Concerts and Operas

Picture of a tuba

Guest Artist Concert: Anthony Halloin, Tuba

The guest of the annual OcTUBAfest, Chief Musician Anthony Halloin, joined the Navy Band in 2004, and received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland in 2010. Halloin has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings, and is a member of the Navy […]


A tuba

Tuba Studio Recital / FREE

The CSU tuba studio gives this recital as part of the annual OcTUBAfest at CSU.


Michelle Stanley

Virtuoso Series Concert, Michelle Stanley, Flute

Two new commissions for flute and guitar written for Jeff and Michelle – Bryan Johannson’s “Painted Music,” based on the paintings by Paul Kleé, and James McGuire’s Suite – pair nicely with Herman Berlinski’s flute sonata. “New music means many things – tonal and beautiful to raw and dark,” says Stanley. “These new pieces explore many facets of contemporary composers and each audience member is sure to find [one] that they love.”


Barbara Thiem headshot

Virtuoso Series Concert, Barbara Thiem, Cello

Internationally acclaimed cellist, Barbara Thiem, who combines her teaching and coaching with her active schedule of performances in Europe and the U.S., has been performing with Theresa Bogard, music department chair at the University of Wyoming, for many years. For this concert, the performing duo presents a program of works by 20th century composers Francis Poulenc and Benjamin Britten.


Claude Delangle playing saxophone

Guest Artist Concert: Claude Delangle, Saxophone

Soloist, researcher, and pedagogue, Claude Delangle – one of the great contemporary saxophonists – stands out as the master of the French saxophone. Privileged interpreter for classic works, he enriches the repertoire and encourages creation by collaborating with renowned composers, as well as promoting young composers. “This event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for both our […]


2018 Halloween Organ Extravaganza

The organ studio and CSU faculty artist Joel Bacon present the 13th annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza, with classic (and not-so-classic) works, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. Spooky sounds, combined with lighting and special effects, are sure to put you in the Halloween spirit! “Since it’s also the 50th anniversary of the organ, this Halloween we’re going to do something pretty special, and I’ve got some crazy ideas,” promises Dr. Bacon.


Eric Hollenbeck headshot

Virtuoso Series Concert, Eric Hollenbeck, Percussion

For this eclectic recital, CSU faculty artist Eric Hollenbeck is joined by faculty colleagues for an energetic show, including a premier of a new work for timpani by Percussion Professor Shilo Stroman.


Graduate String Quartet Recital / FREE

The Graduate String Quartet presents music from the great repertoire for string quartet.


Mallets on a marimba

Percussion Ensemble Concert

This concert features the most challenging and difficult of modern small group percussion ensemble music! “Patrons will be amazed at what these students have accomplished,” says Percussion Professor Eric Hollenbeck.


Trombonist Terry Leahy

Virtuoso Series Concert, Terry Leahy, Trombone

CSU faculty artist Terry Leahy’s recital features works composed for bass trumpet, tenor trombone, and bass trombone by American composer and Juilliard faculty member, Eric Ewazen, including a piece ‘borrowed’ from the trumpet repertoire to be performed on the rarest of brass instruments, bass trumpet.


A CSU voice student

Voice Area Recital / FREE

A recital of art songs and arias.


Flugelhorn players in the CSU Jazz Band

Jazz Combos Concert

The jazz combos present original compositions and arrangements in the spirit of the swinging innovators of America’s art form. Join combos director Shilo Stroman and CSU student musicians for a night of dynamic group interplay and exciting and thoughtful creations!


Promotional picture of ATOS Trio

Classical Convergence Concert Series: ATOS Trio

Building on the foundation of the classical music tradition, but with a contemporary edge, the co-produced Classical Convergence season features world-class performers and ensembles, performing at the University Center for the Arts and the Lincoln Center. The ATOS Trio’s warm, expressive, unified sound has garnered them the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award – the gold-standard prize […]


Saxaphone, flute, and clarinet

Woodwind Area Recital / FREE

Outstanding student musicians from the studios of Dr. Wesley Ferreira, clarinet; Professor Andrew Jacobson, oboe; Dr. Gary Moody, bassoon; Dr. Michelle Stanley, flute; and Professor Peter Sommer, saxophone, perform classic and modern literature for chamber groups and soloists.


