As the brass quintet launched into a sweeping rendition of an old Hollywood score, camera crews captured the historic action. This was one of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra's controversial Classically Cannabis fundraisers, possibly the first-ever symphonic marijuana celebration anywhere -- even if ... More >>
While the State of Colorado and the City of Denver are still refusing to use marijuana legalization for promotional purposes, lotsa operations with no direct ties to the pot industry have been much more receptive to the idea -- including Hotels.com, which touted increased Denver searches prior to 4/ ... More >>
In jazz discussions, the saxophonists and the trumpeters generally dominate the conversation, and rightly so. Equally as integral to the music, though, is the rest of the band. While we've already listed the top guitarists, pianists and bassists, today we focus on the female vocalists. Although ther ... More >>
From the dark days of two years ago, when the Colorado Symphony Orchestra was facing big losses and worse morale, the situation keeps getting brighter, with innovative programming attracting more support -- and expanded audiences. And this morning the spotlight will shine on the CSO's new music dire ... 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 >>
Colin Stranahan (due with Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato at Dazzle for the Westword Music Showcase tomorrow and on Sunday, June 24) isn't comfortable with labels. Since launching his professional career as a jazz musician at the age of seventeen, Stranahan has earned critical acclaim and professional kudo ... More >>
Rock promoter Barry Fey saved Denver's symphony in 1989 -- and was honored by a plaque in Boettcher Concert Hall for his efforts. But last year, when the Colorado Symphony Orchestra hit the rocks, its leaders weren't interested in Fey's help, much less locating his plaque.
Gene Sobczak, who was a VP and marketing guru for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra when he left in 2007 to head the Arvada Center, will soon be making beautiful music with the CSO again: The symphony board has appointed him to replace interim director Jim Copenhaver, who returned this fall to ... More >>
The new heads of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra -- returning CEO/President Jim Copenhaver and returning board co-chairs Mary Rossick Kern and Jerome Kern -- want to prove that the CSO will be all right. After reducing the symphony's October and November shows by half to help solve a cash-flo ... More >>
Colorado SymphonyThe Colorado Symphony Orchestra is struggling: it's over $1 million short on cash; its musicians are seeing massive pay cuts; and twenty of its board members (read: big donors) have left. The CSO cut five programs, which totaled ten shows, from now through early-December and ... More >>
Colorado SymphonyThe 79 full-time musicians of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra have been taking steep cuts. They collectively agreed to give up $530,000 in September, and they took another hit when fall programming was trimmed back. To help soften the blow, the CSO Musicians Assistance Fund w ... More >>
Colorado SymphonyThe Colorado Symphony Orchestra has made a lot of changes over the past few weeks, including hacking almost half of its performances in October and November. In September, more than twenty members of the CSO's board of trustees resigned; Jerome Kern and his wife, Mary Rossick ... More >>
Lots of sour notes at the Colorado Symphony Orchestra last week, with twenty boardmembers resigning before the musicians ultimately agreed to a 9 percent paycut. But at a meeting yesterday, what remains of the CSO board took several strategic moves to ensure the symphony's survival.
Jazz singer Nnenna Freelon has touched the “devil's music” with her own world-class style.
Ralph Carney, Charlie Haden Quartet West, Enemymine, Styx
Part one of a pre-millennial salute to the music that made America sing.
Businessman Al Ferguson believes there's money to be made from his sound.
A new breed of country fan is taking a shine to Moonshine Willy.
TONY BENNETT IS GETTING OLDER--AND BETTER.