Annual Concert Version Features CSU Master’s Conducting Students For what has become a fun summer tradition, the CSU music program, in collaboration with Opera Fort Collins apprentice artists, presents the Summer Conducting Seminar Final Concert. The seminar, a Master’s program designed for secondary music educators in band, orchestra, and choir, presents its annual concert version [...]
The International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A., is a summer festival featuring over a dozen internationally renowned pianists for five riveting days of piano competition, instruction, and concerts! Taking place at the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the international competition and festival is designed for pianists of all ages. The daily masterclasses [...]
A top medalist from the 2017 Van Cliburn Competition performs the opening concert after competing in one of the most distinguished, venerable and challenging competitions in the world.
After an electrifying concert at the 2016 Odyssiad & Festival, U.S.A., the Atlantis Piano Duo - Eduardo Ponce and Sophia Hase, from the University of Salamanca, Spain - returns by unanimous acclaim to the Griffin Concert Hall stage.
Performing worldwide from a vast repertoire, the Croatian pianist presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations, always generating frenzied audience enthusiasm.
2016 Olga Kern International Winner, Scriabin Prize, Rome Prize The twenty-one-year-old pianist combines extraordinary technical capacity with a profound and mature musical sensibility and exceptional on-stage charisma.
2013 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Capturing the attention of juries, audiences, and critics alike for “mesmerizing and exhilarating” performances that [bring] the crowd to their feet, cheering him like a rock star.
With Chris Reed, Piano CSU faculty members Dr. John Seesholtz and Chris Reed perform art songs by Franz Schubert, Stefano Donaudy, Hugo Wolf, and Samuel Barber, as well as many traditional African American Spirituals.
Saxophone Sonatas from Around the Globe With Tim Burns, Piano CSU faculty members Peter Sommer and Tim Burns present a program of great literature from around the world, including masterworks by Bernhard Heiden and Takashi Yoshimatsu, and a transcription of Csar Franck’s well-known Sonata for Violin in A major. “I’m excited to present a program [...]
The School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University is proud to host the 2017 International Horn Competition of America at the University Center for the Arts. The International Horn Competition of America is open to hornists of all nationalities. The competition does not discriminate based on the model of horn, tone color, [...]
With CSU Faculty Artists, and Dr. Dave Riep, Exhibition Curator The series explores the cross-fertilization between music and the visual arts, with performances by CSU Music faculty and brief historic background given by faculty from the Department of Art and Art History and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. We invite you to holistically [...]
John Fadial has served on the faculty of the University of Wyoming since 2008. He maintains a vigorous schedule of teaching and performing at home and around the world.
CSU faculty member Shilo Stroman has assembled a “killer” band for the recital of original music featuring a diverse set of female-led rock, punk, and funk music!
With Tim Burns, Piano CSU faculty members Margaret Miller and Tim Burns perform a classic work by Robert Schumann, alongside several lesser-known works by Alessandro Rolla, Alan Hovhannes, and Anton Rubenstein. “I feel that I have barely scratched the surface of the fabulous repertoire available for viola and piano,” says Miller. “Come share it with [...]
The extraordinary Payton MacDonald gives a recital involving multiple percussion instruments utilized in a varied and interesting fashion. Described by the Los Angeles Times as an ". . . inventive, stylistically omnivorous composer and gifted performer . . ." MacDonald is a full professor of music at William Paterson University and is co-artistic director of [...]
University Symphony Orchestra and CSU Theatre Present: Every Good Boy Deserves Favor With Guest Wesley Ferreira, Clarinet The University Symphony Orchestra and CSU Theatre perform Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, the brilliant effort between composer Andre Previn and the fecund playwright Tom Stoppard. Not often produced due to the challenge of staging a play requiring [...]
Performances of art songs and arias from undergraduate and graduate voice majors.
Centennial Celebration of Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie Jazz Ensembles I and II present classic and new arrangements for big band featuring the music of Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, honoring their 100th birthdays. “The influence of Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk on jazz music from the 1940s forward cannot be overstated,” says Peter Sommer, [...]
Bach in Time Joel Becktell presents suites by J.S. Bach on the Baroque, as well as on the modern cello. Becktell has performed, taught, and lectured throughout North and Central America and Europe, is assistant principal cellist of the Santa Fe Symphony, and a member of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus (Ohio). He is [...]
Dr. Bruce Tychinski is on faculty at the University of Delaware, and is an active performer and clinician in the Northeast with orchestras, bands, jazz and commercial groups, and chamber ensembles. Dr. Heidi Lucas is on faculty at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and has extensive orchestral experience and background in commissioning.
An American Songbook The Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Richard Frey, kicks off their season with a vibrant program of American works for wind band. Combining patriotic and contemporary pieces, this concert explores music in our contemporary society. Vincent Persichetti’s stirring A Lincoln Address, and Christopher Nelson’s beautiful setting of Wayfaring Stranger, are highlights of [...]
