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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Concert Band

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Oct 21, 2019

Concert Band

Cross, Bach, Ticheli, Slyer, Fillmore
Free concert

CU Boulder's Concert Band performs an eclectic program of works for winds and percussion.The Concert Band, which is open to music majors and non-major...

Thompson Jazz Combos

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Oct 21, 2019

Thompson Jazz Combos

October 21
Free concert

The Thompson Jazz Studies combos explore the rich repertoire of jazz, including traditional, swing, bebop, fusion and tunes by new artists, along with...

Faculty Tuesdays

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Oct 22, 2019

Faculty Tuesdays

Masterworks for Oboe and Bassoon
Free concert

Oboes and bassoons have been favorite wind instruments of composers since 1600. Join Senior Instructor of Oboe Peter Cooper and guest bassoonist Billy...

Thompson Jazz Combos

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Oct 23, 2019

Thompson Jazz Combos

October 23
Free concert

The Thompson Jazz Studies combos explore the rich repertoire of jazz, including traditional, swing, bebop, fusion and tunes by new artists, along with...

Thompson Latin Jazz Ensemble

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Oct 24, 2019

Thompson Latin Jazz Ensemble

Sivuca, Neto, Dewey, Sánchez, Mariano, Silva, Valera, Valdés, Levine
Free concert

The Thompson Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Victor Mestas, studies music from the Caribbean and South America and its integration and ties with jazz...

Lacunae

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Oct 25-27, 2019

Lacunae

An MFA dance concert
Full price: $16

MFA Dance candidates Kristen Holleyman, Gretchen LaBorwit and Kelley Ann Walsh use the spiral, gesture and drive of bodies to craft a collision of apo...

University Singers and University Choir

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Free concert

CU Boulder’s top choirs present choral works from throughout the centuries. Performance date and time:  Sunday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Progr...

Takács Quartet

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Oct 27-28, 2019

Takács Quartet

Beethoven, Bartók, 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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Oct 29, 2019

Faculty Tuesdays

Musical Journey with Friends
Free concert

Collaborative pianist Suyeon Kim and her wonderful friends share three beautiful pieces of music on a mid-autumn's evening. This recital begins with F...

Nobuntu

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Oct 30, 2019

Nobuntu

Full price: $20-$72

"Nobuntu"—an expression meaning feminine familial love, humility and kindness—is a female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe that has drawn ...