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  • 2017 - 2018 Season Archive

    David Osborne Trio - Monday, October 9th, 2017 - 7:00 PM

    SWCC’s 2017-2018 Season Opener

    Southwest Colorado Concerts season opens to full house: please click on the red link below for The Journal‘s review of this event.

    ‘Pianist to the Presidents’ David Osborne holds master class for students

    By Emily Rice Journal Staff Writer

    SWCC Celebrate Locals Concert - Sunday, November 19th, 2017 - 7:00 PM

    Local artist Lee Bartley, along with bass player Rich Sallee, formed “Images” in the early 1980’s as a light jazz quartet.  They released their first album in 1983, followed by six CD releases for various labels, including two CD releases for Redstone Records, two CD releases for Fahrenheit Records, a CD release for MCA Universal Masterseries, and a CD release for Capitol Records. The MCA and Capitol releases charted 8 and 9 nationally in radio airplay in the USA.

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    “Images” has performed at many jazz festivals, including The Breckenridge Jazz Festival and the Telluride Jazz Festival. They have opened concerts for The Rippingtons and The Yellowjackets.  In 2011 and 2017, “Images” performed in Denver, Colorado, to eight sell-out crowds.

    When Lee and Rich formed the group Lee was the principal composer.  As the band continued through a 16 year run, both horn players and the bassist contributed original compositions to the mix.  The concert will feature songs by Lee and several songs by the other three composers.  It will feature piano, bass, drums, alto-tenor-soprano saxophones, wind synthesizer, Nepalese wooden flute, flute and alto flute.  Joining the band will be Randy Chavez on guitar. He performed often with the band, and recorded with the band on several CD releases.  The drummer is Mike Marlier who is Director of Drum Set Studies at the Lamont School of Music at Denver University.  The horn players are Joe Anderies and Bob Rebholz.  Joe, Bob, and Mike are all teachers at the Colorado Conservatory For The Jazz Arts in Denver, mentoring young musicians in jazz studies.

    “Images” has performed at the Catalina Jazz Festival with Earl Klugh, the West Palm Beach Jazz Festival, The Riverbend Music Festival, The Breckenridge Jazz Festival (for 10 years), the Telluride Jazz Festival, and has opened concerts for The Rippingtons, and The Yellowjackets.  In 2011, and again in 2017, “Images” performed in Denver, Colorado to eight sell out crowds.

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    The Mancos Valley Chorus - Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 - 7:00 PM

    “Mancos Valley Chorus brings annual holiday cheer to Cortez”

    In a performance sponsored by Southwest Colorado Concerts, the Mancos Valley Chorus shared joy and charity with Cortez

    By Emily Rice Journal Staff Writer

    Southwest Colorado Concerts kicked off its holiday season with a performance by the Mancos Valley Chorus on Tuesday.

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    The chorus sang traditional songs as well as twists on tradition.

    The 32 members of the chorus, led by director Kriss Larsen and accompanied on piano by Lee Bartley, gave a lively performance.

    The group opened with a vocal and bell ensemble and went on to perform more twists on holiday favorites using a few props.

    The performance was free, as are all performances by the Mancos Valley Chorus.

    The chorus’ theme this year is, “Ding Dong! Merrily On High,” a program that includes unexpected versions of familiar holiday favorites, as well as more contemporary songs, according to a news release.

    The performers kept their full house entertained throughout the evening.

    The Mancos Valley Chorus was founded in the early 2000s, according to Brent McWhirter, tenor and publicity head of the Mancos Valley Chorus.

    “The main thing is our commitment to the community in bringing joy through the sound of music,” he said. “It is kind of our motto.”

    In addition to the performance, the chorus played host to a Christmas Tree Auction, sponsored by different groups throughout the community.

    Each tree was created by a different entity and were up for bid.

    One of the organizers of the event, Monica Plewe, was astonished by the generosity of the community. “We have since had more people step up and pay more for the Christmas trees,” she said.

    Erin Tanner, organizer of the event, said all the Christmas Trees were sold.

    The following bidders won the Christmas trees: Adam Black of Cortez Chiropratic, Chris Crowley of Crowley Cosntruction, Corrine and Carly Wolf of the Doobie Sisters, Dr. Alan Schafer of Schafer Orthodontics, Jay Witt of Remax, Paul Bostrom, Joyce Stevenson, Sandi Valencia, Mary Lordier and Trena Decker.

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    WindSync - Friday, February 9th, 2018 - 1:00 PM

     The woodwind quintet WindSync, a young ensemble that mixes familiar classical music and lighter tunes with a captivating stage presence, performed on Friday, Feb. 9, at the Montezuma-Cortez High School auditorium.

    WindSync broadens appeal of the woodwind quintet to reach a wide audience. The quintet is composed of players on the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn.

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    Their mixture of “classic” wind instrumentals and twists kept the audience entertained and even laughing.

    The stage presence of the quintet led to those laughs, teaching techniques along the way through their performance.

    The group was truly “synced” at their performance on Friday night, pulling in the audience with doleful tones, then kicking the music up with percussion techniques.

    WindSync is internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music. A winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the ensemble focuses on building a connection with audiences through adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. The five virtuoso players perform from memory and specialize in creative concerts that inspire and entertain audiences of all ages.

    The concert was sponsored by the SouthWest Colorado Concert Association.

    WindSync’s performance was the opening act of the second part of the concert season.

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    Hot Club of Cowtown - Sunday, March 11th, 2018 - 7:00 PM

    The Hot Club of Cowtown is one of the world’s finest Western Swing Groups. Based in Austin Texas, they released their first album, Swingin’ Stampede in 1998, which has since been followed by 12 more albums, including western swing, cowboy ballads, Django Reinhart Gypsy Jazz, roots music and some original songs.

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    Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, the Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band’s global brand.  Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” (The Times, London), the Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent), remaining “conscious always that above all else, the music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time” (New York Times).  The Belfast Telegraph calls the Hot Club “a pretty much perfect country trio at the very top of their game.”

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    The Glenn Miller Orchestra - Monday, April 2nd, 2018 - 7:00 PM

    The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Nick Hilscher, Singer/Director, is one of the few full time touring Big Bands today.  The Glenn Miller sound is unique, featuring woodwinds in a special harmonic arrangement, plus of course the wonderful singing group, the Modernaires.

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    Just as it was in Glenn’s day, the Glenn Miller Orchestra today, is still the most sought after big band in the world.

    The Glenn Miller Sound Lives Forever!

    The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Nick Hilscher, Singer/Director, is one of the few full time touring Big Bands today.  The Glenn Miller sound is unique, featuring woodwinds in a special harmonic arrangement, plus of course the wonderful singing group, the Modernaires.

    Just as it was in Glenn’s day, the Glenn Miller Orchestra today, is still the most sought after big band in the world.

    The Glenn Miller Sound Lives Forever!

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