Jun 2, 2011

Free for All Summer Symphony: A Celebration of Charles Ansbacher and Bee Vradenburg

Sept. 9 | 7 p.m.
FREE 
Monument Valley Park, just west of the FAC

Featuring the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs with the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, this free outdoor concert is supported by a grant from the Charles Ansbacher Foundation, along with additional funding from the Bee Vradenburg Foundation.

In 2010, the Community in Unison concert, featuring the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and singers from the Gospel Music Workshop of America, was the first recipient of the $10,000 Art Creates Community grant from the Bee Vradenburg Foundation and the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado.  

“This gale-force performance by both the choir and the orchestra … was profound and exhilarating … it brought together not-so-different communities for a powerful experience.”
-- The Gazette

The chamber music virtuosity combined with the explosive energy of a gospel choir packed the First United Methodist Church. Gazette Arts Writer Tracy Mobley-Martinez singled out the event as the 2011 “Best of the Springs” Best Concert, writing, “This concert did what it promised: it brought together not-so-different communities for a powerful experience.”

This free, non-ticketed outdoor concert will be held in honor of Charles Ansbacher, former music director of the Springs Symphony Orchestra, and Bee Vradenburg, the symphony’s former general manager. Together the pair organized several summer concerts, including the “Fabulous Fourth” orchestral concerts in Memorial Park. 

Details:
  • All Seating is Free!
  • Bring blankets or low chairs (shorter than 26 inches) to sit on and enjoy inspirational music under heavenly Colorado Skies
  • Delicious picnic box dinners and concessions (menu) on the lawn will be available from Blue Sage Catering at affordable prices. Click here to pre-order a box dinner
  • A Prix Fixe five-course fundraising dinner by the renowned Amuz√© at the FAC executive chef Bill Sherman with seating on the Fine Arts Center balcony is available at $60 ($15 tax-deductible donation) For reservation call 719.477.4377 ( menu details)

Fine Art Center Galleries will be open and free to the public in honor of the
civic legacy of Charles Ansbacher and Bee Vradenburg

Click Here to Read and HEAR about the historic Community in Unison Concert

 Your donations to help support this event are welcome (donate)
Additional Concert Sponsors
Inasmuch Foundation
Colorado Creative Industries
J. H. Edmondson Foundation
Pikes Peak Community Foundation-Fund for the Arts
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

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