Music Events In Boulder County and Surrounding Areas
Ars Nova Singers
Dec. 9-10 & 14-15: Ars Nova’s Christmas concert, “Fire and Ice,” features “carols new and old” and special guest Nicolò Spera on guitar. Performances are in Longmont, Boulder and Denver; find venues and times at www.arsnovasingers.org.
Feb. 23-25: Hidden Masterpieces of the Renaissance
April 27-28: The New Art: Music Beyond Words
Arts Longmont: Friday Concerts & Art Shows
Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16 & April 20: Arts Longmont and the Longmont Museum team up to present monthly low-cost programs that combine musical performances with an art exhibit by a local artist. Art shows open at 1:30pm; music begins at 2:30pm. In the Stewart Auditorium at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road. www.artslongmont.org.
Jan. 17 & March 14: Jeffrey Siegel Coffee Concerts (11am) and Keyboard Conversations (7:30pm) include informal dialogue that help the audience fully engage in the music. The center, at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada, also hosts a number of other musical performances throughout the season. See www.arvadacenter.org for the complete lineup.
Jan. 20 & March 24: Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra
Aster Women’s Chamber Choir
ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir performs in Boulder and Broomfield. www.asterchoir.org.
Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
May 17: BCO is the Rocky Mountain region’s only professional period-instrument orchestra. Most performances are in Denver, but there’s one at Broomfield Auditorium on May 17, when the group presents all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. www.bcocolorado.org.
Boulder Bach Festival
The Boulder Bach Festival presents concerts all year long, mostly in Boulder and Longmont. The season’s “main course” is “Eternal Spirit” on March 15—a single performance of four Bach cantatas with the BBF chorus, orchestra and soloists. It’s at 7:30pm at Boulder Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 345 Mapleton Ave. Find times and venues for the concerts listed below at www.boulderbachfestival.org.
Dec. 9: A World Transformed, with Mina Gajić, piano (Longmont)
Feb. 8 & 19: Schwarz-Bournaki Duo in Recital (Boulder and Longmont)
May 24: La Venexiana (Boulder)
Boulder Bassoon Quartet
This group likes to joke that they tour ”all the way from north Boulder to south Boulder,” but they get out of town once in a while, too. Find details about the performances listed at www.boulderbassoons.com.
April 7: Fine Tuned Society
April 11: Louisville Center for the Arts
Boulder Chamber Orchestra
BCO’s new season is called “Fourteeners: Reaching new heights with our 14th season.” Most performances are in Boulder and Broomfield; check www.boulderchamberorchestra.com for venue and ticket information and the full schedule.
Dec. 15-16: The Gift of Music
Feb. 23-24: Beethoven’s Egmont
March 30-31: Mozart Requiem
May 19-20: Papa Haydn & Wolfgang
The Boulder Chorale and Boulder Children’s Chorale perform both together and separately, mostly at Boulder venues. Check www.boulderchorale.org for updates about these dates and others.
Dec. 16-17: All Things Bright and Beautiful
March 10-11: Between Heaven and Earth
May 13: Come to My Garden: A Mother’s Day Concert (Children’s Chorale)
May 19-20: Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts
Boulder Concert Band
The Boulder Concert Band, performing for more than 40 years, showcases the talents of about 70 musicians from around the Front Range. The performances listed are all at 7pm at First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St. www.boulderconcertband.org.
Dec. 16: Holiday Bells
March 10: American Masters, Past and Present
May 12: Across the Sea: Music by Sousa, Grundman, Mendelssohn, Milhaud and More
Boulder Friends of Jazz Monthly Jams
1st Sundays: BFJ is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion and performance of traditional Dixieland jazz. Monthly jam sessions are held the first Sunday of every month from 1-4pm at the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road. Everyone who signs in is guaranteed to play. 303-449-9596; www.boulderfriendsofjazz.org.
March 23 & 25: Boulder Opera, under the direction of new music director Sara Parkinson, presents “Così fan tutte,” Mozart’s opera buffa in two acts. It’s on stage in Longmont Friday night and Boulder Sunday afternoon. Boulder Opera is a nonprofit “dedicated to enriching the community through the art form of opera.” www.boulderoperacompany.com.
