Wes Kenney, Musical Director; Brian Luedloff, Stage Director 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 and is co-conducted by the graduating […]
The Colorado Kodály Institute (CKI) is a dynamic training center for elementary classroom music teachers, independent music instructors, and secondary music teachers interested in taking their teaching, conducting, musicianship, and depth of knowledge about music education to new heights. The final concert of this year’s institute will be presented by graduate-level students within the Colorado […]
Vadym Kholodenko captures the attention of juries, audiences, and critics alike for “mesmerizing and exhilarating” performances that [bring] the crowd to their feet, cheering him like a rock star.
Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century.
Russian pianist Zlata Chochieva is “the possessor of a comprehensive technique who brings an inner glow to every bar…poetic and pianistic command could hardly go further.” – Gramophone
Bryan Wallick is gaining recognition as one of the great American virtuoso pianists of his generation. Gold medalist of the 1997 Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa. Mr. Wallick made his New York recital debut in 1998 at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and […]
Performing worldwide from a vast repertoire, the Croatian pianist presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations, always generating frenzied audience enthusiasm.
With Chris Crans, Piano This recital features two young opera singers with big careers and represents the styles and tessituras demanded by opera singers — ultimately bringing them success in Europe — including Baroque, Modern, extended vocal techniques, and compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giacomo Puccini, and Giuseppe Verdi. In addition to singing at the […]
Featuring faculty artist Tim Burns, Piano In preparation for a tour later this fall, CSU faculty artists Peter Sommer and Tim Burns present an evening of saxophone sonatas from the golden age of concert saxophone to the present, including works by Fernande Decruck and Edison Denisov, as well as CSU Composer-in-Residence James David’s new work, […]
Recitals in this series are given in memory of the long-time CSU organ professor, Robert Cavarra, honoring his commitment to bringing world-class organists to Fort Collins. American organist Todd Wilson is head of the organ department at Cleveland Institute of Music, house organist at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio, and organ curator […]
Shilo Stroman and Matt Brown, Percussion; Jo Asker, Bass The recently formed trio, led by faculty artist Shilo Stroman, explores unusual instrumentation. Additional guests augment the vibe trio as the musicians perform a variety of music, including original works by the group. “Imagine a Jimi Hendrix power trio going to a classic Bill Evans piano […]
Shubhendra Rao, master of the sitar, and Saskia Rao-de Haas, pioneer of the Indian cello, take Indian music to new horizons. Their sound has been hailed as a new musical language that is both avant-garde and traditional with an effect that conjures a symphony orchestra. They are joined by master percussionist Aditya Kalyanpur on tabla. […]
Comprised of faculty artists Michelle Stanley, flute, and Jeff LaQuatra, guitar, the Quatra Duo is embarking on a 12-day tour of China in Oct. This performance shares the tour program with the Fort Collins community and includes the popular “History of the Tango” by Astor Piazzolla, “Entr’acte” by Jacques Ibert, and works by American composers […]
This recital takes listeners on a journey through the heart of Parisian life through the poetry and music of late 19th century France with well-known favorites and a few unknown gems by Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Reynaldo Hahn, Nadia Boulanger, Jacques Offenbach, and Erik Satie. Joshua May is an active performer of opera, […]
Featuring faculty artist Margaret Miller, Viola The concert, conducted by Wes Kenney, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary American musician Leonard Bernstein in 2018 and the 150th anniversary of the death of Hector Berlioz in 2019 with performances of salient works by the iconic composers. The program includes “Three Dance Episodes” […]
With Guest Carrie Nicholas Join R.O.C.K.E. and the Colorado Kodály Institute for a full day of student engagement and classroom management strategies for the elementary music room. In this workshop, Organization of American Kodály Educators Western Division President Carrie Nicholas covers topics such as no-fail singing games and dances, student-centered activities, strategies for student choice […]
With Theresa Bogard, Piano Theresa Bogard and Barbara Thiem present duos by Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc.
Join the Jazz Ensembles, conducted by Wil Swindler and Shilo Stroman, as they explore the unfolding of jazz through the 20th century into our modern world. “There is a treasure trove of classic jazz works that have been reimagined by modern jazz musicians reflecting the developing aesthetic of our music and our culture,” says Swindler. […]
William Shakespeare’s classic, first performed around 1596, is one of the bard’s most beloved plays. For centuries, audiences have enjoyed this comic fantasy about four lovers who find themselves bewitched by fairies and suffering strange love experiences. Four interconnecting plots are set simultaneously in the wooded realm of Fairyland, under the light of the moon. […]
Featuring faculty artist Tim Burns, Piano In a season of milestones, including the UCA’s 10th anniversary last year and the 150th for CSU this year, the timing of the the 100th anniversary of three great 20th century works for viola and piano by Rebecca Clarke, Ernest Bloch, and Paul Hindemith couldn’t be better! “These composers […]
A recital of art songs and arias.
