performed Darius Milhaud’s Creation of the World and Martinu La Revue de Cuisine, with guest artists Stanley Scheller, Bassoon, Patrick Tillery, Trumpet, Matthew Switzer, Cello.
March 10 and 16, 1997: From Vienna to Hollywood, Music of Korngold and Arnold Schoenberg, Metro State College and Mizel Arts Center. On the concert were Schoenberg Songs op. 2, Korngold Songs, Much Ado about Nothing arr. for Violin and Piano; and Schoenberg’s Verklaerte Nacht for String Sextet. With Rich Slavich, Kitty Knight, Margaret Miller, and Emily Bullock.
March 22, 1997: Upheaval and Refuge: Bloch, Hindemith and Kapralova.
April 1, 1997: Holocaust Awareness Concert, University of Colorado at Boulder, with works by Schulhoff and Gideon Klein.
May 4, Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Remembrance concert, Mizel Arts Center. Pavel Haas: From the Monkey Mountains, string quartet and percussion. With Amy Frost, cello, Erin Furbee, violin and William Hill, percussion.
SEASON 4: 1997-1998
SEASON 5: 1998-1999
January 10, 1999: Americana- Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein and Foss, as part of the Red Scare/Black List -McCarthyism and the Arts interdisciplinary project at the Mizel Arts Center. With Douglas Webster, Baritone, Paul Primus, Violin, Tamara Goldstein, Piano and Andrew Stevens, Clarinet.
January 15, 1999: Winter Chamber Music, Longmont Senior Center. Mendelssohn Piano Trio, Songs for Mezzo Soprano and Piano of Brahms and Korngold. With Emily Bullock, Mezzo Soprano, Tamara Mullikin, Violin, Natasha Brofsky, Cello and Tamara Goldstein, Piano.
March 21, 1999: Witch Hunt! Eisler, Blitzstein and Ward, as part of the Red Scare/Black List -McCarthyism and the Arts interdisciplinary project at the Mizel Arts Center. With Douglas Webster, Baritone, Emily Bullock, Mezzo-Soprano, Stanley Scheller, Bassoon, Patrick Tillery, Trumpet, CCP string quartet.
April 5 and 10, 1999: Viva Latina! At Metro State College and the Museo de las Americas, with Amy Frost, guest cellist and Karen Yonovitz, Flute. Mike Mower Sonata Latino for Flute and Piano, Emilio de Blanc Nortena, Joaquin Rodrigo Juglares, Juan Orrego-Salas Diferencias del Retablo, Javier Alvarez Metro Chabacano for String Quartet. Joaquin Turina Piano Quartet.
SEASON 6: CHAMBER MUSIC AT THE MILLENIUM, 1999-2000
October 3, 1999: Special Season Preview, Performing Arts Festival, DCPA
September 27 and October 8, 1999: Light and Shadows-Impressionist Music, with guest artists Alison Attar, Harp and Patrick Mason, Baritone. The program at St. John’s Cathedral and at Metro State College, included Maurice Ravel’s Chansons Madecasses, Introduction and Allegro and String Quartet; and Debussy’s Flute, Viola, Harp trio and Faure songs.
October 15 and 17, 1999: Die Fledermaus, in collaboration with Colorado Opera Troupe, conducted by Elizabeth Schulze, Teikyo Loretto Heights University.
December 6, 1999: Guitarist Sharon Isbin with Colorado Chamber Players, Temple Events Center, with music of Vivaldi, Boccherini, Joan Tower, and folk-inspired music for solo guitar. In collaboration with Friends of Chamber Music.
January 16, 2000: Una Mirada al Pasado, Latino Chamber Music by Ginastera, Chaven, Turina Piazzolla, Albeniz and La Vista, at the Museo de las Americas.
March 30, April 1, 2, 3, 2000: The Cradle Will Rock, Marc Blitztein’s Broadway Opera, conducted by Jesse Levine, stage direction by Steve Wilson, Mizel Arts Center, as part of the Jewish Descent/Jewish Dissent interdisciplinary project..
May 20, 2000: A 20th Century Sampler, narrated by Marin Alsop, examined music of the 20th century by Messiaen, Ravel, Bartok, Schulhoff, Sochenberg, Joan Tower and George Crumb.
June 29, 2000: From Broadway to the Borscht Belt, with Galit Pinsky Gottlieb, Soprano and Patrick Mason, Baritone. CCP String Quartet and Randy Shapiro Weiss, Piano, at the Mizel Arts Center Feiner Family Terrace.