The year was 1924. The setting was a train from New York to Boston, and the composer was George Gershwin. It was here he found inspiration for his famed piece, Rhapsody in Blue, and placed his stamp on American musical history. Of his own work he wrote, “I heard it as a sort of musical kaleidoscope of America, of our vast melting pot, of our unduplicated national pep, of our metropolitan madness.” Join Denver Brass at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House as they welcome New York pianist Steven Mayer and the acclaimed Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. They’ll bring to life the great American sounds of Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland and more.
Credited with “piano playing at its most awesome” (The New York Times), pianist and recording artist Steven Mayer has performed around the world with renowned groups including the San Francisco Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, Boston Pops and London Symphony Orchestra. Celebrating its 48th season, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble is an internationally acclaimed, cross-cultural, dance-arts and education institution which views dance as the universal language of movement. Don’t miss Mayer’s exquisite piano performance of Rhapsody in Blue and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble’s original choreography to “Three Dance Episodes” from Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town.
Entering its 38th season, the Denver Brass is a one-of-a-kind chamber ensemble and one of just a few professional large brass ensembles in the world. The ensemble is made up of 14 full-time professional musicians and is renowned for its forward-thinking brass performances, original commissions, world-class recordings and community outreach programs. The Denver Brass presents more than 150 performances and is heard live by over 50,000 people annually, making it one of the top 25 cultural attractions in Denver. The ensemble is a past recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and can be heard on 30+ CDs, 2 DVDs, digital platforms and radio stations around the world.
For more information, ticket sales and season schedule, please visit denverbrass.org or call 303-832-4676.