The concert season of 2016-17 saw the Boulder Chamber Orchestra reach a milestone with the Macky Auditorium staging of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony last May. While the progression was natural — completing a Beethoven symphonic cycle over the course of the orchestra's 13-year existence — such a large-scale piece is really beyond the scope of the orchestra's original mission.
When Bahman Saless started the Boulder Chamber Orchestra in 2004, he was an aspiring maestro with a big vision — and 13 years later, that vision reaches a culmination with next week's season finale concerts featuring Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, the 1824 work that ranks among the most popular and familiar of all classical compositions, and around whose mystique — including the so-called "Curse of the Ninth" — Saless structured the 2016-17 season.
Far from being fearful of the number 13,Boulder Chamber Orchestra music director Bahman Saless is fully embracing the "risky" implications of that number as he and his musicians embark on the organization's 13th season....
In its 12-year existence, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra has grown remarkably from its beginnings as a humble amateur organization started by a physicist for whom music was a second career.... Read More