CU Presents Arts Digest

The news you can use from the best in the performing arts on the CU Boulder campus.

Why this play? Why here and now?

Why this play? Why here and now?

The 2019 Colorado Shakespeare Festival directors discuss why plays like "Twelfth Night," "As You Like It," and "Romeo and Juliet" continue to be popular.

READ MORE
Bringing the world to Boulder

Bringing the world to Boulder

After 31 transformative years at the College of Music, Professor of Ethnomusicology Brenda Romero retired this spring.

READ MORE
CU Boulder alum fundraising for endowment for LGBTQIA+ dance students

CU Boulder alum fundraising for endowment for LGBTQIA+ dance students

University of Colorado Boulder alumni Anthony Alterio is fundraising for an endowment that will support LGBTQIA+ dance students in the CU Boulder Theatre & Dance Department.

READ MORE
College of Music alumna Pamela Z wins Rome Prize

College of Music alumna Pamela Z wins Rome Prize

When trailblazing composer and multimedia artist Pamela Z was a student at the College of Music in the 1970s, she was already a singer-songwriter, performing gigs at local venues by night while pursuing rigorous undergraduate voice and music education studies by day.

READ MORE
Colorado Shakespeare Festival veterans return to the stage

Colorado Shakespeare Festival veterans return to the stage

For Sam and Anne Sandoe, Shakespearean works have much significance — not just because they hark back to memories of their childhood and their father, but because of the timeless nature of the content and the artful rhythm found in each well-crafted line.

READ MORE
Four new faculty members join college in fall

Four new faculty members join college in fall

This fall, four new faculty faces—some familiar, some fresh—will be seen around the College of Music. We sat down with each of the incoming educators to see what they’re looking forward to about joining the college family.

READ MORE

Preview the 2019-2020 CU Presents season View all events

Takács Quartet

Loading
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...

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

Loading
SOLD OUT

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

re-membering

Loading
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 ...

Chick Corea Trilogy

Loading
Oct 9, 2019

Chick Corea Trilogy

with Christian McBride and Brian Blade
SOLD OUT

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

Burning the Old Man

Loading
Oct 11-13, 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

Loading
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...

Takács Quartet

Loading
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...

Nobuntu

Loading
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 ...

Shakuntala

Loading
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...

Tesla Quartet

Loading
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...

It's a Wonderful Life

Loading
Nov 15-17, 2019

It's a Wonderful Life

An opera by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer
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...

A Broadway Christmas Carol

Loading
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...

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

Loading
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...

Holiday Festival 2019

Loading
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...

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

Loading
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

Loading
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...

Cirque Mechanics

Loading
Jan 17, 2020

Cirque Mechanics

42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels
Full price: $20-$75

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

Catapult

Loading
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...

A Far Cry

Loading
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...

The Popular Mechanicals

Loading
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 ...

Open Space

Loading
Feb 28-Mar 1, 2020

Open Space

Curated by CU Dance Connection
Full price: $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...

Pilobolus

Loading
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...

Spring Awakening

Loading
Mar 6-15, 2020

Spring Awakening

A musical by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik
Full price: $24

Book and Lyrics by Steven SaterMusic by Duncan SheikBased on the play by Frank Wedekind In "the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade," (Entertain...

Takács Quartet

Loading
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...

The Marriage of Figaro

Loading
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...

Kronos Quartet

Loading
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

Loading
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...

As You Like It

Loading
Apr 9-12, 2020

As You Like It

A play by William Shakespeare
Full price: $16

Shakespeare’s beloved comedy investigates the madness and effervescence of finding love. When a corrupt and narcissistic duke takes hold of the ...

The Current

Loading
Apr 10-19, 2020

The Current

Dance works by faculty and guest artists
Full price: $16

Experience the dynamic works of CU Boulder dance faculty and the Roser Visiting Artist. From the micro-undulations of transnational fusion to the swee...

Béatrice et Bénédict

Loading
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,...

FRESH: Spring 2020

Loading
Apr 24-25, 2020

FRESH: Spring 2020

A CU dance concert

Enjoy a potential mix of Hip-Hop, aerial, fusion forms and improvised offerings crafted by undergraduate and graduate dance students. Tickets sell fa...

Takács Quartet

Loading
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...