Boulder Chamber Orchestra celebrates the Holidays with music and chocolate


Principal cello and principal clarinet will likely be featured soloists Dec. 11

By Peter Alexander Dec. 9 at 10 a.m.

There are many Christmas live shows in Boulder this time of yr, however just one is providing chocolate together with the music.

The Boulder Chamber Orchestra has paired with Boulder’s Piece, Love & Chocolate for his or her live performance Saturday (7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 on the Boulder Seventh-day Adventist Church), and whereas this system doesn’t function a single carol, who can flip down the sweets?

The event for the candies is the efficiency of Symphonic Goodies by Maxime Goulet, a bit that means—requires?—a selected form of chocolate with every of its 4 actions. For the remainder of this system, conductor Bahman Saless needed to function members of the BCO as soloists.

Joseph Howe

“It’s actually vital to assist our principal musicians,” he says. “We had deliberate in the course of the COVID yr to do two items (that includes BCO gamers). I made a decision that within the spirit of the orchestra being a household that it might be acceptable to do each of them on the identical evening.”

The 2 solo items will likely be Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, performed by principal cellist Joseph Howe, and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, performed by principal clarinetist Kellan Toohey. For the previous, Saless factors out, Howe and the BCO will carry out the unique model, which isn’t typically heard immediately.

The cellist who performed the premiere and the rating’s dedicatee, Wilhelm Fitzhagen, thought of the Variations to be ”his” piece. He modified the order of the variations and reduce Tchaikovsky’s closing variation, all with out consulting the composer. Tchaikovksy reportedly hated the adjustments, however didn’t problem them, and ever because it has been Fitzhagen’s revised model that has often been carried out.

The unique model “is tough to get now” Saless says. “We needed to get it from some place else—it’s out of print.” Nonetheless, some students and performers favor the unique model, as a result of the order of the variations appears to observe a extra logical musical growth.

Allan Toohey

Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto was one of many composer’s final accomplished items, composed shortly earlier than his dying in 1791. It was written for Anton Stadler, a private buddy of the composer and one of many very first virtuoso clarinet gamers. He carried out on an instrument that had an prolonged vary, making it doable to play just a few notes decrease than the fashionable instrument. It additionally had a really primitive fingering system with only some keys, making it outstanding that the piece might be performed in any respect. Immediately it’s thought to be the primary nice solo piece for the instrument and is commonly performed for skilled clarinet auditions. 

However again to the candies! Goulet describes his Symphonic Goodies as “a piece meant to accompany a chocolate tasting . . . an orchestral suite in 4 brief actions during which every motion evokes a unique taste of chocolate.” The 4 flavors are described musically, and “the viewers is invited to eat 4 small candies whereas every motion of the corresponding taste is being performed.”

The 4 actions and their descriptions in Goulet’s program notes are: “1. Caramel Chocolate: A protracted lyrical melody supported by a wealthy and enveloping sonority; 2. Darkish Chocolate: An intense habanera of need and seduction, spiced up with a dissonant bitterness; 3. Mint Chocolate: A fragile freshness with icy chilly sonorities; 4. Espresso-infused Chocolate: An espresso tempo with a Brazilian taste.”

Maxime Goulet

For the BCO efficiency, Boulder’s Piece, Love and & Chocolate will present a field of 4 small candies of the described varieties which will be bought with the tickets to the live performance. The candies will likely be given out on the live performance to ticket holders who bought them.

In case you don’t acknowledge the title, Goulet is lively each as a composer of live performance music and of music for video video games. He was workers composer for Gameloft 2007–13, and has written the music for video games together with “Warhammer 40,000: Everlasting Campaign,” “The Superb Spider Man” 1 and a pair of, “Brothers in Arms 2: World Entrance” and “Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of Battle.”

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“A Present of Music:” Celebrating the Season with BCO Stars
Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Bahman Saless, conductor

  • Maxime Goulet: Symphonic Goodies
  • Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme (authentic model)
    Joseph Howe, cello
  • Mozart: Concerto in A for clarinet and orchestra
    Kellan Toohey, clarinet

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec.11
Boulder Seventh-Day Adventist Church
TICKETS (admission and the candies could also be bought individually)
NOTE: See BCO COVID insurance policies on their house web page

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