Past Concerts

Saturday, February 23, 2013 — 7:30 PM, Macky Auditorium, CU Campus, Boulder
Sunday, February 24, 2013 —
6:30 PM, Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, Music Director


JOHANNES BRAHMS    A German Requiem

With 180 musicians on stage, this "irresistibly moving" and most "human" of requiems by Brahms will be an auditory sensation, featuring CU baritone PATRICK MASON and the BOULDER CHORALE. With hints of jazz, Richard Danielpour’s A Woman’s Life is an equally poignant song cycle of poems by MAYA ANGELOU written for our evening’s soloist, noted Metropolitan Opera soprano ANGELA BROWN. This is the vocal/orchestral event of the season!

*A Woman's Life will be performed on Feb. 23 in Boulder only.

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Angela Brown, soprano
Angela Brown | Bio  

6:30 PM - FREE Pre-Concert Talk at Macky Auditorium, with David Rutherford,
CPR Classical Music Host, Music Director Michael Butterman and Angela Brown

Program Notes

Listen to "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" from A Woman's Life

Listen to "Come, and be my Baby" from A Woman's Life

A Woman's Life, by Richard Danielpour, with soprano Angela Brown, is courtesy of the Pittsburgh Symphony





Tuesday, February 19, 12 PM

The Boulder Phil will present Angela Brown in a FREE recital in collaboration with the Boulder Public Library and the Third Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series, followed by a fundraising luncheon inside the St. Julien Hotel. The luncheon is $25 and the recital is free. details

Patrick Mason, baritone
Patrick Mason | Bio





Angela Brown, Soprano
Angela Brown personifies the ideal American dramatic soprano: sheer vocal power; luxurious finesse; shimmering, high pianissimos; and a charming personality larger than life. Her highly successful Metropolitan Opera debut in 2004 sparked a media excitement with reviews from The New York Times:  “At last an Aida,” the Associated Press:  “she combines a potent, dusky lower register with a striking ability to spin out soft high notes of shimmering beauty,” and features on the front page of The New York Times and in Oprah Magazine, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, and Classical Singer. In fall 2009, Angela received the Governor’s Arts Award from the Governor of Indiana, a Spirit of the Prairie Award from Conner Prairie in Indiana, and was inducted into the Indianapolis Public Schools Hall of Fame.

Brown is a trailblazer on a mission to bring operatic and classical vocal performance to a diverse audience.  Her witty and inspired recital program titled “Opera… from a Sistah’s Point of View” dispels the myths of opera through lively commentary on opera plots and characters, show-stopping arias, poignant art songs and moving spirituals.  A live performance of “Opera… from a Sistah’s Point of View” was recorded in October 2010 at the Musical Arts Center of Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, and is available for download via, and

A noted interpreter of African-American spirituals, Brown produced Mosaic, a collaborative recording featuring spirituals with guitar and piano, in October 2004, available from Albany Records. She guest starred on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor radio show in June 2009.  website

Patrick Mason, Baritone
The distinguished American baritone, Patrick Mason, has performed and recorded an astonishingly wide range of music spanning the last 10 centuries. In the fall of 2007 he premiered a major new work by Pulitzer Prize winning composer George Crumb, Voices from a Forgotten World, with Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia, and he was a Grammy finalist in the category of Solo Vocal Performance in 2006 for his recording Songs of Amy Beach on Bridge Records. In March of 2008 he was heard in the New York premieres of operas by William Bolcom (Musical America’s 2007 Composer of the Year) and John Musto at New York’s Weill Hall. He reprised these works at the Moab Music Festival.

As a result of an abiding commitment to the music of our time, Patrick Mason has collaborated with composers Leonard Bernstein, Elliott Carter, Harold Blumenfeld, Daniel Kellogg, Paul Lansky, David Leisner, Richard Wernick, Akimi Nieto and as well as Sondheim and Crumb. Mason has appeared with orchestras throughout the U.S. in works by Brahms, Mahler, Britten (War Requiem) and John Adams (The Wound Dresser). He has sung with the New York Festival of Song since 1990 and at chamber music festivals in San Francisco, Steamboat Springs, Moab, Skaneateles and with the Takacs String Quartet.  website