Author: Jill Kimball and Jessie Bauters

Free faculty concert series marries artistic quality and tantalizing variety

A beloved 17-year tradition, Faculty Tuesdays often pack Grusin Hall to capacity.

At CU Boulder, performing arts events are so numerous that they’re practically a daily occurrence. So we’ll excuse you if you hadn’t yet heard about Faculty Tuesdays.

The chamber music series, which every week features Grammy winners, Pulitzer Prize finalists, internationally-published scholars and musicians who have performed with the world’s best orchestras, is the greatest recurring on-campus event you never knew existed.

Between the tantalizing variety of music (flamenco guitar, bassoon chamber works and everything in between), the esteemed names on the program and the more-than-fair price of zero dollars, there’s no reason not to check out this exciting series.

“The atmosphere is terrific, with an enthusiastic audience, great community support and so many students, colleagues and friends of the college who come to these events,” says faculty pianist David Korevaar, a Juilliard graduate and award-winning Ravel scholar who appears three times this fall. “Whether listening or performing, I’m always happy to be there.”

A beloved 17-year tradition, Faculty Tuesdays often pack Grusin Hall to capacity with performances by the many remarkable artists who teach at the College of Music. These weekly concerts provide a unique mix of performance instruction for students, educational opportunities for fellow faculty members and unparalleled entertainment for music-loving local residents.

This fall, the series runs the gamut, from classics by Chopin and Tchaikovsky to an evening of newer works celebrating planet Earth. On Oct. 24, the College of Music marks 100 years of Finnish independence in a concert featuring several faculty members—Jennifer Bird, Paul Erhard, Hsing-ay Hsu, Yoshi Ishikawa, David Korevaar, Margaret McDonald, Harumi Rhodes, Daniel Silver and Michael Thornton—performing works by Jean Sibelius, Silvestre Revueltas and other famous Finns.

“We wanted to celebrate Finland and the new cultural exchange that’s happening between the college and music institutions there,” says Daniel Kellogg, who is helping organize the recital. “The concert concludes with the world premiere of a piece written by graduate student composer and [recently created] Finnish Jubilee Composition Scholarship winner Conor Brown.”

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A Broadway Christmas Carol

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Dec 5-8, 2019

A Broadway Christmas Carol

A musical created by Kathy Feininger
Full price: $24

What the dickens happened to Scrooge? He sings (show tunes), he dances (time steps and classic Fosse), he turns into a ham (and we’re not talkin...

Holiday Festival 2019

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Dec 6-8, 2019

Holiday Festival 2019

Full price: $20-$66

Delight in the twinkling lights, seasonal greenery and beautiful music at CU Boulder’s Holiday Festival, an annual tradition that’s enchan...

Concert Band and Campus Orchestra

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Dec 9, 2019

Concert Band and Campus Orchestra

Hérold, Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky
Free concert

Join musicians from across the CU Boulder campus for a combined performance featuring the Concert Band and Campus Orchestra. The Concert Band, which i...

Faculty Tuesdays

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Dec 10, 2019

Faculty Tuesdays

Expressions of Conflict
Free concert

Music can serve as an expression of human experience, be it individual or collective. It can also reflect the personal or societal circumstances of th...

Concert Jazz Ensemble

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Dec 11, 2019

Concert Jazz Ensemble

Duke Ellington's "The Nutcracker Suite"

"The Nutcracker Suite" is Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's masterful arrangement of Tchaikovsky's classic. Join the Thompson Jazz Studies program ...

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

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Dec 17, 2019

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

A Celtic Family Christmas
Full price: $22-$87

The holidays truly become a family affair when married duo Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy—two of the globe's best and brightest fiddle play...

Takács Quartet

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Jan 12-13, 2020

Takács Quartet

Mozart and Mendelssohn
Full price: $37-$45

The Grammy Award-winning string quartet has been moving audiences and selling out concerts at CU Boulder for more than three decades. Their irresistib...

Faculty Tuesdays

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Jan 14, 2020

Faculty Tuesdays

Hsiao-Ling Lin and friends
Free concert

Renowned faculty artists perform with students and colleagues in chamber music recitals featuring world premieres and beloved classics. Free most Tues...

Student Recitals

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Jan 14-31, 2020

Student Recitals

Undergraduate, Master's and Doctoral musicians
Free concert

The stars of tomorrow are on stage today at CU Boulder. The students of the College of Music present works old and new for their degree-qualifying rec...

Cirque Mechanics

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Jan 17, 2020

Cirque Mechanics

42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels
Full price: $20-$80

Cirque Mechanics' latest theatrical invention brings the lore of the one-ring circus to historic Macky Auditorium. With exhilarating thrills, death-de...