This fall season will see more than just autumn, but winter, summer and spring too with Colorado’s Baroque Chamber Orchestra performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on Oct. 7 at the Lakewood Cultural Center.
Performing since 2005, the Orchestra tries to bring a balance of music to audiences, of familiar and not so familiar, known and unknown, bringing something new to the music each time, said Founder and Artistic Director Frank Nowell.
Part of this is balancing these well-known pieces with those that are lesser known, or “truly unknown.” He gives La Púrpura de la Rosa, or The Blood of the Rose, an opera thought to be the first performed in the Americas, as an example of something unknown, and a regional premiere they will be performing on Jan. 27.
But more than performing lesser known works, Nowell said they try to bring a new artistic vision to these well-known pieces like the Four Seasons.
“Each season will be its own season, but will be performed by a musician with their own sort of personality and playing style,” he explained.
For this performance, he continued, the Orchestra has four soloists — Cynthia Freivogel, Martin Davids, Ingrid Matthews and Pauline Kempf — performing not only a season each, but tasked with creating their own prelude to their season. Some will be improvising, others written out beforehand.
Even within such a well-known performance, Nowell explains that he tries to bring some “freshness and spontaneity.” Beginning the performance will be a violin concerto by Vivaldi that he said is not often played, and capping the Seasons will Vivaldi’s La Folia — variations on a chord progression that Nowell said was popular at the time.
“For me, it’s something that builds to the end with more and more virtuosity and the over-the-top that I associate with Vivaldi,” he said.
“We really believe, in our group, that Baroque music is accessible, and that it’s easy to listen to for people of all ages and backgrounds,” Nowell continued. “It makes me confident that we can try something new, and people will enjoy it.”
Tickets are available at the Lakewood Cultural Center website.
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