Aug 152019
Brian Stone, music director
Stella Pradeau, piano
Claire McCahan, mezzo-soprano
Altius Quartet

In times of emotional highs and lows, we all seek places of comfort and refuge. Whether they be physical places, nostalgic memories from our past, or a steadfast solitude within, we return to these places to find solace, calm, and joy. Cantabile’s first concert of this season will explore music that brings us to those places. With a program that pays tribute to the places that are sacred, personal, and nostalgic, to real locations of natural beauty and to places that define our pasts and present, Cantabile hopes you will join us for a night of stirring artistry. The concert will feature John Corigliano’s Fern Hill that sets Dylan Thomas’s evocative text of a beautiful childhood nearly forgotten for choir, mezzo soprano solo, strings and and piano.

Along with Cantabile’s own phenomenal Stella Pradeau on the piano, Cantabile is thrilled to be joined by the acclaimed Altius Quartet to play Corigliano’s Fern Hill as well as a selection of their own. This varied program will also include works by Hildegard von Bingen, Claudio Monteverdi, Johannes Brahms, and twenty-first century composers Joan Szymko, Dale Trumbore, Ola Gjeilo, and Shawn Kirchner. Come join us for a program that asks you to remember and consider the places we return to throughout our lives.

Aug 252018

Our 30th season concludes with an epic collaboration with the Colorado Chorale. Each ensemble will perform music that prepares the audience for a second half you will not want to miss! With one performance in Boulder and one performance in Denver, we present the regional premiere of Colorado Chorale Artistic Director Kevin Padworski’s Reflections on a Mexican Garden. This choral orchestral work sets texts in English, Spanish, and the ancient Aztec language of Nahuatl, to music that has a rhythmic and yet mellifluous Latin American style. Padworski’s work evokes mysterious images of a woman walking through a fragrant and lush garden.

We will also be joined by singers from the Boulder High School choir, led by Mary Bateman. Come be transported to an enveloping fully-orchestrated soundscape worthy of these beautiful and vivacious texts.

Aug 252018

The enjoyment and making of music is a lifelong experience, and this performance will walk that journey. With the Douglass Elementary Choir joining us under the direction of Kate Klotz, you will hear poetry written, music composed, and songs sung by children. A musical life only begins at childhood, however, and the initial spark becomes a flame that is stoked throughout life. You will also hear music in this concert that speaks to that continuing passion that teaches us to lift each other up with love and encouragement. Join us for a concert that engages the nostalgic memories of the past, and ignites the joy of musical discovery that inspires the youth living within all of us.

Aug 252018

Our first concert of the season celebrates the music that made us who we are today, and includes some new pieces that send us optimistic into the years ahead. Many of the pieces we perform will evoke nostalgic memories and were suggested by the talented singers and our marvelous pianist, Stella Pradeau, who is beginning her 20th season with Cantabile. These include favorites by contemporary choral composers Morten Lauridsen, Joan Szymko, and Rosephanye Powell, as well as beauties from the choral canon by Johannes Brahms, Maurice Duruflé, and Gerald Finzi. Additionally, we welcome back the wonderful leadership of Music Director Emeritus Robert Farr, and the inimitable vocal talents of tenor Fred Peterbark. The message is that we are proud of our history and the foundation it provides for a strong and meaningful future. We hope you will join us to celebrate the beginning of Cantabile’s 30th season.