The Playground Ensemble, comprised primarily of former graduates of Lamont School of Music (Univ. of Denver), will give a free concert at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14. The setting is the "Dikeou Collection," an art installation situated inside downtown Denver's Colorado Building at 1615 California Street (Suite 515).
The group emphasizes the performance of late 20th century classical music, with a surprising number of pieces in their repertoire composed by its members.
Thursday's program, which is the final public event of the Ensemble's 2008-'09 season, features music intended to complement several works of art (on display as part of the Dikeou Collection) by Honduran artist Paul Ramirez Jonas. In keeping with the musical group's penchant for avant garde presentations, the program includes "sound and video, improvisations inspired by the art, something loosely related to 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic,' and some electronic mayhem."
Joining Playground regulars Conrad Kehn (composer, vocalist, digital manipulator), Megan Buness (soprano), Rebekah Durham (violin), Richard von Foerster (cello) and Mark "Mouse" Clifford (vibes), will be "Denver's premier audio-visual combo," itchy-o.
A weird, yet wonderful time is promised for all!