Past Concerts

2015 - Nov. 14 - Portraits in Season


John FielderCharles Denler, pianoSaturday, November 14, 2015
7:30 PM

Macky Auditorium, CU Campus, Boulder
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

Michael Butterman, Music Director

BRAHMS  Schicksalslied  ("Song of Destiny")
   Boulder Chorale, in celebration of its 50th anniversary

DENLER  Portraits in Season  WORLD PREMIERE
Charles Denler, piano

  based on poetry and essays by Henry David Thoreau, with choreographed images by nature photographer John Fielder

BRAHMS   Symphony No. 2

Though they never met, Brahms and Thoreau were surely kindred spirits. The composer and the philosopher-poet were both inspired by the natural world and mankind’s relationship to it. This concert’s centerpiece is a world premiere by Emmy Award-winning composer Charles Denler based on Thoreau’s naturalist writings and featuring the iconic photography of the legendary John Fielder. We also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boulder Chorale with Brahms’s Song of Destiny and conclude with the composer’s life-affirming Symphony No. 2.

Nov. 11, 7:30 PM - FREE Café Phil Open Rehearsal at the Dairy Center for the Arts
Nov. 14, 6:30 PM - FREE Pre-Concert Talk
at Macky

This world is but a canvas to our imagination.  ~Thoreau

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Sawhill Ponds
Musical Hikes: Changing Seasons in Nature and Music

Sun., November 8, 9 to 11 AM  (joined by Charles Denler, composer)
Sat., November 14, 9 to 11 AM

Get a sneak peek of composer Charles Denler’s reflective and lyrical work on a nature hike at a local wetland, where we will explore how seasonal changes affect the natural world. Be prepared for migrating birds, beautiful colors, and never-before-heard music. Meet City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks naturalist Dave Sutherland at Sawhill Ponds, 0.6 miles north of Valmont Rd. on 75th St. Bring binoculars if you have them, and dress for the weather. 





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