"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.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
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The Colorado Symphony’s new Inside the Score series gives concert-goers a full behind-the-music experience. Discover the fascinating history of the pieces and delve into the musical mind-matter of renowned composers all while being entertained with extra audio, visuals, and spoken word. Grab a seat for one of the most popular pieces of orchestral music composed, Dvorak’s From The New World, or discover the origin and distinctive orchestral language and secret Morse code haikus of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique , helmed by principal guest conductor Douglas Boyd. The Classical Top 40 concert brings together a smorgasbord of favorites such as Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro Overture," Wagner’s "The Ride of the Valkyries," Rossini’s "William Tell Overture," and Pachelbel’s Canon, while the final Inside the Score performance in May features Stravinsky's The Firebird from the fairytale ballet about a young prince searching for the most beautiful non-platypus egg-layer in the world.
Constructed in 1934 in the Spanish-mission style, the San Jose Civic has played host to a star-studded lineup of performers—including The Who, who kicked off its first U.S. tour on the Civic's venerable stage. The building's elegant, dual-level exterior and softy lit tower recall bygone days of conquistadors, and the remodeled auditorium's armrests and cup holders keep chalices of gold comfortably upright.
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