Following on the drama of early March (CSO's Verdi Requiem, Boulder Bach Festival's St. John's Passion), the next week of classical concerts in the Denver area is a serene mix of chamber, opera, and orchestral music. Audiences are in store for a bit of calm before the storm of concerts and music-listening opportunities around Easter and continuing through May. The ides becomes the idylls of March this week.
Colorado Chamber Players participate in the statewide Haydn Quartet Slam, presenting three of Haydn's middle and late-period string quartets in Denver and Boulder (on Tuesday the 12th and Friday the 15th). These delightful pieces show Haydn's elegant craftsmanship in this intimate form.
Pick of the Week: The Colorado Symphony Orchestra is presenting a fascinating multi-disciplinary event, based on the works and creative life of abstract master artist Clyfford Still (Friday the 15th). 'Clyfford with a 'Why?'' will combine selections of favorite works by Beethoven, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and Bartok with projected pieces from Still's output, in a uniquely large-scale look at the relationship between visual and musical expression. The CSO is also presenting two other concerts this weekend, including a St. Patrick's Day celebration, and the classic Peter and the Wolf. But 'Clyfford' should fill the depths of Boettcher Concert Hall with a different sort of stimulating entertainment.
Giuseppi Verdi's comic opera Falstaff will be produced by CU Opera this weekend (March 15-17). A true delight for audiences of all ages, Falstaff will feature many of the students of the School of Music as well as seasoned voice professors. The depth of talent in opera performers in Colorado will be on display in this funny and touching masterpiece.
One of Denver's newer concert series, Denver Eclectic Concerts performs out of a small gallery space on South Pearl St. Offering a unique mix of classical, folk, and multidisciplinary shows, this Thursday the 14th will feature Folk Ragout, an Irish-French duo, as well as Eclectic Concerts' in-house Intermezzo Chamber Players performing Brahms' Quartet in a minor.
This will be a relatively easy-going week in the concert halls of Denver, but a welcome breather amidst the heavier works featured on programs lately. There is no shortage of other local performances, and next week...well, things are springing up all over.