Concerts and Operas

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Fall 2022 Student Recitals /FREE

August 12, 2022 – December 11, 2022 @ All Day – Please join us in celebrating the recital performances of our CSU music students. Student Recitals are FREE and open to the public. Note: Dates, times, and locations are subject to change, please check back to confirm performance details. Friday, October 7, 2022: 5:30 PM Organ Recital Hall, Kathlyn Dixon, Horn Friday, October 14, 2022: 6:00 […]


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Wind Symphony Concert: Troublesome Fire!

October 6, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Troublesome Fire! The Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Rebecca Phillips, performs world premieres of works by James M. David and Kevin Poelking, along with Jennifer Higdon’s stunning Concerto for Percussion and Wind Symphony, performed by faculty artist Eric Hollenbeck. Dr. David’s new piece, Troublesome Fire, takes the audience through the memory of Colorado’s largest and […]


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Guest Artist Concert: Dr. Antonio Carlos Guimarães, Flute / FREE

October 8, 2022 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Join, Dr. Antonio Carlos Guimarães in a two hour event combining a short recital, a lecture and a master class on the performance practice of Brazilian solo flute repertoire. Supported by the Federal University of São João del Rey, Professor Guimaraes was awarded an Artistic Award to present this program throughout the United States to […]


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Tuba Studio Recital / FREE

October 9, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Octubaween  Please join us for our annual celebration of the tuba – OcTUBAfest – featuring the CSU Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble and members of the studio.   Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed via a QR code at the performance when available.


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CANCELLEDVirtuoso Series Concert: John McGuire, Horn

October 10, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – This concert has been cancelled but will be rescheduled after the new year. Refuge With Timothy Burns, Piano Faculty artist John McGuire performs music that has given him refuge throughout his life. The program includes pieces that are familiar, or may be new to audience members, but have led to a place of deep understanding […]


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Symphonic Band Concert: Sea Songs

October 13, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Sea Songs The Symphonic Band takes a musical journey across the ocean and under the waves. The ensemble, conducted by Dr. Jayme Taylor, performs Francis McBeth’s Of Sailors and Whales based on Moby Dick by Herman Melville, and works by James M. David, Alex Shapiro, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and more. Concert programs are available in […]


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CSU Marching Band at CSU Football vs. Utah State

October 15, 2022 @ 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm – CSU vs. Utah State – 5 p.m. Kick Off Here is where you can find the band throughout the day: 2 p.m. RamRally and RamWalk 4:25 p.m. Rally at the Bell 4:40 p.m. Pregame Performance 6:45 p.m. Halftime Performance 8:30 p.m. Postgame Performance *Schedule subject to change. Following RamWalk, families and friends of the band […]


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Concert Orchestra Concert: Three Other B’s /FREE

October 16, 2022 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Three Other B’s Everyone is familiar with the “three B’s” – composers Bach, Beethoven and Brahms – but there are many great composers whose names begin with “B,” and this program includes three of them. The orchestra, directed by Leslie Stewart, performs Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony; Giovanni Bottesini’s Double Bass Concerto No. 2 in B […]


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Sinfonia Concert: Classical Speaking

October 19, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Classical Speaking With Michelle Stanley, Flute, and Kathryn Harms, Harp CSU’s chamber orchestra’s classical concert features Overture No. 1 by Louise Farrenc, a contemporary of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert, and the first woman to hold a faculty position at the Paris Conservatoire. The Sinfonia, conducted by Maestro Wes Kenney, welcomes one of the […]


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Classical Convergence: Rachel Lee Priday, Violin, and Bryan Wallick, Piano

October 20, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Violinist Rachel Lee Priday is a consistently exciting artist, renowned globally for her spectacular technique, sumptuous sound, deeply probing musicianship and “irresistible panache.” (Chicago Tribune) Priday is joined by Bryan Wallick, one of the great American virtuoso pianists of his generation. CLASSICAL CONVERGENCE CONCERT SERIES Building on the foundation of the classical music tradition, but […]


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Opera Scenes

October 21, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Presented by the Ralph Opera Program Enjoy a selection of opera scenes from Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and more. As a special treat, the voice students are also writing original opera scenes! Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed via a QR code […]


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Guest Artist Concert: Brazil Trio / FREE

October 21, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Brazilian Gems for Violin, Viola, and Piano This exciting and varied concert highlights the breadth of the Brazilian classical music tradition. This program features works by important Brazilian composers including Carmargo Guarnieri, Flausino Vale, Brenno Blauth, Marlos Nobre, and Henrique de Curitiba.


