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Author: Jill Kimball

CU Presents announces its 2017-18 season

Joshua Bell, Béla Fleck headline the 81st Artist Series

On the heels of a successful 80th-anniversary season filled with blockbuster acts, CU Presents is proud to present yet another star-studded lineup for 2017-18. Season ticket sales begin Monday, April 3 at 10 a.m., and single tickets are available beginning Monday, Aug. 14. Tickets are available at cupresents.org or over the phone at 303-492-8008.

This fall and next spring, the Artist Series welcomes edgy, world-class acts from all corners of the globe to Macky Auditorium. The Martha Graham Dance Company, a Boulder audience favorite, returns for fresh performances of vintage pieces, while the young, energetic talent of Ailey II and Montreal-based RUBBERBANDance will heat up the Macky stage for the first time. Fans of quirky, unpredictable acts can take in a live performance of the jazzy, Parisian score from the film “The Triplets of Belleville,” the cantina-classical stylings of vocalist Lila Downs and the folky, funky beats of banjoist Béla Fleck with string quartet Brooklyn Rider. This season’s classical lineup features the stars of today and tomorrow, between the flawless Quicksilver Baroque Ensemble, the yet-to-be-announced winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and the incomparable violinist Joshua Bell.

As usual, the holiday season is packed with lively performances, including a swinging seasonal concert with acclaimed singer Dianne Reeves and the weekend-long Holiday Festival, a beloved Boulder tradition bringing together CU’s best student ensembles. Due to audience demand, the Holiday Festival now boasts an added matinee performance.

This season also features five concert pairs by the Takács Quartet and a special performance by CU Boulder’s current graduate quartet-in-residence, the Altius Quartet. The Eklund Opera Program’s season features a highly-anticipated production of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Sweeney Todd,” along with performances of Handel’s “Ariodante” and Lehár’s “The Merry Widow.”

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