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Sunday night, December 20, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra presented a marvelous concert at the Broomfield Auditorium. This is a very good venue as the acoustics are well-nigh perfect, and I have never attended a concert in this auditorium where I could not hear every single note being played or sung. I would strongly suggest that you readers attend the February 27th concert by the Boulder Chamber Orchestra which also will be presented at this auditorium, as well as the first Congregational Church of Boulder. Both performances will start at 7:30 PM. The Boulder Chamber Orchestra opened their program Sunday with the "Suite Antique For Strings, Flute, and Harpsichord," by the well-known English composer, John Rutter. Rutter, who was born in 1945, has written many orchestral and instrumental pieces, but his output has consisted largely of choral works of all sizes. As a matter of fact, in 2007 he was awarded the distinguished Commander of the British Empire in recognition for his services to music. The soloist Sunday night was a young flutist, Cobus du Toit, from South Africa who is currently studying with Christina Jennings at CU Boulder while pursuing his Masters degree in flute. Rutter's piece is quite difficult, and as its title suggests, is modeled after the Baroque suite, particularly those of J.S. Bach. It was written in 1979 at the invitation of the Cookham Festival and was performed at the Cookham Parish Church. Rutter has said that since a Bach Brandenburg Concerto was being performed on the same program, he decided to write a suite using the same combination of instruments and forms that Bach had used.
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