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Season Twelve

2015-2016 Season

Dear Patrons:

Once again Boulder Chamber Orchestra will bring you a star-studded season filled with music from the tame as well as the wild!

Our guest artists for the 12th season include some new faces, some returning guests and some familiar local celebrities.


Zachary Carrettin, the new music director of the Boulder Bach festival will thrill us with his virtuosic violin in performances of Vivaldi’s as well as Astor Pizzola’s Four Seasons! Another rising new Violin star, Chloe Trevor will join BCO in performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Returning favorite Pianist from Berlin, Soheil Nasseri will perform Brahm’s monumental 2nd Piano Concerto.

These events along with Spook Symphony concerts on Halloween weekend with Boulder Pianist Mina Gajic and our Holiday Celebration Concert with Soprano Jennifer Kampani and Flutist Cobus DoToit, along with three additional mini-chamber concerts make our season pass a truly special you MUST buy tonight!


Boulder Chamber Orchestra announces auditions for Principal 2nd Violin, Section Violins and Principal Clarinet positions. These will be held as follows:

August 23rd 2015
Seventh-Day Adventist Church Boulder
345 Mapleton Ave Boulder, CO 80304

Principal Clarinet:
August 29th, 2015
Private Residence (Address provided when you sign up)

Please contact Courtney Huffman, Managing Director, with your resume to to set up your audition

Latest News

In the Press

June 2015

Boulder Chamber Orchestra Puts Tickets on Sale for 2015–16
– Sharps & Flatirons Blog

25 Best Things to Do in Boulder, Colorado
– Vacation Idea/Dream Vacation Magazine

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Bahman Saless Nominated for
2013 Rex Morgan Award

January 2014

"An SCFD tradition, the award honors a resident whose sustained volunteer and leadership contributions have significantly benefited the cultural community in the seven-county District. Recipients model characteristics exhibited by Rex Morgan, an SCFD founder. Mr. Morgan's sustained effort and knowledge of the legislative process helped create SCFD to ensure a legacy of cultural experiences for the benefit of the citizens." - Read more.

Congratulations to BCO’s Music Director, Bahman Saless, on his nomination for the 2013 Rex Morgan Award!

Photos from the Event

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"Boulder Chamber Orchestra turns 10"

September 23, 2013

An article by Kelly Dean Hansen, Camera Classical Music Writer

"Music director Bahman Saless seems almost bemused when reflecting on the 10 years since he founded the Boulder Chamber Orchestra.

"I came out of nowhere," Saless said. "Nobody knew who I was, and I knew I wouldn't be the attraction. We have grown and thrived because so many professional musicians wanted to play in a chamber orchestra."
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"Beethoven Explained"

May 9, 2013

An Article by Peter Alexander, Boulder Weekly Classical Music Writer

"Saless is particularly struck by the composer’s ability to manipulate his listeners’ emotions, recalling a story told by one of Beethoven’s students, Carl Czerny. Beethoven’s piano improvisations, in the salons and homes of his patrons, were “most brilliant and striking,” Czerny wrote. “He knew how to produce such an effect upon every hearer that many would break out into loud sobs.” But Beethoven often followed his most moving improvisations with raucous laughter, telling his listeners they were fools for allowing their feelings to be so easily controlled." Read more.

"The Boulder Chamber Orchestra: Contrasts and Artistry"

September 30, 2012

An Article by Robin McNeil, Opus Colorado Music Critic

"This performance was completely fresh in so many ways: the clarity and transparency in the way the BCO performed these classical period pieces was absolutely breathtaking. Their phrasing was meticulous, as were their attacks, which were quite stunning because there were no ill-defined entrances whatsoever. The entire orchestra seemed very excited to get the season underway after all of the rehearsals, and there was a marked vigorousness and uniformity of purpose in the way they played." Read more.

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"Boulder Chamber Orchestra plans to mix things up"

September 16, 2012

An article by Kelly Dean Hansen, Camera Classical Music Writer

"When music director Bahman Saless considered the theme for the Boulder Chamber Orchestra's eighth season, he realized he wanted to do many diverse pieces that were difficult to put together in a semantic sense. He also realized he wanted to experiment with concerts that created interest through extreme contrast." Read more.


The Orchestra in Action

Boulder Chamber Orchestra under direction of Bahman Saless perform
Brahms' Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5. New Year's Eve 2012 Concert, at Lakewood Cultural Center..


Mission Statement

The mission of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra is to promote classical musical arts and education with live and recorded performances of the highest standard and to enhance the reputation of the greater boulder community.

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"I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how much I enjoyed the Requiem last night - this is a piece I never would have heard otherwise, since I'm not usually a big choral fan...but it was truly outstanding ! I absolutely loved it. I'm very happy that you chose this piece and had such a talented group of musicians and vocalists to work with."
– Mark D.

Maestro Saless and the BCO gave an absolutely delightful performance of this piece. It demonstrates the influence that Mozart had on Bizet, with its transparency and refined textures. Perhaps more than any other work performed on Saturday’s program, the orchestra played this with a marvelous enthusiasm and accuracy of phrasing which accentuated Mozart’s influence. There was no denying that the entire woodwind section and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra is absolutely superb.
– Robin McNeil, Opus Colorado Music Critic.