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Two Roads | Colorado Arts Photographer

Some of the coolest parts of last summer’s Breckenridge International Art Festival were the trail performances. Along a few trails were art installation, often made out of the woods themselves. Throughout the festival, musicians would come and perform in the woods near the art installations. The Breckenridge International Art Festival is hosted in Breckenridge each August. They did such an incredible job combining various artforms together and with the stunning nature the town is known for. From acrobatic dance pieces to giant dinosaurs in the streets, there was an incredible variety of art at this festival.

We hiked up a mountain just outside of town to get to this spot, just in time for a live show. On the way up, we passed bikers and got some great views of the town below. We know we had made it because we could see the bright red of Konstantin Dimopoulos’s outdoor installation, “Two Roads,” through the trees.

From the festival’s website, Dimopoulos’s piece “is composed of branches collected from the forest floor, repurposed into chair-like structures. The skeletal quality of the frames provokes contemplation of negative space, or what is seemingly missing, while the branches, colored red, produce a vibrant contrast to the natural forest. The installation is both playful and thought provoking.”

We were then treated to a guitar performance by a local musician before hiking back down into town for some beignets, the perfect post hike food, at The Lost Cajun. Being serenaded in the woods, surrounded by nature and art is pretty incredible. I think if this were part of every hike, I would probably get way more exercise!

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Family Day Part 2 | Colorado Performing Arts Photographer

Opera Colorado puts on a ton of awesome events to get kids excited about the opera. One of the biggest events they host is Family Day. On Family Day, kids and their parents come to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to watch a show and do crafts relating to the story. The shows are all abridged, kid-friendly, English language versions of classic operas and there is a Q&A session after each show.

Family Day is a big event so I split it into two blogs. This show was the Elixir of Love. It a great show about love potions and conniving salesman and it has the perfect mix of humor and drama. The kids made their own elixirs of love and colored some root beer kegs. Part of this opera takes place in a bar so to make it kid friendly, the bar in this version only served root beer! The show was followed by a question and answer session and then the kids got to come up to look at the set and take pictures with the Young Artists. They loved playing with the costumes and props.

Opera Colorado’s season is officially over. That means the Young Artists are off on their own again, and the halls of the Ellie won’t be filled with singing voices for a while. I get to meet the new Young Artists in September and then the first opera of the season is in November. Next season brings another exciting line up of three unique operas! The season opens with La Bohème, the opera that inspired the Broadway musical and then movie, Rent. Then in January, there will be a world premier of Steal A Pencil for Me, a true story about two people who fall in love in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. The season will end with Falstaff, a tale of greed, seduction, and buffoonery

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Naropa’s Homeness | Boulder Theater Photography

Homeness was a beautiful, ethereal show centered around the spaces in the home. The play was born from a five day silent writing retreat that the Naropa students went on. When they returned from the trip, they compiled their different material into one cohesive piece of theater. Each scene took place in a different room of the house and told a different story about shelter, belonging, memories, and love.

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Cast/Creators

Rebecca Buckley
Landin Melendez
Gabriela Petrov
Ashley Rice
Madelyn Rose Robinson
Chie Saito
Kristin Marie Stelter
Annabel Turrado
K. Woodzick

Crew

Technical Director/Light Designer: Shevek Majors-Peer
Stage Manager: Michael Blendermann
Assistant Stage Manager: Emma Quarterman
Light Board Operator: Karen Cruz
Sound Board Operator: Cameron MacAlpine
Electrics and Staging: Brandon Thomas, Todd Bilsborough, Leo Soula-Hutchison, Jake Cacciatore

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Jordan Sawyer & The Fifth Star | Denver Concert Photography

I had so much fun playing concert photographer for Jordan Sawyer and The Fifth Star. While I do a lot of performing arts photography, I rarely get the chance to photograph a band. Jordan got this session as a present from his mom (because his mom is a genius!) and he was so excited to finally have professional photos.

If you have a friend or relative who’s a performing artist, consider getting them a photo session as a gift. As artists, it can be hard to find the money to hire a professional, but those photos can mean so much to them. Plus, it shows that you value their art which is probably the highest honor an artist can receive from someone close to them.

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In addition to photographing the concert, we also did a few band photos in the alley behind the bar. We had so much fun with these photos and they look like total badasses, don’t they!?

