In April 2011, CU College of Music alumna Beth Rosbach (MM Cello Performance 2004) started a new Colorado based conductorless string chamber orchestra called Sphere Ensemble. The inspiration for the group came from a self-conducted performance by the string sections of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Rosbach knew that there was a select group of talented musicians in the Denver metro area that could perform superbly in that exact configuration, and after three years of dreaming was able to gather those musicians together for the group’s debut.
Sphere Ensemble has the goal of becoming a permanent fixture in Colorado’s music scene. The group strives to perform great music from multiple styles and genres, and engage audiences with the on-stage communication and camaraderie that radiates from a quality self-directed group. Sphere’s distinctive approach and energetic music-making brings in audience members who wouldn’t normally attend a typically classical music ensemble concert. Nine of Sphere’s thirteen musicians are College of Music graduates.
Sphere gave its first set of performances in April 2011 and is now launching a 2011-2012 concert season:
Saturday, November 5, 2011, 7:30pm
First United Methodist Church of Boulder, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder
Performing works by Brahms, Arensky, Puccini, Hovhaness, Shostakovich, and CU Professor Jeffrey Nytch
Friday, January 27, 2012, 7:30pm
Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield
Performing a mix of classical, jazz, rock, and some surprises! Experience a completely different take on string playing.
Sunday, March 4, 2012, 3pm
Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E Hampden, Denver (Cherry Hills Village)
Performing works by Mendelssohn, Part, and others TBD
For more information about these performances and how to purchase tickets for them, visit the Sphere Ensemble website.