Award winning members of the Session Brass Quintet, Brian Walker, Kurt Bonnett, Angela Winter, Bill Haugeberg, and Noel Wallace, have performed with a wide variety of ensembles nationally and internationally. These competition winners collectively showcase a breadth of brass experience playing in a wide array of styles from classical to pop and beyond. Based in […]
The Concert Orchestra celebrates the fall season with works by living composers Gwenyth Walker (About Leaves) and Eric Whitacre (October). Conductor/violinist Leslie Stewart performs “Fall” from Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons concertos and “Fall” from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzolla. The Vivaldi and Piazzolla works will be led by Andrew Mendizabal, […]
Dr. Bryan Wallick has joined the CSU faculty after serving on the faculty of the University of Pretoria, South Africa since 2007. He is a highly active international performing artist, including solo and collaborative appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa. He was the 1997 gold medalist of the Horowitz International Piano Competition […]
Featuring faculty artist Margaret Miller, Viola The Frahm-Lewis trio prides themselves on accessible programs, performing standard and new repertoire for the piano trio. Ting-Lan Chen, violin, holds the M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in violin performance and chamber music at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Described by The Boston Globe as a “talented, . […]
TrioPolis merges the distinct temperament, stylistic influences, creative spirit, and artistic vision of three cosmopolitan musicians based in North Texas: German violinist Felix Olschofka, American clarinetist Kimberly Cole Luevano, and Greek-American pianist Anatolia Ioannides. TrioPolis was born following a series of dynamic collaborations in the College of Music at the University of North Texas in […]
Join the Chamber Choir, conducted by James Kim, the Concert Choir, conducted by Nathan Payant, and the University Chorus, conducted by Seth Pendergast for the annual showcase featuring a wide variety of music to inspire and enliven the soul.
Featuring faculty artist Peter Sommer, Saxophone The wind band has strong roots in France and this concert celebrates the country’s rich musical heritage and traditions. The Symphonic Band, under the direction of T. André Feagin, presents the works of Jacques Offenbach, Jean Robert Planquette, Martin Ellerby, and Ron Nelson. The concert also features faculty artist […]
Featuring faculty artist Stanley Curtis, Trumpet The Sinfonia, CSU’s chamber orchestra conducted by Wes Kenney, performs one of the greats of the repertoire, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony. The orchestra welcomes one of the newest music faculty members, Stanley Curtis, playing the famous Trumpet Concerto in E major, S.49 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel. The program […]
Featured on America’s Got Talent, this unique opera duo’s programming—described as “something close to perfection”—runs the gamut of vocal music ranging from art songs, opera and musical theater to jazz, spirituals, gospel, and popular music. Building on the foundation of the classical music tradition, but with a contemporary edge, the co-produced season features world-class performers […]
Performances: Thursday, October 31, 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. The organ studio and faculty artist, Joel Bacon, present the 14th annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza, with classic (and not-so-classic) works, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. Spooky sounds, combined with lighting and special effects, are sure to […]
The one-act opera is paired with a program of arias and art songs with a supernatural yet whimsical theme in honor of both Ravel’s plot and that opening night takes place on Halloween.
With John Carlo Pierce, Lyric Tenor; Zo Manfredi and Leslie Stewart, Violin; Margaret Miller, Viola; Barbara Thiem, Cello; Forest Greenough, Double Bass; Jeff LaQuatra, Guitar; Michelle Stanley, Flute; Andrew Jacobson, Oboe; Wesley Ferreira, Clarinet; Peter Sommer, Saxophone; Shilo Stroman, Vibraphone; Eric Hollenbeck, Marimba; and Wes Kenney, Conductor The faculty chamber music programs have become a […]
Woodwind students present an evening of chamber music and select solo literature.
CSU faculty artist Eric Hollenbeck is joined by faculty guests for a concert of works newly learned by the percussionist, including “And Legions Will Rise” by Kevin Puts, “Book Grooves” by Alejandro Vinao, Six Concert Etudes for Marimba by Peter Klatzow, “Alliteration” by Joe Tompkins, and “Snake’s Dream” by Eric Sammut.
The Jazz Combos, directed by Peter Sommer and graduate teaching assisstant, Michael Hamilton, present an eclectic and exciting evening of classic jazz standards and classics arranged by student performers for a dynamic exploration of improvisation and small group swing.
Cabaret is a powerful, dance-driven musical set in 1931 Berlin in the shadow of the Nazi rise to power. Focusing on the nightlife at the sexy, seedy Kit Kat Klub, the play revolves around American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. The club’s master of ceremonies delivers ribald songs […]
The annual fall concert features several new commissions, as well as traditional music, for a variety of percussion instruments. A varied and exciting event!