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Opera Colorado’s The Scarlet Letter | Colorado Opera Photographer

One of the most amazing things so far about being a Colorado opera photographer, has been witnessing the development of a world premier. The Scarlet Letter was in the works for over five years! The book we all read in high school had never before been made into an opera. It took an incredible team of people at Opera Colorado to bring the show together, from the ground up. After seeing the full performance, I photographed the Student Matinee. This version was altered for a younger audience of students from all over the state and it was performed by the fantastic Opera Colorado Young Artists.

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William Lee Bryan and Charles Eaton

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Benjamin Werley and Emily Louise Robinson

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Opera Colorado Chorus

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Emily Louise Robinson

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William Lee Bryan

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Emily Louise Robinson

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Emily Louise Robinson, Benjamin Werley, and William Lee Bryan

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Charles Eaton, Hazel Kachline, and Kyle Erdos Knapp

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Benjamin Werley

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William Lee Bryan and Benjamin Werley

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Danielle Lombardi and Benjamin Werley

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Benjamin Werley and Danielle Lombardi

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Benjamin Werley and Danielle Lombardi

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Benjamin Werley

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Hazel Kachline

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Emily Louise Robinson and Hazel Kachline

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Benjamin Werley and Emily Louise Robinson

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Benjamin Werley and Emily Louise Robinson

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Opera Colorado Chorus

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Benjamin Werley and the Opera Colorado Chorus

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Hazlel Kachline, Emily Louise Robinson, William Lee Bryan, and Benjamin Werley

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Emily Louise Robinson, Benjamin Werley, and Hazel Kachline

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Emily Louise Robinson, Benjamin Werley, and Hazel Kachline

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Opera by Lori Laitman
Libretto by DAvid Mason
Conductor: Ari Pelto
Stage Director: Jordan Braun
Chorus Master: John Baril
Scenic Design: Erhard Rom
Lighting Design: Robert Wierzel and Amith Chandrashaker
Projection Design: Topher Blair
Costume Design: Ann Piano
Wig and Makeup Design: Ronell Oliveri
Accompanist: Alaina DeBelleview
Young Artist Director: Cherity Koepke

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Sirens Fury Playlist | Colorado Theater Photographer

Last month, I photographed two theater performances for Naropa University’s School of the Arts. This show, Sirens Fury Playlist, was directed by Stephanie Wilbert and Leslie Grasa. With classic rock hits, drama, dancing, singing, and giant stuffed teddy bears, it was not a show to be missed!

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Leslie Grasa and Stephanie Wilbert

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Top left: Leslie Grasa and Stephanie Gilbert. Top right: China Young, Leslie Grasa, Nathan Logan, and Stephanie Gilbert. Bottom: China Young, Stephanie Wilbert, Leslie Grasa, and Nathan Logan

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Left: Nathan Logan and Leslie Grasa. Top right: Leslie Grasa and Stephanie Wilbert. Bottom right: Stephanie Gilbert, Leslie Grasa, and China Young

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Left: Stephanie Gilbert, Leslie Grasa, and China Young. Right: China Young, Nathan Logan, and Stephanie Gilbert

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Top left: China Young and Stephanie Wilbert. Top right: Leslie Grasa. Bottom: China Young, Stephanie Wilbert, Leslie Grasa, and Nathan Logan

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Colorado Opera Photographer | Family Day Part 2

Opera Colorado has a so many awesome kid’s events throughout the year. As a Colorado opera photographer, I love being able to see kids engage in the arts and start to fall in love with opera. Family Day was such a great event, that I had to break it into two parts. The second half of the event was Carmen, performed by the Young Artists. I love that the audience was on stage with the performers. The kids really got to feel like they were part of the action.

P.S. If you know the story of Carmen, don’t worry. This was a very toned down, kid-friendly version.

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Emily Louise Robinson and Benjamin Werley in Carmen

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Danielle Lombardi and Benjamin Werley in Carmen

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Emily Louise Robinson in Carmen

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Emily Louise Robinson and Benjamin Werley in Carmen

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Danielle Lombardi, William Lee Bryan, Benjamin Werley, Charles Eaton, and Emily Louise Robinson, in Carmen

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Alaina DeBellevue

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Danielle Lombardi, William Lee Bryan, and Benjamin Werley in Carmen

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William Lee Bryan and Danielle Lombardi in Carmen

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Danielle Lombardi and Benjamin Werley in Carmen

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Danielle Lombardi and Benjamin Werley in Carmen

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