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CSU Marching Band at CSU Football vs. Hawaii

October 22, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm – CSU vs. Hawaii – 2 p.m. Kick Off Here is where you can find the band throughout the day: 11 a.m. RamRally and RamWalk 1:25 p.m. Rally at the Bell 1:40 p.m. Pregame Performance 3:45 p.m. Halftime Performance 5:30 p.m. Postgame Performance *Schedule subject to change. Following RamWalk, families and friends of the band are […]


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Virtuoso Series Concert: Dan Goble, Saxophone and Russell Hirshfield, Piano

October 24, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Yes, No, Maybe? Faculty artist, Dan Goble is joined by pianist Russell Hirshfield for a concert that includes music by Jennifer Higdon, Joan Tower, John Adams, James David, and others. Committed to recording and promoting contemporary works for the saxophone, Dan Goble’s critically acclaimed CD Freeway, includes significant compositions by Pulitzer Prize winning composers Charles […]


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Fall Choral Showcase

October 26, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – The CSU choirs are thrilled to come together again for the first time since 2019 for our Fall Choral Showcase, featuring all the choral singers at CSU! Join the Chamber Choir, conducted by James Kim; the Concert Choir, conducted by Nathan Payant; and the University Chorus, conducted by Seth Pendergast for a fun evening, featuring […]


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Halloween Organ Extravaganza

October 31, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm – Monday, October 31, 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. The organ studio, with faculty artist Joel Bacon, presents the 17th annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza, with classic (and not-so-classic) works, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. If you think organ music or organists are boring, this concert is […]


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Voice Area Recital /FREE

November 1, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – CSU’s voice majors present pieces from a variety of musical eras in multiple languages. Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed via a QR code at the performance when available.



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Virtuoso Series Concert: Juhyun Lee, Piano

November 2, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Flute and Piano Duo with Norman Menzales, Flute The second recital of the semester given by collaborative piano faculty, Juhyun Lee, features the principal flutist of the Fort Collins Symphony, Norman Menzales, and is filled with tales that are still relevant in 2022. Stories of Pinocchio, the mythological musician Linus, and the Romani of Eastern […]


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Virtuoso Series Concert: Pablo Hernandez, Oboe

November 3, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Pablo Hernandez, Instructor of Oboe As a performer, Pablo Dos Santos Hernandez regularly appears with chamber ensembles and orchestras throughout the Americas. A native of Brazil, he has performed with the Gulf Coast Symphony (Mississippi), Fort Collins Symphony, Opera Steamboat, Wyoming Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, and the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra (Brazil). Consequently, he has shared […]


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Jazz Combos Concert

November 3, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Jazz Combos I, II, and III present an evening of small-group jazz. Directed by Dr. Seth Lewis, Dr. Peter Stoltzman, and Sean Sullivan, the combos present a program of jazz standards, great hidden gems, and original music by combo members. Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed via a […]


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Brass Area Recital / FREE

November 7, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Brass Menagerie CSU Brass Area students play solos and chamber music that are dramatic or connected to faded memories as a salute to Tennessee Williams’ famous play The Glass Menagerie. Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed via a QR code at the performance when available.  


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Virtuoso Series Concert: Joel Bacon, Harpsichord

November 7, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Faculty artist Joel Bacon performs on the department’s new Italian harpsichord; the concert features famous works by J.S. Bach. Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed via a QR code at the performance when available.


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String Chamber Ensemble / FREE

November 8, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – The undergraduate string ensembles will present a variety of works in the fall concert. Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed via a QR code at the performance when available.


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Trombone Choir Recital / FREE

November 9, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – The CSU Trombone Studio presents an evening of music composed and arranged for trombone ensemble. This concert will feature the full 16-person CSU Trombone Choir as well as the CSU Trombone Octet. A wide variety of pieces will be performed that showcase the beauty and versatility of the trombone ensemble, including works by Michael Terry, […]


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Woodwind Chamber Ensemble / FREE

November 9, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Students of the woodwind studios at Colorado State University present an evening of chamber music. Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed via a QR code at the performance when available.


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New Music Ensemble Concert

November 10, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – The New Music Ensemble, under the direction of Cayla Bellamy, explores contemporary and avant-garde composition techniques for mixed vocal and instrumental ensembles, as well as presenting groundbreaking pieces that redefined music during their time. Performers study standard classical techniques used in arrhythmic, aleatoric, or electronically modified settings while pushing the boundaries of traditional tone production […]


Guest Artist Concert: Evan Taucher, Guitar / FREE

November 11, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – American guitarist Evan Taucher is making a statement in the classical guitar world as a performer and educator both onstage and online. Taucher is recognized worldwide not only by his international competition and concertizing career, but also his ability to reach audiences beyond just the classical community. Concert programs are available in a virtual format […]


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CSU Marching Band at CSU Football vs. Wyoming

November 12, 2022 @ 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm – CSU vs.Wyoming – 5 p.m. Kick Off Here is where you can find the band throughout the day: 2 p.m. RamRally and RamWalk 4:25 p.m. Rally at the Bell 4:40 p.m. Pregame Performance 6:45 p.m. Halftime Performance 8:30 p.m. Postgame Performance *Schedule subject to change. Following RamWalk, families and friends of the band are encouraged […]


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Virtuoso Series Concert: Faculty Chamber Music

November 14, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Instrumental and vocal faculty artists present an evening of chamber repertoire spanning early history to today. Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed via a QR code at the performance when available.


