Fine Artists: Wonderbound, featuring choreographers Garrett Ammon and Sarah Tallman, Confluence String Quartet, pianist Heidi Leathwood and poet Michael J. Henry of the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop
Fine Artists: Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
Project: “Virtuoso Vivaldi”
The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado always takes me to such beautiful places. I can’t think of a better way to spend a late winter afternoon than basking in the sunshine through the rich blue stained glass of Bethany Lutheran Church listening to these masters perform. The Orchestra plays often in churches, regardless of the secular or sacred nature of the pieces they’re playing (and one could embark down quite the rabbit hole regarding what’s secular and what’s sacred anyhow). Church sanctuaries make sense as a performance space- great acoustics, easy seating- in a way it returns the church to their medieval role of patron of the arts. Or maybe these performances turn them more into an Enlightenment salon. Again, the sacred and the secular all rolled into one- the things I think about, I swear.
I also appreciate that I get to learn a little something new each time I’m with them. This time I was introduced Cynthia Miller Freivogel’s sweetly complicated viola d’amore with its cute little face. The viola d’amore has sympathetic strings. I love that term, sympathetic strings. Isn’t that perfect for a Valentine’s Day program?