Swing into Spring with great music this month at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events (PACE) Center. During the month of May, the PACE Center is hosting several fabulous music events ranging from rockin’ country music to intimate classical sounds.
Carmina Burana, Carl Orff’s spectacular masterpiece, is presented by the Colorado Wind Ensemble and the Arvada Chorale on May 18 at 7 p.m. Carmina Burana is one of the most invigorating, entertaining, easily heard and memorable musical creations of the 20th century. The powerful opening number, O Fortuna, an ode to the fickleness of fate, appears in commercials and dramatic film moments. This popular work celebrates the joys of life, love and nature in short movements of no more than three minutes each. The evening will be a lusty and lovely concert performance with a full choir joining the wind ensemble in the superb acoustics of the PACE Center Mainstage.
On May 19 at 7:30 p.m. see Jones & Raine, a progressive country act showcasing some of the hottest musicians in the Rocky Mountain region. Featuring both male and female vocals, the group is known for their excellent mix of Top 40 modern country and edgy originals, sprinkled with a few pop, rock and R&B numbers. Jones & Raine are featured Graystone Records recording artists with their CD release “Stitchin’ My Soul Back Together.”
Rocky Mountain Brassworks brings big brass sound to the PACE Center Mainstage on May 20 at 2 p.m. Denver’s only authentic brass band will Swing into Spring with favorite big band selections from Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey, as well as a “Touch of Gershwin.” Among other energetic and toe-tapping selections is the audience favorite “Swingin’ Yanks.”
Rounding out the PACE Center’s Classical Music Series presented by KeyBank is The Confluence String Quartet on May 31 at 7:30 p.m. Now in their fourteenth year, the high-energy quartet will treat audiences to Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76, No. 3 “Emperor,” Leos Janacek’s Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters” and Peter Tschaikovsky’s Quartet in D Major, Op. 11. Featuring Rene Knetsch and Lynne Glaeske on violin, Donald Schumacher on viola and Richard vonFoerster on cello, don’t miss the chance to hear these skillful performers in an intimate setting.
Tickets for all shows are available at www.PACEcenteronline.org, 303.805.6800 or at the PACE Center Box Office at 20000 Pikes Peak Ave. in downtown Parker.