Aug 242019
Brian Stone, music director
Harumi Shiraishi, piano
Melanie Lawrence, piano
Anna Montgomery, soprano
Adam Ewing, baritone

Johannes Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem was first premiered in 1867. After revisions and the addition of a seventh movement, it was premiered again in 1868 as we know it today. This choral-orchestral masterwork has been performed consistently for its 150-year history and still resonates with audiences. Cantabile is honored to be the featured chorus for the Broomfield Symphony Orchestra’s performance on February 23rd, 2020. In addition, Cantabile will be performing the four-hand piano version that was arranged by Brahms himself two weeks in advance on February 9th, 2020 at First Congregational Church of Boulder. Known often as a “Requiem for the living,” the scripture was chosen by Brahms to comfort those that the dead leave behind. In a letter to the conductor of one of the Requiem’s premieres, Brahms is noted as saying he wished it to be renamed to “A Human Requiem” for he hoped that all humanity, not just Germans, might take solace in its music and text. We hope to see you for either, or both, of these performances in February.

Anna Montgomery, soprano

Anna Montgomery is a lyric soprano establishing her career on the operatic and concert stage. In her recently completed graduate studies at Michigan State University, Ms. Montgomery sought to expand and diversify her performance capabilities. In addition to performing the roles of Giulia (La Scala di Seta), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Rose Maurrant (Street Scene), and Gertrude (Hansel and Gretel), she performed and produced a fully staged production of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice. This production, put on in collaboration with the Advanced Studies Gateway at the FRIB, reinterpreted the classic myth to reflect the journey of love, loss, healing and beauty experienced by survivors of the #MeToo movement. In addition to these and multiple recitals, she has appeared in master classes with renowned artists including Renée Fleming, Richard Bonynge, Lenore Rosenberg, and Terri Hansen. Ms. Montgomery’s concert appearances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Handel’s Messiah with the Michigan State Symphony Orchestra, Fauré’s Requiem, as well as with MSU’s contemporary music series, Musique 21.

Adam Ewing, baritone

Lyric baritone Adam Ewing is an Affiliate Professor of Voice at Regis University. He made his operatic debut as Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance with Loveland Opera, and his orchestral debut as the lead of the barbershop quartet in The Music Man with the Colorado Symphony. He has appeared as Bernardo and Officer Krupke (West Side Story), the Kaiser (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), Schaunard (La Boheme), the Celebrant (Bernstein’s Mass), John Brooke (Little Women), among others. He was the chorus master for several Boulder Bach Festival productions, including the B minor Mass, and regularly performs with Central City Opera’s Touring Artists, as well as teaching, coaching, and accompanying singers. Mr. Ewing has performed the baritone solos in Fauré’s Requiem across the country. He has also sung the solos in the Messiah, both the Brahms and Duruflé Requiems, and Vaughan Williams’ 5 Mystical Songs and Dona nobis pacem, which he performed at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.

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.

Spring 2018 | Venetian Masters

 Posted by on Monday, October 30, 2017  2017-2018 Season, Past Concerts
Oct 302017
Venetian Masters

The Baroque era of Western music spans from the late 17th century through the middle of the 18th century. The two composers of this era featured on this concert could easily be considered musical masters of their time and enjoy many similarities: both began their musical training in the hallowed halls of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy; both would travel throughout Europe gaining notoriety for their compositions of chamber music, operas, and music for the church; both were named Antonio! The chief difference between the two is found in the popularity their compositions enjoy today. Antonio Vivaldi’s music is heard regularly and we are thrilled to perform his perhaps most well known work, Gloria. In contrast, Antonio Caldara, although not completely unknown, is not nearly as celebrated today despite that he was likely of equal fame during the Baroque era. Cantabile is excited to present Caldara’s Missa Dolorosa. These two works set beautifully together for chorus, orchestra, and soloists. We hope you’ll join Cantabile as we celebrate two masters of the Baroque, one you might know, and the other you might not.