Dancers use their bodies to express emotions, unlike opera singers, who use their voices, and Punchin' Jack, who only uses his fists. Get an eyeful of art with this GrouponLive deal.
- $7 for one ticket to Colorado Wind Ensemble Presents: Dances with Winds featuring the Hannah Kahn Dance Company (up to $15 value)
- When: Thursday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Elaine Wolf Theater – Mizel Arts and Culture Center
- Seating: general admission
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
Mackey—Strange Humors: A blend of cultures, including English, Egyptian, and West African, takes musical form, with a djembe drum dictating the fluid movements of the dancers.
Shostakovich/Hunsberger—Festive Overture: The dramatic opening crescendo of brass and percussion belies an eventual light-heartedness brought upon by a buoyant rhythm.
Grainger—Irish Tune from County Derry: Listeners will recognize this stirring Northern Irish piece by its other name, "Danny Boy," whose refrain of "the pipes, the pipes are calling" has been confusing plumbers for decades.
Hellmesberger/Ambrose—Gypsy Dance from The Pearl of Iberia: The dancers won't be the only ones moving when this sultry, infectious tune takes over the orchestra, the stage, and the ears of audience members.
Grantham—J'ai ete au bal: Translated as "I went to the dance," the joyous melody blends New Orleans jazz with Cajun folk music.
Benson—The Solitary Dancer: Clarinets, saxophones, and a flurry of percussion including bongos, a snare drum, and a marimba join with horns and flutes to score a solo dancer's pensive movements.
Marquez/Nickel—Danzon No. 2: At first, this piece is introspective, then breaks into a hip-shaking party before morphing into something seductive. Finally, it goes back to the slow-moving introduction and oscillates between that and ecstatic leaps.
Colorado Wind Ensemble
"A wind ensemble is much like a traditional concert band," explains the Colorado Wind Ensemble on their website, "but each musician plays more as a soloist within a large group rather than as one member of a large section playing the same part." That approach folds neatly into the group's mission: to create opportunities for performers to share their talents, while also presenting programs that entertain audiences. To that end, their concerts encompass a wide range of musical styles and eras, from Renaissance and Baroque club hits to military marches and contemporary arrangements. It's proven a winning combination—the ensemble has engaged listeners for more than 30 seasons.