Playground Ensemble


10th Annual Colorado Composers Concert (CoCoCo X)

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016. 7:30pm. Metro State.
The Kenneth King Concert Hall, Auraria Campus
AHEC Box office

Congrats to our selected composers for CoCoCo X! We look forward to working with you on another great event.

(Click each composer’s name to go to their web site, soundcloud, etc)

Brian Kelley A Seed That Fell From A Star, Becoming All We Will Become
Hunter EwenThe Cake of 1,000 Waterfalls
Sara CorryAftersong
Katerina TherianosΕἰρήνη πᾶσι ­ (Peace be with you)
Kevin OlsonMariana Trench
Colt Galloway[æŋzajәti] (Anxiety)
Marianne EvangelistaEchoes
Leigha AmickCall of Waipi’o Ridge (winner of our K12 CoCoCo contest)

and the premiere of our CoCoCo commission winner from last year:

The Deep Ones by James M. David

Now in its 10th year, the Playground’s annual Colorado Composers Concert (CoCoCo) showCoCoCogroup2cases chamber music written by residents of Colorado and students at Colorado higher education institutions.

Perhaps our most important concert of the year, CoCoCo has become the highlight of each season. Typically, most composers have very few opportunities to hear their works performed live by such a skilled ensemble. Hosted by Music at Metropolitan State University of Denver (Metro State) in the beautiful King Center Concert Hall, CoCoCo provides a valuable opportunity for both composers and their audiences. Moreover the event promotes a spirit of community among members of the new music and arts community across the state.

Since the inaugural CoCoCo in 2007, we have performed 88 works by 61 different composers. This includes 11 K-12 composers. We reserve a spot on each concert for these important young composers. Each composer also receives professionally recorded and edited audio, and now high-definition video recordings of their piece.11393484_10152942152319007_7370121564301519764_o

Since 2008, one composer each year is awarded a commission prize for the composition of a new work specifically for the Playground. These works have become important parts of our concert seasons.

CoCoCo has grown to be more than just a performance. In the week before the concert, featured composers participate in master classes at the University of Denver, Metro State, and the Community College of Denver. Before the concert itself selected composers participate in a Composer Talkback session.

Following the performance is a reception, where composers, performers, and audience members meet and mingle.  Judging from comments, the reception is as valuable as the performance itself.  Many express gratitude for the opportunity to meet each other and share experiences. New in 2013, we hold reading and recording sessions for all K-12 aged composers not selected for inclusion on the concert.

Each year the number and quality of submissions grows; as does the audience and interest. It is an honor for us, as an ensemble, to serve those writing music in this area.

Watch the performances from CoCoCo9.

Call for Scores – CoCoCo X

Submission Deadline Has Passed.
Submission Deadline 1/15/2016

We are trying electronic submission through submittable for the first time this year. Click the link below to set up a free submittable account and upload all materials and submission fees.