`New York Nights' at PACE
Parker will get a taste of the Big Apple with the upcoming “New York Nights” concert by the Colorado Wind Ensemble.
The ensemble, a 45-member metro-area orchestra of woodwinds, brass and percussion, is one of The Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center's performing partners and plays there several times a year.
The ensemble's main home is Littleton United Methodist Church, but it also travels west to the Lakewood Cultural Center a couple of times a year, building its audience.
The CWE will perform “New York Nights” at PACE Center at 7:30 p.m. April 5. Students from Douglas County schools who study with orchestra members will join the ensemble for this concert.
Most of the member musicians have music degrees and many teach. Matthew Roeder is director.
Innovative contemporary composers like to write for wind ensembles, according to orchestra publicist Ellen Christianson, so the audience may hear music they haven't heard previously .
The program opens with familiar music, though: Symphonic dances from Leonard Bernstein's “West Side Story,” arranged by Lavender.
“Red Cape Tango” from Michael Daugherty's “Metropolis Symphony” follows, then Jeff Tyzik's “New York Cityscape” will feature a tango tuba solo.
Robert Beaser's “Manhattan Roll” and Clifton Williams' “Symphonic Dance No. 3” fill out the evening's program.
This versatile orchestra is playing its 31st season in the south metro area, presenting music that especially features each instrument.
Guest conductors for the CWE will be Nick Bidinger and Jayne Copland.
If you go:
“New York Nights” is at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, at 7:30 p.m. on April 5. Tickets: $21.50 to $13.50, 303-805-6800, pacecenteronline.ticketforce.com.