Dec 7-9, 2018

2018 Holiday Festival

2018 Holiday Festival

2018 Holiday Festival


Boulder's beloved holiday tradition.

Delight in the twinkling lights, seasonal greenery and beautiful music at CU Boulder’s Holiday Festival, an annual tradition that’s enchanting for all ages. The decades-old celebration brings together student choirs, bands and orchestras—along with world-class faculty performers—for a concert of holiday favorites and new surprises.

Performance dates and times: 

Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m.


Franz Xaver Gruber: "Stille Nacht"; Arr. R. Vaughan Williams: "Gloucestershire Wassail"; Gustav Hoist: "In the Bleak Midwinter"; Chrisophe Beck and Frode Fjellheim: "Vuelie from Disney's Frozen"; Ola Gjeilo: "Nothern Lights"; Arr. Michael Allen: "Ding, Dong Merrily on High"; Arr. John Leavitt: "Fantasy for Christmas"; Arr. David Hanson: "Carol of the Bells"; Leory Anderson: "Christmas Festival Overture"; Arr. John Leavitt: "Carol Sing!"; Charles Ives: "A Christmas Carol"; Pyotr Llyich Tchaikovsky: "Two Dances from the Nutcracker"; Traditional arr. Brad Goode: "Chanukah, Oh Chanukah"; John Rutter: "What Sweeter Music"; André J. Thomas: "Rockin' Jerusalem"; Adolphe Adam arr. Arthur Luck: "Cantique de Noēl"; Arr. Michael Allen: "March of the Toys"; Donald Fraser: "This Christmastide"; Leroy Anderson: "Sleigh Ride"; Bob Wells and Mel Torme: "The Christmas Song"; Arr. Mervyn Warren adapt. Roger Emerson: "Joyful, Joyful"; Elizabeth Poston: "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree"; Via Olatunji and Wendall Whalum arr. Barrington Brooks: "Betelehemu"; George Frederic Handel: "Hallelujah from Messiah"; Arr. Andrew Kazdin ed. Michael Allen: "The Twelve Days of Christmas" 

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Dean's Greeting

Dear Friends,

Since its founding in 1920, the University
of Colorado Boulder College of Music has established itself as one of the top university music programs in the United States. Our
mission of inspiring artistry and discovery, together, has led to innovative professionally oriented experiences—bene tting every student
in the college—while complementing our core educational programs. Examples range from last year’s very successful multiday residency with members of The Cleveland Orchestra to the recent CU at Carnegie Hall Student Showcase Concert.

As we look to the next year, this moment nds
us moving forward with our plans for a major expansion of the Imig Music Building. Approved by the CU Board of Regents last June, the addition
to the south end of the building, which is slated to begin this January and is projected to be completed in 2020, will provide new state-of-the-art rehearsal spaces, classrooms and practice rooms. While much of the project’s cost is being generously supported by the CU Boulder campus, the College of Music still has work to do! To help us get there,

the campus will match every dollar we raise toward the Imig expansion—up to $1.6 million—until Dec. 31, 2018. You can learn more about this project by visiting

Please contact Emily Chesnic at or 303-492-3054 if you would like more information.

With best wishes,

Robert Shay
Dean, College of Music

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