What are we all about?
Colorado Bach Ensemble is a professional organization. In fact, we are the only group of professional singers AND instrumentalists under one artistic directorship in this state (and one of the very few in the country). It means that I, as the Artistic Director, lead all of our musical preparations by preparing and conducting the chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists from the first rehearsal to the final performance.
In contrast with many professional ensembles, Colorado Bach Ensemble musicians rehearse within the week or so before a concert rather than on a weekly basis to put together a major work such as Handel’s Messiah. For example, in preparation for our upcoming performances of Messiah, I will lead two chorus piano rehearsals, one soloist piano rehearsal, and two combined rehearsals with the full ensemble before presenting our first concert.
Where do Colorado Bach Ensemble musicians come from?
Colorado Bach Ensemble features a combination of very talented local musicians as well as soloists from across the nation. The majority of ensemble players and singers come from within the state, while many of our soloists travel from other parts of the country to perform with us in Colorado.
This season’s soloists include:
Andrew Garland sang with us for all of our Messiah concerts from 2012-2014 and is returning to sing the Messiah again this year. One of the best bass-baritones in both opera and concert repertoire, Andrew can sing the aria “Why do the nations” in the fastest tempo and the most exciting way.
Dann Coakwell sang in our first St. Matthew Passion in 2013 and is returning to Colorado to sing his first Messiah with us. The power of his voice and sensitivity to textual nuances is difficult to match. We are very lucky to have him return to sing with us this season.
Clara Rottsolk has been singing with Colorado Bach Ensemble since 2013 and will return to sing St. Matthew Passion next March. She has impeccable vocal technique with the most expressive, emotional singing.
Gene Stenger was a former student of mine at Colorado State University before going on to study at Yale. He debuted with Colorado Bach Ensemble last December and is returning to Colorado to perform Messiah and St. Matthew Passion as tenor soloist.
Why don’t we present more concerts?
Since Colorado Bach Ensemble musicians are not all full-time performers, it takes a tremendous amount of planning and financial resources to pull off one production. Ticket sales revenue covers only a fraction of our production costs, and it takes many hours of volunteer time working on logistics such as creating season brochures and programs, developing marketing materials, contracting musicians, arranging accommodations and transportation for out-of-town guest artists, securing concert venues and ushers, etc. Needless to say, we stay busy throughout the entire season!
How do we sustain ourselves?
The vast majority of our funding comes from private patrons with additional support from grants and a few corporate sponsors. We count on the support of individuals like you to sustain our work.
Coming up on December 6 is Colorado’s annual statewide movement to celebrate and encourage philanthropy, Colorado Gives Day. Through an online giving platform, community members can to contribute to their chosen non-profits and help leverage additional funds from a $1 million incentive fund. Gifts on Colorado Gives Day range from $20 to $100, and any amount donated we allow the Colorado Bach Ensemble to receive additional incentive funds from Community First Foundation and 1st Bank. Visit the Colorado Gives Day website for more details and to schedule your gift! www.ColoradoGives.org/CBE
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