Tales from the Sea

Saturday, April 7, 2018―7:30 PM
Vance Brand Civic Auditorium
Elliot Moore, conductor
Sarah Barber, mezzo-soprano

MENDELSSOHN  The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)   |  listen
ELGAR  Sea Pictures
   Sarah Barber, mezzo-soprano
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV   Scheherazade    |  listen

Each work on the program tells a story relating to one of our most precious resources – water. The first half recounts the individual’s experiences and feelings towards water including its beauty, temptations, symbolism, and dangers. Within the epic stories of Scheherazade are her accounts of adventures on the high seas. Join us for “Tales from the Sea.”




Adult – $25; Senior (60+)/Active Military – $22; Student (12-18 yrs) – $5; Child (11 and under) – Free

Free pre-concert talk with Elliot Moore—6:30 PM in the Commons area


LSO Afterglow Party

Please join us directly following the concert at Bin 46 Wine Bar & Restaurant (600 Longs Peak Ave., Suite H) for happy hour food & drink specials, including an LSO “Wine of Note” – $1 from every Wine of Note glass ordered will be donated back to the Longmont Symphony.

About Sarah Barber

Acclaimed for her artistry and refined characterizations, mezzo-soprano Sarah Barber appears regularly on operatic and concert stages across North America. Opera News lauds her as a “richvoiced, imaginative artist” and a “major find” [May 2009]. Recent engagements included Mama McCourt in The Ballad of Baby Doe [Central City Opera], Madame de Croissy in Dialogues of the Carmelites [Eklund Opera -guest artist), Handel’s Messiah [Stratus Chamber Orchestra], Verdi’s Missa di Requiem [Jefferson Symphony], Jenkins’ The Armed Man [Larimer Chorale], and Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis [Larimer Chorale].

Ms. Barber has performed with many notable companies such as Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, West Bay Opera, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Opera Ft. Collins, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Colorado Music Festival, the Black Hills Symphony, the Boulder Symphony, and the Arapahoe Philharmonic. Favorite operatic appearances include the title role in Carmen, Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Die Hexe in Hänsel und Gretel. Her extensive concert work includes Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony, Duruflé’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Respighi’s Il Tramonto, and Barber’s Dover Beach.

A champion of new music, Sarah recently premiered Robert Spillman’s An Emily Dickinson Notebook, a 16-song cycle for mezzo, flute, and piano, realized the role of Harriet in Leanna Kirchoff’s award winning opera The Clever Artifice of Harriet and Margaret, and premiered Alexandra Eddy’s one-woman chamber opera Arion. Ms. Barber’s abundant awards include two-time Metropolitan Opera Competition Regional Finalist, three-time finalist in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild’s Competition, winner of the 1999 Ekstrand Graduate Competition (CU-Boulder), and 1998 Ft. Dodge (IA) Symphony Young Artist Competition winner. She was an apprentice with Des Moines Metro Opera (1999) and Central City Opera (2000) and holds a Master of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa, where she was honored as a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Kappa Delta Pi. Ms. Barber also performs and tours regularly with the Central City Opera Ensemble and has served on the voice faculties of the University of Colorado Boulder, Denver School of the Arts, and Front Range Community College.