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Five Points Chamber Music Society

Each month, here at The Preservery, we host a live chamber music ensemble as part of our Five Points Chamber Music Society event series. The goal is to provide a platform for young artists within the Five Points neighborhood and to help foster an appreciation for classical music among our guests. Pricing is $5 per person. You can reserve a table at opentable.com or give us a call at (303) 298-6821.

Solazur Presents an Evening of Spanish and Latin American music!
Katie Burns: Cello
Russ Callison: Guitar

Solazur is a Denver-based duo formed in 2016 out of a shared desire to offer captivating and intimate performances of cello and guitar music. The duo engages audiences with the diverse canon of existing music for the ensemble as well as brand new compositions, supporting and advocating for a thriving culture for living composers through innovative and collaborative work. Their debut recital includes the premiere of a multi-movement work ‘Azur’ by composer Tomás Peirre-Serrate. Solazur hopes to share their creative process with the young people of Denver through school outreach performances and presentations.

The Artists

Katie Burns
As a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and activist, Katie Burns uses the cello to engage people in unique and meaningful musical experiences.

Katie enjoys bringing cello music to a wide range of settings from the concert hall, to the hip-hop club, and from the church, to the yoga studio.  Studying at Butler University under William Grubb and the Lamont School of Music with Matthew Zalkind, Katie has presented four full-length recitals including repertoire from the Baroque through the Modern era.  As an accomplished orchestral cellist, Katie has played for various musicals, ballets, operas, film recordings, and season concerts since 2003, most recently appointed as Principal Cellist of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. Katie’s true passion as a cellist lies in performing chamber music.  She currently collaborates with guitarist Russ Callison on their duo Solazur, formed in 2016 out of a shared desire to offer captivating and intimate performances of cello and guitar music.  As a member of the Vero String Quartet (2010-2012) she intensely studied and performed major works of the string quartet repertoire, playing at several venues throughout Indianapolis.  Katie’s experience as a chamber musician brought her to three seasons of the Zodiac Chamber Festival and Academy
where she spends two weeks collaborating on standard repertoire as well as premiering new compositions throughout the south of France.  

As a young cellist, Katie studied with pedagogue Sally Gross at the Western Springs School for Talent Education, who served as a major influence for her to pursue Suzuki training.  Katie received her Master of Music in Suzuki Cello Pedagogy at the University of Denver under the tutelage of Carol Tarr, president of the Suzuki Association of Colorado and former board member for the Suzuki Association of the Americas.  Katie currently runs an active private cello studio in Denver, CO, and also has the pleasure of serving as a guest teacher for El Sistema Colorado and a group class teacher for Denver Talent Education.  Through these organizations, Katie hopes to bring quality cello instruction and music education to as many young people as possible, regardless of socioeconomic status.

Russ Callison
At the tender age of 16 Russ sold a pig to buy his first guitar. A Texas native transplanted to Colorado, Russ actively performs and teaches in the Denver metro area. Since earning his Master’s Degree, Russ has explored contemporary guitar music in his duo Derelict Hands with Scottish guitarist Calum Borthwick. In July 2016, Derelict Hands recorded their debut album after a tour of Scotland, available here.  In May 2017 Russ premiered his latest project with cellist Katie Burns, named Solazur, including the premiere of a large new work 'Azur' commissioned for the ensemble. As a dynamic instructor Russ actively expands his teaching studio and currently teaches guitarists of all ages and skill levels, ranging from classical to pop music.

Russ attended the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music where he earned his Master’s degree under the tutelage of internationally acclaimed performers and pedagogues, Ricardo Iznaola and Jonathan Leathwood. His final recital at DU was recognized as one of the university's Outstanding Recitals in May 2015, and shortly after Derelict Hands took top prize in the ensemble division of the Southern Guitar Festival.

In 2010 Russ was accepted on scholarship into the Meadows School of the Arts’ music division at Southern Methodist University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree with Robert Guthrie. In 2011, he took two first prizes at the Brownsville Guitar Festival and Competition with his duo and the Meadows Quartet.

His formal training began at Collin College where he studied under Sabine Madriguera, There he participated in her award-winning One O’Clock Ensemble and earned two first prizes at the Brownsville Guitar Festival and Competition (2007 and 2010). While at Collin College, he was also awarded first prize in the advanced division of Collin College’s Annual Guitar Competition.