Author: Jill Kimball

Single tickets to CU Presents’ 2017-18 season on sale Aug. 14

Joshua Bell, Béla Fleck and Martha Graham Dance headline the 81st Artist Series.

Boasting a lineup of classical greats, jazz sensations, dance legends and stage hits, CU Presents’ new season promises as much excitement as its star-studded 80th.

Single tickets to the 2017-18 season are on sale beginning Monday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. Tickets are available online at cupresents.org, over the phone at 303-492-8008 or in person at the CU Presents Box Office, located at 972 Broadway in Boulder.

This fall and next spring, the Artist Series welcomes 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. Also returning is 16-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck, who shares the stage with funky string quartet Brooklyn Rider. Audiences also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear the incomparable violinist Joshua Bell.

At CU Boulder’s Department of Theatre & Dance, where the local community can glimpse the stars of tomorrow in stage hits, world premieres and intimate experimental performances, the 2017-18 season promises something for everyone. The theatre lineup features Ibsen’s “A Doll House,” Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” and the musical “Hair,” while the dance division hosts a weekend festival of dance cinema screenings and talks and a handful of student-choreographed showcases exploring everything from gender and sexuality to politics.

This season also features five concert pairs by the Takács Quartet and a special performance by CU Boulder’s former 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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Canadian Brass

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Dec 17, 2018

Canadian Brass

Christmas Time is Here
Starting at $21

Welcome the Christmas season with a performance of lively carols and other holiday favorites by the world’s most famous brass quintet. Clad in t...

Silkroad Ensemble

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Jan 31, 2019

Silkroad Ensemble

Starting at $21

Founded 20 years ago by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Silkroad Ensemble uses music to bridge cultural divides. The ensemble brings together musicians from all...

Kodo One Earth Tour 2019

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Feb 16, 2019

Kodo One Earth Tour 2019

Evolution
Starting at $23

Athletic energy, rich musical tradition and mesmerizing symmetry meet whenever this remarkable taiko drumming ensemble takes the stage. Kodo, named af...

Tafelmusik

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Mar 4, 2019

Tafelmusik

Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House
Starting at $15

In the 18th century, the coffee house was a popular gathering place for brilliant minds and musicians—and nowhere were the sights, sounds and sc...

Batsheva Dance Company

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Mar 20, 2019

Batsheva Dance Company

“Venezuela” by Ohad Naharin
Starting at $34

Israel’s foremost contemporary dance company, revered worldwide for its cutting-edge work, visits Boulder for the first time. Artistic Director ...

Dorrance Dance

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Apr 6, 2019

Dorrance Dance

Starting at $20

Hailed as “entirely glorious” by The New York Times, Dorrance presents tap dance like you’ve never seen. In Artistic Director Michel...

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Wake

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Jan 18-19, 2019

Wake

An MFA dance concert
Free and open to the public

MFA candidate Leah Woods creates a kinesthetic journey into the quantum cosmos and micro-universe of our unsustainable consumption. Using a kaleidosco...

Ethered and Tethered: A Liminal Space

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Jan 25-26, 2019

Ethered and Tethered: A Liminal Space

An MFA dance concert
Free and open to the public

MFA candidate Danielle Garrison invites audiences into a performative laboratory that engages the body with news stories on grief. Through this galler...

Almost, Maine

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Feb 7-10, 2019

Almost, Maine

A play by John Cariani
Tickets $16

On a cold, clear night in the fictional town of Almost, Maine, residents find themselves falling in and out of love in strange and unexpected ways. Th...

Catapult

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Feb 7-10, 2019

Catapult

A BFA dance concert
Starting at $16

How are stories of women in warfare across cultures and time periods being told? Why do we predict the stories of people with mental disorders? What a...

The Voice of the Prairie

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Feb 14-17, 2019

The Voice of the Prairie

A play by John Olive
Free reserved tickets

What happens when a naive farmer meets a profit-seeking scammer during the rise of commercial radio? Follow the life experiences of David Quinn as he ...

Title TBA

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Feb 22-Mar 3, 2019

Title TBA

Title announcement Jan. 1, 2019
Starting at $24

In this Tony Award-winning work from Music Theatre International, the most memorable, iconic characters of children’s literature playfully come ...

Open Space

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Feb 28-Mar 3, 2019

Open Space

Curated by CU Dance Connection
Starting at $16

Be moved by dance works that lilt, groove and tumble across a spectrum of styles in this student-produced and CU Dance Connection-curated series. Tic...

Poltergeist

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Mar 7-10, 2019

Poltergeist

A new play by Alika Magas
Free reserved tickets

In the 2017-2018 New Play Festival Winner "Poltergeist," playwright Alika Magas explores love, grief and what it's like to date the dead. Meet Henry. ...

Falstaff in Love

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Mar 14-17, 2019

Falstaff in Love

A new play by Scott Kaiser
Starting at $16

Follow the hilarious origin story of Jack Falstaff—described by Orson Welles as “Shakespeare’s greatest creation”—and di...

Fourth Annual New Play Festival

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Free and open to the public

Come see how the next generation of theatre artists views and imagines the world we live in. Each of these exciting, peer-reviewed new plays will rece...

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Eugene Onegin

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Mar 15-17, 2019

Eugene Onegin

An opera by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Starting at $15

In 19th-century rural Russia, romance and tragedy unfold in the fates of two sisters. While Tatiana spends her time reading novels, Olga is courted by...

The Turn of the Screw

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Apr 25-28, 2019

The Turn of the Screw

An opera by Benjamin Britten
Starting at $20

Benjamin Britten’s 20th-century English chamber opera—replete with both tonality and dissonance—is something of a horror story, base...

CU New Opera Workshop

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Jun 15, 2019

CU New Opera Workshop

Composer Fellows' Initiative
Free and open to the public

Join us for the world premieres of four brand-new opera works by CU composition students, presented in the experimental and intimate ATLAS Black Box T...

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Takács Quartet

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Jan 13-14, 2019

Takács Quartet

Haydn, Beethoven and Beach
Starting at $36

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

Takács Quartet

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Feb 10-11, 2019

Takács Quartet

Barber, Rorem, Bartók and Grieg
Starting at $36

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

Takács Quartet

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Apr 28-29, 2019

Takács Quartet

Haydn, Bartók and Beethoven
Starting at $36

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