Check out this write up on the Extasis NYC performance at the Ukrainian Institute of America.
Thank you Kyle Walker and Stephanie Sugars for the piece!
Claude Sim, Dan Schwindt, and Bijoux Barbosa played an exciting set at Breckenridge Colorado Craft brewery in Lower Downtown. Beethoven & Brews is a Colorado Symphony fundraising event that features CSO musicians in chamber music settings, all in support of the world class CSO.
Alternative rock band Guster invites Claude to jam on their encore, "Jesus On The Radio".
July 2013 – (Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO) Claude Sim joined the legendary Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes in an improvised rendition of Russian Lullaby, the Irving Berlin tune made immensely popular by Jerry Garcia. Check out a fan's YouTube clip of the performance below.
(May 3, 2013) Claude Sim and banjo master Béla Fleck performed a duet together at the Colorado Symphony's Inside The Score series concert. The duo played an improvisatory jam of Fleck's never released previously.
The state's premier professional orchestra is making more efforts to reach and engage communities outside the Denver area. Having played programs at various Front Range locations over the summer, the CSO comes to Boulder at the conclusion of its tour. The city's "seasonal" concert venue is thus an appropriate choice, although the "shift" to Macky Auditorium already happens the previous evening with the Boulder Philharmonic's season opener.
The orchestra's visit to Boulder actually does have a close connection to the local ensemble: One of the works on the Chautauqua program is "Lyric for Strings" by African-American composer George Walker, father of Boulder Phil concertmaster Gregory Walker.
CSO resident conductor Scott O'Neill, who directs the afternoon of all-American classical music, came to know Walker's music through the composer's sister, who taught piano performance at Oberlin College in Ohio.
"I introduced myself and told him how much I enjoyed his music," O'Neill said. "He is a great man and a national treasure. I relish the chance to play his music, which doesn't get the credit it deserves."
The concert also features the beloved "Violin Concerto" by Samuel Barber, played by associate concertmaster Claude Sim, whom O'Neill describes as "one of the stars in our orchestra."
Also on the program is Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait," a patriotic and political tone poem for orchestra with spoken narration. Leonard Barrett Jr. will handle those duties.
O'Neill expressed great enthusiasm for another portion of the concert, "Variations on America" by the country's most enigmatic composer, Charles Ives. "He originally wrote the piece for theater organ," O'Neill said. "The orchestration approximates this sound, and it quite literally has 'all the bells and whistles.' "
The conductor says that it is a lighthearted but patriotic piece that not many people will have heard it. "Once they do, they'll like it as much as we do," he said.
About the community outreach program, O'Neill said that while the orchestra is happy to have people from around the Front Range go to Boettcher Concert Hall, it is also important to bring the music to them once in a while. "We're going to be all over Boulder while we're there," he said.
The concert's "American Fanfare" theme was chosen in anticipation of the November presidential election. The program will also be performed in Denver at the Newman Center on Sept. 25.
In anticipation of the Presidential Debate held on October 3rd, 2012, the Colorado Symphony partners with the Newman Center at University of Denver to present "American Fanfare", a program featuring all-American composers. Claude Sim will be the violin soloist performing Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto with the CSO.
Claude Sim makes a guest appearance on DeVotchKa's latest studio album, 100 Lovers. Check out this remarkable music video of The Man from San Sebastian.
On July 15-16, 2011, Claude will be playing first violin with the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra during their annual summer residency in Vail, Colorado. The program includes Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss, the perennial favorite Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, Beethoven Symphony No. 1, and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe.
February 14, 2011 (7:30pm) Bill Heard Theater Extasis will perform in Columbus, Georgia with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Don't miss this opportunity to hear the ensemble's new arrangements with orchestra.