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In 1970, under the leadership of Bee Vradenburg, the Colorado Springs Symphony hired Charles Ansbacher as its new conductor and music director. At that time the symphony was nary a glimmer of what it would become with Vradenburg and Ansbacher at the helm over the next 20 years. This Friday, a free outdoor concert is presented honoring the memory and lasting contributions the two made to the cultural landscape of Colorado Springs. The concert reincarnates last year’s popular collaboration between The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and The Gospel Music Workshop of America on the lawn behind the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs, click HERE for details.
Monday, September 12th will mark the one year anniversary of the passing of Ansbacher but before he died, he sat down with Susan Edmondson of the Bee Vradenburg Foundation at PPLD’s East Library branch to recount his 20 years in Colorado Springs. Many thanks to the Pikes Peak Library District for the raw footage.
Learn more about the life of Bee Vradenburg:
If you’re curious about the result of combining The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs with The Gospel Music Workshop of America, check out the following segment we produced for the Community in Unison concert last year.
Finally, take a look at last year’s concert in this great video produced by the Pikes Peak Library District.