Colorado Springs Chapter

 

Last updated: January 27, 2015 at 21:10 pm
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Local Events

NEXT AGO MEETING: 

Monday, February 9

Demystifying Church Sound and Acoustics

 

 

COLORADO SPRINGS

January 31 (Saturday), 7 pm:  CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF THE SPRINGS:  Legends.  Broadmoor Community Church (UCC), 315 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs.  Thomas Wilson, conductor; Michael Yopp, French horn; Jennifer Doersch, French horn; Susan McCullough, French horn; Jason Johnston, French horn; Jacob Klock, violin.  Legends of music and of distant times meet in a program of musical gems. Dvorak’s Symphonic Variations get a long-overdue local premiere while the bold sound of horns and the fiery technique of our concert master, Jacob Klock, create a diverse and exciting musical adventure. This adventure opens with new music by Ingrid Stolzel, finalist in our 30th Anniversary Composition Competition, which takes us from the identity of place to new creative planes. This is what the Chamber Orchestra most loves to do – bring diverse and exciting music to our audiences that they won’t hear anywhere else.  Pre-concert lecture at 6:15 pm with The Rev. Steve Harter, Minister of Music and Arts at First United Methodist Church.

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February 1 (Sunday), 2:30 pm:  CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF THE SPRINGS:  Legends.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs.  Thomas Wilson, conductor; Michael Yopp, French horn; Jennifer Doersch, French horn; Susan McCullough, French horn; Jason Johnston, French horn; Jacob Klock, violin.  Legends of music and of distant times meet in a program of musical gems. Dvorak’s Symphonic Variations get a long-overdue local premiere while the bold sound of horns and the fiery technique of our concert master, Jacob Klock, create a diverse and exciting musical adventure. This adventure opens with new music by Ingrid Stolzel, finalist in our 30th Anniversary Composition Competition, which takes us from the identity of place to new creative planes. This is what the Chamber Orchestra most loves to do – bring diverse and exciting music to our audiences that they won’t hear anywhere else.  Pre-concert lecture at 1:45 pm with The Rev. Steve Harter, Minister of Music and Arts at First United Methodist Church.

February 8 (Sunday), 3 pm:  CONCERT SERIES: Chamber Music.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs.  Annual chamber music program played by members of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and friends.  Music for small ensembles of strings, woodwinds, or brass with harp, harpsichord, piano, or organ.

February 8 (Sunday), 3 pm:  TAYLOR MEMORIAL CONCERT:  Renaissance Masterpieces.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs.  The Compline Choir of Grace and St. Stephen’s; Deke Polifka, director.  The eight-voice choir will offer a concert of a cappella music from the Renaissance, including a full mass setting.

February 22 (Sunday), 8 pm:  CHORAL COMPLINE SERVICE.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs.  Compline, the final office of the monastic day, is a 30-minute contemplative service of a cappella music, sung by candlelight.

February 27 (Friday), 7:30 pm:  COLORADO VOCAL ARTS ENSEMBLE (CVAE)—Solace.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs.  Deborah Teske, director. This unusual program draws inspiration from the darker side of the human experience, highlighting music’s unique power to console. American Composer Eric Whitacre’s When David Heard, an intense portrait of grief, is the centerpiece of the program. Other featured works include motets by Josquin Des Prez, MLK arr. by Bob Chilcott, and Lux Aeterna by Edward Elgar. Donations gratefully accepted.

February 28 (Saturday), 7 pm:  CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF THE SPRINGS:  On the Edge.  Broadmoor Community Church (UCC), 315 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs.  Thomas Wilson, conductor; Mark Fewer, violin.  Four diverse pieces, spanning 250 years, all “on the edge,” creating change in the world of music. From the symphony that set Mozart irrevocably on a new path, to a violin concerto exciting enough to make a rollercoaster seem quaint, the Chamber Orchestra and violinist Mark Fewer will take you on a ride you’ll love and never forget. Pre-concert lecture at 6:15 pm with Angelina Gadeliya, pianist.

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March 1 (Sunday), 2:30 pm:  CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF THE SPRINGS:  On the Edge.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs.  Thomas Wilson, conductor; Mark Fewer, violin.  Four diverse pieces, spanning 250 years, all “on the edge,” creating change in the world of music. From the symphony that set Mozart irrevocably on a new path, to a violin concerto exciting enough to make a rollercoaster seem quaint, the Chamber Orchestra and violinist Mark Fewer will take you on a ride you’ll love and never forget.  Pre-concert lecture at 1:45 pm with Angelina Gadeliya, pianist.

 

DENVER

January 30 (Friday), 7:30 pm:  AUGUSTANA ARTS—Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra Masterworks:  Copland, Mozart & Mendelssohn.  Colorado Christian University Music Center, 9200 West Ellsworth, Lakewood.  TICKETS: $24 adult, $15 senior, $15 student, $8 children 5-12 years.  David Rutherford, music director and conductor; Tamara Maddaford, flute.  Joy – Love – Struggle – Beauty – Peace. That pattern is so familiar, repeated throughout our lives and over the course of history, that countless stories follow its course. So recognizable is the shape that its imprint can be found in masterwork after musical masterwork. Such is the case with Copland’s ballet Appalachian Spring, concerning a pioneer celebration around a newly-build farmhouse in the Pennsylvania hills in the early 1800s. The bride-to-be and the young farmer-husband enact the emotions, joyful and apprehensive, their new domestic partnership invites. Similarly, the love story explored in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream begins and ends in tranquility, but peace is always accompanied by struggle and conflict, perfectly encapsulated in Mendelssohn’s overture. Indeed, the arc of human experience can even be found in Mozart’s delightful Concerto for Flute, and although there is no story, its own narrative still rings true.

