During the 2013-14 Season, Colorado Chamber Players performed music from Bach and Haydn, to Bermel and Schubert.
A Toast to Tost
Written for the virtuoso violinist and friend of Haydn’s -Johann Tost- the Colorado Chamber Players performed #2 and #3 of the op. 54 quartets, and featured florid and virtuosic writing for all four parts. The “Frog” Quartet, op. 50 #6, was performed. 9/10/13, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Arvada.
The Colorado Chamber Players and Colorado Bach Ensemble performed three beloved Bach Cantatas on 9/20, 9/21 and 9/22/13, at Bethany Lutheran Church, First United Methodist Church of Boulder, and Trinity Lutheran Church Ft. Collins. Cantatas performed included Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4; Nun, komm der Heiland, BWV 61; and Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170.
Revolutionary Times: Haydn and Washington
The CCP Quartet performed with 2 actors and puppets, in a zany narrated program about classical music, the Revolutionary War, and European royalty. Scripted by Josh Hartwell of Buntport Theatre, this cross-disciplinary show imagined a conversation between the “Papa” of the string quartet (Haydn) and the founding “Papa” of the United States (Washington), bringing revolutionary history to life. 10/28 & 29 at Four Mile Historic Park, Denver; and December 2013 at Thunder Ridge Middle School, Aurora; Southmoor and Columbian Elementary Schools, October 2013.
Durufle Requiem and Debussy
On 11/2 & 3/13, performances of the Durufle Requiem Mass and Debussy Danses occurred at Saint John’s Cathedral of Denver, with solo harpist Ann Marie Liss.
Schubert Cello Quintet
The Colorado Chamber Players welcomed guest artists Catherine Beeson and Thomas Heinrich in Luigi Boccherini’s wonderful Cello Quintet Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid, G.324, and the transcendental Schubert C major cello quintet. Schubert’s final work for chamber ensemble was composed just two months prior to his death, in the summer of 1828. Boccherini’s quintet, Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid (Night Music through the Streets of Madrid), went on a night journey through the streets of Madrid, with descriptive and often humorous music. Concerts were on 2/1/14, 2/22, and 2/23, at First Universalist Church of Denver, Foothills Art Gallery in Golden, and Fine Arts at Four in Brighton.
Soul in Turmoil
Curious Theatre Company and Colorado Chamber Players, presented SOUL IN TURMOIL: The Private Life of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky on 5/4/14 at Curious Theatre, and on 5/3/14 at Colorado Academy. Written by Curious Company Member Josh Hartwell, the play illuminated the personal challenge faced by Tchaikovsky: a man leading a public life of acclaim while forced to conceal his sexual orientation. String arrangements by Tchaikovsky were eloquently woven into the play, exposing audiences to the work of the classical composer as the script explored the tensions of this public figure’s private inner turmoil.
Genius of Our Time: Derek Bermel
The CCP hosted composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel in a week-long residency in Colorado. Works performed of Bermel were Mulatash Stomp, A Short History of the Universe, andThree Funk Studies, along with Brahms Clarinet Quintet op. 115 and Petra Hogan’s Rashim. Performances were at St. John’s Cathedral (5/9/14), Boulder Library (5/10), Opus Two Hall (5/10), and East High School (5/8). Bermel visited Colorado Public Radio on 5/6.
Art of the Fugue
As part of the Colorado Bach Ensemble’s two-week festival of the music of J.S. Bach and Handel, the Colorado Chamber Players performed in its entirety, Bach’s monumental Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080, arranged for string quartet by J.S. Bach. Performances were at Bethany Lutheran Church and at the Organ Recital Hall at CSU on June 8th and 9th, 2014.
Outreach performances of “The Ants Come Marching In” by Katrina Wreede occurred on 3/8/14 and 3/4/14 at Boulder Library and the Butterfly Pavilion. Other outreach took the CCP to the University of Northern Colorado on the “Concerts Under the Stars” series, 7/9/13, with short works of Gordon Jacob, W.A. Mozart, Astor Piazzolla, Mark Carlson, and Antonin Dvorak.