Happy Hour Chamber Concerts

Welcome to Happy Hour Chamber Concerts. We present short programs of really good chamber music in an informal setting. All programs (60-75 minutes with no intermission) will be in the intimate and very pleasant sanctuary at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 790 South Corona Street, Denver on Fridays at 6 p.m. Light refreshments are available.

What people are saying.

"that was a wonderful concert - it seems the perfect format too. The timing was great too - we were able to go out after the concert, instead of having to rush through a dinner to make it in time"

"enjoyed reading the program notes in advance online, and not having to read while the performer was playing"

"We are sooooooo happy that the concert was such a success - we salute you ! "

"What a wonderful venue - the Cadmus Ensemble concert was fabulous !"

“there are plenty of reasons to be happy about the fledgling Happy Hour Chamber Concerts …the music is long on substance and the programs well thought out…a great option for people who want a musical warm-up before a nice dinner on the town…." Mark Rinaldi, Denver Post


Online tickets for the Lunbeck/Mathys concert are now available through PayPal from our website. Adult tickets are $13; Senior and higher ed student tickets are $11; and as always 18 and under are free. These prices are only available online. Ticket prices at the door will be $2 more. Online sales end at noon on the day of concert. Hurray and take advantage of this special pricing.

Dear Fans of Happy Hour! It’s hard to believe that we will be opening our FOURTH SEASON of Happy Hour Chamber Concerts. And what a season it will be! Full of top shelf performers playing and singing some meltingly beautiful early music (ca. 1750 & before) by brilliant composers; some familiar, some not. We have three concerts booked already with a possible fourth, promising a bigger season than ever before.

We’ll maintain our super casual ambiance with some wine or sparkling water and light snacks to begin. Just the thing to help you unwind on a Friday afternoon (and one Wednesday, as noted below). We start promptly at 6 and end as close to 7 as we can, so you’ll have time for your own adventures after.

HHCC concerts return to the exquisite and intimate space of Epiphany Lutheran Church, 790 S. Corona (at Ohio) in Denver. It’s a central location, just west of Washington Park, convenient to all parts of the city and surrounds.

You won’t hear these programs anywhere else in Denver Metro, so don’t miss out. Performer bios, programs, and details all appear on the website. Pre-performance, discounted tickets are available on the website up until concert morning. Ticket prices at the door are a bit higher. So, bring friends, come early to refresh and converse, refill your glass; then get comfortable and let the music do the rest! Be sure to check the website often for news and updates. And most importantly, THANK YOU for your support and for spreading the word!

Friday, 20th November 2015, 6 p.m.
ANN MARIE MORGAN, baroque cellist and violas da gambist

Happy Hour Chamber Concerts is happy to present the string artistry of internationally acclaimed ANN MARIE MORGAN. There is nothing quite like the warmth of Ann Marie’s playing. When you pair with friends, nibbles, and a glass of wine—a perfect prelude to the evening.

Ann Marie Morgan

Ciaccona from Sei Solo a Violino senza Basso
accompagnato (Partita No. 2 in D Minor)……………Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750 (Transcribed for Viola da Gamba by Ann Marie Morgan)

“Rosebuds Dancing” for Viola da Gamba
and electronics………………John Drumheller, John Dowland, Ann Marie Morgan

Suite IV in Eb for Unaccompanied Violoncello………J.S. Bach
Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Bourrées I &II, Gigue

Notes on the Program for November 20, 2015

When I was a young girl growing up in a Chicago suburb my older sister began to study classical guitar. One of my favorite pieces to listen to from her LP entitled Julian Bream Plays Bach was the “Chaconne” (ciaconna). I had no idea at the time that it has been written for violin originally and, by the first time I heard it performed on violin, the recorded performance of Mr. Bream was indelibly imprinted in my aural memory. The potential of the best of both worlds (the bowed and the plucked) became apparent several decades later – why not make a transcription for solo bass viola da gamba? The viol evolves out of the Spanish guitar (vihuela), is fretted and is most often bowed. After each of my several performances of this piece in recent years I have reworked sections in attempt to come up with the most violistically idiomatic settings possible. I would like to thank my instrument, Zoe, for being most instructive in this process!

The second piece on the program had its debut last May in Denver. The work, entitled "Rosebuds Dancing”, is a piece written for and dedicated to me by Colorado composer John Drumheller. A collaboration of both the composer and performer, Drumheller's contribution is a fixed media electronic backdrop with materials taken exclusively from my recording of the song "Among Rosebuds" by Nicholas Lanier (from the album by that same title on Centaur Records). The dance flanks and is interwoven into a lengthy lament over which I interject phrases from John Downland's "Lachrimae" in live performance on the viol. I find it fascinating that the historical practice of taking a familiar tune and composing or improvising around it is approached differently here – and, in fact, that the “reworking” precedes the interjection of the famous tune!

How can one resist programming a Bach unaccompanied suite for cello? Bach’s key choice of Eb for the fourth suite is the least “cello friendly” of the six suites. Nevertheless, it is well worth the added struggle to bring forth its glory. For me as a performer what often occurs as I work towards presenting such a multiple-movement piece is that a programmatic element reveals itself to me. Usually I keep this story line to myself, letting it assist me in the delivery of the piece to an audience. Because of the unique opportunity that the Happy Hour Concerts provides for us to share with you, the audience, in writing, I am going to break with tradition and reveal my “inner story” for the suite:

Prelude – Mindfulness, conscious breathing, being in the moment. Intermittent worry.
Allemande – Walking meditation
Courante – Animals frolic
Sarabande – Old age
Bourrées I & II – Children play/battle
Gigue – Celebration of LIFE dance – return to self.

Ann Marie Morgan 10/19/15

Wednesday*, 23rd March 2016, 6 p.m.
Lorna Peters, harpsichordist
Jubal Fulks, violinist

Happy Hour Chamber Concerts is fortunate to present the Baroque duo sensation Corde à vide, an early music ensemble described widely as “fiery”. You will be introduced to some wonderful composers you don’t hear every day. It promises to be a gem.

Lorna Peters

Jubal Fulks

Program details coming soon!

*NOTE: In a rare departure, we scheduled this concert on Wednesday owing to artist availability and venue constraints during Holy Week. We hope you find that Happy Hour can be equally engaging on Wednesdays, too!

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