During concerts, a musician’s wild side emerges, such as when a guitarist destroys an amplifier or a singer eats a zebra. Observe untamed talent with this GrouponLive deal to the Colorado Music Festival at Chautauqua Auditorium. All tickets are for Level 2 seating, and shows start at 7:30 p.m.; children's and student tickets are regularly half off. Choose from the following performances:
For $17, you get one ticket to the Brubeck Brothers Quartet on Tuesday, July 3 (up to a $35 value).
For $22, you get one ticket to a concert (up to a $44 value). Choose from the following shows:
- Opening night on Sunday, June 24
- "Cinderella" on Thursday, June 28
- "Cinderella" on Friday, June 29
- "Disney in Concert" on Thursday, July 5
- "Disney in Concert" on Friday, July 6
For its 36th annual summer season, the Colorado Music Festival delivers six weeks of melodies from professionals and community members alike, celebrating styles from classical to jazz to world music. Headlining the opening ceremonies at the history-rich Chautauqua Auditorium is piano superstar Simone Dinnerstein, who whips through the intricacies of Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 2, a playful, technically challenging example from the composer's early career, when most of his pieces focused on praising his Hot Wheels collection.
On June 28 and 29, the students of the Colorado Music Festival's opera program collaborate with a children's chorus to present Hans Krasa's Brundibar and Prokofiev's Cinderella Suites. Surviving and transcending one of the darkest times in human history, Brundibar is a children's opera written and first performed by the inmates of the concentration camp at Theresienstadt. On the surface a fairy tale about a pair of children outsmarting a wicked organ-grinder, the piece contains within its symbolic folds a number of shrouded jabs at Hitler. A member of the original cast and one of very few to survive the ordeal, Ela Weissberger, joins this production.
On July 3, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet takes things down a notch with relaxed cool jazz. Accompanying the brothers and mediating their nightly argument for the top bunk are guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, who help foster an evening of finger-snapping, hard-swinging jazz with a modern twist.
Conducted by musical director Michael Christie on July 5 and 6, "Disney in Concert" relives some of the classic songs of cartoon history with the help of four guest soloists. A large-scale, multimedia production, the event includes the songs of The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Mary Poppins.