Music at Noon

Music at Noon concerts are free performances held on the second Tuesday of each month.  Generally 45 minutes to 60 minutes, most Music at Noon programs take place in Dagwell Hall, where audience members are welcome to eat a bag lunch during the concert.  In instances where a concert is held in the Cathedral, Room 107 is available beginning at 11:00 am for audience members to eat before the performance.

September 9
Simon Estes, bass baritone

Internationally renowned bass-baritone Simon Estes enjoys the acclaim of audiences and critics around the globe. Since his debut with the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1965, Mr. Estes has performed with major international opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Lyric Opera, Chicago; San Francisco Opera; La Scala, Milan; Deutsche Opera, Berlin; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; The Washington Opera; L'Opéra de Paris; Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; the State Operas of Hamburg, Munich, Vienna and Zurich and at the Bayreuth, Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals. Professor Estes has teaching positions at Iowa State University and Wartburg College and will perform with Wartburg professor, pianist Carita Pfaltzgraff.

October 14
Doug Roche Jazz Trio

Pianist Doug Roche performs with many of Denver’s finest musicians. He is a member of the Denver Jazz Quartet, and PoeJazz (a blend of Jazz and Poetry).  He has played the exclusive Moulin Rouge room at the Denver Fairmont Hotel backing such national acts as Kenny Rankin, The Mills Brothers, The Modernaires, Lanie Kazan, and Johnny Otis. He was the resident pianist at the internationally recognized Denver jazz club, El Chapultepec where he performed with a cavalcade of jazz icons, including Joe Farrell, Nick Brignola, Teddy Edwards, Buddy De Franco, Terry Gibbs, Red Holloway, Eddie Harris, Richie Cole, Bobby Shew, Lew Tabakin, and Pete Candoli.

November 11
No Music at Noon due to Veteran’s Day holiday.

December 9
Ivy Street Ensemble

The Ivy Street Ensemble, comprised of three Colorado Symphony musicians, flutist Cathy Peterson, violinist Erik Peterson, and violist Phillip Stevens, presents a diverse array of classical chamber works from the baroque era to 21st century compositions.  They have performed throughout Colorado and can often be heard in Oregon as part of the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival.  Classical music lovers in Denver can hear them frequently broadcast on Colorado Public Radio.

2015

January 13
Barbara Hamilton, violist, and Andrew Cooperstock, pianist

This program highlights diary excerpts from Ms. Hamilton’s great grandmother Bella, when she was in hiding in Utrecht and Amsterdam during World War II.  "Testament: The Diary of Bella Berliner," features music by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, and Shostakovich.

February 10
Stephanie Ball, soprano

Ms. Ball began her journey into the opera world as an undergraduate at Northern Arizona University where she sang the roles of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Adele in Die Fledermaus. Ms. Ball continued her studies at Washington University in St. Louis where she received a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance. She performed several roles there, including Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Following graduate school, she moved into the professional world of opera and sang the role of Annina in Winter Opera St. Louis' production of La Traviata.  Ms. Ball’s program will feature a collection of African American spirituals in celebration of Black History Month.

March 10
Boulder Bassoon Quartet

Bassoons? Quartet?  With repertoire from Brahms to the Beatles, you can’t help but have fun when listening to the Boulder Bassoon Quartet.  Be surprised!

April 14
Opera Colorado Young Artists

A concert –style experience not to be missed! Performed by the Opera Colorado Young Artists, this delightful program features highlights from the operatic and musical theater repertoire. Selections are performed as they would be on stage, but without the use of sets and costumes. Designed to entertain and educate, these performances include background information on each piece. The program ends with a Q&A session which will give the audience a unique insight into the world of opera and Opera Colorado.

May 12
Mary Creswell, mezzo soprano, and William David, piano

Mezzo-soprano Mary Creswell appears throughout the United States performing opera, oratorio, and chamber music. Her active and varied performing schedule includes the operatic roles of Dorabella, Rosina, and Carmen. Her rich mezzo sound has been heard on the concert stage with the Detroit Symphony, Austin Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, and regularly with orchestras at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. The orchestrated songs of Mahler, Verdi's Requiem, and Jeremiah Symphony by Bernstein are gems in her repertoire. With collaborator William David, their program will feature works by Britten, Robert Schumann, Duparc, and Jake Heggie.

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