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Chamber Music Fundraiser to Draw Fans in Boulder

March 13, 2012

BOULDER, Colo. - This Thursday, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra kicks off its spring season with a "Spring Serenade." The event is the orchestra's major fundraising gala, featuring music performed by renowned guitarist Alfredo Muro, flamenco dancers, and a charity auction with chances at everything from massage treatments, to a condo on the beach in Mexico, to a dinner prepared by Music Director Bahman Saless.

Saless says the gala is important because it helps the Chamber Orchestra keep ticket prices for their regular performances low, at just $25 each.

"We count on the generosity of people that can afford to pay more. We just don't ask them at the door when they come to the concert; we ask them at the door when they come to the gala."

The gala is being held at the Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery and Event Center March 15 at 6:30 p-m. Tickets are $65 in advance online at Boulder Chamber Orchestra.org, or $75 at the door.

One way they keep those costs low is by making music with fewer musicians. Saless explains that chamber orchestras have fewer than 40 people, compared to 65 or more in a traditional symphony orchestra.

"It's much more intimate, you know. You sit in a small room: like, generally, we perform in a church."

He says the chamber music experience gives a listener a chance to hear the music in an atmosphere closer to what the composer originally intended.

"Most of these Beethoven symphonies and Mozart symphonies, all of these things were written and performed for the first time in somebody's chamber. They were never performed in big concert halls."

He says the Boulder Chamber Orchestra hopes to raise $40,000 at this year's gala, about a third of its annual budget, which is just under $120,0000.

The Boulder Chamber Orchestra website is at www.boulderchamberorchestra.org

Kathleen Ryan, Public News Service - CO