An article posted Sunday (7/25) on his blog Opus Colorado, pianist and scholar Robin McNeil writes, “The former Niwot Timberline orchestra, under the leadership of conductor Devin Hughes, is going through some big changes. They have changed their name to the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, and they have changed their venue from Niwot High School to the First Presbyterian Church in Boulder. I have heard the Niwot Timberline Orchestra perform before, but it was nothing like the performance I heard Saturday night in Boulder. True, the performance on Saturday was not the full orchestra. It was the woodwinds, horns, and contrabass performing a concert of all woodwind ensemble music. Even so, I do not remember the woodwinds section of the old Niwot orchestra performing so well. The move to the First Presbyterian Church in Boulder will certainly have a profound influence on the orchestra. … And I am certainly eager to hear the entire orchestra now after hearing such vast improvement in the woodwinds.” The program included music of Richard Strauss, Mozart, and Stravinsky. “If this performance was any indication of what lies ahead for conductor Devin Hughes and the newly named Boulder Symphony Orchestra, then their future is bright indeed.”

Posted July 30, 2010