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Last updated: April 24, 2015 at 10:18 am
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Local Events

NEXT AGO MEETING:  Monday, May 11

ANNUAL MEETING & PROGRESSIVE ORGAN CONCERTS

 

April 26 (Sunday), 3:00 pm:  CONCERT SERIES:  Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs.  Kenneth Soper, director.  Includes Charles County Overture by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins; Toward a New Horizon and The Broadmoor Rag by Samuel Foster Hall; Hymnsong of Philip Bliss by David Holsinger; Finale from Symphony No. 1 by Alexandre Guilmant with Carol Wilson, organ; Flashing Winds by Jan Van der Roost; Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner; Immovable Do by Percy Grainger; and Finale from Symphony No. 4 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  A free will offering will be taken.

April 26 (Sunday), 8:00 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.

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May 2 (Saturday), 7:00 pm:  CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF THE SPRINGS:  The Last Dance.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs.  Thomas Wilson, conductor; Emirhan Tuga, clarinet. The Chamber Orchestra’s last tango of the season is a collection of dances from all over the world that might have you dancing in the aisles. From Spain, Argentina, Poland, and Hungary come exciting folk dances crafted by leading composers for the concert hall. Clarinetist Emirhan Tuga and the Chamber Orchestra send off the season in a blaze of passion! Pre-con­cert lecture at 6:15 pm with William Malone, Chair, Music Department, Pikes Peak Community College.

May 3 (Sunday), 2:30 pm:  CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF THE SPRINGS:  The Last Dance.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs.  Thomas Wilson, conductor; Emirhan Tuga, clarinet.  The Chamber Orchestra’s last tango of the season is a collection of dances from all over the world that might have you dancing in the aisles. From Spain, Argentina, Poland, and Hungary come exciting folk dances crafted by leading composers for the concert hall. Clarinetist Emirhan Tuga and the Chamber Orchestra send off the season in a blaze of passion! Pre-con­cert lecture at 1:45 pm with William Malone, Chair, Music Department, Pikes Peak Community College.

May 3 (Sunday), 3:00 pm:  TAYLOR MEMORIAL CONCERT:  Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble (CVAE) presents Elements.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs.  In addition to works for the full ensemble, this eclectic program will also feature the men and women of CVAE separately. Works by John Ritchie, Franz Schubert, Steven Sametz, and Leonard Bernstein. Donations gratefully accepted.

May 14 (Thursday), 6:30 pm:  TAYLOR MEMORIAL CONCERT:  Organ Recital/Festive Choral Evensong for Ascension Day.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs.  Guest organist Tamara Schmiege will play a 30-minute prelude, followed by Choral Evensong with the Taylor Choir.

May 17 (Sunday), 3:00 pm:  CONCERT SERIES:  Colorado Springs Flute Choir.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs.  Karen Morsch, director; Treesa Kjeldsen, assistant director.  Since 1984 the Pikes Peak Flute Choirs have entertained thousands of people in Colorado Springs with a variety of music, from classical to contemporary, and even some rock-and-roll. They have played at venues all over town, from The Citadel to The Broadmoor Hotel to many schools, churches and community centers. A non-profit organization made up of volunteer flute players, the groups started with just a few interested players with C flutes and a couple of piccolos, and in recent years have had as many as 40 flutes ranging from piccolo through six kinds of flutes down to sub-contrabass, added just last year.

May 29 (Friday), 7:00 pm:  JAZZ IN THE GARDEN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES:  Mango fan Django.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Memorial Garden, corner of North Tejon and Monument Streets, Colorado Springs.  Returning to open the Jazz in the Garden season for the fourth time, Mango fan Django is the premier Gypsy Jazz quartet in the Pikes Peak region.  The public is encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets.  In case of rain, concerts are held indoors in the parish hall.

May 31 (Sunday), 2:30 pm:  PARISH HOUSE BAROQUE:  The Flowering and Fading of Love (An Italien Springtime).  Benet Hill Monastery, 3190 Benet Lane, Colorado Springs.  TICKETS:  http://www.benethillconcerts.word­press.com/.  Elisa Wicks & Terri Moon, ba­roque vi­olins; Pam Chaddon, baroque cello; Eric Wicks, harpsichord.  With guest soprano, Amanda Balestrieri.  Music for soprano, strings and harpsichord by Domenico Scarlatti, Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, Claudio Monteverdi, Barbara Strozzi, and Antonio Vivaldi.