January 30 (Friday), 7:30 pm:  SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Raymond Nagem, organist.  Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver.  Raymond Nagem, one of the leading organists of his generation, is Associate Organist of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York and C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School.  He will perform Mozart Fantasia in F minor, Duruflé Prélude, Adagio, et Choral varié sur le Veni Creator, and Messiaen La Nativité du Seigneur.  A rising star in the organ community, Nagem brings a kaleidoscopic sense of color and a virtuosic flair to these works, perfectly suited to the Cathedral’s famed Kimball organ.  Freewill offering.

January 31 (Saturday), 7:30 pm:  AUGUSTANA ARTS— Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra Masterworks:  Copland, Mozart & Mendelssohn.  Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda, Denver.    TICKETS: $24 adult, $15 senior, $15 student, $8 children 5-12 years.  David Rutherford, music director and conductor; Tamara Maddaford, flute.  Joy – Love – Struggle – Beauty – Peace. That pattern is so familiar, repeated throughout our lives and over the course of history, that countless stories follow its course. So recognizable is the shape that its imprint can be found in masterwork after musical masterwork. Such is the case with Copland’s ballet Appalachian Spring, concerning a pioneer celebration around a newly-build farmhouse in the Pennsylvania hills in the early 1800s. The bride-to-be and the young farmer-husband enact the emotions, joyful and apprehensive, their new domestic partnership invites. Similarly, the love story explored in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream begins and ends in tranquility, but peace is always accompanied by struggle and conflict, perfectly encapsulated in Mendelssohn’s overture. Indeed, the arc of human experience can even be found in Mozart’s delightful Concerto for Flute, and although there is no story, its own narrative still rings true.

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February 6 (Friday), 7:30 pm:  SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra.  Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver.  Known for its adventurous programming, Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra performs a program of towering works by Philip Glass, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, and Shostakovich.  Yumi Hwang-Williams solos in Glass’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

February 10 (Tuesday), 12 noon:  SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Stephanie Ball, soprano.  Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral Dagwell Hall, 1350 Washington St, Denver.  Ms. Ball began her journey into the opera world as an undergraduate at Northern Arizona University where she sang the roles of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Adele in Die Fledermaus. Ms. Ball continued her studies at Washington University in St. Louis where she received a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance. She performed several roles there, including Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Following graduate school, she moved into the professional world of opera and sang the role of Annina in Winter Opera St. Louis’ production of La Traviata.  Ms. Ball’s program will feature a collection of African American spirituals in celebration of Black History Month.

February 15 (Sunday), 2:30 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Pre-Evensong Recital. Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver.  Lyn Loewi, harpsichordist, and Margaret Soper Gutierrez, violinist.  Lyn Loewi, assistant organist at Saint John’s Cathedral, takes her turn on harpsichord in an early Baroque music program of J.S. Bach and William Byrd with violinist Margaret Soper Gutierrez.

February 15 (Sunday), 3 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Evensong. Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver.

February 20 (Friday), 7:30 pm:  AUGUSTANA ARTS—Choral Elite Festival 2015.  Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda, Denver.  TICKETS:  $15 adult, $10 senior/student, $5 children 5-12 years.  Nathan Payant, Sarah Harrison, Adam Cave, Chris Manu, directors.  The premier voices of three nearby high schools are joining together for an evening’s festival of song. Come and be mesmerized by the abundance of talent of the Bear Creek High School “Sounds of Bear Creek,” Cherry Creek High School “Meistersingers” and “Girls 21,” and Arvada West High School “Varsity Men’s Chorus.”

February 27 (Friday), 7:30 pm:  AUGUSTANA ARTS and DENVER AGO and ALLIANCE FRANCAISE—Documentary Film Screening “The Genius of Cavaillé-Coll” and Organ Concert with reception.  Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda, Denver.  TICKETS:  $24 adult, $15 senior, $15 student, $8 children 5-12 years.

February 27 (Friday), 7:30 pm:  SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.  Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver.  For the twentyfour singers in the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, perhaps the finest professional choir in the world today, choral singing is a long and proud part of their Baltic heritage. Their powerful and expressive voices produce a sound that is both precise and passionate. Denver audiences will hear those voices resonate in the stained glass and stone surroundings of Saint John’s Cathedral, an ideal performance space for this GRAMMY® award-winning choir.

Newsletter

If you plan well in advance, consider attending these regional and national conventions:

  • Southwest Region (formerly Region VII) Convention: Fort Worth TX, June 28 – July 1, 2015
  • *AGO 2016 National Convention, Houston, June 19-23
  • *AGO 2018 National Convention, Kansas City, July 2-6

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Membership

You don’t have to be an active organist or choirmaster to join the Guild. In fact, you don’t have to be a professional church musician at all. Membership in the Guild is open to all, and the only real requirement is an interest in the organ and/or sacred choral music. To become a member of the Colorado Springs Chapter, contact any Chapter officer. See below for contact information.

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Placement

Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.

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Certification

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Contact Us

Dean:  Eric Wicks – wickseric@yahoo.com

Sub Dean:  Joan Kuehn – joan@flccs.net

Secretary: Sue Anselmi – Sue.Anselmi@gmail.com

Treasurer, CLARION editor and ONCARD Liaison:  Joseph Galema, DMA -joegalema@aol.com

Board Members:

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Links

http://www.pipeorgan.org

http://www.atos.org

http://www.apoba.com

http://www.organsociety.org

http://www.pipedreams.org

http://www.thediapason.com

http://www.agodenver.org

AGO National website