Folk Songs & Frogs: A Musical Serenade Delight

November 6, 7:30 PM

Live Performance:

Denver First Church of the Nazarene, 3800 E. Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113

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Join us for this socially-distanced, masked, live or livestreamed concert! A small group of musicians from the AP will perform a classical masterpiece plus lesser-known works and trinkets of the repertoire that you will end up whistling, including:

  • Wind Serenade – Antonin Dvořák
  • On Seven-Star-Shoes – Julia Wolfe
  • Old Wine in New Bottles – Gordon Jacob
  • Five Frogs – Jenni Brandon

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Live Performance (Only 100 tickets available):

Adults: $22 $20 Early Bird

Seniors: $18 $16 Early Bird

Student / Child: $5

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COVID-19 Precautions

Here are some additional steps we will be taking to ensure the safety of those in attendance at the live performance:

    • On November 6 we will provide a live performance at our venue at Denver First Church of the Nazarene. If you haven’t been there before, it seats over 2500 patrons. Yet we will meet the Colorado state requirement of a maximum of 100 patrons in the concert hall – that is plenty of room to maintain the required social distance guidelines between your group and others.
    • The repertoire will include pieces that require a smaller number of orchestra musicians, so they will be well spaced out across the stage and will maintain a distance of 25 feet or more from the audience.
    • We will also LIVESTREAM this performance! So those who aren’t quite yet ready to join us in the concert hall will be able to purchase tickets to watch the performance in the comfort of their own home.
    • Masks will be required that fit securely to the face and must be worn at all times (unless they are musicians that while performing need to blow into their instrument).
    • Denver First Church has recently installed a high-quality, high-efficiency air circulation HVAC system which will provide continuous circulation of air throughout the facility.
    • Everyone will be asked to maintain 6’ social distancing or more whenever possible. Seating for patrons will allow for a distance of 6’+ in between groups.
    • Tickets will be purchased in advance as much as possible, with precautions for limited door sales and contactless transactions.
    • Digital programs will be emailed in advance of the performance and will be used to the maximum extent possible.
    • No intermission and no concessions will be provided to discourage gathering or crowds.
    • Adjusted programming to allow for socially-distanced seating between musicians on stage.
    • Concert duration will be 60 minutes long, presented without intermission.
    • Theatre will be cleaned and disinfected prior to each performance.
    • Hand sanitizer stations will be available.
    • Staggered entrance and exit times will be established for audience members.
    • Our venue will be opened with enough time in advance of the concert to allow time for patrons to enter while maintaining social distancing.
    • At the end of the performance, patrons will be dismissed by section to ensure social distancing.
    • There will be restroom usage controls.
    • Should patrons remove their mask once they are inside the concert hall:
      • Ushers will ask that it be put back into place immediately.
      • If that is not effective, we reserve the right to stop the performance and ask the patron to resume wearing the mask or depart the concert hall.
    • Ticket exchanges to watch the livestream concert for those who feel unwell will be available. Please stay home if you feel unwell.

We are VERY EXCITED to be bringing a live or a livestream concert to you, our wonderful patrons, and to new music lovers in the Denver area!



Antonin Dvorak: Serenade For Wind Instruments
DvorakIt took Czech composer Antonin Dvorak just 14 days to write the Serenade for Wind Instruments in 1878 after being inspired by a performance of Mozart’s wind serenade. This Serenade is written for 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 1 contra bassoon, 3 horns, a cello and a double bass. WAIT A MINUTE – where did that double bass and cello come from? They’re not wind instruments – that’s cheating! Well, Dvorak wanted a stronger “bottom end”, and contra bassoons were hard to come by at the time, so he threw them in. Brilliant – since the low frequencies do not detract from the “wind instrument” sound and feel. Nevertheless, the Serenade turns out to be one of the most beautiful and loved compositions of Dvorak. The Czech folk dance melodies, harmonies, chord progressions, and blending are nothing less than remarkable and enduring. Typical of the styles played in Czech palaces and castles, the four movements are: Moderato (march-y), Minuetto (moderate-fast-moderate), Andante (slow-moderate-slow very slow), and Finale (fast-fast-moderate-slow-fast-well, you get the idea). Listen for the constant interplay between the oboes, clarinets, and horns – 25 minutes of harmonic enjoyment!

Jenni Brandon: Five Frogs
Jenni BrandonLions and tigers and bears, and FROGS? Oh my! As an avid snorkeler, Jenni Brandon has probably seen many frogs and been so inspired to write this music. This is a piece that describes frog-like things one appropriate instrument at a time, with the last movement summing it up. Frogs leap – and so do some clarinetists! So the first movement is called – you guessed it – LEAPING. Frogs sit on lily pads – not easy to do for an oboist. The second movement is therefore called ON THE LILY PAD (as opposed to under it!). The third movement, SWIMMING, is probably something most horn players can do – just not while playing! Would you say that a bassoon can sound like a BULLFROG (but obviously doesn’t look like one)? The fourth movement will convince you! Frogs eat bugs – but do piccoloists? The fifth movement – CATCHING BUGS – sounds just right – all that flittering around! Put it all together and what do you get? The final movement called EPILOGUE – a ribbiting conclusion. Jenni Brandon did her doctoral work in composition at the University of Southern California – which has a renowned music program. She currently composes and conducts in collaboration with other musicians and artists, and appears internationally on over 20 albums.

Julia Wolfe: On Seven-Star Shoes
Julia WolfeJulia Wolfe is currently Professor of Music Composition at New York University. Prior to that she was an Adjunct Professor at the Manhattan School of Music. She received her Ph.D from Princeton University. According to Wolfe’s website, “On Seven-Star Shoes was inspired by the poetry of the bohemian German-Jewish writer Else Lasker-Schüler. She was one of the few women associated with the Expressionist movement. Her words have a great sense of mystery and celebration.” Julia Wolfe is inspired by Folk, Rock, and Classical music genres with a 2015 Pulitzer Prize under her belt for her concert-length oratorio, Anthracite Fields. All of her music is influential and thought-provoking – and On Seven-Star Shoes (a woodwind quintet published in 1985) is no exception. She has written pieces for orchestra, large ensembles, small ensembles, and solo performers on many different instruments. Wolfe is one of the founders of a group called Bang On A Can All-Stars, that perform marathon music events lasting from hours to all day long, as well as having a concert series and tours.

Gordon Jacob: Old Wine in New Bottles
Gordon JacobBorn in London in 1895, Gordon Jacob composed over four hundred pieces, including the very English sounding William Byrd Suite – which you may have heard. The influence of Ralph Vaughan Williams – who he studied with at the Royal College of Music – is quite apparent in his works. In fact, you’d think you were listening to Williams and not Jacob in many of his works if you weren’t otherwise aware. Old Wine fits this mold unerringly – especially the first movement. Based on old English folk songs, this is definitely old wine revamped into Jacob’s style. This style served him well as a member of the Royal College of Music for over forty years that began soon after his graduation. At the tender age of 64, Jacob wrote this piece for the St. Bees Festival of Music – a festival organized by a grammar school located near the England-Scotland border. Made up of four movements – The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies, The Three Ravens, Begone Dull Care, and Early One Morning – it is an excellent piece for almost all level of performers, showcasing the various instruments in solo and ensemble modes.

Notes contributed by Hal Rutenberg, Devin Patrick Hughes


Livestream FAQ

The Arapahoe Philharmonic Concert will be livestreamed as it takes place and will be available to all attendees for up to two weeks. This livestream can be accessed by mobile devices, computers, and smart TVs. Tickets to livestreams are available for purchase as well as our regular tickets for the Denver First Church live concert.

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