With Chris Reed, Piano Entrepreneurial Workshop, TBA This recital features the young New York City artists who’ve experienced successful careers through entrepreneurial and non-traditional means. Sarah Craft is a full-time classical musician, and Megan Pachecano has worked to build a society for Latina/Latinos in NYC opera, while singing for several opera companies and performing in [...]
The first choral concert of the academic year features CSU’s two auditioned ensembles: the Chamber Choir and the Concert Choir, both conducted by Dr. James Kim. The Concert Choir performs repertoire from the vast history of choral music, particularly the Renaissance, the Baroque, and the modern eras. The 250th anniversary of the death of prolific [...]
Mark Nuccio is principal clarinet with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, following seventeen years with the New York Philharmonic, and is on faculty at the University of Houston's Moore School of Music. With an impressive collection of national and international awards, Wendy Chen has garnered critical acclaim for her engagements with leading orchestras and concert halls [...]
With Guest Peter Ferry, Percussion The concert features the music of Elliot Cole, performed with guest percussionist Peter Ferry. Proclaimed by the New York Times as a "charismatic contemporary bard,” Cole’s work has been performed by A Far Cry, the Chicago Composers Orchestra, Metropolis Ensemble, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and over 100 percussion ensembles around [...]
With Theresa Bogard, Piano The duo of Thiem and Bogard return for a program of standard cello repertoire and unusual pieces, including Sergei Rachmaninov and Bohuslav Martinů sonatas. Barbara Thiem is professor of cello at CSU, and Theresa Bogard is chair of the Department of Music, University of Wyoming.
With It Could Be Anything members, and Annie Krieg, instructor of Art History The series explores the cross-fertilization between music and the visual arts, with performances and brief historic backgrounds by music and art faculty. We invite you to holistically absorb the power of music and the visual arts and the relationships between them through [...]
The orchestra, conducted by Leslie Stewart, opens their program with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major, followed by Suilean a Chloinne (Children's Eyes) by Jennifer Margaret Barker. Benjamin Britten's Simple Symphony, Op. 4 concludes the program. “Mozart wrote his first symphony when he was only eight! Britten's symphony is based on piano [...]
As a compositional collective, the trio – Grammy-nominated violinist Zach Brock, bassist Matt Ulery, and drummer Jon Deitemyer – creates repertoire that is an unorthodox combination of post-Romantic classical, Appalachian, and American jazz dialects fused with rhythms from West Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe.
Find Your State: State of Inspiration The 2017-2018 Wind Symphony season highlights CSU’s commitment to community, spirit, innovation, and inspiration. All of these ideals clearly connect to music and the arts, and the ensemble, conducted by Dr. Rebecca Phillips, begins its season by highlighting works of inspiration by great composers from home and abroad. Each [...]
CSU faculty member Janet Landreth performs works by the “Poet of the Piano,” Frederic Chopin, who captures the passion of 19th century romanticism: poignant lyricism, chromatic expressiveness, and brilliant virtuosity. “Chopin’s music speaks to me in a very personal way, particularly after performing in Mallorca, Spain and visiting Valldemosso, the monastery where Chopin lived and [...]
Monsters and Goblins Join the Denver Art Song Project as they perform spooky songs for Halloween. Experience art songs paired with stories, visual art, and super-titles in their unique and conversational style. Featuring CSU Vocal Professor Dr. John Seesholtz and Project founders Eapen Leubner and Mallory Bernstein.
The organ studio and CSU faculty member Joel Bacon present the 12th annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza, with classic (and not-so-classic) works, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor by J.S. Bach. Spooky sounds, combined with lighting and special effects, are sure to put you in the Halloween spirit!
Cycles CSU faculty member Patty Goble, Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Dan Goble, and Western Connecticut State University faculty member Russell Hirshfiled perform music for voice, saxophone, and piano by Claude Debussy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frank Ticheli, Joan Tower, and Piet Swerts.
Ed Saindon, professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music and one of New York’s premier vibraphonist, gives a jazz recital of standards accompanied by CSU faculty and students.
The unique chamber music program includes Johannes Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes performed by vocalists Tiffany Blake, Sarah Barber, John Pierce, and John Seeholtz with pianists Chris Reed and Tim Burns; Aaron Copland’s Threnody I: In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky and Threnody II: In Memoriam Beatrice Cunningham for flute and string trio performed by Dawn Grapes, Leslie Stewart, [...]
The members of the trombone studio present a recital with a variety of solos and chamber ensembles.
A recital presented by woodwind students from the studios of Dr. Wesley Ferreira, Professor Andrew Jacobson, Dr. Gary Moody, Dr. Michele Stanley, and Professor Peter Sommer features classic and modern literature for chamber groups and soloists.
