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History of A Sacred Oratorio: most popular Christmas music scandalous and profane?

By Bill Petro / December 3, 2009 /

HISTORY OF A SACRED ORATORIO The genteel reception accorded the original debut performance stood in marked contrast to the savage hostility which greeted the work less than a year later in London. The English aristocracy and churchmen began an unrelenting campaign against the work and its creator. They labeled it “a profanation,” scandalized at “the…

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History of 09.09.09

By Bill Petro / September 8, 2009 /

HISTORY OF 09.09.09 What makes this date unique, different from other repeated dates like 08.08.08? Here’s a hint: Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine… These are the lyrics to “Revolution 9” from The Beatles’ self-titled “White Album,” which if played backwards might sound like “turn me on dead man.” But there are at least three…

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Concert Review: James Taylor at Red Rocks in Denver

By billpetro / August 10, 2008 /

Concert Review: James Taylor at Red Rocks in Denver In December I was in Tokyo. I’d been in Asia for 2 weeks already and I was worn out, cold, lonely, and homesick. As I walked by a Starbucks in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, I heard the strains of James Taylor. It took me home.…

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Concert Review: Stevie Wonder at Coors Amphitheater in Denver

By billpetro / July 4, 2008 /

Concert Review: Stevie Wonder at Coors Amphitheater in Denver Stevie Wonder has toured only once since 1988. It’s been 13 years since he has graced Denver with a concert, and Denver welcomed him back with open arms to Fiddler’s Green at the Coors Amphitheater. Despite starting 30 minutes late, he played for over two hours…

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Concert Review: Paul McCartney at Pepsi Center in Denver

By billpetro / November 13, 2005 /

PAUL MCCARTNEY AT PEPSI CENTER IN DENVER Sir Paul McCartney last visited the Denver Pepsi Center in 2002, where he performed what has now been captured on his album Back in the US. It was the best concert I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been going to major concerts for 35 years. Why was this?…

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Concert Review: Chicago/Earth, Wind, and Fire at Red Rocks in Denver

By billpetro / August 25, 2005 /

Concert Review: Chicago/Earth, Wind & Fire at Red Rocks in Denver Red Rocks above Denver is a natural amphitheater that has been hosting concerts for almost a hundred years and is where the Beatles appeared 41 years ago. Paul McCartney, during his last concert in Denver, commented that when the Beatles performed there, they had…

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Concert Review: James Taylor at Coors Amphitheater in Denver

By billpetro / August 21, 2005 /

Concert Review: James Taylor at Coors Amphitheater in Denver I’ve seen James Taylor in concert about half a dozen times from the Greek Theater in Berkeley to Red Rocks above Denver. This performance at the Coors Amphitheater in the Denver Tech Center was the most relaxed I’ve seen. It is wider than either of the…

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