Rick's Interview with Denver Brass

Wednesday, January 9th

Listen to Rick's Interview with The Denver Brass as they Presents: Rhapsody in Brass

January 12, 2019 at 7:30pm

Ticket HERE

At The Ellie Caulkins Opera House at Denver Performing Arts Complex

Personnel requirements are – only brass and percussion players of extreme talent, extreme passion and enthusiasm, and extreme love and respect of all humanity. Because we all share these traits, we have a powerful synergy directed at the creation of music that speaks to our Colorado public, music of all styles with extreme depth and breadth of emotion – from inspiration and joy to discovery and tears.

Not only will you hear our unique original big band version of “Rhapsody in Blue,” with acclaimed NY soloist Steven Mayer, but you’ll also experience Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble’s original choreography to Leonard Bernstein’s sizzling “Three Dance Episodes” from the movie “On the Town,” which is set in NY City. AND, we’ve just completed a new music video of Colorado composer Charles Denler’s “Altitude 5280,” so we’re going to include this fantastic work along with a wonderful tribute piece to Aaron Copland.

The easiest way to get tickets is to purchase them online. The ticketing for this concert is being done through AXS, and the webpage you need to go to is: www.axs.com/events/356690.

You can learn more about the program and our guests on our website, denverbrass.org, or you can call the Denver Brass office at 303-832-HORN(4676).


Writes Bernstein, “It seems only natural that dance should play a leading role in the show On the Town, since the idea of writing it arose from the success of the ballet Fancy Free. ... The story of On the Town is concerned with three sailors on 24-hour leave in New York, and their adventures with the monstrous city which its inhabitants take so for granted.”

The first episode is Dance of the Great Lover, in which the romantic sailor Gabey falls asleep on the subway and dreams of sweeping Miss Turnstiles off her feet; the effervescent music underlines Gabey’s naiveté as well as his determination.

In the second episode, Pas de Deux, Gabey watches a scene, “both tender and sinister, in which a sensitive high-school girl in Central Park is lured and then cast off by a worldly sailor.” This is set to Lonely Town – one of Bernstein’s greatest tunes, worthy of his friend and mentor Aaron Copland in its air of reflective melancholy.

The finale, Times Square Ballet is described by Bernstein as “a more panoramic sequence in which all the sailors congregate in Times Square for their night of fun.” Part of the action takes place in the Roseland Dance Palace, with music to match. The famous “New York, New York, it’s a helluva town” theme makes a cameo appearance.​