Past Concerts

2017 - Oct. 14 - Music of Resistance


Saturday, October 14, 2017—7:30 PM

Macky Auditorium, CU Campus, Boulder
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

Michael Butterman, conductor

Music of Resistance

BRITTEN  Ballad of Heroes
    Matthew Plenk, tenor
    CU Boulder and Western Illinois University Choirs

BEETHOVEN  Choral Fantasy
    David Korevaar, piano
    CU Boulder and Western Illinois University Choirs

SHOSTAKOVICH  Symphony No. 5 

Shostakovich’s thrilling 5th Symphony was a bold (if somewhat veiled) rejection of Stalin’s totalitarianism. Britten’s Ballad of Heroes suggests that failing to take a stand is equivalent to acquiescence. And Beethoven praises music as the tonic to tame our propensity for aggression in a work that
foreshadows his famous Symphony No. 9. Metropolitan Opera tenor Matthew Plenk is joined by Boulder pianist David Korevaar along with the combined choral forces of CU and Western Illinois University.  

6:30 PM - Free pre-concert talk with Michael Butterman and musicologist/journalist Peter Alexander of

Tickets start at $13; Students $5!

Steve and Jayne Miller
Eleanor and Harry Poehlmann

Ursula Dickinson
Peter A Gilman and Margaret A. LeMone

Outdoor Craftsmen
Bob and Francine Myers
Betty Van Zandt

About David Korevaar

Pianist David Korevaar balances his active performing schedule with teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is the Peter and Helen Weil Professor of Piano. He is a 2016 honoree as Distinguished Research Lecturer at the University of Colorado.

Since his New York debut at Town Hall in 1985, Korevaar has performed in many roles, as solo recitalist, as soloist with orchestra, as chamber musician and collaborator, as well as (more recently) expanding into the world of theater and dance. He has performed throughout the United States, and he is heard frequently in his home state of Colorado. Internationally, he has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, and around Europe from Riga, Latvia, to Heidelberg, Germany. He is a frequent visitor to Japan, performing and teaching. He has also performed and taught in Central Asia under the auspices of the U.S. State Department’s Cultural Envoy program. In May 2016, Korevaar spent two weeks teaching at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul.

A passionate and committed collaborator, Korevaar is a founding member of the Boulder Piano Quartet, currently resident at The Academy in Boulder, and performed for many years as a member of the Clavier Trio. He is a regular guest with the Takács Quartet, and has collaborated with other ensembles including the Manhattan, Colorado, Shanghai, and Chester Quartets. He continues to perform and record with distinguished colleagues including violinists Charles Wetherbee, Harumi Rhodes, Edward Dusinberre, violists Geraldine Walther and Matthew Dane, flutist Christina Jennings, among others.

He currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, and Dallas, Texas, with his family. He is a Kawai artist.

About Matthew Plenk

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, tenor Matthew Plenk made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2007/2008 season as the Sailor’s Voice in Tristan und Isolde under the baton of Maestro James Levine, a role he repeated under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. He has since returned to the Met as Arturo, Janek in The Makropolous Case, the Song Seller in Il Tabarro and Marcellus in Hamlet, and appeared as Arturo in the Met’s 2011 tour of Japan. Other recent opera engagements have included Steuerman in Die fligende Holländer at the Los Angeles Opera, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance and Macduff in Macbeth at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Virginia Opera, Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte at the Atlanta Opera, Don Ottavio at the Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Des Moines Metro Opera; Nanki-Poo in The Mikada at the Virginia Opera, and Ferrando, Nanki-Poo, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Kudrjáš in Janácek’s Kat’a Kabanová with the Yale Opera.

Plenk made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble, singing the Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer and duets by Schumann. Other concert engagements have included Handel's Messiah with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor and with the Minnesota Orchestra, concert performances of Salome and Daphne with the Cleveland Orchestra in Cleveland and in New York, Borsa in a concert performance of Rigoletto with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Shepherd in Oedipus Rex with both the Boston Symphony Orchestra (with James Levine) and the Philadelphia Orchestra (with Charles Dutoit), his debut at the Tanglewood Festival as Iopas in Berlioz’s Les Troyens with James Levine conducting, Filas' Requiem with the Oratorio Society of New York in Carnegie Hall, and appearances at the Aspen Music and La Jolla Summerfest festivals, and with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Hartford Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Los Angeles-based Musica Angelica Baroque, Connecticut Chamber Orchestra, University of North Carolina Symphony, and Yale Philharmonia, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.