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The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra announces its upcoming Masterworks Series concert, “Visions of a Brighter Tomorrow,” taking place on November 11, 2023, at Macky Auditorium. The Boulder Star, a beloved cultural icon, has been lighting up the Boulder skies for 75 years. The Boulder Phil is honored to celebrate this milestone with a musical journey that mirrors the Star’s profound legacy of hope, unity, and community spirit, starting with the world premiere of “Beacon.” Local artist Jeffrey Nytch, a renowned performer, educator, and thought leader in the field of music, was tasked by the Boulder Chamber to create this commissioned work.
In researching the Star and its history, Nytch realized its significance runs much deeper than simply a sign of the holiday season. “The Star has also been lit at times of community tragedy, stress, or challenge,” describes Nytch. “After 9/11, in the wake of the Marshall Fire, during the Covid-19 lockdown, and after the King Soopers shooting. In recent years, the lighting ceremony has also corresponded with Veterans Day observances to honor those who have faithfully served our country.” As he considered how he would honor the Boulder Star, Nytch found it impossible to separate the hopeful light of the holidays from those times when “the Star has been a symbol of collective mourning and solidarity — a powerful beacon for the entire community.”
The night’s program also features an evocative musical composition titled “La Tierra Sin Mal” by the talented Argentinian composer and bandoneon soloist, Richard Scofano. Inspired by Guaraní legend, this piece paints a vivid picture of a ‘world without evil’ through its rich melodies and arrangements. “Growing up I took this myth as testimony of the Guaraní courage, endurance and resilience,” explains Scofano. “But above all, of the enthralling and overwhelming beauty of their culture, of their ways.” Adding a unique dimension to this composition is the original choreography by 3rd Law Dance/Theater, a local award-winning contemporary dance company that has been known for creating original theatrical and site-specific works for over two decades.
To bring the concert to a close, the Boulder Phil will perform Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, which, in its transcendent finale, offers yet another inspiring vision of paradise. Brahms’ masterpiece beautifully complements the overarching theme of hope and optimism that defines this concert.
For more opening concert details and tickets visit BoulderPhil.org/Visions-of-a-Brighter-Tomorrow.
Concert subscription packages are available at BoulderPhil.org and by phone at (303) 449-1343. Single tickets are on sale now with ticket prices ranging from $22-$94. Tickets for all students are $10 and are available online. For full season details, visit boulderphil.org/2023-24-season.
About Richard Scofano
Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott is a consummate artist who balances a versatile career as a soloist and collaborator. She performs over 100 concerts a year in a combination of solo recitals, concerti and chamber music. Her repertoire choices are
eclectic, spanning from Bach and Haydn to Prokofiev and Scriabin to Kernis, Hartke, Tower, and Wuorinen. In addition to her many achievements, Anne-Marie McDermott has been named the Artistic Director of the famed Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado, in addition to two new Festivals: The Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival
and The Avila Chamber Music Celebration in Curacao. Ms. McDermott studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Dalmo Carra, Constance Keene and John Browning. She was a winner of the Young Concert Artists auditions and was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
About Jeffery Nytch
Jeffery Nytch enjoys a diverse career as a composer, performer, educator, and thought leader. His compositions have been performed in venues throughout North America, including Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian, the SoHo Arts Festival, MoMA, and Carnegie Hall, and by such artists as Richard Stoltzman, the Seattle Symphony, the Ahn Trio, NY Chamber Symphony, and many others. As Director of the Entrepreneurship Center for Music at The University of Colorado – Boulder, he is a leading figure in the field of arts entrepreneurship, and is in frequent demand as a speaker, workshop facilitator, and consultant, bringing entrepreneurship to an ever-growing list of university music schools and conservatories nationwide. His groundbreaking book, The Entrepreneurial Muse: Inspiring Your Career in Classical Music (Oxford, 2018), has helped define a theory of entrepreneurship in a performing arts setting. In 2020, he was recognized for his contributions to the field by the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education with their highest honor, the Sharon T. Alpi Award for innovative pedagogy.
About 3rd Law Dance/Theater
3rd Law Dance/Theater is an award-winning contemporary dance company that has been creating original theatrical and site-specific work for over two decades. 3rd Law began with a collaboration between choreographers Susan Alkaitis and Katie Elliott. In 2000, 3rd Law transitioned to the artistic direction of Katie Elliott and dance ethnologist, Jim LaVita. Partners in life and art, Elliott and LaVita incorporated 3rd Law on 01/01/01, the first day of the new millennium. The Company professes a creative vision that merges a powerful, energetic bodily idiom with a thoughtful and personal spirit where the voice of every artist is honored in the process.
About Boulder Phil
Founded in 1958, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra is creating a new model for American orchestras through dynamic performances that reflect our community’s own values, creativity, and sense of place. Today’s Boulder Phil builds national trends with growing, enthusiastic audiences, and an imaginative vision for new forms of engagement. The Phil reaches audiences of more than 50,000 through concerts, the Discovery Education Program, and community engagement experiences in Boulder and across Colorado’s Front Range, under the vision and leadership of Music Director Michael Butterman.
The Boulder Phil’s main concert series is presented at Macky Auditorium, a grand historic hall on the University of Colorado campus. From multi-genre productions featuring dance, choral and visual elements to concerts with a unique hometown flavor, the Phil’s imaginative programming has resulted in increasing numbers of sold-out concerts, nationwide notice at the inaugural SHIFT Festival at the Kennedy Center, and this year a Futures Fund grant from the League of American Orchestras and the National Endowment for the Arts for groundbreaking engagement.