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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. 

International artists to headline 2014 CU New Opera Workshop June 13-15

April 10, 2014

 Opera is Irish author Tóibín’s adaptation of his best-selling novel, ‘The Master’ 

BOULDER, Colo. — Renowned Irish author Colm Tóibín, Italian composer Alberto Caruso and Ron Daniels, associate director for the Royal Shakespeare Company will join forces at CU Opera’s New Opera Workshop June 13-15. 

Robert Shay

CU-Boulder announces new College of Music dean

April 2, 2014

University of Colorado Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore today announced the appointment of a new dean for the College of Music.

The new dean will be Robert Shay, director of the School of Music at the University of Missouri in Columbia. His appointment will begin Sept. 1.

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra names Charles Wetherbee concertmaster

March 12, 2014

Accomplished violinist and CU music faculty member offers extensive orchestral experience

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra has named College of Music Assistant Professor of Violin Charles Wetherbee concertmaster following an 18-month national search. 

Black Rock Elementary students in CU Opera's 'Hansel and Gretel'

Black Rock Elementary students take stage for 'Hansel and Gretel'

March 11, 2014

By Victoria A.F. Camron

Times-Call Staff Writer

Watch video story here

In Engelbert Humperdinck's 1893 opera, "Hansel and Gretel," a fence of traditional gingerbread-cookie-shaped panels surrounds the witch's gingerbread house.

CU World Music Ensemble to open for Ladysmith Black Mambazo March 9, 2014

CU World Vocal Ensemble to open for world-famous Ladysmith Black Mambazo March 9

March 6, 2014

The World Vocal Ensemble, featuring CU-Boulder from the College of Music and elsewhere, will open for the world-famous choral ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo on March 9 at the Boulder Theater.

The storied all-male South African group performs Zulu music in the tradition of “isicathamiya.” Joseph Shabalala founded Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1964 after hearing isicathamiya harmonies in a dream. 

Eddie Palmieri's Salsa Orchestra to play at CU-Boulder April 5, 2014

Jazz legend Eddie Palmieri brings salsa orchestra to Macky April 5

March 5, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. — In a half-century career that includes 36 albums, 10 Grammy Awards and hundreds of lively concerts, Eddie Palmieri  — “the Miles Davis of Latin jazz” — has been bringing audiences to their feet with unparalleled energy and effusive musicianship. 

“From start to finish, Palmieri (has) the audience dancing in their seats, delighting in the jubilance of the jazz master and his band,” says the Washington Post. 

Eddie Palmieri on NPR's JazzSet; 'Miles Davis of Latin jazz' at Macky April 5

February 24, 2014

By Mark Schramm and Becca Pulliam
National Public Radio 

Viola professor Erika Eckert featured on Colorado Public Radio

February 24, 2014

By Brad Turner, Colorado Public Radio

When violist Erika Eckert sets out to plan and perform a recital, she searches for music that explores a theme or tells a memorable story.