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.


6 Responses to Charles and Bee

  1. Joyce Cheney says:

    What’s the story on that great photo of the conductor with parachute?

  2. Joyce, Kathleen Fox Collins tells me that the photo of Ansbacher in a parachute was taken at the Air Force Academy to be used as to promote the Summer Symphony program.

  3. Mary says:

    If anyone has it available, I would love to see that 1976 Lincoln reading by General Chaffee that Mr Ansbacher remembers.

    Thanks for another wonderful community experience in the Big Something. I have learned so much about my city that I might never have known.


  4. Jeremy says:

    Thank you guys!!

  5. Bill Holst says:

    The interview with Charles was very well done. I worked with him for over 10 years in the orchestra. He was a wonderfully thoughtful man who had a strong passion for advancing great music in this community. He was the right person for the orchestra at the right time. He and Bee were a great tag team who put the Colorado Springs Symphony on the map!


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