On Friday, May 23, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will take its show on the road - specifically to the new Space gallery, at 400 Santa Fe Drive, for the first installment of "Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series." But there have been some definite bumps in the road. After the CSO announced ... More >>
When Colorado Symphony Orchestra announced their Classically Cannabis concerts, a series of bring-your-own-weed performances, it sounded like a great merging of the city's classical music culture and its rising cannabis culture. But the City of Denver felt the shows violated the ban on "public" cons ... More >>
SUN | MILE HIGH SPIRITS JAZZ FEST at MILE HIGH SPIRITS | 12/8/13 Mile High Spirits and the Gift of Jazz have teamed up to put on this free daylong festival, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. and runs until 10: 30 p.m. Each of the six local acts on the bill will be paying tribute to other artists: A Denve ... More >>
The Courage Classic concludes today. But the Children's Hospital cycling fundraiser, now in its 24th year, has already been marked by a first-of-its-kind tragedy: the death of a participant. Rick Lester, 61, a major figure in the Colorado Springs arts community, and a four-time Courage Classic ride ... More >>
Yngwie Malmsteen is a guitar god known for his supremely technical fretwork. The virtuosic guitarist burst into the world of international music in 1984 with Rising Force. At the age of seven, Malmsteen says, he saw a documentary about the death of Jimi Hendrix and was so taken in by his musical pow ... More >>
"This is the season of light for so many faiths," says Carol Kozak Ward of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale. And so tonight, the group is inviting everyone to the annual Festival of Lights at Four Mile Historic Park. The singers open the celebration to anyone interested in sharing the traditions of Hanuk ... More >>
A year ago, it seemed like the Colorado Symphony Orchestra might be silenced altogether. The CSO -- which had emerged from the ashes of the Denver Symphony Orchestra two decades ago -- faced a $1.2 million cash shortfall at the end of June 2011 despite record sales that season, and some ugly sounds ... More >>
See also: Global Dance Festival Survival Guide Split Decision: Is vinyl obsolete? Split Decision: The Legend of Zelda Symphony With upwards of 20,000 kids descending on Red Rocks this weekend for Global Dance Fest 2012 -- a music festival made up mostly of DJ's -- it seemed like a good time to p ... More >>
Retired Marine sergeant Christian Ellis has turned his tour of duty in Iraq and the aftermath of returning home with post-traumatic stress disorder into an opera titled Fallujah. This is the first opera based on the war, and offers startling, musical insight into the mind of a vet struggling with PT ... More >>
The Colorado Symphony Orchestra was clearly looking for a high-profile name, and it got one: This morning the CSO announced the appointment of Andrew Litton as its Artistic Advisor, bringing the superstar in as something less than a full music director, but more than a guest in the ranks. Litton w ... More >>
As the Colorado Symphony Orchestra continues on without a music director, Austrian Christian Arming is slated to guest-conduct the season finale concerts this weekend. The all-Wagner greatest-hits program includes selections from Lohengrin, Flying Dutchman, Die Meistersinger, and Die Walkure, ... More >>
Although classical guitarist Eliot Fisk and jazz guitarist Bill Frisell have known each other since they first met in Germany nearly 25 years ago, they've never performed together -- until now. Both are due for solo set tonight, January 20 at DU's Newman Center, where they'll join forces for ... More >>
Peter Bjorn and John.Although John Eriksson, who stars in this week's Westword profile of his band, Peter Bjorn and John, was trained to be a classical percussionist, and spent years as a member of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, he's come to appreciate the perks of being a rock star -- partic ... More >>
The Central City Opera's new production is hard on the soul.
Brief reviews of current shows
Brief reviews of current shows
What the devil is going on in Bennett?
Saturday, November 12, Lion's Lair, 303-320-9200.
Road to Rouen (Capitol)
They Have Already Defeated Us at What We Know Best (KnitDeer)
Classical Dreamscapes (Self-released)
Central City's The Juggler of Notre Dame achieves a quiet grace. By Juliet Wittman
Jeffrey Kahane picks up the baton for the CSO.
Pianist O’Riley plugs into Radiohead for a cultural crossover.
A Denver conductor and music professor leads an ensemble fight to protect the classics.
Classical acoustician Janet Feder takes flight with a flock of musical surprises.
Dialogues of the Carmelites
Chris Widlar sounds a sweet note with Concertos in Chocolate.
Lionel Young uses a violin to deliver the blues.