Concerts and Operas

Boris Allakhvergyan

Guest Artist Concert, Boris Allakhverdyan, Clarinet / FREE

With Wesley Ferreira and Sergei Vassiliev, Clarinet Clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan is principal clarinet at the Los Angeles Philharmonic; former positions include principal of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York and associate principal of the Kansas City Symphony. His playing has been described as “miraculous,” “superlative,” and “elegant and lyrical” by the New York Classical […]


GA Matthew Zalkind

Guest Artist Concert, Matthew Zalkind, Cello / FREE

Praised for his “impressive refinement, eloquent phrasing, and singing tone,” (The New York Times) American cellist Matthew Zalkind has performed world-wide as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. The solo program includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, and Zoltán Kodály’s famous Sonata for Cello Solo op. 8. As a former […]


If and When

Guest Artist Concert, If + When / FREE

If + When is a modern performance ensemble based in Denver, Colorado. With a variety of musical experience and influence, Kevin Keith and Ben Yats’ programs feature visual theatrics, spoken word, improvisation, and world influences. The two hold degrees from Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, and the Lamont School of Music. The duo’s current […]


GA Kauffman

Guest Artist Concert, Mindy Kauffman, Flute/Piccolo / FREE

Mindy Kaufman joined the New York Philharmonic as flute and solo piccolo in 1979 after receiving a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with James Galway. Ms. Kaufman gives masterclasses around the world, and has taught at Columbia University, Mannes Prep, and Juilliard Pre-College. She’s recorded with the Metropolis Ensemble, New […]


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University Symphony Orchestra Concert: Concerto Competition and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 5

Concerto Competition and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 5 Always a signature event, the University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Wes Kenney, becomes the accompaniment for three outstanding student soloists. In addition, Antonin Dvorak is best known for his later symphonies, but his earlier works show us the blossoming artist he was becoming. His fifth symphony still has […]


John Carlo Pierce

Virtuoso Series Concert, John Carlo Pierce, Tenor

With Joel Bacon, Piano Faculty artists John Carlo Pierce and Joel Bacon present an eclectic program of works for voice and piano. Featured on the program are five songs by Wintter Watts, recently recorded by the duo and included on their forthcoming CD. The first half of the program is devoted to German composers Ludwig […]


CSU Center for the Arts

Colorado Symphony at Colorado State: Beethoven 2020

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of iconic composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, and your Colorado Symphony embarks on a year-long celebration, performing over two dozen concerts and events across the state of Colorado. Join us in Griffin Concert Hall as a small ensemble of musicians from the Colorado Symphony curate an intimate evening for their […]


Jason Vieaux

CLASSICAL CONVERGENCE CONCERT SERIES: Jason Vieaux

Grammy® winner Jason Vieaux is “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists.” (Gramophone) Going beyond the classical, Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music. Building on the foundation of the classical music tradition, but with a contemporary edge, the co-produced season […]


Wind Symphony: Graduate Conductor Concert #1

Members of the Wind Symphony perform chamber works by Michael Daugherty, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ned Rorem, Vincent d’Indy, and James M. David, conducted by Sheridan Monroe Loyd. The Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Rebecca Phillips, is the premier concert band, performing the finest literature of yesterday, today, and tomorrow with a flexible instrumentation that includes […]


Guest Artist Concert, Steven Cohen, Horn / FREE

Steven Cohen is an international orchestral, Broadway, and chamber musician. In 2019, Cohen’s internationally broadcast recital on WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase was the first horn recital on the program since the 1990s. He can be seen regularly with Mannheim Steamroller and is featured on their latest release, “Mannheim Steamroller Live.” From 2010-2012, Cohen was principal […]


Concert Orchestra

Concert Orchestra Concert: American Idols / FREE

American Idols With Jessica Warner, English Horn; and Stanley Curtis, Trumpet The Concert Orchestra, conducted by Leslie Stewart, performs the music of three “American Idols”—Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, and John Corigliano. Faculty artists Jessica Warner, English horn, and Stanley Curtis, trumpet, play Copland’s “Quiet City.” The program opens with “Voyage” by John Corigliano, and concludes […]


