Classically Alive  

Classically Alive presents 


(left to right, top/bottom: Robert Schumann, Lennox Berkeley, Piazzolla “Tango”, 
Beatles (Paul McCartney & John Lennon), Broadway “Ol’ Man River”)
“Summer Solstice Sextet”
  Gary Crow-Willard, baritone voice
Mark Gainer, oboe
Dave Stoller, French horn
Dorothy Crow-Willard, violin
Jim Bosse, guitar
Abe Minzer, piano

    Friday, June 23rd, 2017, 6:00 PM
    The Minzer/Schreuder Residence
     8 Broadmoor Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 

What a musical feast we have planned for June 23rd!!  Plus good food, drink and great company to add to the feast.  A colorful musical array awaits, presented by our six performers featuring baritone voice, oboe, French horn, violin, guitar, plus the magnificent Bechstein piano.  And the evening features many musical genres, a virtual world tour, with German and English classical music,  Argentine tango, hits from Broadway and the music of the Beatles.

Our program opens with selected songs from “Dichterliebe” (Poet’s Love) by Robert Schumann.  These tender songs, centered around love, are both intimate and deep, and epitomize Romantic feeling.  Next on the program is the major work of the evening, the Lennox Berkeley Trio for violin, horn and piano.  Why this incredible work is not played more often is a mystery to me, but a big thanks goes to hornplayer, Dave Stoller, for introducing us to this great work.  A lively first movement, is followed by a soulful, folk-like very British second movement.  The third/final movement is a set of musical variations.  These ten variations are quite the set of characters! - brilliant, playful, pensive, humorous, lyrical, and so on.  But wait, let’s hear some oboe and guitar. So we’ve got it, closing the first half, is a brilliant tango, 
Nightclub 1960, by the beloved Argentine composer, Astor Piazzolla.

On the second half we return to Schumann, this time with “Three Romances” for oboe and piano.  These “songs without words” on the subject of love will feature the beautiful sounds of Mark Gainer on the oboe, visiting us all the way from South Carolina!  Next, Gary Crow-Willard, will sing a trio of Broadway tunes- from the heart-felt “Ol’ Man River”, to the riotous “Les Poissons” from “The Little Mermaid”, to Tevye in “If I Were A Rich Man” from “Fiddler on the Roof”.  Gary is not only a musician, but an actively working theater and film actor.  You will enjoy seeing him on these numbers as well.  Closing our program, is a Beatles medley for oboe and guitar, arranged by Jim Bosse.  Jim will  explain how “Those Were The Days” (which will run through your head for days!) got into this Beatles medley.               

Bass-Baritone Gary Crow-Willard has been an opera singer, voice teacher and a musical, stage, film and voice-over actor.  After receiving his Master of Music in Performance from Yale, he taught voice at Wesleyan University and Trinity College and sang in several Connecticut and NYC venues.  Those included Die Kluge at the Manhattan Theatre Club, HMS Pinafore at Avery Fisher Hall with the Little Orchestra Society and, in Denver, the title role in Sweeney Todd at the Denver Civic Theatre and Fagin in Oliver for Performance Now!  As a film actor, Gary has been in the cast for “Openings: The Search for Harry” (2012), “Beneath Glass Trees” (2014), “Family Valued” (2010), and other full-length feature films.  In Colorado Springs, Gary sang Montano and Lodovico in Otello with the Rocky Mountain Opera and now enjoys singing for "Classics for Kids" outreach programs for KCME.

Oboist Mark Gainer is former principal oboist of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Savannah Philharmonic and co-principal of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra.  He holds degrees from The Hartt School and The Juilliard School of Music.  Besides performing with the Mexican State Symphony and the Filarmonica de Caracas, he has performed as principal oboist in various regional orchestras in the southeast, including the North Carolina and Savannah Symphony Orchestras.   As an active chamber musician, he has organized and performed in recitals all over the Americas and is a founding member of the Charleston Chamber Players. He has spent his summers participating in the Vale Veneto Festival (Brazil), the Colorado Music Festival, and was a soloist in the Spoleto Festival and Savannah Music Festival Chamber Music Series. He is a faculty member of the College of Charleston.  This is Mark’s third appearance with Classically Alive, and we are so glad that he is joining us all the way from South Carolina.

