FCS Goes into the Mist

Author: Kate Forgach, KRFC, Host - Tattle Tales https://www.facebook.com/KRFCTattleTales The Lincoln Center’s Main Performance Hall was transformed into a tropical African jungle last Saturday, as the Fort Collins Symphony performed the world premiere of composer Wil Swindler’s concerto “In The Mist”. Guest artist April Johannesen’s gleaming bass clarinet sensitively portrayed the adult male gorilla, or silverback, who led his gentle family group of gorillas through a day in their lives. A passionate supporter of gorillas and wildlife conservation, Johannesen commissioned the piece from her husband, Wil Swindler, and brought it to fruition with the sponsorship of local philanthropists Gwen and…
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Symphony Interruptus

Cell phones are the natural enemy of any live performing arts organization.  An accidental ring is extremely annoying to the performers and everyone else in attendance.  The unexpected sound causes audience members to wonder, “Was that my phone?” before pulling them out to make sure they had indeed remembered to turn it off prior to the performance.  It is a precarious relationship between audience member and cell phone technology and one that adds drama to any live situation. It is within this context that Fort Collins resident, artistic “Mad Scientist,” and community treasure Charlie Hatchette developed the concept for an…
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Gorilla, Gorilla, Gorilla Recap

For all who turned out, Gorilla, Gorilla, Gorilla, was a wonderful event filled with fantastic live music, beautiful art, snacks, cupcakes from Butter Cream Cupcakery, wine generously donated by Donna Stroh, and Picnic Rock Pale Ale from Horse & Dragon Brewing Company. A big thank you to Hedy Reynolds and Rich Shipman for your loyal help pouring the beer and wine. There was jewelry as well as photography and mixed media art for sale. Another huge thank you to Susie McCollum for volunteering to run this table! Our musicians for this event: April Johannesen, Wil Swindler, and Dana Landry were amazing. …
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Schwartz’s Legacy Honored Through Recent Scholarship Awards

The legacy of Will Schwartz, founder of the Fort Collins Symphony and beloved professor of music, lives on in the pursuits of local music students who recently received scholarships in his name. In 1949, Schwartz founded and then grew a modest community orchestra into a dynamic professional symphony, sharing with the community his passion and belief that beautiful music has a profound and positive effect on the human psyche. As the conductor of the symphony for 50 years, he devoted his professional life to making magnificent musical works available to as many listeners as possible. Today, the Fort Collins Symphony…
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