Stanley Curtis

Virtuoso Series Concert, Stanley Curtis, Trumpet

With Tim Burns, Piano; Bryan Wallick, Piano; Jessica Warner, Oboe; John McGuire, Horn; Drew Leslie, Trombone; and Michael Hamilton, Percussion Faculty artist Stanley Curtis presents a recital of new music that he composed, alongside works by recent graduate student Kevin Poelking, and CSU composition professor James David, as well as Aaron Copland’s “Quiet City,” and […]


Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band Concert: Traveler

Traveler Using music and the power of the imagination, the Symphonic Band, under the direction of T. André Feagin, explores contemporary works for wind band that capture culture and place them in a time in which they no longer exist. The ensemble presents the works of Ron Nelson, John Williams, Luis Serrano Alarcón, Dwyane Milburn, […]


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Sinfonia Concert: Beethoven at 250!

Beethoven at 250! With Tiffany Blake Oliver, Soprano; and Noah Racey, Narrator CSU begins its Beethoven’s 250th birthday celebration with the Sinfonia, CSU’s most intimate orchestra, conducted by Wes Kenney. The chamber ensemble performs the impishly frenetic Symphony No. 4, and the evening concludes with the incidental music from the play Egmont: the overture being […]


Concert Band

Concert Band Concert: Folkloric / FREE

Folkloric Join the Concert Band, conducted by Erik Johnson, for a celebration of folk music from around the world! At once deep and whimsical, the program features a tour-de-force of music from Scotland, France, the Czech Republic, Japan, and beyond. “We are all standing on the musical shoulders of the musical traditions passed down to […]


Wind Symphony: Graduate Conductor Concert #2

Members of the Wind Symphony perform chamber works by Edgard Varése, Felix Mendelssohn, Antonín Dvorark, and Michael Daugherty, conducted by graduate student Shannon Weber. The Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Rebecca Phillips, is the premier concert band, performing the finest literature of yesterday, today, and tomorrow with a flexible instrumentation that includes as few as […]


Mendelssohn Trio

Virtuoso Series Concert, Mendelssohn Trio

The Mendelssohn Trio with members Barbara Thiem on cello, Erik Peterson on violin, and Theodor Lichmann on piano, has been in residence at CSU for a number of years. In addition to coaching student chamber music ensembles, the trio presents a program each spring, this year playing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Trio op. 1, Antonin Dvorak’s […]


Jackie Glazier

Guest Artist Concert, Jackie Glazier, Clarinet / FREE

Hailed for her “robust playing and virtuosic performance,” (San Diego Tribune) and “beautiful and clear tone,” (The Clarinet Magazine) Jackie Glazier is an active soloist, chamber musician, orchestral clarinetist, pedagogue, and advocate of new music. She is assistant professor of clarinet at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. Ms. Glazier has performed […]


Jazz Ensembles Concert

Jazz Ensembles Concert: Spotlight on Ernie Wilkins

Spotlight on Ernie Wilkins Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Wil Swindler, presents an evening featuring the utterly compelling romp that is the music of Ernie Wilkins. Wilkins may not be a household name, but he was truly one of the jazz greats, noteworthy for his exciting and varied arrangements and compositions. As a saxophonist, Wilkins […]


Chamber Concert Choir

Chamber and Concert Choir Concert

With CSU Sinfonia; and Jeff LaQuatra, Guitar The Chamber Choir, conducted by James Kim, presents J.S. Bach’s glorious Magnificat with the CSU Sinfonia. This festive and immensely popular work is written for five-part chorus, soloists, and orchestra. Although more concise than his other monumental works such as St. Matthew Passion or Mass in B minor, […]


Duo Francois

Virtuoso Series Concert, Duo Francois, Violin

The Duo Francois—comprised of faculty artist Ron Francois, violin; with Silvana Santinelli, piano—presents a few gems of the violin and piano repertoire. The program features the captivating Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45 by Edvard Grieg and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ hauntingly beautiful “The Lark Ascending.” “There’s something for everyone in this concert. Energetic, […]


GA Graham Winterreise

Guest Artist Concert, Graham Anduri, Baritone and Adam Kluck, Pianist / FREE

Schubert’s Winterreise: A Hero’s Winter Journey Graham Anduri and Adam Kluck perform a staged presentation of Franz Schubert’s masterpiece song cycle, “Winterreise.” Often depicted as the main character’s descent into depression, and eventually death, the two give a different portrayal. Subtitled “A Hero’s Winter Journey,” the Wanderer is representative of all humanity, and follows the […]


