Trio Encuentros




Trio Encuentros

About Trio Encuentros

We enjoyed them so much in our opening season of the Garden Concert Series, we had to bring them back. The heralded Trio Encuentros returns for their greatly anticipated second performance, featuring Evan Orman on bandoneon, Claude Sim on violin, and Sara Parkinson on the piano, you won’t want to miss this authentic, high-energy tango concert!

Enjoy refreshments before and after the concert while visiting Gary’s Gary Hixon Designs Studio! Browse through his one-of-a-kind jewelry, new paintings, which also adorn his new art form of imprinted scarves. Each sale means a 20% donation to Off the Hook Arts!

We couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you, Gary!

Doors open at 1pm.


Claude Sim

Claude Sim

Claude Sim enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, orchestral leader, soloist, and multi-genre performing artist. Equally at home performing on violin and viola, Sim has been a grand prizewinner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Sim is the solo violinist of Extasis, the noted tango group with a studio album to their credit. The ensemble’s arrangements of Golden Age tango by D’Arienzo, Troilo and Pugliese through the nuevo tango of Rovira and Piazzolla serve as foundations of their wide ranging repertoire. Extasis performance tours and community engagements have reached audiences across the United States and Europe. Claude Sim’s performing career and concurrent teaching mission focuses on developing true artistic versatility while building connections across musical genres and communities. Sim’s previous teaching appointments include University of Colorado Denver and Colorado State University. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Violin at CU Boulder College of Music.

Evan Orman

Born in Colorado, Evan Orman studied cello at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Banff Centre In Canada, and the New England Conservatory. His teachers include Colin Carr, Eleanor Shoenfeld and Robert Marsh. He has performed in master classes for Yo Yo Ma, Janos Starker and the Guarneri Quartet and has worked closely with violinist Louis Krasner and composer Iannis Xenakis. An enthusiast of Argentine tango, Evan has studied tango music and the bandonéon (a large, complex instrument which is a member of the concertina family) in Buenos Aires (through a grant from Tango Colorado) and plays the bandonéon in his Denver-based group, Extasis. His interest in the bandonéon, and in the music of Astor Piazzolla (the Argentine bandoneonista and composer) prompted him to acquire his first instrument in 1996. He has studied with Raul Jaurena, of the New York Tango Trio and in Buenos Aires with Camillo Ferrero, of Orquesta El Arranque. In addition, Extasis has coached with bassist Pablo Aslan (also of the New York Tango Trio). He now owns and plays on three bandonéons by Alfred Arnold (Germany) ca. 1925, 1926 and 1936 (the last of these instruments were made in the 1940’s)

Sara Parkinson

Sara Parkinson enjoys a varied career as pianist, conductor and executive administrator. Sara has been Executive Director of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra since the fall 2020 after spending a season as their Director of Education & Community Engagement. She has served on the staff and faculties of University of Colorado at Boulder, Cornell College in Iowa and Metropolitan State University of Denver. As pianist, she performs regularly with the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, members of the Colorado Symphony and she is a founding member of the tango ensemble Grande Orquesta Navarre. Conducting credits include Boulder Opera’s Così fan tutte and Cendrillon in 2017-18The Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors in 2018 and Assistant Conductor to Maestro Nicholas Carthy for CU-Boulder’s Eugene Onegin in 2019. Dr. Parkinson holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Iowa and the New England Conservatory of Music and a DMA in collaborative piano from CU-Boulder.

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