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Jason Richard Olney, our fantastic principal clarinetist, will be featured on our April 29th concert on Eric Ewazen’s “Ballade for Clarinet, Harp, and String Orchestra.” Get in person tickets or livestream access here!
More about Jason:
An active musician in the Denver area, Clarinetist Jason Olney never turns down an opportunity. He has played with orchestras like Denver Philharmonic, Longmont Symphony, Boulder Symphony and Steamboat Symphony, opera companies like Boulder Opera and Opera Steamboat, as well as a number of choirs, chamber ensembles and others. Just this year he has played Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat, Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Dominick Argento’s virtuosic and absurd Postcard from Morocco, where he played clarinet, bass clarinet and alto sax. Since joining Arapahoe Philharmonic in 2016 as Principal Clarinet, Jason has performed solo concerts, chamber works and Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.
A teacher with an eclectic and varied background, Jason not only teaches clarinet but also saxophone and trumpet, and even runs several Beginning Bands. Before coming to Colorado to study under Dan Silver at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2009, Jason worked with Drs John Masserini and Shandra Helman in Idaho. Jason continued his development in masterclasses by the acclaimed Imani Winds and Boulder’s own Takas Quartet.
Our amazing principal harpist, Hillary Schefter, will be featured on this week’s “Maestros of the Classroom” concert playing Eric Ewazen’s “Ballade for Clarinet, Harp, and String Orchestra.” Don’t miss this spotlight on one of Colorado’s most talented harpists! Get your tickets or livestream access here.
More about Hillary: Hillary Schefter is a native of Colorado and received her undergraduate and masters degree in harp from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She has held the position of Principal Harp with the Arapahoe Philharmonic for 7 seasons and is also currently the principal harp of the Boulder Symphony. When she’s not playing concerts and freelancing, she runs a restaurant in Denver with her husband Ben, and enjoys cooking, hanging out with her cats, teaching advanced pole dancing classes, and learning jiu jitsu.
Are you ready to hear some truly virtuosic playing at our “Maestros of the Classroom” concert this Friday? The concert features our 2019 concerto competition winner, cellist Ethan Blake, on Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor. Get your in person tickets or livestream access here.
About Ethan: Ethan Blake has played around the world for a variety of audiences. As a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, Ethan has performed a wide variety of repertoire in venues across the United States, Italy, and Japan. He has participated in numerous music festivals, including the Brevard Music Festival, Innsbrook Music Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Additionally, he has been a two-time fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and a fellowship recipient at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He was the first prize winner of the T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition, the Pikes Peak Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and the CU Boulder Undergraduate Honors Competition, and was recently a prize winner at the Jefferson Symphony Young Artists Competition.
Ethan is an avid cellist in the Front Range of Colorado and currently serves as Assistant Principal Cello in the Boulder Philharmonic, and regularly plays with ensembles such as the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, and the Boulder Symphony. He has also performed with the Sphere Ensemble and Pro Musica Colorado. As a teacher, Ethan serves as a cello instructor at the Boulder Symphony Music Academy and as a Teaching Artist at El Sistema Colorado, along with working frequently with middle and high school cello sections around the area.
Currently a senior at the CU Boulder College of Music, Ethan is a recipient of the Don & Maria Johnson Scholarship and Bixler Foundation Scholarship. His main teachers have included David Requiro, Alice Yoo, Matthew Zalkind, Annemarie Dawson, and Steven Doane. Outside of music, other interests include cycling, basketball, and spending time with his dogs when he can. Ethan is a passionate (and sometimes heartbroken) Boston Celtics fan.
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Congrats to the winner of our “Music Around the World” Kid’s Video Contest, Duggy! Check out Duggy’s awesome video about his favorite part of our Discovery concert.
Duggy and his family will get free tickets to our “Maestros of the Classroom” concert on 4/29. Get your tickets here.
The building of our main venue has new owners! Welcome to the congregation of BRAVE Church! Denver First Church’s congregation has moved to the building down the street. We wish them luck in their new home. For a map to the venue and more info, click here.