A busy classical weekend

Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Pro Musica Colorado and Seicento launch their seasons at the same time

By Peter Alexander

In September, there were two the same day; now Boulder will see three ensembles launch their seasons in the city’s crowded classical-music calendar on the same October weekend.


Seicento Baroque Ensemble choir with their new director, Kevin Padworksi. Photo courtesy of Seicento Baroque Ensemble.

Each of the organizations — Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO), Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra and Seicento Baroque Ensemble — have a concert in the Denver area Friday, Oct. 20 and in Boulder on Saturday, Oct. 21. Seicento presents their concert a third time in Longmont on Sunday, Oct. 22.

Conductor Bahman Saless and the BCO will present music of Mozart and Elgar, featuring soloists Sharon Park on violin and Andrew Krimm on viola. The program includes Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra, one of his most popular pieces, and Elgar’s lovely Serenade for Strings.

Pro Musica, under conductor Cynthia Katsarelis, will present a program featuring works written between the two World Wars. The music represents the neo-classical style, which used smaller ensembles and borrowed forms, styles and even tunes from earlier times. Guitarist Nicolò Spera will be the soloist in the Guitar Concerto No. 1 of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Other works will be by Ravel and Stravinsky.

Finally, the Seicento Baroque Ensemble will introduce their new conductor, Kevin Padworksi, in a program celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The Reformation had enormous impact on the music of Europe, as reflected in music by J.S. Bach and others on the program.

Read more in Boulder Weekly.

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Boulder Chamber Orchestra
Bahman Saless, conductor, with Sharon Park, violin, and Andrew Krimm, viola

7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park rd. Broomfield
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oc.t 21, Boulder Adventist Church, 345 Mapleton Ave., Boulder


Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra
Cynthia Katsarelis conductor, with Nicolò Spera guitar

7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, Mountain View Methodist Church, 255 Ponca Pl., Boulder


Seicento Baroque Ensemble
Kevin Padworksi, conductor

7:30 pm. Friday, Oct. 20, First Baptist Church, 1373 N. Grant St., Denver
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oc.t 21, First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St, Boulder
3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, Stewart Auditorium, 400 Quail Road, Longmont



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