Concerts and Operas

OneBeat Session: Rapid Music Creation, Composition, and Performance

NOTE: Students interested in participating in this session should come to the Organ Recital Hall at 2 p.m. OneBeat brings powerful cultural diplomacy to CSU, Fort Collins Oct. 16-20 In a partnership with the Music District and several local community organizations — including Colorado State University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance — OneBeat is bringing its national [...]

Classical Convergence, PUBLIQuartet

This ‘genre-independent’ string quartet pushes traditional boundaries by showcasing new music and supporting emerging composers, featuring works that range from the classical canon to jazz, and often including open-form improvisation. Dubbed “independent-minded” by The New Yorker, PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene. Founded in 2010 and dedicated to presenting [...]

Guest Artist: Denver Art Song Project / FREE

Art Songs that go bump in the Night! 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, DASP Artists Sarah Stone, Eapen Leubner, and Mallory Bernstein.

Xerxes by George Frideric Handel

Directed by John Carlo Pierce, Conducted by Wes Kenney The amusing tale of a pair of brothers and a pair of sisters, embroiled in a love quadrangle for the ages. Confusion and jealousy arise when a love letter is intercepted, and its contents misunderstood. "The comedic aspect of this opera is unique among Handel's output,” [...]

2017 Halloween Organ Extravaganza

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!

Virtuoso Series Concert, Patty Goble, Soprano; Dan Goble, Saxophone; and Russell Hirshfield, Piano

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.

Guest Artist: Ed Saindon, Percussion / FREE

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.

Virtuoso Series Concert, Faculty Chamber Music

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, [...]

Voice Area Recital #2 / FREE

Performances of art songs and arias from undergraduate and graduate voice majors.

Woodwind Area Recital / FREE

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.

Trombone Studio Recital / FREE

The members of the trombone studio present a recital with a variety of solos and chamber ensembles.

It Could Be Anything Concert

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.

Clarinet Studio Recital / FREE

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

Virtuoso Series Concert, Tiffany Blake, Soprano

With Chris Reed, Piano A recital of art songs.

Music in the Museum Series, Joel Bacon, Harpsichord / FREE

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 [...]

Classical Convergence, Morgenstern Trio

Named after the famed poet Christian Morgenstern, this German piano trio has been praised for their “unanimity, polished technique and musical imagination” by The Washington Post. *Public pricing may increase by $5-$10 based on inventory

Brass Area Recital / FREE

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.

Jazz Ensembles Concert #2

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 [...]

Medieval Music Concert

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 – [...]

Sinfonia Concert

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.

Guest Artist: Ad Hoc Cello Quartet / FREE

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.

2017 Holiday Spectacular

Open Dress Rehearsal for CSU Students only: Wednesday, November 29, 7 p.m. (FREE, but ID required) Public Performances: Thursday, November 30, 7 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 [...]

2017 Parade of Lights Preview / FREE

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.

Graduate String Quartet Concert / FREE

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.

Concert Orchestra Concert / FREE

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 [...]

Jazz Combos Concert

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 [...]

Graduate Piano Trio Recital

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 Studio Recitals / FREE

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!

Symphonic Band Concert #2

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 [...]

Keyboard Area Recital / FREE

A recital presented by students from the piano studio of Dr. Janet Landreth.

Music Audition Days

Music Audition Days are for students wishing to pursue an undergraduate music major or minor degree at CSU. Auditions simultaneously function as admission consideration, as well as scholarship consideration, through the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Registration required: or contact

Wind Symphony Concert #2

Find Your State: State of InnovationRebecca Phillips, conductor The 2017-18 CSU Wind Symphony season highlights Colorado State University's commitment to collaboration, community, innovation, and inspiration. All of these ideals can clearly be connected by music, and the Wind Symphony continues their season by highlighting works of innovation. Each selection on this concert changed the way both music and theatre were conceived, interpreted, and enjoyed by audiences [...]

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.

Classical Convergence, Canadian Brass

Hailed as the “Kings of Brass,” this quintet has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world. Displaying a full stylistic range from Baroque to Dixieland and contemporary compositions, their virtuosity is served up with trademark audience-engaging light-hearted banter. “These are the men who put brass music on the map with their unbeatable [...]

Classical Convergence, SHUFFLE

Dubbed “independent-minded” by The New Yorker, PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene. Founded in 2010 and dedicated to presenting new works for string quartet, PUBLIQuartet was selected as Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Ensemble at the Concert Artists Guild Competition, also winning their Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist [...]

Classical Convergence, Borromeo String Quartet

With Special Guest Joel Bacon, Organ The Borromeo String Quartet is joined by Organ Professor Dr. Joel Bacon for an extraordinary concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Colorado State University’s renowned Casavant Organ. The visionary performances of the Borromeo String Quartet have established itself as one of the most important string quartets of our time. [...]

Classical Convergence, Anthony de Mare: Liaisons

Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano Liaisons is a landmark commissioning and concert project, conceived by acclaimed concert pianist Anthony de Mare, based on the songs of legendary musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim. The project has brought together 36 of the world’s foremost contemporary composers to "re-imagine" one of Sondheim’s songs as a solo piano piece. [...]