Chamber music is alive and well in Colorado, and this week offers several chances to hear local and national ensembles highlight the nuanced compositions of masters on a smaller scale.
Pick of the Week: World-famous pianist Richard Goode makes a mini tour of Colorado beginning with an appearance in Denver on March 19 with Friends of Chamber Music. He will also be in Beaver Creek on March 20 and Boulder on March 21. Goode will lead the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra from the bench in Schumann's passionate Piano Concerto, as well as Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4. Colorado audiences are lucky to have so many opportunities to hear this communicative and consummate ensemble.
Local stalwarts Mercury Ensemble will offer an evening of string quartet music, including Mozart, Beethoven, and Mascagni on March 22.
Now in their 27th season, Boulder-based choir Ars Nova present "Neo-Renaissance," in Denver on March 22 and Boulder March 23. Specializing in contemporary music, this choir offers a different take on the standard Renaissance a cappella repertoire.
Audiences have plenty of Bach to choose from: celebrating his birthday, Boulder Chamber Orchestra offers a program of Bach's finest piano and violin pieces on March 21 in Boulder. St. Martin's Chamber Choir joins the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado in the masterpiece St. Mathew's Passion in Denver on March 23 and on March 24.
For something a little bigger in scale, Colorado Symphony Orchestra performs a program of classics, "Colors & Sensations/La Mer," a perfect evening for children and newcomers to the symphony. March 22-24.