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.
Brian Pfaltzgraff, baritone
Due to an illness, Simon Estes is unable to travel and perform as scheduled. We are pleased to welcome Brian Pfaltzgraff.
Brian Pfaltzgraff is an associate professor of voice at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Dr. Pfaltzgraff has performed over 30 leading operatic roles and an even wider range of concert works. In demand as a soloist in Germany and the United States, he has appeared with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis, and has also appeared in productions with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the St. Louis Masterworks Chorale, the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Metropolitan Chorale, Toledo Opera, the Lima Symphony, Toledo Symphony, the Detroit Symphony (Civic), Canton Civic Opera, Mansfield Symphony, the Ann Arbor Festival of Song, the Rochester (NY) Chamber Orchestra, the Oak Ridge (TN) Civic Music Association, and the Des Moines Metro Opera. Pianist and Wartburg College professor Carita Pfaltzgraff will collaborate with Brian Pfaltzgraff on songs by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Berlioz, and Vaughan Williams.
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.
No Music at Noon due to Veteran’s Day holiday.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.