Colorado Springs Chapter

Last updated: February 20, 2015 at 23:32 pm
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Local Events

NEXT AGO MEETING: 

Saturday, March 21 @ 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 22 @ 3:00 PM

First Christian, 16 E. Platte Ave, Colorado Springs

ANNUAL BACH FESTIVAL

 

COLORADO SPRINGS

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.

March 8 (Sunday), 3:00 pm:  TAYLOR MEMORIAL CONCERT:  French Masterworks. Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs. Thomas Wilson, conductor; Deke Polifka, organ.  The Taylor Choir and The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and Messe Solennelle by Jean Langlais.

March 21 (Saturday), 7:30 pm:  CONCERT SERIES:  Bach Organ Concert.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs.  The program will feature members of the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists playing a variety of Bach organ works – preludes and fugues, trio sonatas, chorale preludes and variations, concertos.

March 22 (Sunday), 3:00 pm:  CONCERT SERIES:  Annual Bach Celebration Concert.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs.  The program will include Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with David Artley, trumpet; Orchestral Suite No. 2 with Taylor Irelan, flute; Concerto for Two Harpsichords in C Minor with Deke Polifka and Bonnie Linder; a gamba sonata; a trio sonata for flute, oboe and cello; solo works for organ and harpsichord; and chorales for audience singing.  Free will offering.  All are invited to a reception following the concert, hosted by the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

March 22 (Sunday), 5:00 pm: Handel’s MESSIAH Parts II and III.  First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs. 

March 29 (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.

 

DENVER

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 twenty-four 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.

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March 10 (Tuesday), 12 noon:  SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Boulder Bassoon Quartet.  Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral Dagwell Hall, 1350 Washington St, Denver. Bassoons? Quartet? With repertoire from Brahms to the Beatles, you can’t help but have fun when listening to the Boulder Bassoon Quartet. Be surprised!

March 13 (Friday), 7:30 pm: AUGUSTANA ARTS—Colorado Women’s Chorale:  The Vivaldi Gloria. Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda, Denver.  TICKETS:  $24 adult, $15 senior, $15 student, $8 children 5-12 years. This immensely popular work is recognized from its use in TV and films as well as its 20th Century revival at classical music concerts. CWC will be joined by the Douglas County Belles directed by Brady Lloyd for this masterful “mega-mini” work.

March 13 (Friday), 7:30 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Voices of Light, Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra. Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver. Voices of Light merges the legendary silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with a live performance of a ravishing score by award-winning composer Richard Einhorn. Carl Theodor Dreyer’s film – a haunting and powerful depiction of the trial of Joan of Arc – enhanced with a live performance of Einhorn’s superb score for orchestra, chorus and soloists is deeply moving and unforgettable. Performances draw a wide audience ranging from film buffs and choral enthusiasts, to contemporary music lovers and those who continue to find the story of Joan of Arc inspirational even 600 years after her birth.

March 15 (Sunday), 2:30 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Pre-Evensong Recital. Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver. Guitarist Nicolò Spera and violinist Jenny Diaz formed Duo Chagall in 2012. Spera is the guitar instructor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and regularly performs in music festivals such as the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, the Tangents Guitar Series in San Francisco, the Mediterranean Guitar Festival in Italy, and the Sauble Beach Festival in Canada. Diaz is co-director of the Boulder-based early music group Ensemble Pearl. Diaz joined Boulder’s Parlando School for the Arts faculty in 2013 after seven years prior teaching experience. Diaz is a certified Suzuki instructor and an active member with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

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

March 20 (Friday), 7:30 pm:  AUGUSTANA ARTS—Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 South Allison Parkway, Lakewood. TICKETS:  $24 adult, $15 senior, $15 student, $8 children 5-12 years. David Rutherford, Music Director and Conductor. MSCO welcomes internationally renowned teacher and cellist Rodney Farrar to perform the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto #1. This sparkling work has delighted audiences and challenged cellists ever since it was composed in 1872. Paired with the most recognized symphony ever written, Beethoven’s masterful and driving Symphony #5 in c minor, along with Three English Dances by Roger Quilter, this performance touches the very heart of Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra.

March 20 (Friday), 7:30 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC— Richard Robertson, organist. Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver. Former organist at Saint John’s Cathedral, Richard Robertson has held church positions in New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Clearwater, Florida; and currently at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Denver. Freewill offering.

March 21 (Saturday), 7:30 pm:  AUGUSTANA ARTS—Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra. 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. MSCO welcomes internationally renowned teacher and cellist Rodney Farrar to perform the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto #1. This sparkling work has delighted audiences and challenged cellists ever since it was composed in 1872. Paired with the most recognized symphony ever written, Beethoven’s masterful and driving Symphony #5 in c minor, along with Three English Dances by Roger Quilter, this performance touches the very heart of Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra.

March 27 (Friday), 7:30 pm:  AUGUSTANA ARTS—Carpe Diem String Quartet. Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda, Denver. TICKETS:  $24 adult, $15 senior, $15 student, $8 children 5-12 years. Virtuosity without pomposity! The boundary-breaking Carpe Diem String Quartet has been called “Extraordinary” by the Washington Post for its innovative programming and electrifying performances which reflect a passion for Gypsy, Tango, Folk, Pop, Rock and Jazz-inspired music alongside the traditional string quartet repertoire.

March 28 (Saturday), 7:30 pm: AUGUSTANA ARTS—Colorado Women’s Chorale:  The Vivaldi Gloria. St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 8817 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch. TICKETS:  $24 adult, $15 senior, $15 student, $8 children 5-12 years. This immensely popular work is recognized from its use in TV and films as well as its 20th Century revival at classical music concerts. CWC will be joined by the Douglas County Belles directed by Brady Lloyd for this masterful “mega-mini” work.

 

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