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Fort Collins Symphony Premieres Work by Local Composer Ethan Boxley: Fanfare for the National Anthem

Composer Ethan Boxley’s Fanfare for the National Anthem and his arrangement of National Anthem in G will be performed by the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra during its upcoming July 4 (FC City Park) and July 7 (Red Feather Lakes) concerts. The impetus for singing the National Anthem in G comes from Dr. Ed Siegel, a native son and avid FCS supporter, who has championed lowering the key of the national anthem for over two decades. The 22-year old Fort Collins native recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University. His goal…
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Maestro’s South Korean Adventures – Part 7

Wednesday, June 20 A routine has been established of an American or Korean breakfast followed by a stop at Starbucks. At a Korean coffee house, if you want a quick coffee you need to order a Cafe Americano or a Latte and they will always ask if you want it hot or iced for the latter is very popular. For a drip or brewed coffee, you'll need to wait at least five minutes as they do individual cups only and fresh. Rehearsal begins at 10 AM, goes to 12:30 PM.  We then seek out a lunch and following that is…
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A New Key for an Old Anthem

No public Fourth of July celebration is complete without a rousing rendition of Francis Scott Key’s The Star-Spangled Banner. And, while nothing is nearer and dearer to the American ear than our national anthem, it is just a STINKER to sing!  Why?  Because John Stafford Smith composed this tune in the key of B flat major with a very wide vocal range.  Played in its original key, the work is pitched a titch too high for altos and basses and a tad too low for sopranos and tenors to sing comfortably in tune. During this year’s free Fourth of July…
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Maestro’s South Korean Adventures – Part 5

Monday, June 18 It is Monday which marks the first day of rehearsals with the Changwon Philharmonic. Choi has been very upbeat about the orchestra as an ensemble saying several times, "You're going to love this orchestra Maestro!" We meet Choi around 9:30 and walk over to the hall. The Changwon Arts center is a huge complex with several theaters at street level and offices and rehearsal space below. After we cross the street, Inho Kim, the orchestra's Associate conductor, meets us outside with the orchestra manager and walks us down a long hallway lined with photographs of the various…
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Maestro’s South Korean Adventures – Part 1

Prologue. For almost two years Useon Choi--up until recently the principal clarinetist of the Fort Collins Symphony--and I have been working on an artist exchange that would bring Inho Kim and Jeune Lee to Fort Collins and send me to the Busan area in South Korea. Last November Inho, the assistant conductor of the Changwon Philharmonic, and Jeune Lee, a prominent Korean pianist, came to Colorado. Inho conducted the Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3, the "Scottish", and Jeune played the Beethoven “Emperor” Concerto. The evening was concluded with Inho conducting a beautiful Korean folk song that captured the hearts of the…
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Fort Collins Symphony Announces 2018-19 Season

The Fort Collins Symphony Association’s board president, Rhett Strom, announces the Symphony’s 2018-19 season: Odyssey: Sound Travels. The Fort Collins Symphony begins its 69th season on October 6, 2018.  Under the leadership of award-winning conductor Maestro Wes Kenney, northern Colorado’s premier professional orchestra will perform a rich range of symphonic and popular music. The Fort Collins Symphony invites audiences to embark on an odyssey of musical explorations that span more than 225 years. This journey includes a wealth of eras, styles, subjects, and composers that range from the silver screens of Hollywood, the gritty docks of New Jersey’s waterfront, and…
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FCSymphony Concludes 68th Season with a Bang!

The Fort Collins Symphony will conclude its 68th Season on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. with percussionist Michael Tetreault performing William Kraft’s Timpani Concerto No. 1. The Masterworks 5 “Fate, Fancy & Fantastic!” concert, under the direction of Maestro Wes Kenney, will also include Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral and Peter Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor. The Symphony’s Season of Diversity will go out with bang when the orchestra performs the final concert of the 2017-18 Season at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center. The light-filled and ethereal blue cathedral by the Pulitzer Prize and Grammy winner Jennifer…
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Maestro Kenney’s Adventures in Vietnam – Final Post

Day 11 We spent the morning recovering from the activity from the day before, then was picked up Lan to do a bit of shopping and some sightseeing. We attended a water puppet show something that is unique to Vietnam. The performance included an English language description of some legendary characters and live musicians playing traditional Vietnamese music. Dinner was at French-infused Asian restaurant where our hosts knew the owners quite well. The wife is Israeli and their restaurant has been a starting place for several great chefs. We sat at a bar and watched the preparations . . .…
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Musical Zoo 2018 – Orchestral Fun for Children

The Friends of the Symphony will hold its annual Musical Zoo on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. at Timberline Church, 2908 Timberline Road, Fort Collins. This exciting program of musical education and entertainment is designed especially for children 3-12 years of age and their families.  It features short instrumental and choral performances by youth groups in 2 auditoriums between 2:00 and 3:30 p.m.; a concurrent “Petting Zoo” where children can hold and “play” a wide variety of instruments; and, a Grand Finale performance by the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra of Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, 3:45…
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Maestro Kenney’s Adventures in Vietnam – Part 10

Jan. 5 Concert Day.  We leave the hotel at 8 AM for a 9 AM rehearsal. There is a huge poster outside the opera house with Do Phuong Nhi and my photos on it. We are early so there are very few people around, but fortunately we know the way to the dressing room area and manage to claim one of them. I wander onto the stage, which is still being put together as well as the shell being put up. The stage is huge very much large enough for an opera turntable for sets when a theatrical performance is…
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