Dec. 1 - Drums of the World, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Boettcher Concert Hall

Featuring: Steve Hearn, John Kinzie, Mike Tetreault, Eric Hollenbeck

​​BY JULIE FILBYDECEMBER 06, 2013 Children from Mount St. Vincent Home in northwest Denver were treated to a musical performance “Drums of the World” Dec. 1 at Boettcher Concert Hall, compliments of the Colorado Symphony. It was the first symphony experience for most of the children, and for some, it was a potential benefit to their development as well.“Because our kids come from homes where they experienced abuse or neglect, the vast majority of them have never been to a circus, parade, or even a high school play, much less a symphony concert,” explained Kirk Ward, clinical director. “Repetition and rhythm both stimulate brain development, so this concert in particular was beneficial to our children. Plus the experience of attending a cultural event like this was a real treat for the kids.”The treatment facility that serves children who suffer from abuse, neglect or mental illness—and has been run by Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth since 1883—received a gift of 20 tickets from the symphony. The event featured percussion musicians, who demonstrated various rhythms and syncopations using instruments from around the world.“I can’t believe how fast they can move their hands, and play, while holding four sticks!” one of the children attending responded.The symphony was delighted to welcome the children, according to Jerry H. Kern, CEO of the Colorado Symphony and co-chair of the board of trustees.“Music is so powerful, and healing,” he said. “We know these kids are never going to forget their first experience of seeing an orchestra live.”Mount St. Vincent is a leader in the application of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and trauma-informed care. The agency is one of only four organizations worldwide designated as a flagship site for NMT, as designated by the ChildTrauma Academy of Houston, Texas. Mount St. Vincent’s provides residential, day and in-home treatment; parent education, a kindergarten through eighth-grade school and a community early learning center. For more information, visit www.msvhome.org.

August - Grand Teton Music Festival

March 22, 23, 24 - Avner Dorman's double percussion concerto Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! performance with John Kinzie and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

John Kinzie and Steve Hearn in rehearsal for Avner Dorman's "Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!"


February 2013: Drum of the World in Salida, CO

Colorado Symphony Orchestra - www.coloradosymphony.org

Sunday, November 28: 2:30pm - Drums of the World - www.coloradosymphony.org
Presented by Colorado Symphony Orchestra  - The brilliant percussionists of the Colorado Symphony (and special guests) star in a program celebrating music from all corners of the world. Catch the beat and experience the thrill of live percussion. 
CSO’s percussionists include: 
William Hill (Principal Timpani), John Kinzie (Principal Percussion), Steve Hearn (Percussion, Assistant Principal Timpani) and Terry Smith (Percussion).


Nov. 2010 - CSO’s Drums of the World review.

Feb. 2010 - Avener Dorman’s double percussion concerto Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! performance at DU with John Kinzie.

​​Sunday, September 19: 5:00 p.m, Cherokee Ranch and Castle - www.cherokeeranch.org 
Master Percussionists, Presented by Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music 

July-Oct 2010 - Percussion Ensemble Coachings at Colorado State University


Aug. 2009 - Avener Dorman’s double percussion concerto Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! performance at Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music with Galen Lemmon. 

The finale of Avner Dorfman's Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! emerged as the festival's great applause machine, as the two superb percussionists Steve Hearn and Galen Lemmon pounded on their huge arsenal and the orchestra struggled to match their virtuosity. The best part of this multicultural mash-up is the evocative middle movement, where a jazz-influenced bass line complements a sinuous flute trio, while the percussionists burble along in imitation of Bachian counterpoint. - London Financial Times (Full Review)

The festival brings together an outstanding ensemble of players from around the country each summer, and Alsop found an opportunity to spotlight two of her expert players with Avner Dorman’s Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! This 2006 double-percussion concerto by the young Israeli composer, intended to evoke three kinds of alluring but dangerous substances, received an ace performance by principal percussionist Galen Lemmon and principal timpanist Steve Hearn. It’s a real showpiece for the players, covering a shared spread of solo instruments that looked to be about 30 feet across, and they rose to the occasion with virtuosic flair, as well as sensitivity, to elicit the maximum potential out of the piece. 
The music draws on Indian and Middle Eastern music, along with some substantial Baroque influences, yet manages to avoid a feeling of pastiche, and comes across as authentic and expressive. The slow middle movement, in particular, was unabashedly romantic, recalling both Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilieras and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. The solo writing had some especially fine passages for marimba duo, though the writing for paired drum kits was a bit less effective. - San Francisco Classical Voice 

​​Aug. 2009 - CU Boulder George Crumb Tribute 
Steve Hearn, guest percussionist from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, blows into a glass bottle during a dress rehearsal for the George Crumb Festival at the CU-Boulder campus. The week-long tribute features a broad range of percussion sounds. (Glenn Asakawa, University of Colorado )


Aug. 2007 - Michael Daughter’s timpani concerto “Raise the Roof” performance at Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. 
Steve Hearn took the solo timpani part and played with enormous verve and the enthusiasm of a rock
star. - San Fransicso Classical Voice


August 1-14, 2011 - Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music - www.cabrillomusic.org - Santa Cruz, CA
June 4 and 5, 2011 - Avener Dorman’s double percussion concerto Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! performance with Symphony Silicone Valley, San Jose, CA with Galen Lemmon. 
Colorado Symphony Orchestra - www.coloradosymphony.org


​Colorado Symphony Orchestra - www.coloradosymphony.org

Saturday November 24, 2012, 7:30 PM: Parker, CO, Parker Arts, Culture, Events Center Drums of the World 
Sunday November 25, 2012, 2:30 PM: Boettcher Concert Hall, CSO Presents Drums of the World.

​Nov. 2012 - CSO's Drums of the World review.