tintinnabulation: 1) the ringing or sounding of bells 2) a jingling or tinkling sound as if of bells
Fresh City Life is making beautiful music with Arts & Venues Denver this year. Our shared May event, a concert with the Castle Rock Community Ringers, continues a partnership of free and spectacular cultural programming.
Here's my street cred on this topic: I grew up attending a Presbyterian church and, in my experience, two things were always certain at church. First, during services, when the 'moment of fellowship' arrived and we were all supposed to turn to a relative stranger and greet them with a handshake or (gasp) hug, we instead would turn to one of our own family members and greet them -- with very restrained joy. And secondly, there was always a bell choir. Always. It's a tradition that I'm glad has continued on -- and I write that with joy unrestrained.
Denver Public Library's Schlessman Hall hosts some of Colorado's most talented musicians in the Fresh City Life Weekend Music Series -- free! This Saturday, concert-goers will hear the strange and beautiful sounds of the nyckelharpa played by Sandra Wong.
The nyckelharpa might be the duck-billed platypus of the music world. Swedish in origin, it combines the strings of a violin, the shape of steel guitar or violin and keys used to change tones or pitch. A cousin of the hurdy gurdy, this odd instrument always delights audiences.
Our live music series continues with a spectacular concert featuring the Texas group APQ Tango (AKA The Austin Piazzolla Quintet). Monday, April 1 at Central Library.
They're one of the most popular tango groups in the region, and APQ will be playing a special, free concert for us this Monday night! As an added bonus, dancers from Parasol Arts will be on hand to add traditional tango dances to some of APQ's music selections. Hope you can join us for a memorable evening.
Nuevo Tango with APQ Monday, April 1, 7-8 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
APQ (Austin Piazzolla Quintet) was recently dubbed the Number-One-Not-To-Be-Missed group at the 2012 Houston International Festival. APQ has been stunning audiences in Austin and beyond since 2009. Featuring some of the finest talent on the Austin music scene today, APQ specializes in the intense and passionate compositions of the late Astor Piazzolla.
Fresh City Life and The Denver Public Library are proud to host this concert -- a part of our continuing partnership with The Denver Gay Men's Chorus.
Hope you can join us for this special (and free) event: The DGMC has put together a set of music that is both secular and spiritual. The choir will be led by their guest Artistic Director, Dr. Tim Seelig from the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.
Music Down In Our Souls: The Denver Gay Men’s Chorus
Saturday, March 2, 1-2 p.m.
McNichols Building at Civic Center Park, 144 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver 80202
“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?” – Henry David Thoreau
As part of the citywide Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project, the Mizel Museum and Fresh City Life will host concerts that bring our communities together in a spirit of unity and celebration of diversity.
Unbounded: Breaking the Chains of Modern Day Slavery
Tuesday, February 19, 7-8 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
Created by Marta Burton, this free concert is a multi-media performance which draws upon the music, historical narratives and images of Jewish and African American experiences of oppression and slavery, to raise awareness of those enslaved globally today. After the performance, meet with representatives of local organizations and individuals that work to end current day slavery.
Writer, composer and performer Nick Busheff knows a thing or two about showmanship; he's learned from the legends of pop and rock.
Part of the group Kinky Mink, that entertains packed houses with their rock anthems turned into lounge music, Nick Busheff has carved out his own niche in local music. And Kinky Mink is poised to take their act to the next level. Before we'll have to say, "we knew him when" -- Nick performs for Fresh City Life's Weekend Music Series.
Legends of Piano with Nick Busheff
Saturday, February 2, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
The erhu, a two-stringed instrument which is evocative of China, is being used in contemporary recordings of pop and underground dance music.
For a one-thousand-year-old instrument, the erhu is holding up pretty well in modern times. It has been featured in contemporary film scores (House of Flying Daggers) and utilized by rock and pop musicians for it's unmistakable sound.