“If you are a composer in this area, there are not a lot of opportunities to hear your music played,” says Conrad Kehn, founding director of the Playground Ensemble, a chamber group dedicated to modern music, especially by living composers. So in 2007, the act started the Colorado Composers Concert as a way “to be a service organization to those who are writing music in this area,” he explains.
This year’s program features eleven local composers, two of whom are high-school students. While some pieces lean toward the avant-garde, the program also includes everything from electro-acoustic pieces that mix electronics and standard instrumentation to straightforward, pretty works. “The genre of the music itself is not something that actually matters to us so much as the quality and whether it fits our instrumentation,” Kehn says. “When we send out a call for scores, we say, ‘These are the instruments you can write for.’ So it has to match our instrumentation.”
An hour before the 7:30 p.m. concert, four of the program’s composers will discuss their work and take questions. It all happens at the King Center for Performing Arts, 855 Lawrence Way on the Auraria campus. Reserve tickets — $10 general admission, $8 for seniors and $5 for students (Metropolitan State students get in free with ID) — at ahec.edu/kingcenter/boxoffice.htm; for information, go to playgroundensemble.org.
Sat., April 27, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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