Brass Area Recital / FREE

A recital presented by brass area students from the studios of Dr. John McGuire, Professor Terry Leahy, and Professor Stephen Dombrowski features repertoire for chamber groups and soloists.


Violinist in the Chamber Music Recital

Chamber Music Recital / FREE

The concert features the School’s undergraduate string players performing a wide variety of chamber music as the culmination of the fall semester’s work.


Rehearsal with the New Music Ensemble

New Music Ensemble Concert / FREE

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.


Headshot of Eva Amsler with a flute

Eva Amsler, Flute, and Shalev Ad-El, Harpsichord

Following 20 years of orchestra playing and teaching in Switzerland and Austria, Eva Amsler is professor of flute at Florida State University and a pioneer of authentic interpretation of Baroque music on modern flute, as well as an advocate of new music. Ad-El frequents some of the world’s most prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall, […]


Faculty in the Chamber Music Area

Virtuoso Series Concert, Faculty Chamber Music Recital

The unique faculty program includes Igor Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments, the piece that marks the beginning of Stravinsky’s neoclassical phase is conducted by Rebecca Phillips and performed by CSU wind and brass faculty and graduate students. Ron Francois, violin; Copper Ferreira, clarinet; and Eric Hollenbeck, marimba, perform Kevin Puts’ And Legions Will Rise, described by the composer as representing the “power in all of us to transcend during times of tragedy and personal crisis.” Jeff LaQuatra, guitar; Leslie Stewart, violin; Margaret Miller, viola; and Barbara Thiem, cello, perform a very pleasing selection of quartets by Niccolò Paganini and Stephen Goss. “The faculty chamber music concerts have become quite popular with both students and local audiences for providing music combinations not generally heard and introducing little known composers,” describes Barbara Thiem, recital coordinator.


Various types of flute arranged in a spiral

Flute Studio Recital / FREE

Members of the flute studio of Dr. Michelle Stanley perform a variety of pieces for the instrument.


Cellists in the CSU Symphony Orchestra

Graduate String Trio / FREE

Welcome the new graduate trio to the stage with this concert featuring the great string trio repertoire.


Dr. Peter Sommer rehearses the CSU Jazz Ensembles

Jazz Ensembles Concert

The jazz ensembles, conducted by Wil Swindler, present tenor saxophonist Don Aliquo for a concert that brings a thoroughly modern concept to traditional jazz. “Don’s playing is firmly rooted in the tradition, but is as fresh as it gets,” states Swindler. With playing that is accessible to all, and still enjoyable to the most seasoned jazz enthusiast, this is an evening of hard-swinging rhythms and inventive melodies!


The Colorado State University Marching Band performs in the 9News Parade of Lights in downtown Denver

Parade of Lights Preview / FREE

The CSU Marching Band returns to the 2018 9NEWS Parade of Lights, leading the annual event through the streets of downtown Denver (Friday, Nov. 30). Support the band during this hometown parade preview on the streets around the University Center for the Arts.


The CSU Honor Band

CSU Honor Band Festival Concert / FREE

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.


Double bass players in the Concert Orchestra

Concert Orchestra Concert / FREE

The Concert Orchestra is open to all string students who wish to continue participating in music during their time at CSU. The ensemble is known for exciting and collaborative performances with guest faculty and students from across the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.


The CSU Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band Concert: Metamorphosis

Each work presented on the Metamorphosis concert explores the composer’s creative ability to transform existing musical material into new works of art. The concert includes compositions by Edwin E. Bagley, John Barnes Chance, Ira Hearshen, David Gillingham, and David Lovrien, and also features the 1957 American Band Association Ostwald Award winning composition, Symphonic Suite, by Clifton Williams. Please join us for an exciting evening of upcycled music for wind band.


Percussionist in the CSU Wind Symphony

Wind Symphony Concert – Foundations: A Celebration of Liberal Arts

The 2018-2019 Wind Symphony season explores civilization and how humans develop a creative, moral, spiritual, and intellectual understanding of the world. Colorado State University is committed to the humanities, and the ensemble, conducted by Rebecca Phillips, continues the season by highlighting famous works that showcase text and cadence, essential to both musical compositions and literature. We hope you will join us as we continue to celebrate the Liberal Arts at the UCA!


A student in the Freshman Voice Studio

Freshman Voice Studio Recital / FREE

The semester’s culminating recital by our freshman vocalists