April 8, 2017
Saturday some friends and I attended a Colorado Wind Ensemble Concert. The CWE collaborated with the Rocky Mountain Brassworks to present a unique show. The two orchestras sat on separate sides. Directed by their respective conductor, each played their own pieces, while they played the opening and closing piece together. Each them both played Moorside Suite separately, so the audience could hear the difference. I really enjoyed listening to the variance. We were able to sit very close to the front, so we could see the musicians in detail.
I’ve lived in Colorado just over five years now, I have not heard of the ensemble or the band. The CWE is in its 35th season! The ensemble maintains an artistic residency at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and plays a six-concert season at a variety of venues around Denver. Saturday night’s symphony was performed at the King Center on the Auraria campus. The Venue was quite nice with good acoustics. The CWE plays one more symphony this year called Worlds Away on May 20, 2017. The tickets range from $5-$15.
The Rocky Mountain Brassworks was formed in 1974 as the Colorado Brass Band and only played a few times a year. It became the Rocky Mountain Brassworks in 1978. The band uses instruments from the saxhorn family which produce a mellow tone. Different instruments are used or excluded. The tenor horn replaces the french horn and trumpets are excluded. The Rocky Mountain Brassworks has two upcoming concerts, May the 4th Be With You featuring the music of “Star Wars” on May 4, 2017 and the 6th Rocky Mountain Brass Band Festival on May 20, 2017. Tickets range from $5-$15 as well. http://www.rockymountainbrassworks.org
I tend prefer the wind symphony over the regular symphony, so I was excited to find this concert on Saturday night. It is also a nice way to enjoy the symphony at a reasonable price. ETB