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Saxophone Studio Recital / FREE

November 15, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Students of Professor Peter Sommer present classic and contemporary literature in solo and chamber performances. Please join us for this saxstravaganza! Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed via a QR code at the performance when available.


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Flute Studio Recital / FREE

November 16, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – The flute studio presents performances by undergraduate and graduate students. Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed via a QR code at the performance when available.


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Jazz Ensembles Concert: Jazz Modern

November 17, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Jazz Modern Jazz Ensembles I and II, under the direction of Wil Swindler and Shilo Stroman, perform music drawn from composers/arrangers from the modern period (1990-present day). The concert showcases jazz as art-music in America and features music from living artists reflecting contemporary life. Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may […]


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CSU Marching Band at CSU Football vs. New Mexico

November 25, 2022 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm – CSU vs. New Mexico – 1:30 p.m. Kick Off Here is where you can find the band throughout the day: 10:30 a.m. RamRally and RamWalk 12:55 p.m. Rally at the Bell 1:10 p.m. Pregame Performance 3:15 p.m. Halftime Performance 5:00 p.m. Postgame Performance *Schedule subject to change. Following RamWalk, families and friends of the band […]


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DATE CHANGEVirtuoso Series Concert: Jooyeon Chang and Hsin-Hsuan Lin

November 28, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Piano Duo Enjoy a collection of works written for four hands playing on just one piano! The Lin and Chang Piano Duo featuring faculty artist Jooyeon Chang with Hsin-Hsuan Lin, perform works by the most well-known composers for the instrument, including Wolfgang Amadeu Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn, Claude Debussy, and Gabriel Fauré. Concert programs are available […]


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University Symphony Orchestra Concert: Celestial Bodies

November 29, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Celestial Bodies The department’s own Dr. James David, has written a work for Maestro Kenney’s twentieth and final season at CSU, which will be premiered at this concert. The orchestra will also perform Gustav Holst’s gargantuan programmatic symphony, The Planets. Holst’s orchestral suite represents seven planets as Pluto was not yet discovered at the time. […]


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Graduate String Quartet Recital / FREE

November 30, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – The new members of CSU’s Graduate String Quartet perform great works for the genre. Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed via a QR code at the performance when available.


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Concert Orchestra Concert: Mozart Musicale / FREE

December 4, 2022 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Mozart Musicale With Bonnie Jacobi, Piano Please Note: The time and location of this concert has changed from when it was originally posted. The concert is now at 3:30 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall The Concert Orchestra, conducted by Leslie Stewart, features faculty artist Dr. Bonnie Jacobi on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. […]


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Bassoon Studio Recital / FREE

December 4, 2022 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Join the members of the CSU bassoon studio as they perform solo and chamber repertoire featuring all varieties of bassoonist at the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Performers include undergraduate majors in Music Performance, Education and music minors alongside graduate students in Music Performance and CSU Assistant Professor Dr. Cayla Bellamy. Concert programs are […]


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Keyboard Area Recital / FREE

December 5, 2022 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – CSU’s piano students perform selected works. Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed via a QR code at the performance when available.


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Symphonic Band Concert: Celestial

December 8, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Celestial With Drew Leslie, Trombone The Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Jayme Taylor, is joined by faculty artist Dr. Drew Leslie, trombone, for a concert exploring celestial phenomenon. The program features Anthony Barfield’s new work for solo trombone, Red Sky, as well as works by Frank Ticheli and Yukiko Nishimura. Come enjoy music of the […]


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Wind Symphony Concert: Codex Gigas

December 9, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Codex Gigas With Cayla Bellamy, Bassoon The Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Rebecca Phillips, features faculty artist Dr. Cayla Bellamy, bassoon, performing Dana Wilson’s The Avitar along with the consortium premiere of James M. David’s Symphony No. 1: Codex Gigas. The concert tests the technical prowess of each performer on stage while simultaneously creating a […]


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Freshman Voice Studio Recital / FREE

December 10, 2022 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – CSU’s freshman voice majors present pieces from a variety of musical eras in multiple languages.


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All Choral Holiday Concert

December 10, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Get in the holiday spirit with the CSU choirs! Join the Chamber Choir, conducted by James Kim; the Concert Choir, conducted by Nathan Payant; and the University Chorus, conducted by Seth Pendergast for an evening filled with “good cheer” and festive favorites. Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed […]


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The Tender Land by Aaron Copland

March 30, 2023 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Presented by the Ralph Opera Program An American icon, Aaron Copland’s music evokes the wide-open spaces of American landscapes and gives voice to a pioneering spirit of adventure in pieces like Rodeo and Appalachian Spring. In this piece, the sounds of rollicking American folk music are paired with achingly beautiful melodies that speak of the characters’ longing for […]