Week of February 15, 2015

To-Do: Week of Feb 15

  • Wednesday, Feb. 18, 9am – 10am: Merling Trio Master Class
  • Friday, Feb. 20, 7p: Moscow Quartet, DSA Concert Hall

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, Mar. 12, 7p: Sr. Recital, Liam Ramsey-White and Ethan Durell
  • Friday, Mar. 13: Potluck and Orchestra Concert
    • DSAO Family Association Potluck
    • 7p: Orchestra Concert, DSA Concert Hall
  • Saturday, Mar. 14, 3p: Orchestra Concert, DSA Concert Hall
  • Wednesday, Mar. 25: Sr. Recitals
    • 5p: Eileen Klawitter and Madison Duffy
    • 7p: Makenzie Wade

Congratulations to All-State Students!

Congratulations to:

Julia Foran
Katherine Guerrero
Ben Roberts
Madeleine Hubler
Madison Duffy
Corley Friesen-Johnson
Leah Froyd
Eileen Klawitter
Juan Medina
Gabe Rupe
Grayson Dixon
Jordan Walters
Simone Hammett-Lynch
Artur Korotin
Griffin Heikka
Rachel England
Greer Ramsey-White
Colton Trigg
Makenzie Wade

Eli Castro
Erika Hollister
Brannon Cox
Cianci Melo-Carrillo
Scott Chio

Thank you to the All-State students for a spectacular concert and for their professionalism this past weekend! It was a great experience! Also, many of our students placed very highly in the chair competitions despite all the musical and academic work they have been dealing with lately! Bravo DSAO!!!

Many thanks to Christine Trigg, Terrie Tyree, Karen Dixon, Gina Klawitter and Carol and Mike Friesen-Johnson, for organizing and chaperoning. You are all very appreciated!

Enrique Lasansky D.M.A.
Director of Orchestras
Denver School for the Arts

Moscow Quartet
Feb. 20, 7p
DSA Concert Hall

DSA students are required to attend, and admission is free for students (see below for other ticket information)

Guest pianist:
Anna Arzumanian – Piano  (Anna graduated from Yerevan State Conservatory, Armenia. As a soloist with Armenia State Orchestra she was a laureate of many world recognized competitions like “Amadeus.”)

Moscow Quartet:
Eugenia Alikhanova – 1st Violin
Galina Kokhanovskaia – 2nd Violin
Tatiana Kokhanovskaia – Viola
Olga Ogranovitch – Cello

Borodin – String Quartet No. 2 in D major

“Generally, it would require years for Borodin to finish a work yet he succeeded in writing some astonishing music of great originality and influence … [the String Quartet No. 2 in D Major] was, unlike the others, written in a rapid flush of activity lasting only a few months during a summer vacation … [Borodin’s] fresh nationalistic use of Asian folk music, rhythm, color and chromaticism brought his music to the attention of many composers especially the young Debussy who, as a Frenchman, had an equal interest in abandoning Teutonic conventions and vocabulary for a “new”, polyglot European culture. With his contemporary Tchaikovsky, Borodin laid a significant cornerstone in nascent tradition of Russian chamber music specifically for the time-honored string quartet.”

Taneyev – Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30

“[Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915) was] one of Russia’s greatest composers from the last half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, one of its greatest pianists, and one of its greatest teachers … [However, his] music is perhaps the least known of any great Russian composer from this period … [The Piano Quintet] is a colossal, monumental work. Cobbett’s Cyclopedic Survey of Chamber Music describes it as ‘The crowning glory of Taneyev’s chamber works with piano, a work permeated with profound thought and inward pathos.'”

Tickets at the door:              $25 – General admission
$15 – Seniors and Students
$50 – Family ticket (3+)
Free  – Students of Denver School of the Arts

Cash or check only (no Credit Card)

DSAO Family Association News

From Deirdre Oss, DSAO Family Association President:

DSAO Family Potluck on Friday, March 13th

We will be sending out shortly a sign-up for the March DSAO Family potluck. This was a great success and families will again have the opportunity to meet and greet each other before our DSAO performance that evening.  We also plan to do a proper potluck welcome for our new families who may be in attendance for that evening’s performance, so please stay tuned for details!

DSAO Planning for 2015-2016

Please watch for details regarding an upcoming meeting to discuss DSAO travel plans and fundraising for 2015-2016. We plan to schedule this meeting for later March before Spring Break, and we hope all of our families can attend to hear about some of our options for next year. We will be looking for additional support to ensure our travel plans have the best support team possible, so look into the future and think about what you can do to contribute to our DSAO community next year. We look forward to having you!

Should you have any questions or are interested in discussing ways you can help DSAO next year, please contact me at 303-995-0608 or dsaorchestra1@gmail.com.

Thank you, and let’s look forward to a great DSAO Spring!

Deirdre Oss

CYS Annual Competition

The Colorado Young Sinfonia, directed by Basil Vendryes, announces a concerto competition:

March 11th, 2015

Winner(s) to be awarded $500/$250 AND will perform with the Colorado Young Sinfonia in April 2015.

Competition will be in two Categories:

  • Junior Division: Students up to age 14 (all instruments)
  • Senior Division: Students up to age 21(all instruments/voice)
Repertoire should be chosen from works for string orchestra, or chamber orchestra with a small wind complement.  Repertoire choice MUST be approved by CYS.

Entries must be postmarked by March 1st, 2015.  Application Fee is $35.00.

Contestants will be expected to perform the entire concerto with CYS.  All auditions must be performed with piano accompaniment (not provided).  For more information and application forms, please contact CYS Director Basil Vendryes  bvendryes@msn.com  (720)371-4145

Basil C. Vendryes
Principal Viola, Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Faculty, Lamont School of Music, University of Denver
Director, Colorado Young Sinfonia
Faculty, Castleman Quartet Program
Faculty, Green Valley Music Festival

Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program

Your orchestra is so grateful to the 50% of families who have been able to make this commitment thus far.  If you have not given your $300 contribution yet please do so as soon as possible.

Contributions can be made by check or through the DSA Friends Foundation at www.dsafriends.org.  If you can’t make the payment all at once, please do so in monthly installments.   Please make checks payable to DSA Friends Foundation, and put “Orchestra family contribution” or “master mentor” in the memo line.

This is also a fantastic way for family and friends to support your student! Please pass along the dsafriends.org website link to those you know are interested in supporting our programs.

For further information, please visit the OFA Fundraising website.

Investing in DSAO

 Buy groceries, support DSAO

Make sure you purchase a reloadable King Soopers card!  It’s simple, you buy groceries with the card and the orchestra gets 5% back. You can reload it time and time again to keep giving to DSAO.  Please email Carol Fennell for information about purchasing a card.  If you have already purchased a card, don’t forget to reload.  Every time you do, it benefits DSAO!

DSA is collecting Boxtops!

DSA receives free money for each box top turned in.  Please group the box tops in a bag or envelope, and mark them with “Orchestra” so that the funds will come to us.  The collection box is located in the main office.


Click here to view advertising brochure. Please note a change in contact information: Please put “Advertising”  in the subject line and contact dsaorchestra1@gmail.com.  This is also a good way to put a personal message of congratulations for your student, to be displayed in the program.

Volunteer with the OFA!

Thanks so much to all who have signed up to volunteer with OFA.  Parent support and fundraising are critical to our program. The OFA Executive Team is seeking parents who can assist in particular with advertising layout or with contacting businesses to inform them about advertising opportunities in our programs.  Please contact Jeff Volkert by email or phone: 303-881-9327.

There is still a position open for historian as well.  Please visit BringIt to sign up for this opportunity.

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