Personal Summary / Bio
Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado (2005)
Frank Nowell, Founder and Artistic Director (+1-303-588-3418, ad@BCOColorado.org)
Cynthia Miller Freivogel, Leader
PO Box 200098, Denver, CO, 80220, +1-303-889-1012
The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado is a period-instrument ensemble bringing to Colorado audiences the musical riches and spirit of improvisation of the 17th and 18th centuries. BCOC was founded in the fall of 2005, and has quickly established itself as a unique and exciting presence on the Colorado arts scene. Praised for playing that is “fresh, passionate and wonderfully alive” (The Denver Post, which selected BCOC as the 2010 Ensemble of the Year) and for “vitality, solid musicianship and warmth of sound” (Rocky Mountain News), the orchestra is led by harpsichordist Frank Nowell and violinist Cynthia Miller Freivogel.
Performing mostly without a conductor, the orchestra’s core musicians include players from Colorado and from around the US. BCOC’s concert season includes five to six engaging programs performed in various venues throughout the metropolitan Denver area, Boulder, and the Rocky Mountain region. Performances sometimes feature guest instrumentalists and vocalists – with a focus on emerging talent in the national early-music scene – and collaborations with other performing-arts organizations such as St. Martin’s Chamber Choir.
In addition to its subscription concert series, the orchestra is committed to an educational program focusing on three key areas: 1) developing musicians through workshops, mentoring and apprenticeship, 2) introducing young student musicians (middle-school and high-school age) to period instruments and Baroque style in the BCOC Youth Ensemble, and 3) building the audience of the future.