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February 2017
$1 - $18

Symphonic Band Concert

Tue Feb 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Richard Frey, presents an all European program, including works from Norway, Spain, and France. The second half of the program features the renowned melodies and drama of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana” on John Krance's wind band setting of the famous piece.

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March 2017
$10 - $30

Third Coast Percussion

Wed Mar 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Hailed by The New Yorker as “superb,” this group explores and expands the sonic possibilities of the percussion repertoire.

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$1 - $18

Chamber Choir and Concert Choir Concert

Fri Mar 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Concert Choir and Concert Orchestra perform Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi, conducted by Leslie Stewart. This masterwork is a staple of the choral/orchestral repertoire, and is one of the most beloved and quintessential pieces from the Baroque era. “I'm thrilled that the two groups are continuing their tradition of collaboration to share this amazing piece,” said Ryan Olsen, the choir’s director. The Chamber Choir, conducted by James Kim, performs the five movement suite, “Songs of Ariel” by Swiss composer Frank…

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FREE and open to the public

Concert Band Concert / FREE

Sun Mar 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Concert Band, conducted by Erik Johnson, performs an array of music inspired by France and the French people. “The band, full of majors from nearly every walk of life on our campus, is committed to making excellent music as a way to deepen our enjoyment of life and our understanding of ourselves in a broad and diverse world,” expressed Dr. Johnson. Please join us in celebration and reflection of the centuries-old bond between our two nations!

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$1 - $18

Sinfonia Concert

Tue Mar 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Always a mesmerizing evening, see CSU’s top music students square off in the concerto competition finals! “I always look forward to this concert,” enthused Maestro Wes Kenney about the annual competition. “It's fantastic working with these amazing student soloists.” The Sinfonia, CSU’s chamber orchestra, also plays one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's most famous works, Symphony No. 40 in G minor. “I love any work of his in a minor key,” revealed Kenney.

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$1 - $19.50

A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim

Thu Mar 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
This is a recurring event. (see all)
Once on Mar 31, 2017,
and Once on Apr 1, 2017

Join the Ralph Opera Program in a deliciously intriguing romp in turn of the century Sweden. Romantic trysts, confusion, and delight abound in the Stephen Sondheim hit that includes the famous "Send in the Clowns". Broadway performer, Patty Goble, and new voice faculty member, Dr. John Pierce, will join our student cast.

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April 2017
$1 - $19.50

A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim

Sun Apr 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join the Ralph Opera Program in a deliciously intriguing romp in turn of the century Sweden. Romantic trysts, confusion, and delight abound in the Stephen Sondheim hit that includes the famous "Send in the Clowns". Broadway performer, Patty Goble, and new voice faculty member, Dr. John Pierce, will join our student cast.

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$1 - $18

Jazz Combos Concert

Wed Apr 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Jazz Combos I, II, and III perform a variety of standards, arrangements, and original compositions on this concert. “I always enjoy the original compositions and arrangements created by our wonderful students,” said Combo I Conductor Shilo Stroman, “It’s exciting to see them take ownership of their ensembles!”

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$1 - $18

Men’s Chorus and University Chorus Concert

Fri Apr 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Men's Chorus, conducted by Ryan Olsen, presents "The Music of Living," a collection of pieces for men's voices that celebrates unity, brotherhood, and men working together to create beauty and harmony through music. The concert features pieces from the American musical tradition and cultures around the world. “As the world and American society are both going through turbulent times, music has the ability to heal and unify, which is what we hope this concert signifies,” said Dr. Olsen. In…

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FREE and open to the public

Trombone Fest Concert / FREE

Tue Apr 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Enjoy a "A Night at the Movies," the culminating event of the first-ever CSU Trombone Fest. In addition to his duties with the Pittsburg Symphony, trombonist Jim Nova is a highly-regarded arranger of music for trombone ensemble. On this concert, the TRAMbone Choir performs many of Nova’s cinematic arrangements, including music from "Star Wars," "JFK," and "Ben Hur," with Mr. Nova playing all of the principal/solo parts himself! The group also premieres brand-new film score arrangements by three current CSU…

