Englewood Arts Presents to start season with chamber music

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“Chamber Music of the Masters,” the 2013-14 classical music series presented by Englewood Arts Presents, will open at 2 p.m. Oct. 5 with a benefit for the Up Close and Musical ensemble, UCAM, a local nonprofit that offers concerts to area elementary-school children who might not otherwise have an opportunity to experience professional concerts.

Eric Bertoluzzi is founder and conductor and musicians are primarily from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, where cellist Bertoluzzi was a member for 40 years until his retirement this year. He also heads Englewood Arts Presents.

The concert season will showcase Colorado Symphony members and other professional area musicians in a smaller ensemble chamber music repertoire in Hampden Hall, in the Englewood Civic Center.

The opening concert will honor Penny and Joe Shoemaker. They founded the Helen Marie Black Music Education Fund, dedicated to engaging young people throughout the Denver area in the world of music, both performance and education. The fund has provided annual support to UCAM for more than a decade until Penny’s passing, when the endowment was transferred to UCAM so its mission could continue and expand.

The Oct. 5 program will include Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” (chamber version) and George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” performed by the Shoemakers’ talented son, pianist Jeff Shoemaker.

Future concerts are planned on Oct. 19, Nov. 23, Jan 18, Feb. 15, March 15, April 26 and May 17, including four with the Ainomae Ensemble.

Also offered on Friday nights: Starlight Rhythms, featuring pops, rock, blues and jazz: Oct. 18 (That Damn Sasquatch); Nov. 15; Dec. 20; Feb. 14; March 14; May 16.

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