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Concert 4: Bohemian Rhapsodies

February 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 8

Mason Bates: Warehouse Medicine, from The B-Sides

Universal Music CompanyAntonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor
featuring Kelcey Howell
Winner of the 2018 T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition

Thanks to Universal Music Company, and owners Jim and Millie Patterson, for sponsoring the Concerto Competition.

Pre-concert talk with Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes at 6:45 p.m.
Classic Children’s Corner at 7:10 p.m. for kids of all ages.

Meet Kelcey Howell

Kelcey Howell is a junior at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, in the cello studio of Matthew Zalkind. She began studying cello with James Todd at age six, continuing with Silver Ainomäe at age 12. Kelcey is currently a member of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, and is a substitute cellist for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. As a participant in the New York String Orchestra Seminar, she performed concerts at Carnegie Hall in December 2017. Previously, she was principal cellist of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra from 2010-2014, including the 2011 tour of Germany and the Czech Republic. Kelcey has performed as soloist on over twenty occasions with orchestras in Colorado and Montana, most recently as competition winner with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, and Parker Symphony Orchestra. Kelcey enjoys playing in a string quartet at the Lamont School of Music, with whom she won the 2017 school-wide chamber music competition, and performed in a master class for Yo-Yo Ma.

Dvorak Symphony No. 8
Written in a mere two and a half months (in stark contrast to our opening Brahms symphony), this piece was a thank you to the admissions board of the Bohemian Academy. Dvorak loved the music of his homeland, and so Bohemian folk music provides the entirety of thematic material for this symphony. In particular, the third movement is a gorgeous traditional waltz that never fails to sweep its listeners off their feet. It’s also one of the shorter symphonies in the repertoire, running at 36 minutes. It’s one half-hour of perfect beauty.

Mason Bates “Warehouse Medicine,” from The B-Sides
Like the forgotten bands from the flipside of an old piece of vinyl, The B-Sides offers brief landings on a variety of peculiar planets, unified by a focus on fluorescent orchestral sonorities and the morphing rhythms of electronica. Equally informed by Schoenberg’s Five Pieces for Orchestra as it is by a variety of American vernacular music, Warehouse Medicine is an homage to techno’s birthplace — the empty warehouses of Detroit. Huge brass swells and out-of-tune pizzicati emulate some of the visceral sonorities of techno, and on this pounding note The B-Sides bows out.

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February 10, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Englewood, CO 80113
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