Words.” This concert featured music by local composers: Pete Simpson, Kathleen Fagre and Grace Asquith. A repeat performance was held in April at the Shepherd Episcopal Church in Centennial, CO, to serve as a fundraiser to support the Women’s Crisis Center. The 2nd annual talent show was held in July, an event very popular with performers and audiences alike. In November, “Songs for Shakespeare,” a concert with guests from Chamber Ensemble con Grazia and costumed emcees, was presented at the Broomfield Auditorium. ASTER is a small (18-20 voice) women's ensemble in Broomfield. Coming soon, BCAH is presenting ASTER in "Besame Mucho," featuring the music which was made famous by Edith Piaf, The Incomparable Hildegarde, Consuelita Velazquez, and Mahalia Jackson. Enjoy familiar tunes including La Vie en Rose, I’ll See You Again, Besame Mucho, and His Eye is on the Sparrow, as well as other gems as we tell the stories of these amazing women. This concert is appropriate for ages ten and older. It will last approximately seventy-five minutes and will be presented without intermission. Perfect for older audiences who want to reminisce or young audiences who missed out on these great songs the first time around!
War and Peace
April 14 | 2 p.m.
Broomfield Auditorium: 3 Community Park Rd.
The theme of ASTER Women's Chamber Choir's Spring Concert is a timeless one, which has inspired great poetry and music throughout time. Two local composers, Sara Flores and Alex Craig, will have pieces premiered. The piece by Flores, “Untapped Peace,” features original words and music and seeks to answer a child's questions about war. The Craig cycle, “War Songs Revisited,” is a set of pieces setting poems by the following: 12th century Chinese poet, Kao Ch'I; American poets, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Amy Lowell; and English poets, Rudyard Kipling and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Contemporary choral composers, Ruth Morris Gray and Kim André Armesen, have set “How Like a Winter” from Shakespeare's “Sonnet 97” and by “Even When He is Silent,” which is a text that was found written on a wall of a concentration camp after World War II. These poignant pieces will surely touch the heart of those in the audience.
ASTER is delighted to welcome Anna Wheeler Gentry as Assistant Conductor. In addition, musical guests Anna Lynn-Palevsky and Declan Siefkas will perform an instrumental interlude composed by Artistic Director Christina Lynn-Craig's father. This “Idyl for Violin and Piano” provides a transition from the “War and Peace” sections of the program. Another special offering is the “Iraqi Peace Song,” which will be sung in a mixture of Arabic and English accompanied by Broomfield resident, Kusala Anupindi, on cello and ASTER alum, Allison Zema, on drum. Solos and readings will add variety to the program.
The concert will conclude with a performance of Franz Schubert's sublime setting of “The Twenty-third Psalm,” and Gwyneth Walker's exuberant setting of E. E. Cummings poem, “I Thank You God for Most this Amazing Day.”
Because of the challenging nature of this music and the seriousness of the topics, this concert is recommended for ages 12 and older.
Advance tickets available for purchase from choir members and through http://www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Please visit http://www.asterchoir.org for more information about upcoming events.
The year of 2016 was the premiere of BCAH’s Broomfield Community Players (BCP), a theatrical group for those 16 years and older. Community input indicated a desire for an adult theatrical group. BCP performed “The Importance of Being Ernest” in September to a well-attended and appreciative audience. Future planning consists of 2-3 plays a year, Improv programs, and theatrical workshops for the community.
Coming up for BCP!
Join BCP at Wonderland Brewing for its Improv events every 1st Wednesday of the month! Participate, dramatize, socialize, and have fun! Check for dates on BCP's Facebook page for Improv events and productions in 2018.
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