Playground Ensemble


13th Annual Colorado Composers Concert  (COCOCO 13)

April 13th, 2019. Kenneth King Center for the Performing Arts.
Metro State

6:30 – 7:15pm Pre-Concert Composer Panel.
Moderated by Colorado Public Radio’s Brad Turner in the Music and Dance Studio.
7:30pm Performance in The Kenneth King Concert Hall, Auraria Campus
AHEC Box office

Congrats to our selected composers for CoCoCo 13! We look forward to working with you on another great event.
(Click on each composer’s name to visit their website, soundcloud, etc.)

  • S. WellingtonAlmanac
  • Stephen BaileyRain Bell
  • Robert Anton StrobelOn the Life of Roses
  • Colin KemenyRandom Road
  • Phil Taylorfading timepieces  (Commissioned by The Playground as the winner of our CoCoCo12 commissioning prize)
  • Iddo AharonyAyim Shel Ayin  (Winner of the CoCoCo13 commission prize)
  • Brian Ebert- flux aeterna  (Commissioned by The Playground in celebration of Richard vonFoerster and Donald Schumacher for their years of service and commitment)
  • Luca Pasquini- The Astronaut  (K-12 selected composer)

Now in its 13th year, the Playground’s annual Colorado Composers Concert (CoCoCo) showcases 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 103 works by 71 different composers. This includes 13 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.

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 one another 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.

Enjoy this video of Phil Taylor’s of embers and aspen leaves.