Grande Orquesta Navarre – Cabaret Style Orchestra

Denver Eclectic Concerts and Music Appreciation Society present Grande Orquesta Navarre, winner of Denver Westword 2017 Best Chamber Orchestra. GON is comprised of pianist Sara Parkinson, double-bassist Susan Cahill, bandoneon and cello player Evan Orman, and Tom Hagerman of DeVotchka on accordion and violin. “They take relatively obscure classical music, infuse it with tango and deliver it in a cabaret-style presentation, making it exciting again” (Denver Westword, Arts & Entertainment). Joining them is multi-genre enthusiast, violinist Claude Sim.

Sunday, August 13, 2017
5:00 PM Tickets 7:30 PM Tickets

Seating is first come, first seated.

About the Artist

Bassist, composer, and educator Susan Cahill has been a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 1997. She is a member of the Colorado Chamber Players, the Festival Mozaic, and is on the faculty of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. Since 2009 Susan has been a member of the faculty at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. Susan has appeared with the American roots band The Boulder Acoustic Society and was a member of the acclaimed Argentinian tango ensemble Extasis, which performed on three continents. Susan’s bass was made by Guiseppe Santori of Turin in 1823.

Tom Hagerman is best known for his multi-instrumentalist role in the Denver based rock band DeVotchKa. He has performed on recordings by M Ward, Crooked Fingers, She and Him, Neko Case, Bettye Lavette, Calexico and Sage Francis, among others and has written many orchestral arrangements for the Colorado Symphony’s pop shows that have included DeVotchka, The Lumineers, Gregory Alan Isakov, The Flobots, and Amos Lee. He is a Colorado native, a graduate of the music school at the University of Colorado Boulder, and a product of music education in public schools.

Born in Colorado, Evan Orman studied cello at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Banff Centre in Canada, and the New England Conservatory. An enthusiast of Argentine tango and founding member of Denver’s Extasis, Evan studied tango music and the bandoneón (a type of concertina) in Buenos Aires through a grant from Tango Colorado. He worked with Raul Jaurena, of the New York Tango Trio and in Buenos Aires with Camillo Ferrero, of Orquesta El Arranque. In addition to his musical activities, Evan is a maker and restorer of bows for stringed instruments and currently maintains a shop in Denver. He is also a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers.

Sara Parkinson is a pianist, conductor and vocal coach. An Iowa native who came to Colorado via Boston and Switzerland, Dr. Parkinson has served on the staff and faculties at Cornell College, Leysin American School, CU-Boulder, and MSU Denver. She frequently performs with Central City Opera Ensemble, Colorado Ballet Orchestra, and Liria Duo, who worked closely with composer Libby Larsen. Sara first ventured into tango with Extasis, and has since devoted herself to the quirky repertoire of Grande Orquesta Navarre.

Chicago native Claude Sim enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, orchestral principal, soloist, and multi-genre performing artist. He studied violin performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM ’99) with Greg Fulkerson, Almita Vamos, and Roland Vamos. At age 21, he was appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra under music director Marin Alsop. His work as featured soloist with the orchestra has earned praise and critical acclaim from the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News

Grande Orquesta Navarre – Cabaret Style Orchestra

Sunday, August 13, 2017

5:00 PM Tickets 7:30 PM Tickets

Seating is first come, first seated.

Dazzle at Baur’s
1512 Curtis Street
Denver, CO



If there was an old world squeezbox band in the hotel lobby of a Fellini movie … this would be it.”

Tom Hagerman, DeVotchKa

“…the group manages to find fascinating selections that fit its lively and versatile performance style.”

Denver Westword, Arts & Entertainment


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