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$1 - $18

Jazz Ensembles Concert

Thu Apr 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Jazz Ensembles I and II are joined by the great Matt Wilson, drummer and jazz musician extraordinaire. Matt Wilson is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style, as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist. His positive energy, sense of humor and ability to explore a broad range of musical settings keeps him in constant demand. In addition, Wilson’s dedication to jazz has helped establish him as a beloved world ambassador for the music,…

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FREE and open to the public

Colorado Bandmasters Association State Concert Band Festival

Mon Apr 17, 2017
This is a recurring event. (see all)
Once on Apr 18, 2017

The festival showcases Colorado’s outstanding concert bands, giving them the opportunity to perform in a superb concert hall and be critiqued by the nation’s finest music educators. Performances are FREE and open to the public. Information: coloradobandmasters.org

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FREE and open to the public

High School Choral Invitational Concert / FREE

Wed Apr 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

For half a dozen select high school choirs, the invitational is a day of on-campus coaching with James Kim, director of choral activities at CSU, culminating in a combined choral festival concert given by the participating regional choirs.

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$1 - $18

Wind Symphony Concert

Fri Apr 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Rebecca Phillips, concludes the War and Peace series by looking inward at our own great nation, developed through incredible accomplishments and difficult lessons over the past two-hundred years. The music will touch on the growing pains of westward expansion during the 19th century, upward expansion during the 20th century, our continuing journey to achieve civil rights, and new challenges in our technological-driven world of the 21st century.

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FREE but ticketed

Middle School Outreach Ensemble Concert / FREE but ticketed

Sat Apr 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The 11-week outreach program concludes with a FREE concert presented by over 200 middle school students and conducted by CSU music education majors; the program features new compositions based on the program’s 2017 social justice theme, "Culture of Rhythm -- Rhythm of Culture."

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$1 - $18

All Choral Concert

Tue Apr 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Enjoy selections performed by all four choirs at CSU – Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus, and University Chorus. Over 200 voices join forces at the end for a culminating celebration!

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$1 - $18

University Symphony Orchestra Concert

Thu Apr 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
This is a recurring event. (see all)
Once on Apr 28, 2017

The University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Wes Kenney, performs the great orchestra showpiece Pictures at an Exhibition by Modeste Mussorgsky, as transcribed by Maurice Ravel. Expressing his excitement about the concert’s guest soloist, the maestro welcomes CSU faculty artist Barbara Thiem on what many consider the greatest cello concerto ever written, Ernst Bloch's Schlomo; from the composer’s “Jewish Cycle,” the work premiered in Carnegie Hall in 1917. According to the score’s notes, Mason Bates' Mothership “imagines the orchestra as…

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FREE and open to the public

Freshman Voice Studio Recital / FREE

Sat Apr 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A recital featuring students from CSU’s voice studios, including the Freshman Voice Studio.

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$1 - $18

World Percussion Ensemble Concert

Sun Apr 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CSU’s world percussion ensembles perform a varied concert featuring the calypso music of Trinidad/Tobago performed by the steel pan bands, the ragtime era represented by the 1930s George Hamilton Green Rag Band, the Civil War Era Rope Drum Ensemble, and the frame drums of the Middle Eastern Ensemble. “This concert, with something for everyone, shows the diversity in our terrific percussion world,” said Dr. Eric Hollenbeck, percussion director.

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FREE and open to the public

Concert Band and Concert Orchestra Concert / FREE

Sun Apr 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Concert Orchestra’s program titled Looking Back to Look Forward opens with Edvard Grieg's ‘Holberg’ Suite, Op. 40, conducted by Leslie Stewart. Professor Stewart articulates that, “although the Neo-Classical style is most often associated with 20th century composers such as Prokofiev and Stravinsky, Grieg anticipated this trend in 1884 with his suite based on 18th century dance forms. 18th century composer Georg Christoph Wagenseil wrote one of the earliest concertos for trombone in 1763 and is considered one of the…

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May 2017
$1 - $18

Symphonic Band Concert

Thu May 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join the CSU Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Richard Frey, as they conclude the school year with a program titled "Sanctuary." “The idea of ‘sanctuary’ conveys a rich diversity of images of peace, solitude, strength, and protection,” explains Frey. The concert program explores each of these, including Roy Magnuson's "That Dear Land of Rest".

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$10 - $22

Borromeo String Quartet

Fri May 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Borromeo’s visionary performances include both fresh interpretations of the classical music canon and works by 20th and 21st century composers.

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