Colorado Music Festival

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The Chautauqua Auditorium (Boulder, Colorado)
Colorado Music Festival's principal performance venue

The Colorado Music Festival is a classical music festival in Boulder, Colorado. It was founded in 1976 by the Vienna-born conductor and violinist, Giora Bernstein and presents an annual summer season of concerts in Boulder's Chautauqua Auditorium performed by the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra as well as visiting artists and ensembles. The festival runs from June to August with a repertory encompassing both world music and traditional classical music. Its current Musical Director is Michael Christie.

History[edit]

The festival began life as the Colorado Chamber Orchestra founded in 1976 by Giora Bernstein, the newly appointed head of the conducting program at University of Colorado. In 1977, its first series of concerts were given in Boulder's First Presbyterian Church. Guest soloists in the five-concert initial season included the soprano Judith Raskin, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, cellist Leonard Rose and violinist Sidney Harth.

Following restoration work in 1978, the Chautaqua Auditorium, a national historic landmark, became the festival's home. Its inaugural Chautauqua season brought the festival the first of five ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards.[1] On Giora Bernstein's retirement in 2000, the American conductor, Michael Christie was appointed Music Director.

Under Christie's directorship the festival's ticket sales increased by 42 percent and more new works were added to the programming such as the 2005 world premiere of Mark Grey's Pursuit.[2] He also initiated Intermission Insights, where guest artists come back onstage after the first-half of their performance for a ten minute conversation with Christie about their performance followed by questions from the audience.

In 2009, the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts merged with the Colorado Music Festival to become its Education Division.[3]

Premieres[edit]

Regional and world premieres at the festival include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shulgold (12 June 1996)
  2. ^ MacMillan (30 June 2008)
  3. ^ Colorado Music Festival (13 April 2009)

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