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Jefferson Symphony
Season 71 Finale

Kirsten Carpenter Ortman
guest artist | soprano


Steven Taylor
guest artist | baritone

The Evergreen Chorale
Christine Gaudreau
chorus master & guest conductor

Dr. J Arturo González
conductor

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Colorado School of
Mines Green Center
Golden, Colorado

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Sunday
May 19
3:00 p.m.

1 hour and 30
minutes with
intermission

Concert Program

HEINRICH SCHÜTZ   
"Selig sind die Toten"
from Geistliche Chormusik

JOHANNES BRAHMS
Ein deutsches Requiem
(A German Requiem) 

Listen & Discover

What's interesting
about this concert...

  • Two choral works that were first heard over 200 years apart comprise our tremendous Season Finale. Geistliche Chormusik, published in 1648, is a setting of German texts and choral music. The German Requiem, which debuted on Good Friday in 1868, is a beloved masterpiece revered as one of the most significant choral works in classical music.

  • Schütz is often seen as a composer who helped bridge the gap between the Renaissance and Baroque periods. His works exhibit both the aesthetics of the Renaissance and the expressive freedom and drama of the Baroque, making "Geistliche Chormusik" a fascinating blend of these styles.

  • Brahms' German Requiem is not specifically tied to any religious denomination but addresses the broader human experience of consolation and redemption. This approach was innovative and resonated with audiences seeking a more secular and inclusive perspective.

Featured Artists

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Dr. J. Arturo González 
conductor

Arturo González, JSO's fourth Music Director, has led the El Paso and Las Cruces Chamber Orchestra, the Ballet & Theatre of the Border, and Colorado Light Opera. For two seasons and three national tours, he had the tremendous honor of conducting the National Youth Orchestra of Mexico. In Colorado, Gonzalez also conducts the Flatirons Symphony Orchestra and has guest conducted several neighboring ensemble including the Boulder Opera, Longmont Symphony, Youth Orchestra of the Rockies, and Evergreen Chamber Orchestra.

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Kirsten Carpenter Ortman soprano

Kirsten Carpenter Ortman is the Director of Vocal Music at the Colorado School of Mines and the interim vocal music director at Ralston Valley High School. Additionally, Kirsten is the Assistant Director of the Evergreen Chorale. Her choirs have performed in a variety of venues including Carnegie Hall, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

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The Evergreen Chorale
 

The Evergreen Chorale is a vibrant community choir which offers music education and performance opportunities for a multi-generational membership. Since its “birth” in 1972 when a group of friends gathered around a piano, the Evergreen Chorale has grown to a diverse body of over 100 talented and committed performers and partnered with several performing arts organizations throughout Jefferson County and the greater Denver area to present choral concerts for a wide variety of patrons from throughout the region.

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Steven Taylor
baritone

Recently named Best Performer in a Musical for 2021 by BroadwayWorld for the Denver Region for his role as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof with Ovation West, Steven is an active performer in concert, onstage, and as a voice actor. He has been a featured soloist three times in Carnegie Hall, has appeared onstage with Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Opera Ft. Collins, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, and Ovation West. Steven serves as Dean of the School of Music at Colorado Christian University.

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Christine Gaudreau
chorus master and guest conductor

Christine Gaudreau has served Ovation West Performing Arts since 2010. Today she is the organization’s Principal Musical Director and Conductor of the Evergreen Chorale and Altezza Chamber Choir. She has served as guest conductor for Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, Lamont School of Music, and is a member of the adjunct faculty of Denver University, and more.

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Jefferson Symphony
Orchestra

For 71 years, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra has made music thousands of people in and around Jefferson County have enjoyed. What motivates our ensemble also motivates those who attend — a love of great music. Our symphony series and edcational programs add a new dimension of awareness, enrichment, and engagement to music-loving audiences.

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Also of interest

Our venue — welcome to the Green Center in Golden

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The Green Center on Colorado School of Mines campus houses a Grand Lobby, two lecture halls, and its newly renovated auditorium with an extravagant concert stage for concert productions 

As the largest auditorium in Jefferson County, the Green Center accommodates 1,400 patrons in upholstered retracting theater seats and offers a perfect acoustic experience for live music. 

Jeffco students receive free tickets all season

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Our concerts are free for Jeffco school students! Enjoy a symphonic experience with your students or family — read more from JSO.

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