Unique concerts to feature outstanding professional musicians in week-day afternoon performances.
BOULDER – The Dairy has announced a series of six afternoon concerts featuring eclectic and stimulating music performed by an exciting variety of outstanding musicians and groups. In announcing the series, Bill Obermeier, Executive Director of The Dairy said, “We have heard from many people that coming to concerts at night simply doesn’t work for them. We realized there is a significant segment of the population that simply isn’t being served with high quality daytime performances. We’re very excited about the line-up we have for our first six concerts that comprise our new Soundscape Matinee Music Series.
The first five concerts in the series are all at 2:00pm on Wednesday afternoons. The last in the Soundscape series is on a Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm to accommodate the schedule of the renowned Miami String Quartet with New York City composer and author, Bruce Adolphe. James Bailey, a well-known Colorado musician and music producer is producing the series for The Dairy and will also be curating additional music performances to be offered in The Dairy’s intimate Performance Theater. “There is a big difference in the type of music and the way it can be heard between a large one or two thousand seat theater and a two-hundred and fifty seat theater,” says Bailey. “This kind of intimacy is exciting for the musicians as well as the audience, which explains why the performers are so eager to be part of the Soundscape series at The Dairy.”
“Not only is the time accessible to new audiences, so is the price,” says Obermeier. “Tickets are just $12 in advance or $15 at the door.” Complete information about the series is available on The Dairy website at www.thedairy.org.
The complete season line-up includes:
“The Forgotten – Women in Classical Music” on Wednesday, January 21st featuring the work of fascinating women composers, including the infamous 12th century mystic, Hildegard von Bingen; a world premier performed by the Boulder-based Lyric Duo (violin and viola); two stunning piano works by the 84 year old west coast composer, Emma Lou Diemer; an unusual work for piano by the famous minimalist Ann Southam; and a fanfare for 4 trumpets by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Joan Tower.”
“Jazz in Classical Music” on Wednesday, February 18th offers a fun afternoon of great classical music that draws on elements of Jazz! The clarinet concerto of Copland; two ragtime pieces for violin and piano by William Bolcom and Emma Lou Diemer; impetuous music by Mike Mower and Rudy Wiedoft performed by the Lamont Saxophone Quartet; music of Maurice Ravel for violin and piano; a world premier for cello and piano; the Three Preludes for piano by Gershwin; and even unique music for harp.
“Music for 4” on Wednesday, March 18th features two innovative quartets – the Altius String Quartet (currently in residence at CU Boulder) and the Boulder Bassoon Quartet. These are two young ensembles that critics say we all will be hearing about for years to come. This will be an inventive and exquisite musical experience!
“The Austin Piazzolla Quintet” plays on Wednesday, April 15th. From Austin, Texas, this tango nouveau ensemble is coming to The Dairy as part of their Colorado tour. This outstanding quintet specializes in the evocative and shimmering music of Astor Piazzolla, as well as music composed by their brilliant pianist, Jonathan Geer. And to add even more excitement to this musical experience, tango dancers will also be featured on stage.
“Classical Music Unbuttoned!” is on tap for Wednesday, May 6th and will be the first concert that features classically trained artists performing “different” types of music! First, the Lumos Percussion Group – three members of the Colorado Symphony Percussion section will perform several stunning and fun pieces. Then, a performance by “Throw Down or Shut Up,” a quartet of professors from the University of Colorado Music School described as “Powerful performers who play with virtuosic enthusiasm!”
Sunday, June 21st concludes the initial Soundscape Series with “Miami String Quartet and Bruce Adolphe.” This is one of America’s great string quartets in a rare Colorado performance. Performing with them will be NYC composer, pianist, author Bruce Adolphe. Mr. Adolphe is a familiar voice on NPR and a regular performer at the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Series. Passionate music of Adolphe and masterpieces by Haydn and Mendelssohn will have the audience mesmerized!