Boulder Chamber Orchestra Performs Brahms and Verdi—Symphonic Arrangements

Geraldine Walther from the Takács Quartet joins the Boulder Chamber Orchestra for a special performance on viola. The concert will include a Brahms Clarinet Quintet arranged for viola and strings, and a Verdi String Symphony. The Boulder Chamber Orchestra will play at the Broomfield Auditorium on March 29, and at the Boulder Adventist Church on March 30. Tickets are available online and both performances start at 7:30 p.m.

“They’re both great pieces and very dramatic, but this performance lends itself to an orchestral version. That gives it a depth and breadth, it gives it more body and more sonority. It’s just a bigger experience,” said University of Colorado Artist in Residence Geraldine Walther.

Both musical pieces were designed to be played in quintets. The Boulder Chamber Orchestra has 30 musicians, which will amplify the performance. Walther will play viola to replace a traditional clarinet solo in the Brahms Clarinet Quintet. She finds it easy to play viola in this musical selection and enjoys the fresh perspective that Music Director Bahman Saless brings to the Boulder Chamber Orchestra.

“I think the Boulder Chamber Orchestra is very adventurous. There is a certain freedom in their music selections—Bahman likes to keep things interesting and challenging for the orchestra,” said Walther.

Before joining the Takács Quartet at CU, Walther was Principal Violist of the San Francisco Symphony for 29 years. She has also served as assistant principal of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Miami Philharmonic, and the Baltimore Symphony.