Welcome to the Festival’s new website. The events are listed below in sequence, and by event type in the right sidebar.
The Lenten Devotional based upon the new work by Bob Chilcott, ST. JOHN PASSION, is available for you to download! SJP-Devotional 2015c Click on the link in this post to open, or right click to save to your computer. American Premiere… (READ MORE)
DENVER LYRIC OPERA GUILD “Opera Competition Preliminaries” Saturday, February 28, 2015 9:00am (Free Event) From east to west, north to south, the finest young opera singers appear in national competition preliminaries.
COLORADO CHOIR Kelly Parmenter, Conductor “Bach, Brahms and Beyond” Friday, March 6, 2015 7:30pm (Ticketed Event) Saturday, March 7, 2015 7:30pm (Ticketed Event) Among the works presented will be Bach’s motet The Spirit Also Helpeth Us, Brahms’ motet Oh Savior Throw the Heavens Wide and some lighter literature.
CHERRY CREEK CHORALE Brian Patrick Leatherman, Director “Exploring the American Songbook: Standards & Spirituals” Friday, March 13, 2015 7:30pm (Ticketed Event) Saturday, March 14, 2015 7:30pm (Ticketed Event) Along with special guests, the University of Denver’s Lamont Jazz Orchestra, a new concert series is inaugurated highlighting the most influential and enduringly popular American songs of the 20th century. With the BIG BAND sounds of the Lamont Jazz Orchestra, standards like Chattanooga Choo Choo, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, As Time Goes By and many more will be presented. Also surveyed are Great American Spirituals in iconic arrangements by Jester Hairston, William Dawson, Moses Hogan, Robert Shaw and Alice Parker, to name a few!
KANTOREI “Echoes: Chant and Beyond” Sunday, March 15, 2015 3:00pm (Ticketed Event) For centuries, chant has been a central compositional style used for meditation and spiritual gatherings. Kantorei explores this age‐old art form performing early renditions of solo line melodies as well as newer compositions that are chant‐based or chant‐infused. Featured works include chants by Hildegaard von Bingen, Des Prez’s chant‐based mass Missa Pange Lingua; British mystic composer Tavener’s setting of a Jewish matrimonial ceremony, The Village Wedding and Four motets on Gregorian Chants by Duruflé.
COLORADO CHORALE “Liebeslieder Waltzes” Friday, March 20, 2015 7:30pm (Ticketed Event) Sunday, March 22, 2015 4:00pm (Ticketed Event) Brahms’ Libeslieder Waltzes is the centerpiece of this love‐ themed concert.
DENVER LYRIC OPERA GUILD “Competition Finals” Saturday, March 21, 2015 11:30am (Free Event) From east to west, north to south, the finest young opera singers appear in the finals of national auditions.
FESTIVAL OF FAITH AND THE ARTS PRESENTS AMERICAN PREMIERE PERFORMANCES Forrest Guittar, Conductor “St. John Passion” – Bob Chilcott Saturday, March 21, 2015 7:30pm, Bethany Lutheran Church and Sunday March 29, 2015 3:00pm, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Denver. (Free Event; Attendees are asked to help support those in need in our community though Metro CareRing by bringing non‐perishable food stuffs and/or through monetary donations) The Passion of Christ is a powerful story. Bob Chilcott, composer and former member of the world‐renowned ensemble, Kings Singers, has composed a new work bringing new light and engagement with this sacrificial event. Included are texts never before utilized. This performance will also include other newly composed works, including Ubi Caritas by Colorado composer, Ruth Coberly. Under the direction of Festival Director Forrest Guittar, performers include The Lutheran Chorale, guest choristers from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Canto Deo Chamber Choir, Cherry Creek Chorale, Colorado Chorale, with guest soloists, organist, and… (READ MORE)
SMOKY HILL HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS “Masterworks Concert” Monday, March 23, 2015 7:00pm (Ticketed Event) The Smoky Hill High School choirs present their annual choral masterworks concert.
GRANDVIEW HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS “In Concert” Thursday, March 26, 2015 7:00pm (Ticketed Event) The Grandview High School Choirs presents their spring concert.
PALMS AND PASSION SUNDAY WORSHIP “The Beginning of Holy Week” Sunday, March 29, 2015 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am The journey to Easter begins. Join the people of Bethany with these special worship services, filled with music. It begins with Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem with joy and fanfare and then the steps toward his crucifixion and resurrection. Details available at the Bethany website: www‐bethany‐denver.org.
BETHANY CHANCEL CHOIR “St. John Passion” Sunday, March 29, 2015 4:00pm (Free Event) Come feel the passion. Experience the passion of Christ as you never have. Bethany’s Chancel Choir and staff, with orchestra and soloists, will recreate JS Bach’s masterpiece in its original form – a worship service. Dr. James… (READ MORE)
MAUNDY THURSDAY WORSHIP Thursday, April 2, 2015 Noon and 7:00pm On Maundy Thursday the remembrance of Jesus’ Last Supper and the washing of the disciples’ feet is remembered. Special music by Bethany’s Caroler Choir, Jubilation Singers, Joyful Sound Choir and Chancel Choir are part of the evening service.
GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP Friday, April 3, 2015 Noon and 7:00pm “The Crucifixion of Jesus” On Good Friday the crucifixion of Jesus is remembered in word and music.
EASTER VIGIL Saturday, April 4, 2015 6:00pm Join the people of Bethany as the “Alleluia” of the resurrection is proclaimed.
EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP “He Is Risen!” Sunday, April 5, 2015 6:00am Sunrise, 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am The resurrection of Christ is proclaimed in word and song! Join the people of Bethany for services filled with music, including brass, organ and choirs!
ARS NOVA SINGERS “New World Renaissance” Saturday, April 11, 2015 7:30pm (Ticketed Event) A concert of cross‐cultural music by Spanish and New World composers of the 16th and 17th centuries. Special guest artists: Ann Marie Morgan, viola da gamba and Billy Simms, theorbo and Baroque guitar.
TOWN HALL OF DENVER LECTURES John Brock – “Economics and Personal Finance Education in Colorado and in Emerging Economies Around the World” Tuesday, April 14, 2015 10:00am (Ticketed Event) Dr. Brock received the Outstanding Educator Award at both the Air Force Academy and CUCS (Center for Urban Community Centers) and, as Director of the Colorado Council for Economic Education, has traveled to 15 countries on 5 continents to spread the importance of creating economic standards affecting the global economy.
VOICES WEST “Annelies” Saturday, April 18, 2015 7:30pm (Ticketed Event) British composer, James Whitbourn, has composed the first major choral setting of The Diary of Anne Frank, containing her “remarkable and penetrating observations, written whilst hiding in an Amsterdam attic,” as the basis of its extraordinary and moving libretto. Whitbourn’s music has been described as “woundingly beautiful”.