With Guest John Michael Vaida, Violin The program represents youthful and vibrant memories in their performance and their presentation. Edvard Grieg’s Violin Sonata in G Major and Richard Strauss’ Violin Sonata in E-flat Major were written early in both composers’ careers and feature stylistic hallmarks of each: Grieg explores the harmonies, colors, and folk instruments […]
A recital presented by brass area students from the studios of Dr. John McGuire, Professor Stanley Curtis, Dr. Drew Leslie, and Professor Stephen Dombrowski features repertoire for chamber groups and soloists.
Members of the graduate program present works by the masters of the chamber music genre.
Trumpet students of Dr. Stanley Curtis perform a variety of pieces from the standard repertoire for trumpet.
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.
As an acknowledgement to the remarkable work by women composers, the flute studio is spending the semester exploring the variety of output created by these pioneering and creative artists.
With Guest Dan Haerle, Piano Dan Haerle is a legendary jazz educator, composer, and pianist. In his 50-year career, Haerle has performed with Stan Kenton, Clark Terry, Mel Torme, Al Jarreau, Pat Methany, Dave Liebman, Wood Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, and others. Continuously in demand as a clinician and educator, he brings a lifetime of performance […]
Featuring faculty artist Bryan Wallick, Piano Along with classics for the holiday season, the orchestra performs the gorgeous Symphony No. 4, composed by Johannes Brahms at the height of his talent, and celebrates an almost forgotten American composer, Louise Moreau Gottschalk, marking 150 years since his death. Maestro Wes Kenney and the ensemble also welcome […]
A CSU tradition continues! Kick off your holidays with the CSU choral ensembles as they perform music to get you in the spirit of the season.
Samuel Beckett — Irish playwright, theatre director, novelist, and poet — is one of the most influential writers of the 20th century and transports his audience to a strange and mysterious world often located at the very brink of death, that “undiscovered country” for which his characters so often yearn. But his works are far […]
Featuring faculty artist John Carlo Pierce, Lyric Tenor Faculty artist Dr. John Carlo Pierce is being featured on a program by Baroque composers Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel. Dr. Pierce sings arias from Handel’s Semele and The Messiah and the orchestra, conducted by Leslie Stewart, performs Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1.
With Guest Jana Starling, Clarinet Having performed on more than twenty concerts together world-wide, clarinetists Wesley Ferreira and Jana Starling join forces once again for a new artistic creation. The duo performs an electronic soundtrack, blending their acoustic instruments with the electric, and enhancing the audio with visual components. “This is the ideal environment in […]
The Symphonic Band presents HERStory, a celebration of women in music featuring contemporary works for wind band by female composers. The ensemble, under the direction of T. André Feagin, presents works by Carolyn Bremer, Katherine Bergman, Shelly Hanson, and Julie Giroux, culminating in a performance of Wind Symphony No. 1 by Nancy Galbraith. “Through discovery […]
As a way for first-year theatre students to solidify themselves in the program, the students from the Freshman Seminar create and perform a derived production of their own in the seventh annual Freshman Theatre Project.
With Guest Conductor James Spinazzola, Stanley Curtis, Trumpet, Drew Leslie, Trombone Lollapalooza is a word to describe something that is particularly impressive, which is a great way to describe John Adams’ short piece, “Lallapalooza.” The 2019-20 Colorado State University Wind Symphony continues their season with an evening full of lollapaloozas, including the world premiere of […]
CSU’s nationally renowned Honor Band Festival is an annual event brings together the finest high school musicians from the Rocky Mountain Region, selected from hundreds of applicants throughout the western United States. The three-day festival features guest conductors and clinicians from across the country and is capped off with a performance by the High School […]
The semester’s culminating recital by our freshman vocalists.
With Alessio Bax, Piano With a career spanning more than thirty years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor, and director, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Bell has recorded more than 40 albums, garnering Grammy®, Mercury®, Gramophone, and ECHO Klassik awards. Bell is joined by renowned pianist […]
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 […]
While How I Learned to Drive won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998, it is still as relevant as ever. Paula Vogel’s coming-of-age tale showcases the funny, surprising, and sometimes devastating things young women might have experienced growing up in the 20th century. With an unsupportive family and frienemies at school, Lil Bit relies on her […]
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 […]
This workshop is designed for all types of classroom teachers, and would also benefit students studying music education or dance education. On-Site Registration: $15. Register on-site between 8:30-9 a.m. Learn movement-based techniques you can use in your classroom music teaching! Members of the Colorado Chapter of the American Eurhythmics Society, who each hold a Eurhythmics […]
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 […]
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in […]