Colorado Chamber Orchestra Performs Winter Carnival - Revisiting Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals

Arvada CO - The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities’ Orchestra-in-Residence, the Colorado Chamber Orchestra (CCO) will perform Winter Carnival - Revisiting Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals in the Main Stage Theatre on Sunday, January 24, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. In addition to Saint-Saens’ musical composition Carnival of the Animals, the program includes the world premiere of a new movement for the Carnival by CCO Music Director Thomas A. Blomster titled DOG and the world premiere of Dr. Anne Guzzo’s new composition Carnival of the Microbes. Using the concepts and instrumentation of Carnival of the Animals Guzzo’s piece is based on her collaboration with microbiologist Dr. Naomi Ward. This interdisciplinary collaboration is one of many coming from the Ucross Pollination Project in Wyoming. With piano soloists Silvana Santinelli and Nikki Tsuchiya, the concert will also include actor Jonathan Farwell reading the poems of Ogden Nash, as well as poems that H. L. Hix wrote working with Dr. Ward. Projected watercolors by Yi-Ting Hsu and photos of microbes add a visual component to the concert. With engaging discussions and performances, this is the perfect concert for families and adults of all ages. Reserved single tickets are $30 or purchase the “Friends and Family” package – four tickets for $80. To purchase, call the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or online at The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd and provides convenient, free parking for its patrons.

About Colorado Chamber Orchestra and Music Director, Thomas A. Blomster
The Colorado Chamber Orchestra is the transformation of chamber groups serving Metro Denver since the 1990s. The orchestra’s founder and music director, Thomas A. Blomster, served as assistant conductor and timpanist for ten years with the Denver Chamber Orchestra.  He subsequently co-founded the Mercury Ensemble string orchestra, serving 11 successful seasons as the group’s music director and conductor. In their last two seasons, he struck up a promising collaboration with the Littleton Chorale and expanded the Mercury Ensemble into a full chamber orchestra. In 2007, Blomster founded the Colorado Chamber Orchestra around a nucleus of the state’s finest professional musicians. The Colorado Chamber Orchestra fulfills a unique artistic role as the metro area’s only fully professional chamber orchestra presenting fresh interpretations of the traditional masterpieces as well as edgier contemporary works. For more information go to

About Composer-in-Residence Dr. Anne Guzzo
Anne M. Guzzo is the 2015–2016 composer-in-residence for the Colorado Chamber Orchestra. She is an internationally performed composer and professor at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Research interests include the cartoon music of Carl W. Stalling, silent movie music, and musical absurdism. She was one of the featured artists in the 2015 documentary film, The Ucross Experiment, which detailed a two-year collaborative residency between artists and scientists at the Ucross Ranch near Sheridan, Wyoming. Her music was recently conducted by Gerard Schwarz and the University of Wyoming Collegiate Chorale and she was guest composer for the Choral Arts Institute in Los Angeles where her music was featured at their 2015 Beyond This World concert. Guzzo holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. For more information, go to  

About the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Since its opening in July 1976, the award-winning Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has grown to become one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers, devoted to all aspects of the arts and generously supported in part by the City of Arvada, the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and Colorado Creative Industries. For more information go to or call 720-898-7200.

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