A Mini-Chamber Concert
As I look back on BCO's first concert-a very special night, filled with excitement, apprehension, magic, hope, passion as well as anxiety-I realize that the standing-room-only event was the telltale sign of what was to come. That first concert involved a group of brave musical pioneers and explorers, willing to dive into a cultural adventure yet to be defined. We are now commencing our tenth year, celebrating the efforts and talents of not only those who were the founders but also those who joined the ensemble to make it better and better at every concert. Many of the founders never left the core group and are now the body and soul of the orchestra. It is my honor and privilege to celebrate our tenth season with this fine group of musicians, those who brought us here, and you the citizens of this magnificent supportive community we live in.
As an organization, we are thrilled to celebrate our tenth performance season, called simply “X”. This season, once again, we present an incredible array of local celebrities as well as outstanding guest soloists from other parts of the country.Here are the highlights:
We continue our magical journey by performing Mozart’s Overture to the Magic Flute followed by Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, performed by our special guest Stephanie Chase, and finally Brahms’s gorgeous Symphony No. 2
Returning to our stage in two separate concerts, distinguished University of Colorado faculty members David Korevaar and Andrew Cooperstock will play piano concertos by Mozart and Bach, respectively. Soprano Szilvia Schranz will join us to honor Britten’s centennial with a performance of Les Illuminations. Promising young Berliner Soheil Nasseri will perform Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto.
Colleague, friend, and visiting young conductor Frederik Støvring Olsen will bring to our New Year’s concert musical gems from his home country of Denmark while joining forces with Boulder guitar phenom Alfredo Muro.
The final concert of this very special season features the familiar face and beloved sound of Lindsay Deutsch, who will perform Brahms’s Violin Concerto, and it ends with Beethoven’s Symphony No.5.
Enjoy this amazing season!
Bahman Saless, Music Director and Conductor
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Tuesday, December 10th
Savory Spice Shop
2041 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
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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." " Read more.
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.
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.
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.
Boulder Chamber Orchestra under direction of Bahman Saless perform Brahms' Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5. New Year's Eve 2012 Concert, at Lakewood Cultural Center..
The mission of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) is to enhance the classical musical arts with live and recorded performances of the highest standard, and to serve the local community by offering quality music education, outreach, and promotional activities.
"I did not exaggerate above when I said this was one of the best performances of the Mozart Requiem that I have heard. Perhaps due to the surroundings, it had a very intimate feel, but the choir, the orchestra, and the soloists all gave the impression that they were performing for just a select few. It was so very clean and clear that every note (from everyone) could be heard., says Robin McNeil, Opus Colorado Music Critic.