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Review: Takács Quartet

January 28, 2011

After devoting their London appearances last season to Beethoven, the Takács Quartet’s three Southbank recitals in the current term range much more widely. Their second emulated the basic outline of the first, two months ago: a quartet from Haydn’s Op 71 set was followed by major 20th- and 19th-century works, in this case by Bartók and Smetana.

So You Think You Can Collaborate?

January 20, 2011

The College of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder hosted its first competition dedicated specifically to collaborative music-making: So You Think You Can Collaborate? Saturday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Grusin Music Hall. The winners of the competition were Forty Fingers of Fury (Allan Armstrong, Laura Brumbaugh, Doreen Lee and Sunyoung Lee, pianos with Owen Zhou, technical guru).

Nicole Vogel and John Robert Lindsey with their NOA award plaque.

CU Opera wins National Opera Scenes Competition

January 14, 2011

CU Opera won first place in the National Opera Association (NOA) opera scenes competition held Thursday, January 6 in San Antonio, Texas.

Marching Band

Music Student for a Day – FEB 21

January 12, 2011

The College of Music is excited to welcome prospective students with an interest in majoring in music to Music Student for a Day, Monday, February 21, 2011.

Events will include a walking tour of campus, parent and student panel discussions with current students, admissions information, and lunch.  Students will also have the opportunity to sit in on ensemble rehearsals and hear from the Entrepreneurship Center for Music Director, Dr. Jeffrey Nytch.

Cover art by Peter Mendelsund

Michael Theodore’s “Panauromni” on Chicago Top 10

December 21, 2010

Michael Theodore‘s ensemble Psychoangelo’s new recording Panauromni has been named a top ten classical album of 2010 by Time Out Chicago. The recording has also been receiving airplay on various college radio stations in the United States, and on BBC’s Radio 3.

Laurie Sampsel

Laurie Sampsel elected to MLA Board

December 20, 2010

The Music Library Association (MLA) has elected CU-Boulder Music Library Faculty 
Director Laurie J. Sampsel as one of its three new Board of Directors Members-at-Large.

Music and Caroling an Important Part of Holiday Celebrations, Says Thomas Riis

December 15, 2010

During the holidays, no matter how you celebrate or what your beliefs, music is almost always an important part of the celebration, according to Thomas Riis, a musicologist and director of the American Music Research Center in the University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Music.

Sasha Haft is a Finalist for the YouTube Symphony

December 10, 2010

Sophomore flute performance major Sasha Haft has been named one of 4 finalists for piccolo for the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Viewer votes will determine the winner, so please and vote for Sasha once per day through December 17th.

CU Master's student Ed Breazeale and CU Jazz students and faculty conduct a session on improvisation.

CU Jazz teams up with the St. Vrain Jazz Festival

December 8, 2010

On Thursday, December 2nd, CU Jazz Ensemble I took part in the first St. Vrain Jazz Festival. Seven high schools from the St. Vrain school district took part in the festival, which is in its inaugural year. The following high schools participated: Niwot, Erie, Frederick, Longmont, Silver Creek, Mead and Lyons. Niwot had two bands participate!

Macky Auditorium

Macky Auditorium has a new website

December 6, 2010

Macky Auditorium, one of the College of Music’s premiere performance venues, has just launched a new interactive website,! There you can find many new features that will help to enhance your visit to Macky including: