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D-Day Remembered

June 6, 2014

 “Under the command of General Eisenhower, allied naval forces, supported by strong air forces began landing allied armies this morning on the northern coast of France”. This was the complete text of Communiqué #1 as read by Col. R. Ernest DuPuy from SHAEF at 3:30 a.m. Eastern War Time Tuesday, June 6, 1944.

CU Opera to open with ‘Pirates of Penzance’ Oct. 24-26

April 30, 2014

CU Opera will open its 2014-15 season with Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved comic operetta, “The Pirates of Penzance,” at Macky Auditorium Oct. 24-26.

“This is one of the two or three most important pieces by Gilbert and Sullivan, and we’ve got just the right students to fill these roles,” says Leigh Holman, director of CU Opera. “This is a delightful piece and audiences just go crazy for it.” 

New faculty: Andrea Ramsey, Assistant Professor of Conducting and Associate Director of Choral Studies

April 29, 2014

Andrea Ramsey comes to the College of Music from the The Ohio State University in Columbus, where she is currently teaches choral methods and undergraduate conducting, and conducts the University Chorus. 

New faculty: Paul McKee, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies

April 29, 2014

Paul McKee received a BME from the University of Northern Iowa and an MM in composition from the University of Texas at Austin.

In 1984 he joined Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd and appeared on several Grammy-nominated recordings. Over the years McKee has served on the jazz faculty at schools including DePaul University, Youngstown State University, Northern Illinois University, the University of Missouri at Kansas City and Florida State University.

New faculty: Matthew Dockendorf, Assistant Director of Bands

April 29, 2014

Prior to his appointment at CU-Boulder, Matthew Dockendorf studied at Michigan State University, where he wrote drill and arranged music for the Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass. He served as conductor of the Campus Band and guest conducted the Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Concert Band and Musique 21. 

New faculty: Matthew Chellis, Assistant Professor of Voice

April 29, 2014

As a tenor, Matthew Chellis has appeared to critical and popular acclaim throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. 

He has performed with the New York City Opera, National Symphony, Atlanta Opera, Opera de Bogota, Frankfurt Opera and many others. He has served leading roles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Juan in Prague, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance and numerous others.

Wetherbee talks with Colorado Public Radio about Boulder Phil appointment

April 24, 2014

Charles Wetherbee, assistant professor of violin, spoke with Jean Inaba of Colorado Public Radio about his recent appointment as concertmaster for the Boulder Philharmonic.

CU Opera will kick it with Sondheim and friends, April 24-27

April 15, 2014

‘Side by Side’ is more than just a musical review 

BOULDER, Colo. — Imagine hanging out with legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and a few of his closest friends—Bernadette Peters, Leonard Bernstein, Mandy Patinkin and others—as they chat and swing into some of his greatest works. 

That’s what you’ll experience onstage when CU Opera performs “Side by Side by Sondheim” April 24-27.

Former CU-Boulder orchestra leader Akira Endo dead at 75

Maestro Akira Endo, 1938-2014

April 15, 2014

Akira Endo, former director of orchestral studies at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music, died April 3, 2014. He was 75. 

He was born Nov. 16, 1938 in Shido, Japan to the late Hikataro and Reiko Endo. In 1954 he moved with his family to the United States, where he completed his high-school education. 

CU Symphony's 'Planets' to feature video and astronaut narration, April 29

CU Symphony's 'Planets' to feature planetary video, astronaut Joe Tanner

April 11, 2014

Live, multi-media symphonic performance at Macky Auditorium April 29

BOULDER, Colo. — When the CU Symphony launches into a performance of Gustav Holst’s Romantic suite, The Planets, on April 29, audiences will experience not just music, but also video featuring the latest high-resolution images taken by the Mars Curiosity rover, the Hubble space telescope and other unmanned NASA spacecraft.