New Music Ensemble What happens when CSU’s New Music Ensemble members combine their energy, talent, and vision? It Could Be Anything! Under the direction of Andrew Jacobson, the group showcases growth and change in music by focusing on trends in the global arts world.
The dynamic studio of Dr. Wesley Ferreira performs solo and chamber works from the clarinet repertoire. “This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their talents and to gain performance experience. Likewise, this is a wonderful opportunity for our audience hear a variety of music that showcases the clarinet’s versatility,” says Ferreira
With Chris Reed, Piano A recital of art songs.
With CSU Faculty Artists, and Dr. Emily Moore, Assistant Professor of Art History The series explores the cross-fertilization between music and the visual arts, with performances and brief historic backgrounds by music and art faculty. We invite you to holistically absorb the power of music and the visual arts and the relationships between them through [...]
A recital presented by brass area students from the studios of Dr. John McGuire, Professor Caleb Hudson, and Professor Stephen Dombrowski features repertoire for chamber groups and soloists.
The Play of Daniel With Guest John Carlo Pierce, Tenor; Directed by Joel Bacon Pre-Concert lecture given by Dr. Bacon at 6:30 p.m. The unique program features a performance by students and faculty of The Play of Daniel (Ludus Danielis), a sung drama from 13th century France. The play tells the biblical story of Daniel – [...]
Music of Colorado Composers Back by popular demand, Jazz Ensembles I and II perform the music of composers from the great state of Colorado! The Centennial State is home to some of the greatest modern big band composers in the country, including resident composer Wil Swindler. “We had a great time featuring music from our [...]
Under the direction of Professor Wes Kenney, the select chamber orchestra is known for performing music from the Baroque to contemporary while specializing in the Classic period music of W.A. Mozart and Joseph Haydn.
Back by popular demand, the quartet returns with varied repertoire and a final number with cello students joining the quartet for a cello choir selection.
This year begins a new two-year cycle for the Graduate Quartet Program. The new members are Frangel Lopez Cesena from Mexico and Ryan Foley from Boulder on violin, Rosa Cole from Mexico on viola, and Julius Hochmuth from Fort Collins on cello. The ensemble performs repertoire from the wonderfully varied string quartet genre.
Open Dress Rehearsal for CSU Students only: Wednesday, November 29, 7:30 p.m. (FREE, but ID required) Public Performances: Thursday, November 30, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 3, 4 p.m. Kick off the holiday season with our family-friendly and wildly popular annual presentation! Featuring performances from CSU ensembles and other special guests, this charming evening of [...]
The CSU Marching Band returns to the 2017 9NEWS Parade of Lights, leading the annual event through the streets of downtown Denver on Friday, Dec. 1. Support the band during this hometown parade preview on the streets around the University Center for the Arts.
Baroque Showcase With Guest John McGuire, Horn With three varied pieces from the Baroque period, the concert features both well-known and relatively unknown music. Written for King George I, the premiere of George Frideric Handel's Water Music was performed by 50 musicians on a barge on the River Thames. The orchestra opens the concert with [...]
The concert given by Jazz Combos I, II, and III features the music of the American Songbook, arranged by the students. The beloved tunes of the songbook are still performed daily in clubs and stages across the world. “Originally written for the Broadway stage by Tin Pan Alley composers, these tunes were quickly adopted by [...]
Members of the Graduate Piano Trio are Jose Trujillo, violin, Norma Parrot, cello and Sicong Zhou, piano. The members, who are from Mexico, Brasil and China, bring great energy and perspective to their work as a chamber ensemble.
Violin students of Dr. Ron Francois perform a variety of pieces from the standard repertoire. “This event provides a great performing experience for the students...a great learning experience too,” exclaims Francois!
A recital presented by students from the piano studio of Dr. Janet Landreth.
Ecstatic Waters Join us as the Symphonic Band tackles Steven Bryant’s electrifying Ecstatic Waters, the 2010 winner of the National Band Association William D. Revelli Award. Inspired by the poetry of W.B. Yeats, this work fuses the wind band with electronic elements to create a new, hybrid sound-world that ranges from the joyful bell sounds [...]
Find Your State: Spirit of Innovation The 2017-2018 Wind Symphony season highlights CSU’s commitment to community, spirit, innovation, and inspiration. All of these ideals clearly connect to music and the arts, and the ensemble, conducted by Dr. Rebecca Phillips, continues their season by highlighting works of innovation. Each selection on this concert changed the way [...]
CSU’s nationally renowned annual Honor Band Festival brings together the finest high school musicians from the Rocky Mountain Region. The three-day festival features guest conductors and clinicians from across the country and is capped off with a performance by the High School Honor Band in the beautiful, state-of-the art Griffin Concert Hall.