CU Presents Arts Digest

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

Behind the scenes: campus and community celebrate Shakespeare

Behind the scenes: campus and community celebrate Shakespeare

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s history with CU is as storied as the plays performed on their shared stages. Read all about where CSF and CU have been, where they are now—and where they're going together.

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Art, efficiency elevated with University Theatre’s new modern lighting approach

Art, efficiency elevated with University Theatre’s new modern lighting approach

The Department of Theatre & Dance and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival will both benefit from new, sustainable lighting in the University Theatre. The $140,000 addition will consume one-tenth the power of incandescent lights, while vastly reducing waste and equipment.

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7 creative classical concerts that shake up Colorado’s music season

7 creative classical concerts that shake up Colorado’s music season

Both the Takács Quartet and the Altius Quartet (performing today!) are featured in this Denver Post feature on Colorado's must-see and must-hear classical concerts.

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Dance outreach steps it up in Paonia

Dance outreach steps it up in Paonia

CU Contemporary Dance Works, which goes on tour each May to Colorado communities underserved by the arts, will teach dance workshops at Paonia Elementary, North Fork School of Integrated Studies and Paonia Experiential Leadership Academy for the fifth year in a row.

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Hats off to the College of Music Outstanding Students of 2019!

Hats off to the College of Music Outstanding Students of 2019!

Each year, the College of Music proudly recognizes four undergraduate students from each class with the Outstanding Student Award, celebrating their hard work and dedication to their education. These students represent some of the best and brightest that the College of Music has to offer. Meet the College of Music Outstanding Students of 2019!

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From the red carpet to the classroom

From the red carpet to the classroom

Follow Director of Bands Don McKinney's journey to the 2019 Grammy Awards.

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Preview the CU Presents 2019-20 season View all events

Takács Quartet

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Sep 8-9, 2019

Takács Quartet

Season tickets $205

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

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Season tickets starting at $59

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

Chick Corea Trilogy

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Oct 9, 2019

Chick Corea Trilogy

with Christian McBride and Brian Blade
Season tickets starting at $98

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

Takács Quartet

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Oct 27-28, 2019

Takács Quartet

Season tickets $205

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

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Oct 30, 2019

Nobuntu

Season tickets starting at $98

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

Tesla Quartet

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Nov 10-11, 2019

Tesla Quartet

Season tickets starting at $205

"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

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Nov 15-17, 2019

It's a Wonderful Life

An opera in two acts
Season tickets starting at $40

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

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Nov 15-Dec 8, 2019

A Broadway Christmas Carol

A musical created by Kathy Feininger
Season tickets starting at $61

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

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Nov 19, 2019

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

Beethoven the Avant-gardist
Season tickets starting at $44

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

Holiday Festival 2019

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Dec 6-8, 2019

Holiday Festival 2019

Season tickets starting at $68

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

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Dec 17, 2019

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

A Celtic Family Christmas
Season tickets starting at $98

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
Season tickets starting at $98

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
Season tickets starting at $44

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.
Season tickets starting at $98

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

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Mar 6-15, 2020

Spring Awakening

A musical by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik
Season tickets starting at $61

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

The Marriage of Figaro

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Mar 13-15, 2020

The Marriage of Figaro

An opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Season tickets starting at $40

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

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Mar 19, 2020

Kronos Quartet

Music for Change: The 60s, The Years That Changed America
Season tickets starting at $44

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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Season tickets starting at $98

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...

The Current

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Apr 10-19, 2020

The Current

Dance works by faculty and guest artists
Season tickets starting at $56

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

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Apr 23-26, 2020

Béatrice et Bénédict

An opera by Hector Berlioz
Season tickets starting at $40

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,...