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?
It was so great to finally get to hear Ark Life! Lindsay Giles is both a member of the band and part owner of Leon Gallery; I’ve heard all about them, met the members at various shows, but never actually been able to hear them live. They did not disappoint! They also had friends Josiah Johnson & Carleigh Aikins of The Head and The Heart at the gallery as well- each group did a set, and then played together. Although, unless you were there for soundcheck, you missed quite the rendition of Hanson’s “Mmmbop” to set mic levels- silly perfection. Josiah Johnson and Jesse Elliot, representing Seattle and Denver respectively, had also made a little Super Bowl wager… which Jesse clearly lost…
It was a lovely night with a wonderful sense of heritage- hard working, folk musicians singing their hearts out in front of the photography of John Denver…
Ark Life celebrates New Belgium’s new “Snapshot” brew (with our friends from Artifact Uprising!) this Saturday, March 1.
The Head and The Heart returns with special guest Iron and Wine this summer at Red Rocks!