Guest Artist Concert, Duo Steiner-Hochwartner / FREE

Peter Steiner & Constanze Hochwartner USA Tour 2020 With his solo playing described as “beautifully controlled with a vocal sound,” Italian trombonist Peter Steiner is recognized as “a new trombone star within his generation,” who “plays with total control.” Together with Constanze Hochwartner (piano/organ), as Duo Steiner-Hochwartner, the pair have toured the world performing diverse […]


Bach and Coltrane

CLASSICAL CONVERGENCE CONCERT SERIES: Passion for Bach and Coltrane

Melding the poetry of A.B. Spellman with the sounds of the Imani Winds quintet, Harlem Quartet, and additional jazz artists, this performance explores the influence of spirituality on the art of musical masters J.S. Bach and John Coltrane. Building on the foundation of the classical music tradition, but with a contemporary edge, the co-produced season […]


Jung Woo Kim

Guest Artist Concert, Jungwoo Kim, Baritone, and Mutsumi Moteki, Piano / FREE

Art Songs of East Asia Jungwoo Kim (Hope College) and Mutsumi Moteki (University of Colorado Boulder) perform a recital of rarely performed songs from the East Asian coastline. Lyric baritone JungWoo Kim is an active opera singer, concert soloist, and recitalist, performing throughout U.S., South America, and South Korea. His extensive repertoire includes opera and […]


Drew Leslie

Virtuoso Series Concert, Drew Leslie, Trombone

Creating Imagery Through Music With Tim Burns, Piano; and Myron Peterson, Trombone Faculty artists Drew Leslie and Tim Burns, along with graduate student Myron Peterson, present an evening of trombone works from a variety of time periods and featuring a variety of styles. These pieces invoke strong imagery in the listener’s mind through the melodies […]


University Chorus Concert

University Chorus Concert / FREE

Join the University Chorus, conducted by Seth Pendergast, for an eclectic evening of choral music from classical to contemporary.


Pirates

The Pirates of Penzance, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert, Directed by Tiffany Blake; Conducted by Wes Kenney

Satire, melodrama, and crazy high jinx come to the Griffin Concert Hall stage as students from the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance collaborate on Gilbert and Sullivan’s gem The Pirates of Penzance.


Air Force Polaris Winds Reed Quintet

Guest Artist Concert, The U.S. Air Force Academy Band’s Polaris Winds Reed Quintet / FREE

For more than 60 years, the Academy Band has used the power of music to honor our nation’s heroes, inspire Air Force personnel and the nation they serve, produce innovative musical programs and products, and communicate Air Force excellence to millions around the world. The United States Air Force Academy Band from Colorado Springs presents […]


CSU Music Therapy Songwriting Recital / FREE

With Chase the Music The third annual recital is a partnership between CSU music therapy students and Chase the Music, a Lyons, Colorado-based nonprofit that matches songwriters with families of children with critical medical needs.


Air Force Polaris Winds Reed Quintet

Masterclass: The U.S. Air Force Academy Band’s Polaris Winds Reed Quintet

The US Air Force Polaris Reed Quintet works with students in a masterclass and discuss working as a musician in the U.S. armed services. The class is free and open to public observation. Contact: Wesley.Ferreira@colostate.edu


Faculty Chamber Music

Virtuoso Series Concert, Faculty Chamber Music

With Tiffany Blake, Soprano; Michelle Stanley, Flute; Jeff LaQuatra, Guitar; Wesley Ferreira, Clarinet; Ron Francois, Violin; Bryan Wallick, Piano; Tim Burns, Piano; Stanley Curtis, Trumpet; Barbara Thiem, Cello; Zo Manfredi, Violin; and Margaret Miller, Viola The popular Faculty Chamber Music concerts are known in the community for tackling unusual music and instrument combinations. The program […]


Trumpet Studio Recital

Trumpet Studio Recital / FREE

A recital presented by brass area students from the studio of Dr. Stanley Curtis, with a portion of the works by guest resident composer, Douglas Hedwig.


