September's season-opening string programs bridge all genres of music.
The string ensemble was made to play the masters like Dvorak and Ravel. But the Sphere Ensemble proves that it’s also the perfect vehicle for today’s music by greats like Paul McCartney.
Join the Sphere Ensemble as it opens its season with two must-see programs on September 15 and 16 in Boulder and Denver, respectively. These two concerts will offer the beautiful sounds of Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings, as well as works by Debussy, Satie, Phish, and more.
“For each concert set, we will perform our signature blend of masterpieces of the string orchestra repertoire along with arrangements written by group members of works from various genres, including popular music, jazz, world music and transcriptions of classical works,” the ensemble says.
Sphere Ensemble was formed in 2011 by professional string players with a drive to explore the vast potential of the string ensemble. The group’s innovative arrangements lifted its debut album, Divergence, to the status of one of Colorado Public Radio’s Top 20 classical album releases of 2015.
“Moving beyond the stereotype of classical music tradition, Sphere’s programs include both the masterpieces of string orchestra repertoire and exceptional works drawn from all genres to create a new definition of modern performance,” says the ensemble.
The season openers have something for everyone, from classical compositions to modern masterpieces, as well as a lively performance that’s sure to draw in the crowd. Don’t miss this unique chance to experience creative arrangements and top-notch string playing that builds connections between all genres of music and all walks of life.
When: Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Where: First Congregational Church, Boulder
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When: Sept. 16, 4 p.m.
Where: Studios at Overland Crossing, Denver
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In addition to its public concerts, Sphere is truly dedicated to its mission of “engaging diverse communities through innovative programming, education, and outreach.” The ensemble is proud to announce that beginning this season, it will be giving free performances in marginalized communities across the Front Range. If you would like to learn more about the Sphere Ensemble, its 2018/2019 programs, and how to support its work, please visit its website.
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