Baroque Chamber Orchestra presents Cross-Currents the musical journey of the ciaconna from Latin America to Europe

Thurs. Nov. 11 at 7:00 pm 

Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2999 S Colorado Blvd., Denver 

Sat. Nov. 13 at 7:30 pm  — Live or Livestream

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood 

Livestream Tickets $22, details at

 “I’m excited to share this new program called Cross-Currents, with rarely performed Baroque music from Latin America and Europe. We will cross the continents together with some enchanting melodies and rhythms…and share the intriguing stories behind the music!” Frank Nowell, Artistic Director

A delightful evening of rousing music and engaging stories, sailing on melodies from Latin America to Europe, this chamber concert will follow the melodious adventures of the ciaconna from the streets of Latin America to Vivaldi in Italy. 

  • Featuring Vivaldi’s Concerto for Strings in C Major, Murcia’s guitars, and Falconieri
  • Martin Davids, Concertmaster, presents his new arrangement of Tomaso Vitali’s Chaconne, bringing it back to its Baroque roots. 
    • More on Davids
  • A new composition (a Colorado premiere*) by Jonathan Woody, inspired by the work of Ignacius Sancho. Woody, an acclaimed bass-baritone and a highly regarded composer, has performed across the globe.  Hear the amazing journey of Ignatius Sancho, a Black British composer born on a slave ship.
  • Musical treasures from Latin America, re-discovered, curated and arranged by Bolivian violinist and scholar, Karin Cuéllar Rendón. 

“The chacona was a sexily swirling dance that appeared in South America at the end of the sixteenth century and quickly spread to Europe, becoming popular both in the elite courts and in the general population.” Alex Ross, music critic of The New Yorker

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado is a next-generation ensemble dedicated to bringing the joy of live Baroque music to Colorado audiences. Our mission is to enhance our community and enrich lives through artistic excellence, changing the way we experience the world. BCOC plays an important role in Colorado’s performing arts scene and is a recognized trailblazer in the field of historically inspired performance, both locally and nationally. 

“Artistic vision, authenticity and devotion. These qualities come to mind again and again in listening to the spot-on music-making of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.”   The Denver Post

“The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado has earned a place among Denver’s most exciting and adventuresome classical ensembles.”   The Denver Post

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado… has built a national reputation as a first-rate period-instrument ensemble.” EMAg 1/2019, a publication of Early Music America


*Initially commissioned by Handel & Haydn Society 2021.

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