Jennifer Montone

Guest Artist Concert, Jennifer Montone, Horn / FREE

Grammy Award winner Jennifer Montone was hailed by the New York Times for her “flawless horn solos… and warm and noble sound.” She is principal horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra and is on the brass faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. She has been a guest artist with the Berlin […]


Borromeo

CLASSICAL CONVERGENCE CONCERT SERIES: Borromeo String Quartet

This adventurous quartet pushes musical, intellectual, and technical boundaries with its inventive performances and insightful interpretations of both classical and contemporary musical repertoire. Building on the foundation of the classical music tradition, but with a contemporary edge, the co-produced season features world-class performers and ensembles, performing at the University Center for the Arts and The […]


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Pre-College Chamber Music Festival Concert / FREE

The region’s best high school string quartets from the pre-college program perform after two days of intense sessions with the acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet.


Christopher Creviston

Rocky Mountain Saxophone Summit Potpourri Concert

With guest Christopher Creviston, Saxophone Our fourth time out in this biennial event celebrating Adolphe Sax’s great invention, the Rocky Mountain Saxophone Summit features special guests from along the Front Range, as well as Christopher Creviston, saxophone professor at Arizona State University, and CSU’s own Peter Sommer. Join us for this capstone concert to a […]


Strings

Graduate String Quartet Recital #1/ FREE

The Graduate Quartet Program, now in its eleventh year, has brought graduate students from around the country and Mexico to study at CSU. In the first of two concerts this spring, the students perform works from the chamber music repertoire. “It is always a great pleasure to see the growth of these ensembles in a […]


Woodwind Area Recital

Woodwind Area Recital / FREE

A recital presented by woodwind area student chamber ensembles, under the direction of woodwind and chamber music faculty, features classic and contemporary repertoire.


Trombone Isolated on Gold

Trombone Area Recital / FREE

A recital presented by trombone area students from the studio of Dr. Drew Leslie.


Ron Miles

Jazz Combos Concert

With guest Ron Miles, Trumpet and Composer The Jazz Combos, directed by Peter Sommer, are joined by master jazz trumpeter, cornetist, and composer Ron Miles for an evening of contemporary jazz and improvisation. Ron Miles has recorded with the Prolific, Capri, Gramavision, and Sterling Circle labels. One of the finest improvisers and composers of his […]


Chamber Ensemble Recital

Chamber Ensemble Recital / FREE

Selected undergraduate ensembles from all areas present a concert of chamber music.


All-Choral Concert

All-Choral Concert

Enjoy selections performed by all three major choral ensembles at CSU—Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and University Chorus. More than 200 voices join forces in the semester’s culminating choral celebration!


Brass Area Recital

Brass Area Recital / FREE

A recital presented by brass area students from the studios of Dr. Stanley Curtis, Dr. John McGuire, Dr. Drew Leslie, and Professor Stephen Dombrowski features repertoire for soloists, as well as brass chamber ensembles.


2020 Wind Symphony

Wind Symphony Concert: Codex Gigas

With James David, Composer; Peter Sommer, Saxophone; Sheridan Loyd, Graduate Student Conductor; and Myron Peterson, Graduate Student Conductor Codex Gigas is a famous medieval manuscript from the 13th century that is the central inspiration to James David’s newest composition, Symphony No. 1. The Wind Symphony, conducted by Rebecca Phillips, concludes their 2019-2020 season with a […]


Andy Bliss Percussion Festival

Percussion Ensemble Festival Concert / FREE

With guest Andy Bliss, and CSU Percussion Ensemble This traditional percussion concert caps off the eighth annual festival of high school percussion ensembles. Featuring special guest Andy Bliss, this will be a high energy presentation of contemporary percussion music. Andy Bliss is a solo artist, conductor, curator, and educator who maintains a dynamic, international career […]


Tiffany Blake

Virtuoso Series Concert, Tiffany Blake, Soprano

With Chris Crans, Piano A recital of art songs presented by faculty artists Dr. Tiffany Blake and Dr. Chris Crans.


The CSU Jazz Ensembles in rehearsal

Jazz Ensembles Concert: Jazz Ahead of its Time

Throughout the history and development of Jazz as an art form, there have been musicians and composers that were ahead of their time, creating music unlike any that had come before. Sometimes entire new genres sprang from these firebrands—sometimes their music laid subtle foreshadowing for something that wouldn’t be fully realized for decades. Jazz Ensemble […]


Voice Area Recital

Voice Area Recital / FREE

A recital of art songs and arias presented by the voice area students from the studios of Dr. Nicole Asel, Dr. Tiffany Blake, and Dr. John Pierce.