Dec. 3, 8 & 9: Cinderella/Cendrillon
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
The Boulder Phil’s big 60th-anniversary season, themed “The Spirit of Boulder,” features collaborations with other local performance groups. On Jan. 13-14, the program “Bach Transfigured” includes Simone Dinnerstein as piano soloist in the Colorado premiere of Philip Glass’s Piano Concerto No. 3, as well as in a Bach keyboard concerto. Most performances are at CU’s Macky Auditorium, but some are in Denver; check www.boulderphil.org for details.
Feb. 3: Cirque Goes to the Movies (with Cirque de la Symphonie and aerial violinist Janice Martin)
April 7: A Song for Swans
April 28: West Side Story in Concert: Bernstein at 100 (with Central City Opera)
Boulder Public Library Concert Series
Boulder Public Library presents dozens of outstanding concerts each year that are free and open to the public. Check www.boulderlibrary.org for these and other scheduled performances. Unless noted, the performances listed are at the main library, 1000 Canyon Blvd., 303-441-4492; look online for branch locations listed.
2nd Wednesday Midday Music Meditation: noon-1pm
3rd Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series: noon-1pm
Dec. 16: Timberline Handbell Ensemble, 11am at Reynolds, 2pm at Meadows
Feb. 18: David Korevaar, piano, 2pm
March 3: Sensory Friendly Concert, 11am
March 18: Bach for Kids, 2pm
April 8: Paul Erhard & Friends, 2pm
Boulder Renaissance Consort
Follow the group’s Facebook page to stay posted on upcoming performances, especially the popular holiday show.
Boulder Symphony Orchestra
Feb. 17: BSO’s new season, called “Destiny’s March,” continues after the holidays with “Composting the End,” featuring works by Tchaikovsky and Liszt and a world premiere by Jonathan Bingham. 7pm at First Presbyterian Church, 1820 15th St. The rest of the schedule is listed below; see www.bouldersymphony.org for details.
March 24: Verdi’s “La Traviata” (preview concert March 23)
May 5: Season Closer: The Sacrificial Youth, with works by Stravinsky and Brahms
The historic Boulder Theater, just off the Pearl Street Mall, hosts national music acts year-round. A few are listed below, and more are always being added to the schedule. The Boulder Theater is at 2034 14th St. 303-786-7030; www.bouldertheater.com.
Dec. 23: Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Feb. 10: Andrea Gibson
Feb. 16: An Evening with Bruce Cockburn
March 29: Nils Frahm: All Melody
Broomfield Auditorium hosts musical acts all year long, including world-renowned solo artists and groups. Find the winter/spring schedule at www.attheaudi.com. Broomfield Auditorium is at 3 Community Park Road.
Cantabile Singers perform in Boulder and Longmont; check www.catabilesingers.org for news about upcoming concerts.
Chamber Ensemble Con Grazia
Find updated winter/spring performance information at www.congrazia.com.
The historic Chautauqua Auditorium and Community House draw popular performers from all over the world, and most sell out, so get tickets early. Visit www.chautauqua.com for a full schedule. 900 Baseline Road. 303-442-3282 ext. 35.
Dec. 16: The Aaron Walker Quartet: A Gypsy Holiday
Feb. 23: Grant Gordy & Ross Martin
March 16: Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds
April 27: Taylor Scott Acoustic Trio
Colorado Fiddle Championships
Jan. 6-7: 16th-annual event includes contests for all ages, all the way from “Small Fry” to “Grand Senior.” At the National Western Stock Show Complex in Denver. Check for the updated schedule at www.coloradofiddlers.org.
Colorado Mahlerfest XXX
May 14-20: The 31st-annual MahlerFest offers open rehearsals, chamber concerts, conducting master classes and a symposium. Events are held at Macky Auditorium on the CU campus and at Dairy Arts Center. Find an updated schedule at www.mahlerfest.org.
Colorado Music Festival/Center for Musical Arts
This one-of-a-kind organization provides a broad spectrum of music-education opportunities and world-class performances, including the Colorado Music Festival held each summer. For a list of winter/spring events and classes for all ages and abilities, check www.comusic.org. 200 E. Baseline Road, Lafayette.
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
CSO mainly performs at Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver. See www.coloradosymphony.org for the full schedule and ticket details.
