Welcome to the Festival’s new website. The events are listed below in sequence, and by event type in the right sidebar.
FESTIVAL ADVENT DEVOTIONAL “Messiah” Wednesday, November 26, 2014 http://www.bethany-arts.org/wp-content/uploads/0Messiah-14-DevoFINAL.pdf Click on the link above (or in the left sidebar “Devotional” tab, to open or download) Festival Director Forrest Guittar, releases the first of two seasonal devotionals. The first one is the re‐release of the Advent Devotional based upon Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah. Available for free download from the Festival website, www.bethany‐arts.org.
COLORADO BACH ENSEMBLE Dr. James Kim, Director “Messiah” Friday, December 19, 2014 7:00pm (Ticketed Event) Handel’s masterpiece was originally an Easter offering and first burst onto the stage in 1742. The work is a cornerstone of the holiday season and is presented by the incomparable Colorado Bach Ensemble, with soloists and chamber orchestra.
TOWN HALL OF DENVER LECTURES Lori Borgman – “The Death of Common Sense” January 2015 Wednesday, January 14, 2015 10:00am (Ticketed Event) Now that the “Holidazes” are behind us, we shall take time to mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, “Common Sense,” whose birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape! What started as a tongue‐in cheek essay has gone viral around the world. Lori is a syndicated newspaper columnist, author and speaker. Her commentaries include wit, warmth and humor while tackling today’s biggest issues, such as organized crime in her kitchen cabinet and the hazards of upper arm ﬂab! Lori was “Poet of the Year” in grammar school and hasn’t stopped since!
DENVER YOUNG ARTISTS ORCHESTRA “In Concert” Sunday, January 25, 2015 4:00pm (Ticketed Event) Monday, January 26, 2015 7:00pm (Ticketed Event) The DYAO North and South Orchestras present a New Year concert, filled with variety and artistry.
TOWN HALL OF DENVER LECTURES Rikki Klieman – “The Media: Reporting News or Creating It?” February 2015 Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:00am (Ticketed Event) Television anchor, legal analyst, trial attorney, actor and author, Rikki has earned a sterling reputation as one of the nation’s most celebrated lawyers and legal authorities. She will trace the history of broadcasting from 3 networks to the modern “reporting” of today and how we now view news. Named one of the top five female trial lawyers in America by Time, she now is Legal Analyst for The CBS Early Show, covering high proﬁle trials, such as Whitey Bulger, the future trials of Aaron Hernandez and others.
DENVER LYRIC OPERA GUILD “Opera Master Class” Saturday, February 14, 2015 9:00am (Free Event) DLOG’s mission is to support and encourage young singers pursuing a career in opera. This open master class is for competition hopefuls and the public.
VISUAL ART DISPLAY “And God Created” February 18, 2015 ‐ March 29, 2015 In the second visual art display of the season, Festival Director Forrest Guittar offers a display of exceptional photographs displaying the ongoing touch of the Creator’s hand.
VOICES OF LIGHT CHAMBER CHOIR Dr. Keith Arnold, Director “Bridge of Dreams” Saturday, February 21, 2015 7:30pm (Ticketed Event) A concert centered around Australian composer Anne Boyd’s transfixing As I crossed a Bridge of Dreams (1975). According to the composer, the work harks back to “the Japan of the eleventh century, to me, an infinitely remote and dream‐like world whose great art spanning the centuries speaks with as much poignancy and beauty to the mind and heart of contemporary man as it did nine hundred years ago.” Voices of Light Chamber Choir sings music of beauty and power, with a focus on recently composed works.
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 AMERICAN PREMIERE PERFORMANCE Forrest Guittar, Conductor “St. John Passion” – Bob Chilcott Saturday, March 21, 2015 7:30pm (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, St. Andrews Lutheran Church Choir, guest choristers from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Cherry Creek Chorale, Canto Deo and more, with organ and chamber ensemble.
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.
VISUAL ART EXHIBIT “Stations of the Cross” Sunday, March 29, 2015 through Saturday, April 4, 2015 Engage anew with Christ’s sacrifice through this visual art exhibit depicting the Stations of the Cross.
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.