Hornplayer Dave Stoller, has been principal horn with the Colorado Springs Symphony, the Air Force Academy Band, The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, the Civic Orchestra of the Springs, the Little London Winds, and has served as adjunct principal horn with the Pueblo Symphony.  A versatile musician, he has worked as horn clinician/teacher in the Colorado Springs area, freelance/recording artist, and as chamber musician and soloist. Dave was principal horn for two opera companies in Colorado Springs, and you may still see him playing for the Rocky Mountain Opera Company.  Dave earned a  Bachelors degree is from the University of Wisconsin, studying horn with John Barrows.  His Masters degree is from University of Northern Colorado, studying horn with Dr. James Miller.  Dave also studied musicology at the doctoral level, and often performs on the natural horn, a period instrument of Mozart’s time.  As one of the founding members of Classically Alive from way back in 2006, it is always great to have Dave here again. 

Violinist Dorothy Crow-Willard, is an avid Colorado chamber musician.  Since 1990, she has been first violinist of Denver's Lark Quartet and concert master of the Orchestra at Montview, and for 16 years was concertmaster of the Centennial (now Denver) Philharmonic. While on the East Coast for several years, she was concertmaster for the Goodspeed Opera House, principal second violin of Orchestra New England and a first violinist in the New Haven Symphony.  She earned a B.A. in Music and German from Oberlin, an M.M. in Violin Performance from the Hartt School of Music and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.  For her last Classically Alive concert, she performed the Brahms Horn Trio with Dave Stoller and is delighted to join him again, along with Abe Minzer, in the Berkeley trio.

Guitarist/Composer Jim Bosse, began his music career performing in rock bands. A few of the musicians Jim performed with achieved great success in popular music, most notably, Billy Joel, who Jim performed with from 1962-7.  Jim’s interests gradually shifted to classical music. He studied with Colorado’s foremost guitarists including Charles Wolzein, David Honig, Ricardo Iznaola, Masa Ito and Alex Komodore. He has participated in over 30 master classes with many of the world’s greatest guitarists. Jim founded the Colorado Springs Guitar Society in 1986 and served as its first President. He taught guitar at Adams State College from 1995-7, and at the University of Southern Colorado from 1997-2000. He has performed over 300 concerts in North and South America, has produced 8 CDs and published 2 books of his compositions for guitar.

Pianist Abe Minzer earned a master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory, a doctorate in music at West Virginia University, and has taught at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. He plays concerts throughout the US, and has appeared as piano soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major with the Pittsburgh Symphony.  Abe Minzer teaches piano, music history and music theory at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Also, Dr. Minzer is on the faculty at Pikes Peak Community College where he teaches Private Piano, Group Piano, Music Theory, and serves as staff pianist/accompanist. Dr. Abe Minzer often performs works of living composers, including world premieres of compositions by Sylvia Hazlerig, Jorge Cardoso, Jim Bosse and Ofer Ben-Amots. For more information, please visit: For more information on  Abe Minzer - CDs, samples, reviews and comments, please visit:

Social Time - until around 6:30 then...

Summer Solstice Sextet

      Part 1
       Part 2

General Admission: $20  (Students: $10)
(“Not So Light” Refreshments and Drinks Provided!!)

For reservations/info: Contact or 229-2239
Please RSVP early - Space Is Limited

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Under the sponsorship of the Pikes Peak Arts Council, Classically Alive features diverse monthly house concerts, which include food, drink, and time for guests to socialize, and mingle with the musicians. 

At the venue, founder, director, and pianist, Dr. Abe Minzer performs along with many top musicians of the Pikes Peak region.  Additionally, Classically Alive hosts world-class visiting artists of national and international reputation, often as part of the Piano Masterworks series and through collaboration with the German arts organization, Weltklassik.  

Since its inception in 2006, Classically Alive has presented over 130 concerts featuring over 100 musicians.  The eclectic offerings include a wide range of classical, as well as contemporary, popular styles, jazz, and world music. 
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