Past Concerts

Jennifer Koh, violinSaturday, April 27, 2013 — 7:30 PM
Macky Auditorium, CU Campus, Boulder

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, Music Director

CLAUDE DEBUSSY    Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun” Listen
     (Concerto for Birdsong and Orchestra) Listen
JEAN SIBELIUS    Finlandia Listen
IGOR STRAVINSKY     Four Norwegian Moods
JEAN SIBELIUS    Violin Concerto


Bio |

For the Phil's season finale, we bring you music inspired by Scandinavia, “Land of the Midnight Sun” — from the national pride of Finlandia, to the melancholy folk melodies of Stravinsky’s Four Norwegian Moods, to Cantus Arcticus with its use of recorded birdsong and sense of wide-open spaces. We close with JENNIFER KOH and the Sibelius Violin Concerto, a major concerto played by a major talent on today’s classical scene.

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Saturday, April 27, 9:30-11 PM
Season Finale celebration and post-concert reception with Michael Butterman and Guest Artist Jennifer Koh. Celebrate the Spirit of Boulder and the conclusion of a great season with wine, coffee and a fabulous dessert buffet in the historic Koenig Alumni Center, located just steps away from Macky Auditorium. $50 per person.  Buy tickets now

6:30 PM - FREE Pre-Concert Talk
at Macky, with Dr. Glenda Dawn Goss, Finlandia Foundation's Lecturer of the Year


Marsh Songs
Sunday, April 21, 8-10:30 AM
Sunday, May 5, 8-10:30 AM
Sawhill Ponds, Boulder (75th Street about 0.6 miles north of Valmont Road)

At CU's Macky Auditorium on April 27, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Cantus Arcticus: Concerto for Birds and Orchestra, a work by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara that features bird songs recorded in wetlands near the Arctic Circle. Get prepared for the concert by visiting a local marsh with City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks naturalist Dave Sutherland to listen for our local birds, and get a sneak preview of the orchestral work. Early birds should meet at Sawhill Ponds for this easy hike. This program is FREE and open to the public. Beginning bird watchers strongly encouraged! Please do not bring dogs.

Jennifer Koh Bio

Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. With an impassioned musical curiosity, she is forging an artistic path, choosing works that both inspire and challenge her. She is dedicated to performing the violin repertoire of all eras from traditional to contemporary, believing that the past and present forms a continuum. She is also committed to exploring connections in the works she performs, searching for similarities of voice among diverse composers and associations within the works of a single composer.

In the 2012-13 season, Ms. Koh will play a broad range of concertos that reflect the breadth of her musical interests. She will perform Lutoslawski’s Chain 2: Dialogue for Violin and Orchestra in her New York Philharmonic subscription debut conducted by Lorin Maazel, as well as with the London Philharmonia Orchestra led by Esa-Pekka Salonen; both in commemoration of the 2013 centennial of Lutoslawski’s birth. She will also perform Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Oregon Symphony, Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the Eugene Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Naples Philharmonic, Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic and Boulder Philharmonic, and Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

In 2009 Ms. Koh debuted “Bach and Beyond,” a series of three recitals that explore the history of the solo violin repertoire from Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas to modern day composers including newly commissioned works. The first recital in the series, “Bach and Beyond Part I,” connects Bach’s Partitas Nos. 2 and 3 to works by Ysaÿe, Saariaho, Carter, and Salonen with a video commission by Tal Rosner. Since the launch of the series, Ms. Koh has performed “Bach and Beyond Part I” at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Oberlin College, Amherst College, UNC Chapel Hill, UC Santa Barbara, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. This season she will perform the program at the Lammermuir Festival in East Lothian Scotland and in Portland, Maine.  “Bach and Beyond Part II” will premiere in the 2013 season and will feature a new work for solo violin by Phil Kline and Bartók’s Sonata for solo violin, bookended by Bach’s Sonata No. 1 and Partita No.1.  website


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