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Orchestra-in-Residence, Arvada Center

Thomas A. Blomster, Music Director

Dr. Anne M. Guzzo, Composer in Residence

The Colorado Chamber Orchestra returns for its second season as Orchestra-in-Residence at the Arvada Center for the Arts. The season is a three-concert series and introduces us to a new Composer in Residence, Anne Guzzo. This season’s programing includes some classical favorites as well as new compositions, and several acclaimed solo performances.

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Honoring the Dead

WHO: Colorado Chamber Orchestra. Thomas A. Blomster, Music Director.

Voices West, Michael Todd Krueger, Music Director

Richard Burchard, Guest Composer

Richard BurchardAmy Maples, soprano. Lee Ann Scherlong, mezzo soprano

Brian Stinar, tenor. Tom Sitzler, baritone

WHAT: Honoring the Dead

Our last concert of the year features a heavy double-hitter lineup: Mozart’s enduring Requiem plus the west of the Mississippi premier of Richard Burchard’s “In Memoriam”, a modern mass with sacred text from the traditional Latin as well as poems by Christina Rosetti and Rainer Maria Rilke. Mr. Burchard is in increasing demand for commissions and workshops domestically and abroad; an all Burchard concert is slated for a Carnegie Hall premier in 2017. Colorado audiences have the opportunity to experience the music of this extraordinary self-taught composer ahead of audiences in New York City.

WHEN: Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:00 PM

WHERE: Main Stage Theatre, Arvada Center for the Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, Colorado 80003-9985

TICKETS: $30 Reserved Seating. Student tickets (with ID): $12.00, not available for online purchase, please call the Box Office at 720-898-7200 to purchase. Please call for group sales.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas A. Blomster, Music Director, Colorado Chamber Orchestra blomster.dmamusic@gmail.com, 303-322-1764

DETAILS ABOUT THIS CONCERT: http://cochamberorchestra.org/honoring-the-dead/


Winter Carnival

Revisiting Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals

Nikki TsuchiyaSilvana Santinelli croppedColor Headshot


WHO: Colorado Chamber Orchestra. Thomas A. Blomster, Music Director.
Noriko Nikki Tsuchiya and Silvana Santinelli, solo pianists. Jonathan Farwell, narrator.      Dr. Anne Guzzo, composer. Dr. Naomi Ward, microbiologist. H. L. Hix, poet.               Yi-Ting Hsu, watercolors.

WHAT: Winter Carnival Revisiting Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals

This concert will engage the audience in discussion and demonstrations of how Saint-Saens created his short musical composition Carnival of the Animals. The highlight of this concert will be the world premiere of Dr. Guzzo’s new composition Carnival of the Microbes based on her participation with microbiologist Dr. Naomi Ward in the Ucross Pollinator experiment, using concepts and instrumentation of Carnival of the Animals. Music Director Thomas A. Blomster has written a new addition to Saint-Saens Carnival titled DOG (also a world premiere). Jonathan Farwell will read the poems of Odgen Nash that accompany the musical performance of Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, as well as poems that H. L. Hix wrote working with Dr. Ward on the Ucross Pollinator experiment. Watercolors by Yi-Ting Hsu and photos of microbes will be shown during the performance. Dr. Guzzo and Maestro Blomster will also discuss their new works. This is the perfect concert for the young and young at heart.

Sunday, January 24, 2016, 2:00 pm

Concert Price: $30

Family Fun Package: 4 tickets for $80


More information: http://cochamberorchestra.org/winter-carnival-jan-24-2016/

Honoring the Dead

Voices West Choir, Special Guest Performance

Richard Burchard: In Memoriam

Mozart: Requiem

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:00 pm

Concert Price: $30

Richard Burchard, composer, has quickly risen to the top ranks of contemporary choral composers. Burchard’s works will receive their Carnegie Hall (NYC) premiere in 2017.


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Introducing Dr. Anne M. Guzzo

The Colorado Chamber Orchestra is very excited to have Dr. Guzzo join this season. Guzzo is an internationally performed composer and the founder of the New Frontiers celebration of contemporary music based in Laramie, Wyoming. Passionate about new music, Guzzo teaches composition, modern music history, and theory at the University of Wyoming. Research interests include the cartoon music of Carl W. Stalling, silent movie music, and musical absurdism. Guzzo earned her Ph.D. in theory and composition from the University of California, Davis.

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Listen to the CCO:


Microstock10, presented by the Colorado Chamber OrchestraEVENTS:
1. Neil Haverstick/Nicolas Meier/The Microtonal Power Trio
Friday, September 18 @ 8:00
2. Olivia Rebolledo and the 19 tone synthesizer/Genghis Blues documentary film with Paul Pena. Sunday, September 17 @ 7:00 PM
3. Haverstick/Blomster Microtonal Acoustic Duo
Saturday, Oct. 3 @ 8:00 PM



CCO with Front Range Youth Symphony

Fall Concert, Wednesday, October 28, 2015

7:00 PM, Main Stage Theatre


FRYS begins their 25th concert season with the Chamber Orchestra and Youth Symphony in concert side-by-side with the Arvada Center’s orchestra in residence, the Colorado Chamber Orchestra. The program features the famous strings only piece, Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg and Sibelius’ Finlandia. The Concert Strings and Academy Strings will also perform that evening.

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” -Leonard Bernstein