Concerts and Operas

John McGuire headshot

Virtuoso Series Concert, John McGuire, Horn

CSU faculty artist John McGuire performs an epic and mysterious program, including “The Castle of Arianrhod,” from the Goddess Trilogy by John McCabe; Franz Schubert’s homage to Ludwig van Beethoven: Auf dem Strom (On the River), a song for voice, piano, and horn; and Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op.28 (Merry Pranks), transcribed for woodwind quintet and piano.


Guest Artist: Michael Grill, Organ

Michael Grill is director of music at the Erlöserkirche (Our Saviour’s Lutheran) in Munich, Germany. Frequently featured on German radio and television, the recitalist has played throughout Europe, Israel, South America, and the U.S. He founded the concert series “Neue Orgelmusik München,” dedicated to contemporary organ works, as well as “Fürstenrieder Bachtage,” a festival devoted […]


Dr. Peter Sommer rehearses the CSU Jazz Ensembles

Jazz Ensembles Concert

The jazz ensembles, conducted by Wil Swindler, perform an evening of music celebrating the music of living jazz legend Herbie Hancock. “Herbie Hancock’s significance in jazz music cannot be overstated. His writing and playing defined much of the style and direction of jazz in the 1960’s and beyond. Outside of jazz, his music has influenced almost every musical corner of our modern world,” says Swindler.


The Duo Francois

Virtuoso Series Concert, Duo Francois and Friends

The Duo Francois, joined by fabulous area musicians Deborah Marshall, Phillip Stevens, and Charlie Tucker, performs a program of three amazing chamber works: The Sonata No. 3 by Johannes Brahms for violin and piano, Paul Schoenfield’s Trio for clarinet, violin, and piano, and the great romantic Piano Quartet in E major, Op. 20 by Sergey Taneyev. “It is always a pleasure for us to discover new works…and, the Taneyev and Schoenfield, though little known, will be sure to captivate the audience…amazing pieces,” says Francois.


Rebecca Phillips conducts the Wind Ensemble in Griffin Concert Hall

Wind Symphony Concert

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 begins the season by highlighting famous works that showcase form and structure, a key to both musical compositions and architecture. We hope you will join us for a celebration of the Liberal Arts at the UCA! CSU System Passport eligible.


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.


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.”


The CSU Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band Concert: Symphonic Treasures

<em>Symphonic Treasures</em> explores the expressive power of the wind band through pieces by some of the genres most prolific composers. The ensemble, conducted by T. André Feagin, presents the works of Henry Fillmore, Ronald Lo Presti, Malcolm Arnold, Gustav Holst, David Maslanka, and Alfred Reed. Please join us as we present these wind band gems!


Virtuoso Series Concert, Margaret Miller, Viola

CSU faculty artists Margaret Miller and Tim Burns perform Fantaisie by Helene Fleury, the Cadenza for Solo Viola by Krzysztof Pendereck, and the Sonata in E flat major for Viola and Piano, Op. 120 by Johannes Brahms. “I enjoy revisiting familiar works as well as new ones, and this program has all of that,” exclaims Miller.


CSU Chamber Choir and Concert Choir

Fall Choral Showcase Concert

A special showcase of CSU’s four choral ensembles.


Organ Professor Joel Bacon

Casavant Organ 50th Anniversary Concert: Joel Bacon

On the final concert of the 50th Anniversary of the Casavant Organ, CSU’s Professor of Organ Joel Bacon performs selected pieces from the organ’s 1968 opening concert program. “CSU’s Casavant organ is a remarkable instrument – a great point of pride for the university and the community, and a joy for me personally to play […]


A tuba

Tuba Studio Recital / FREE

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


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.


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. CSU System Passport eligible.


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! CSU System Passport eligible.


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.


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.


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.


The CSU Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band Concert: Metamorphosis

Each work presented on the <em>Metamorphosis</em> 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.


A student in the Freshman Voice Studio

Freshman Voice Studio Recital / FREE

The semester’s culminating recital by our freshman vocalists