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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Jan 15, 2019

Faculty Tuesdays

William Primrose in Song
Free concert

Renowned 20th-century violist William Primrose is recognized for his unparalleled virtuosity. Join violist Erika Eckert and pianist Margaret McDonald ...

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Jan 22, 2019

Faculty Tuesdays

37 Preludes
Free concert

Pianist David Korevaar performs the 12 Préludes of Debussy's second book, a landmark of early 20th-century music, and Luigi Perrachio's 25 Prel...

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Jan 29, 2019

Faculty Tuesdays

Paul Erhard, double bass
Free concert

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

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Feb 5, 2019

Faculty Tuesdays

From Brussels and Vienna with Love
Free concert

Four of CU's brilliant string faculty—Charles Wetherbee, Harumi Rhodes, Geraldine Walther and David Requiro—team up with stellar pianist D...

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Feb 19, 2019

Faculty Tuesdays

SwingTime, WaltzTime, SambaTime: DANCE!
Free concert

Let's get those toes tapping and hands jiving! Jazz is dance music that can waltz, swing or mambo. This program includes famous tunes by Horace Silver...

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Feb 26, 2019

Faculty Tuesdays

Fantasies and Meditations
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Vocal coach and pianist Mutsumi Moteki is joined by pianist Tamara Goldstein and mezzo soprano Abigail Nims in an evening of "Fantasies and Meditation...

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Mar 5, 2019

Faculty Tuesdays

Age of Anxiety
Free concert

In our tech-obsessed, post-nuclear, deeply divided "age of anxiety," Bernstein's monumental Second Symphony, tonight presented on two pianos, finds th...

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Mar 12, 2019

Faculty Tuesdays

Music of Seasons
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Join us to explore music of the seasons, featuring songs of spring by Hugo Wolf and Felix Mendelssohn's charming Variations concertantes. George Crumb...

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Mar 19, 2019

Faculty Tuesdays

John Seesholtz, baritone
Free concert

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