Up Close and Musical (UCAM) was founded in 1989 by Colorado Symphony cellist Eric Bertoluzzi and music education proponent Susan Dreisbach. The organization’s principal activity during its first ten years was music education enhancement performances in the Denver metropolitan area and has now grown to include workshops and auxiliary instructional programs.
Up Close and Musical’s chamber orchestra of Colorado Symphony musicians gives 45-minute presentations, primarily in elementary schools, designed to stimulate students’ interest in music and motivate them to participate as future performers and audience members. Performing without a conductor, the ensemble plays a variety of light classical music featuring the various instruments.
Over the years, UCAM has customized its presentations for middle and high school audiences, adding workshops and clinics with student orchestras and bands, and creating instructional programs involving individual and small groups of musicians. UCAM also gives formal concerts each year and has taken five tours of Colorado.
Now in its 27th year, UCAM continues to build upon it programs, repertoire and numbers of Colorado residents served. UCAM has performed for more than 300,000 throughout the state.