Vacation season brings a large spectrum of musical celebrations

Two Messiah performances lead the native packages

By Peter Alexander Dec. 1 at 3:52 p.m.

What’s one factor COVID has not closed down this 12 months? The flood of Vacation-themed concert events in December.

That is in stark distinction to final 12 months, when there have been nearly no reside concert events wherever. Vacation music-making, if any, was achieved on-line. However now Boulder has returned to close regular, and there’s no area or time to provide particular person protection to all of the concert events. Here’s a compilation of most native classical concert events, all of them obtainable for reside attendance and a few with streaming as effectively (particulars and ticket info are under; verify every group’s Internet web page for COVID necessities):

Boulder Ballet Nutcracker (2018). Picture by Amanda Tipton Pictures

The Nutcracker returns to Longmont in performances by the Longmont Symphony and Boulder Ballet (Dec. 3–5). Performances of this perennial household favourite additionally embrace a sensory-friendly “Mild” Nutcracker efficiency that will likely be underneath one hour with each dramatic and musical parts in addition to lighting tailored for particular wants kids.

Boulder Ballet’s manufacturing of The Nutcracker nearly needed to be cancelled for the second 12 months working, till supporters of the ballet and the symphony raised funds to help the performances. LSO govt director Catherine Beeson launched an announcement, saying “The considered our communities having to overlook a second 12 months of this vacation custom was too disappointing to contemplate. We’re so grateful to Boulder Ballet and LSO patrons, supporters and sponsors who stepped as much as fill the hole.”

The CU Vacation Competition (Dec. 3–5), that includes CU School of Music ensembles, is likely one of the oldest musical traditions in Boulder, courting again a long time. Performing teams this 12 months would be the Vacation Brass, the Vacation Competition Orchestra, Chamber Singers, Vacation Competition Choral Union, West African Highlife Ensemble, Vacation Competition Jazz, and the Magari Quartet.

The 2013 Vacation Live performance placed on by the School of Music in Macky Auditorium on the College of Colorado Boulder. (Picture by Casey A. Cass/College of Colorado)

There will likely be some very acquainted Vacation music—“Ding, Dong Merrily on Excessive,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and the perennial favourite, Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Experience.” However there will even be some uncommon alternatives, together with the Spanish villancico “Ríu, ríu, chíu,” the Gloria from the Misa Criolla (Creole Mass) by the Argentinian composer Ariel Ramírez, and a Nigerian Christmas tune, “Betelehemu” (Bethlehem). This system will conclude with the “Hallelujah” refrain from Handel’s Messiah.

The Vacation Competition usually sells out. Which may be totally different this 12 months, with COVID restriction nonetheless in place, however verify availability earlier than planning.

There will likely be two performances of Handel’s Messiah  in Boulder this 12 months: One by conductor Cynthia Katsarelis with the Professional Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra and Boulder Chamber Chorale (Dec. 4), and one by conductor Zachary Carrettin and performers of the Boulder Bach Competition (Dec. 17 and 19).

Each organizations will current solely the Christmas portion of Messiah; Professional Musica Colorado will add the “Hallelujah” refrain. Theirs would be the extra conventional model of efficiency, with full refrain. The Boulder Bach Competition will current Messiah with just one on an element in each orchestra and refrain; in different phrases, the choral elements will all be sung by a quartet of vocal soloists relatively than a standard refrain.

The Ars Nova Singers will current their Vacation program, “Made Merry,” in Denver (Dec. 10), Longmont (Dec. 12) and Boulder (Dec. 16 and 17).

Harpist Kathryn Harms

Underneath the path of Thomas Edward Morgan, the Ars Nova Singers will likely be joined by visitor artist Kathryn Harms on harp. This system follows the same old sample for Ars Nova Vacation concert events: a mixture of new preparations and up to date compositions with extra conventional tunes. 

Featured works will embrace Variations on “Lo How a Rose” by Hugo Distler, a distinguished composer of sacred music in early 20th century Germany, whose brief life illustrates the tragedy of his occasions. Torn between his revulsion for the Nazi regime and the distinguished positions he was granted, he took his personal life in 1942 on the age of 34. 

Different works on this system are Morgan’s association of “What Little one is This?,” Benjamin Britten’s association of “Within the Beak Midwinter,” Jeffrey Van’s association of the Mexican carol “El Rorro” (The babe) and up to date English composer Jonathan Dove’s setting of “The Three Kings” by Dorothy Sayers.

The Longmont Symphony’s annual Candlelight live performance, this 12 months titled “A Baroque Christmas,” will likely be offered at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19 on the Westview Presbyterian Church in Longmont. Elliot Moore will conduct, with soprano soloist Ekaterina Kotcherguina.

Music by acquainted Baroque composers will comprise the vast majority of this system, together with Corelli’s Concerto Grosso op. 6 no. 8, generally known as the “Christmas Concerto” and J.S. Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto. Kotcherguina will sing arias from Handel’s Messiah, together with “I do know that my redeemer liveth” and “Rejoice Drastically.”

She will even sing “The Holy Metropolis,” a Victorian-era ballad that was extraordinarily fashionable and broadly carried out across the flip of the 20th century, and that has been referred to as “probably the most pirated piece previous to the web.” Printed underneath the title Stephen Adams, it was truly the work of English composer and singer Michael Maybrick.

In accordance with legend, the tune received a gaggle of drunken prisoners launched by a choose, it was talked about in James Joyce’s Ulysses, and through a religious titled “Hosanna” its melody discovered its means into Duke Ellington’s Black and Tan Fantasy. It continues to be carried out, usually underneath the title “Jerusalem.”

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Longmont Symphony and Boulder Ballet
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3
1 and 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4
1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5: “Mild Nutcracker”
4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5

Vance Model Civic Auditorium

CU School of Music ensembles
“Vacation Competition 2021”
That includes School of Music school with pupil choirs, bands and orchestras

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4
4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5

Macky Auditorium

Professional Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Cynthia Katsarelis, conductor
With the Boulder Chamber Chorale and vocal soloists
George Frideric Handel: Messiah

7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, First United Methodist Church, Boulder

Tickets for in-person and live-streamed efficiency

Ars Nova Singers, Thomas Edward Morgan, conductor
“Made Merry”

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, St. Paul Group of Religion, Denver
4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, United Church of Christ, Longmont
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, First United Methodist Church, Boulder
7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, First United Methodist Church, Boulder

Tickets for in-person and streamed performances.

Boulder Bach Competition, Zachary Carrettin, conductor
George Frideric Handel: Messiah

7:30 pm. Friday, Dec. 17
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19

Broomfield Auditorium

Longmont Symphony Orchestra, Elliot Moore, conductor
“Candlelight: A Baroque Christmas”

4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, Westview Presbyterian Church, Longmont


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