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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Chick Corea Trilogy

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Oct 9, 2019

Chick Corea Trilogy

with Christian McBride and Brian Blade
Full price: $22-$87

The legendary Chick Corea brings his Grammy-winning acoustic trio to Boulder. Powerhouse bassist Christian McBride and drum master Brian Blade join Ch...

Nobuntu

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Oct 30, 2019

Nobuntu

Full price: $20-$66

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

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

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Nov 19, 2019

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

Beethoven the Avant-gardist
Full price: $20-$66

Hailed as "a brilliant musician and an extraordinary visionary” (Wall Street Journal), world-renowned pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard is as recogn...

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...

Cirque Mechanics

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Jan 17, 2020

Cirque Mechanics

42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels
Full price: $20-$66

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

A Far Cry

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Feb 8, 2020

A Far Cry

Memory
Full price: $15-$66

Known for its innovative, unpredictable approach, the conductor-less, Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry offers a fresh perspective on Mozart...

Pilobolus

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Mar 2, 2020

Pilobolus

Come to your senses.
Full price: $23-$91

Back by popular demand! Pilobolus returns for an athletic and arresting performance that invites you to "Come to your senses." Engage with childlike w...

Kronos Quartet

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Mar 19, 2020

Kronos Quartet

Music for Change: The 60s, The Years That Changed America
Full price: $20-$66

Kronos Quartet's singular experimental style "has broken the boundaries of what string quartets do" (The New York Times). This season, Kronos returns ...

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

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Full price: $22-$87

One of the most original forces in contemporary dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago "is going to take your breath away" (The Washington Post) with its...

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[UN] W.R.A.P. Dances That Don't Look Like Dances

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Full price: $20

The New York Times hailed Brian Rogers' dance film "Screamers" as "a movie that creeps to its own choreographic beat" and declared Michelle Ellsworth'...

A Human Interest Story (Or the Gory Details and All)

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Sep 26-29, 2019

A Human Interest Story (Or the Gory Details and All)

A play by Carlos Murillo
Free tickets available starting Aug. 26, 2019.

"A Human Interest Story (Or the Gory Details and All)" offers an explosive look at the media's portrayal of violence in a modern era. Nature documenta...

re-membering

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Oct 4-6, 2019

re-membering

An MFA dance concert
Full price: $16

MFA Dance candidates Taylor Madgett and Kshitija Saturdekar reverberate and rebound between rhythmic forms—including classical and contemporary ...

Burning the Old Man

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Oct 10-13, 2019

Burning the Old Man

A play by Kelly McAllister
Full price: $16

Two brothers who can’t stand each other have 24 hours left to fulfill their dad’s dying wish to have his ashes scattered at Burning Man. W...

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...

Shakuntala

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Oct 31-Nov 3, 2019

Shakuntala

An adaptation of the play by Kalidasa
Full price: $16

Originally noted in the classic Indian epic Mahabharata, Jashodhara Sen's and Nolan Carey's adaptation of "Shakuntala" tells the timeless story of des...

Play Therapy

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Nov 7-10, 2019

Play Therapy

A new play by Oliver Gerland
Free tickets available starting Oct. 7, 2019.

People communicate in surprising ways. After a supervisor tells Bob to seek direction in life, a chance encounter with a single mother and a non-verba...

A Broadway Christmas Carol

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Nov 15-Dec 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...

Catapult

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Jan 31-Feb 2, 2020

Catapult

A BFA dance concert
Full price: $16

BFA candidates Hattie Houser, Attiyya Fortuné and Sami Scovel craft works that attack, float and reverberate, as they map intergenerational nar...

The Popular Mechanicals

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Feb 13-16, 2020

The Popular Mechanicals

A play by Robinson, Taylor and Shakespeare
Full price: $16

Shakespeare’s greatest clowns—the popular mechanicals from "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"—take center stage in a riotously funny ...

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It's a Wonderful Life

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Nov 15-17, 2019

It's a Wonderful Life

An opera in two acts
Full price: $15-$46

Based on the 1946 Frank Capra movie of the same name (by permission of Paramount Licensing Inc.) and “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Dor...

The Marriage of Figaro

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Mar 13-15, 2020

The Marriage of Figaro

An opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Full price: $15-$46

When a lecherous count sets his sights on his servant Figaro's fiancée, Figaro and his friends seek retribution in the form of hilarious hijink...

Béatrice et Bénédict

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Apr 23-26, 2020

Béatrice et Bénédict

An opera by Hector Berlioz
Full price: $20-$31

Marriage isn't for everyone, least of all verbal sparring partners Beatrice and Benedict. But if they can be convinced to set aside their differences,...

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Takács Quartet

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Sep 8-9, 2019

Takács Quartet

Mozart, Bartók, Dvořák
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...

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...

Tesla Quartet

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Nov 10-11, 2019

Tesla Quartet

Full price: $20-$26

"We are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them.” Inspired by Nik...

Takács Quartet

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Jan 12-13, 2020

Takács Quartet

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...

Takács Quartet

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Mar 8-9, 2020

Takács Quartet

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...

Takács Quartet

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May 3-4, 2020

Takács Quartet

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...