This is the best time of year for classical music. It’s that post-summer, pre-Christmas period when orchestras, chamber groups and vocal companies bring out their most serious work. They know people are paying attention and they try to deliver the high-level goods that keep audiences interested.This year’s mid-fall season comes in a multitude of shapes and forms that remind concert-goers just how varied classical music can be. There are big ensemble moments, superstar turns, some off-beat explorations and, of course, there’s Verdi. There’s always Verdi. The local lineup features more than this list can possibly include, and November is definitely the time to scour the websites of your favorite classical presenter to see what they’re up to. But we did manage to pick out some promising events worth checking out. Britten’s “War Requiem,” Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Fri.-Sun., Nov. 2-4 World War I is the blackest of marks on human … [Read more...] about Did you know now is the best time for classical music in Colorado? Well, it is. And here’s where to hear it.
Denver classical music concerts
Want to see a show? You couldn't have picked a better week, considering the sheer number of concerts happening around the Valley in the coming days.There are a dozen gigs worth checking out at Valley music venues this week, ranging from intimate gigs at rock bars to raucous blowouts at enormous concert halls.It's also a diverse mix that includes living legends (Judas Priest, Front 242), old favorites (Less Than Jake, Smoking Popes) and plenty of new talents (L.A. Witch, Lana Del Rabies). Details about each of these show can be found in our rundown of the best concerts in the Valley this week. And for even more music events happening around town, check out Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar. AlvvaysIndie pop band Alvvays know how to keep it tight, and definitely have a “less is more” approach to music-making and album construction. They dropped their second studio album, Antisocialites, last September. It clocks in at a lean, mean 32 minutes. “In … [Read more...] about The 12 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week
The flamboyant Croatian duo 2Cellos has announced dates for its 2019 tour in support of its soon-to-drop album, Let There Be Cello, including a stop in Denver.The genre-spanning Youtube sensation first gained acclaim back in 2011 with a cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal," and has gone on to record songs like Ed Sheeran's "Perfect," Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." The two cellists, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, also mix in a handful of originals and classical music pieces, pushing the boundaries of what their instruments can do.The tour hits the Pepsi Center on Thursday, February 14. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 28, at Altitude Tickets. Kyle Harris quit making documentaries and started writing when he realized that he could tell hundreds of stories in the same amount of time it takes to make one movie. Now, hooked on the written word, he's Westword’s Culture Editor and writes about music and the arts. … [Read more...] about 2Cellos Headlines Massive Denver Concert
In some ways, next weekend’s collaboration between pianist Joyce Yang and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet turns one of the country’s foremost classical music soloists into a second fiddle. But, hey, it was her choice.Yang, who has starred center stage as a guest artist with orchestras across the world, came up with the idea of playing backup for the dancers herself, after seeing the company perform in New York two years ago. She asked its artistic team to create a movement that could be featured during one of her signature concert pieces, Robert Schumann’s “Carnaval.” The request said a lot about Yang’s artistry — that she was willing to sacrifice the spotlight to explore new angles on a well-known masterwork — but also about the dance company’s reputation. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has earned its position as a featured player; Yang is fortunate to have it on her team. “It’s not really everyday where you see an artist of her caliber … [Read more...] about Rinaldi: Why you can’t miss the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet/Joyce Yang collab in Denver this weekend
Telluride is preparing for another big year of live music with a pair of announcements on its festival scene. First, the Telluride Jazz Festival will present a lineup that uses the term “jazz” as liberally as most other festivals bearing that genre, with a mix of jazz, blues, jam-band, Americana and more. Festival passes for the Aug. 9-11 event, with performances from Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Lettuce, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Victor Wooten Band, Turkuaz, Cha Wa and others, are on sale for $145 and include all three days. Single-day tickets go on sale May 22 for $60-$70 per day. (telluridejazz.org) Also coming up in that San Miguel County town: Telluride Blues & Brews tickets went on sale last week for the Sept. 13-15 event, featuring a lineup of bands still to be announced, more craft beer than anyone can (or should) consume, kid’s activities, late-night club shows, a 5K fundraiser, morning yoga and more. Tickets for … [Read more...] about Denver Botanic Gardens, Telluride festivals announce summer concert lineups