 

DENVER

April 24 (Friday), 7:30 pm: AU­GUSTANA ARTS—Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra:  Two-Way Street – featuring The Narrators. 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; Philip Ficsor, violin.  In MSCO’s most compelling collaboration yet, the orchestra teams up with Denver’s story-telling ensemble The Narrators for a program that explores the narrative qualities in great music as well as the musical qualities in great stories. They will have paid attention to how the music affects them, inspires feelings within them, evokes story lines, but most of all how it relates to their everyday lives. This side of the Two-Way Street culminates in their telling of the story they have found in the music, in collaboration with a performance by MSCO.  On the other side of the street, as it were, The Narrators will fashion their own stories to which MSCO must react and respond with music that illuminates and completes their narratives. Three as-yet-unnamed masterworks will accompany the stories created in The Narrators’ bold, honest style. While this much of the program illustrates the Two-Way Street between two genres of art, and between different kinds of performing artists on stage, a second Two-Way Street is yet to be explored – the one joining artists and audience. This final facet of the program will allow audience members to write their own stories to the music they hear, and if they wish, will have their stories interpreted live before the audience that very night by the talented and insightful Narrators.

April 24 (Friday), 7:30 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Karen Black, organist. Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver. Karen Black teaches organ, church music, and music theory, serves as organist for weekday chapel and Sunday services, and conducts Kantorei at Wartburg College. Prior to coming to Wartburg, Dr. Black held positions as full-time Director of Music and Organist at Zion Lutheran Church, Hopkins, Minnesota; Assistant Organist at Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, Indiana; and full-time Director of Music at Church of the Annunciation in Minneapolis. Freewill offering.

April 25 (Saturday), 7:00 pm:  DENVER AGO:  Organs Gone Wild.  South Broadway Christian Church, 23 S. Lincoln St, Denver.

April 25 (Saturday), 7:30 pm: AUGUSTANA ARTS—Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra:  Two-Way Street – featuring The Narrators. 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; Philip Ficsor, violin.  In MSCO’s most compelling collaboration yet, the orchestra teams up with Denver’s story-telling ensemble The Narrators for a program that explores the narrative qualities in great music as well as the musical qualities in great stories. They will have paid attention to how the music affects them, inspires feelings within them, evokes story lines, but most of all how it relates to their everyday lives. This side of the Two-Way Street culminates in their telling of the story they have found in the music, in collaboration with a performance by MSCO.  On the other side of the street, as it were, The Narrators will fashion their own stories to which MSCO must react and respond with music that illuminates and completes their narratives. Three as-yet-unnamed masterworks will accompany the stories created in The Narrators’ bold, honest style. While this much of the program illustrates the Two-Way Street between two genres of art, and between different kinds of performing artists on stage, a second Two-Way Street is yet to be explored – the one joining artists and audience. This final facet of the program will allow audience members to write their own stories to the music they hear, and if they wish, will have their stories interpreted live before the audience that very night by the talented and insightful Narrators.

 

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May 3 (Sunday), 4:30 pm:  LAMONT CON­CERTS—Joseph Galema Faculty Organ Recital.  Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave, Denver.  TICKETS:  $10.  Newman Center Box Office (303) 871-7720.  Music by 20th & 21st century composers Petr Eben, Jean Langlais, Olivier Messiaen, Stephen Paulus, Craig Phillips, Leo Sowerby.  Reception follows the concert.

May 8 (Friday), 7:30 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Chanticleer. Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver.  TICKETS:  $20 General Admission.  Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, the San Francisco-based, GRAMMY® award-winning ensemble Chanticleer embarks upon its 37th season in 2014-15. Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.

May 12 (Tuesday), 12 noon:  SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Phoenix Gayles, lyric soprano.  Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral Dagwell Hall, 1350 Washington St, Denver.  Making her recital debut at Saint John’s Cathedral, Ms. Gayles recently placed second in the Metropolitan National Council Rocky Mountain Regional Audition and received a prestigious grant from the Career Bridges Grant Awards.  She sang the role of Pamina in Die Zauberflote with the Boulder Opera Company, as well as the role of Frasquita in Carmen with Opera Tampa, and performed as soloist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra.

May 15 (Friday), 7:00 pm:  DENVER AGO:  Chapter Members’ Recital.  Christ Episcopal, 2950 S. University Blvd, Denver.

May 16 (Saturday), 7:30 pm:  LA­MONT CONCERTS—Deke Polifka Artist Diploma Recital.  Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave, Denver.  Presented in partial ful­fillment of the Artist Diploma requirements.  Music by J. S. Bach, Alexandre Guilmant, Max Reger, Leo Sowerby, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, and Louis Vierne.

May 17 (Sunday), 2:30 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Pre-Evensong Concert:  Brian du Fresne, organ. Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver.  Brian du Fresne currently serves as principal organist at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder. His first job as an organist was at the age of fourteen, for a church outside of London, England. Since 1994 he has sung with the internationally-acclaimed Boulder-based Ars Nova Singers and has served as bass section leader for that ensemble since he started with the group. He is also associate conductor with the Rocky Mountain Chorale.

May 17 (Sunday), 3:00 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Evensong. Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver.

 

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