Guitar Area Recital

Guitar Studio Recital / FREE

CSU’s inaugural guitar studio presents a recital featuring chamber music and solo performances of contemporary works, as well as arrangements of standard classical repertoire.


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University Symphony Orchestra Concert: Stories from the Old Lands: Richard Strauss, Smetana, and Debussy

With Barbara Thiem, Cello; Margaret Miller, Viola; Women from Concert Choir (Nathan Payant, Director) Join the University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Wes Kenney, on the legendary adventures of Don Quixote, as envisioned by Richard Strauss. Faculty artists Barbara Thiem and Margaret Miller join the orchestra in the roles of the wayward knight and the faithful […]


Concert Band Concert: The Spirit of CSU / FREE

The Spirit of CSU The Concert Band, conducted by Erik Johnson, performs music representing each college in the University. The program is full of life and reflective of the many achievements of the past, and the stalwart commitment to visions for the future. The band has students representing every college and the music pays tribute […]


Graduate String Quartet Recital

Graduate String Quartet Recital #2 / FREE

In the second of two concerts this semester, the students perform works from the chamber music repertoire.


Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band Concert: Con*nec*tion

Con*nec*tion Robert Schumann once said that music owes as much to Johann Sebastian Bach as religion to its founder. It is in this idea that J.S. Bach serves as the nucleus for the Symphonic Band’s final concert of the academic year titled “Con•nec•tion.” The ensemble, under the direction of T. André Feagin, explores a program […]


Violin Studio Recital

Violin Studio Recital / FREE

A recital presented by students from the studios of Dr. Ron Francois features repertoire from the standard literature.


Concert Orchaestra

Concert Orchestra Concert: Flights of Fancy / FREE

Flights of Fancy With Ron Francois, Violin The Concert Orchestra, conducted by Leslie Stewart, performs music inspired by birds—whether in flight or flapping their wings around the barnyard! The program features faculty artist Ron Francois performing Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending.” The concert opens with “Of Glorious Plumage” by Richard Meyer, led by graduate conducting […]


Conducting Seminar Final Concert

The seminar continues its fun tradition of presenting a delightful concert version of a popular operetta or Broadway musical. The project serves as the master’s thesis for working music educators from around the world who participate in the Summer Conducting Seminar for three consecutive summers.


International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A. — Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Piano

Brilliant Italian pianist, Van Cliburn Silver Medalist, and Professor of Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Antonio Pompa-Baldi highlights his international career with frequent performances around the world in the concert halls and festivals of Europe, Asia, and the U.S.A.


International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A. — Valery Kuleshov, Piano

Named “Honored Artist of the Russian Federation” by Boris Yeltsin (Russian President, 1997), Van Cliburn Silver Medalist Valery Kuleshov (Russia/USA) returns to IKOF by popular demand after recent tours in Russia and Mexico. PROGRAM JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 arranged by Igor Zhukov FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in […]


International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A. — Eva Gevorgyan and Tetiana Shafran, Piano

A new “Prodigy & Protégé Series” features the young Eva Gevorgyan (Armenia), Silver Medalist in the 2019 Van Cliburn International Youth Competition and Tetiana Shafran (Ukraine), Gold Medalist in the 2019 Olga Kern International Piano Competition. These young international stars will steal your hearts with their musicality and blow your minds with their technical prowess.


International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A. — Zlata Chochieva, Piano

Exquisite artistry and poetry grace the stage of Griffin Concert Hall with beauty and sublime musicianship as Zlata Chochieva (Russia) presents a spellbinding concert of rarities and all-time favorites. BACH-FRIEDMAN: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: I. Vivo Flute Sonata in E Flat BWV 1031: II. Siciliano “Bouree” from the 1st violin […]


Kemal Gekic playing the piano

International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A. — Kemal Gekic, Piano

Croatian superstar, Kemal Gekic, mesmerizes and provokes with his consummate artistry and technical wizardry, sending audiences into frenzied levels of excitement. “Flamboyant, daring, provocative, exciting, seductive, and sensitive” are some of the words used to describe one of today’s most formidable pianists. “Gekic rides the charismatic edge of genius” (R. Dyer, Boston Globe).