At Denver Eclectic Concerts, our express purpose is to broaden the public’s exposure to diverse and unique music. Performances are specifically presented by talented local artists who contribute immensely to the exceptional flavor and richness of the culture of Denver.
Denver Eclectic Concerts presents compelling concert events that feature a mix of musical styles that includes classical, folk, percussive and ethnic music, among so many others, artfully juxtaposed to create a truly remarkable and educational listening experience. The performers preface each musical performance with an informative and highly interesting short discussion. All concerts take place in Denver and are open to the public.
In 2007, Eclectic Concerts was granted status as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to provide this rare mix of musical styles and genres for the enjoyment and education of the general public.
The first Eclectic Concerts event took place on June 24, 2007. On that evening, the Intermezzo Chamber Players performed selections from the vast repertoire of art music, spanning several centuries and styles. The concert was well attended and received. Subsequent concerts have featured South American folk music, jazz and a mix of styles of Western art music, including a world premiere by a living American composer.
All work done under the auspices of Denver Eclectic Concerts is done for the express purpose of presenting these concerts. This includes publicity, contracting of performers, arrangements of venue, fundraising and the actual concerts themselves.
Concerts are funded by ticket sales, public donations, grants, and foundations. This year, Eclectic Concerts are made possible in part by the Colorado State Bank and Trust Foundation, and by the Ralph L. and Florence R. Burgess Trust. Contributions are tax deductible. To learn more about making a donation, click here.
Denver Eclectic Concerts is the brainchild of cellist Dianne Wachsman Betkowski. Dianne has performed, recorded and toured extensively with a number of orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony and, as principal cellist, the Shreveport (Louisiana) Symphony. She has also performed with a number of chamber ensembles including the award-winning Lark Quartet of New York, the Apollo Quartet (Pittsburgh) and the Honolulu Symphony String Quartet. As a composer, Dianne has been published by MMB Music, and her works have been performed by such groups as the Lafayette Quartet, the National Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the St. Louis Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Amarillo Chamber Orchestra and the Utah Symphony, among others.