Italian guests bring their own Christmas music to the Boulder Chamber Orchestra
By Peter Alexander Dec. 19 at 11:20 p.m.
Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) has some holiday surprises planned for a concert Saturday (Dec. 21) that opens with music by Mozart. And one of the surprises is that the group’s music director, Bahman Saless, will not lead the performance — which is fine with him.
“Tell people that Bahman is not conducting this,” he says, laughing. “It will sell out!”
The concert, titled “Un dono di musica” (a gift of music), will be led by a guest artist from Italy, conductor Arturo Armellino. Appearing with him as a guest artist will be bassoonist Luciano Corona, who will play Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto on the Mozart half of the program. The concert will be Corona’s U.S. debut appearance.
Hopefully, it will not come as a surprise to the audience that the concert time has been changed. Originally announced at 7:30 p.m., the concert will start an hour earlier, at 6:30 p.m., in the Boulder Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
The first half of the concert will be all Mozart: Symphony No. 33 in B-flat major, and Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major. Both are first performances for the BCO.
For the second half of the concert, they will perform Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in G minor for strings, subtitled “fatto per la notte di Natale” (made for the night of Christmas) and popularly known as the “Christmas Concerto.” The rest of the performance will comprise music for Christmas to be announced from the stage.
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“Gift of Music/Un dono di musica”
Boulder Chamber Orchestra
Arturo Armellino, conductor, with Luciano Corona, bassoon
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto
Mozart: Symphony No. 33
Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Gross in G minor, op. 6 no. 8 (“Christmas Concerto”)
Christmas selections to be announced from the stage
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21
Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 345 Mapleton, Boulder