Dec. 8-9: Handel’s “Messiah”
Dec. 10: Yo-Yo Ma, cello, with the CSO
Dec. 31: A Night in Vienna
Jan. 13: A Tribute to Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops
March 16-18: Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto No. 5
May 3-4: Movie at the Symphony: Jurassic Park
CU Presents & CU College of Music
The University of Colorado’s Artist Series has been bringing world-class musical performances to Boulder for more than 70 years. CU’s College of Music also presents numerous events during the year, including free student and faculty recitals. (Also see separate listing for Ecklund Opera Program.) Find more info about the events listed below, and many others, at www.cupresents.org.
Dec. 8-10: Holiday Festival
Dec. 16: Dianne Reeves: Christmastime Is Here
Feb. 4-5 & March 11-12: Takács Quartet
Feb. 9: Joshua Bell, violin
March 3: Singer-songwriter Lila Downs
April 10: Mariachi Ensemble
April 21: African Drum Ensemble
Dickens Opera House
Longmont’s historic 1881 opera house, downtown at Third and Main streets, hosts live music several nights per week, and many events are free. See the full lineup at www.dickensoperahouse.com.
Eklund Opera Program
March 16-18: Stephen Sondheim’s wildly popular musical “Sweeney Todd” transports audiences to Victorian London, where a long-exiled barber and a struggling baker conspire for revenge … and delicious meat pies. At CU’s Macky Auditorium; see times and ticket info at www.cupresents.org.
eTown Hall is a live-music venue in downtown Boulder that also has a full-service recording studio and is the setting for most tapings of the “eTown Live Radio Show.” See www.etown.org for information about the center and upcoming shows. eTown Hall is at 1535 Spruce St. 303-443-8696.
Dec. 16: eTown Presents: John Craigie and Covenhoven
Feb. 8: eTown Presents: Jessica Lea Mayfield
This nationally known club at 1135 13th St. on the Hill presents live shows several nights a week. A few highlights are listed below; check www.foxtheatre.com for updates. 303-443-3399 or 303-447-0095.
Dec. 15: Lunar Fire Album Release Party
Jan. 18: The Wailers
Feb. 20: Margo Price: Nowhere Fast Tour
Full-sized symphony based in Golden is under the direction of William Morse. Check www.jeffsymphonyorchestra.org for this season’s schedule.
Feb. 25: Winter Concert
Jubilate! Sacred Singers
This intimate chorus was born out of a desire to share the gift of a-cappella choral music. Many performances are scheduled during area church services; check the calendar at www.jubilatesacredsingers.org.
Lafayette Art Night Out
May 11: Art Night Out events in Lafayette feature live music by popular local and regional groups. 7-9:15pm at Festival Plaza, 311 S. Public Road. www.cityoflafayette.com/ano.
Laughing Goat Coffeehouse
The Laughing Goat, at 1709 Pearl St., hosts an eclectic variety of musical events every night of the week, including The Fremonts on Jan. 13 and The Wildwoods on March 24. www.thelaughinggoat.com.
Feb. 11: The Longmont Chorale’s 81st season includes a signature fundraiser called “Love Notes,” with songs that celebrate Valentine’s Day. 3pm at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road. See www.longmontchorale.org for other upcoming performances and venues.
March 11: Requiem: Mozart’s Last Words
May 6: ¡Celebracíon! A Musical Fiesta
Longmont Symphony Orchestra
LSO’s current season, called “New Frontiers,” continues under new music director Elliot Moore. Longmont venues vary, so check www.longmontsymphony.org for details about the dates listed.
Dec. 17: Candlelight Concert with Longmont Chorale
Jan. 27: Family Matinee Concert: Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems
Feb. 24: A Longmont World Premiere
April 7: Tales from the Sea
April 15: Mozart & Beethoven
May 12: Pops Concert: Divas Through the Decades
Dec. 16-17: The Messiah Sing-Along has been a holiday tradition in Boulder since 1983. It’s open to all, and the audience is invited (but not required) to sing along with the Boulder Messiah Chorale and Orchestra. 5pm Saturday and 2pm & 7pm Sunday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 14th and Pine streets. Organizers say the matinee is the most likely to sell out, so get tickets early at www.messiahsingalong.org.
Nissi’s hosts live music several nights per week, and serves tapas and drinks. Shows start at 7:30pm and end around 9:30pm, 10pm on weekends. See the website for the schedule, which includes Colcannon, Hazel Miller and Wash Park. 2675 North Park Drive, Lafayette. 303-665-2757; www.nissis.com.
Opera on Tap
The not-for-profit Opera on Tap’s mission is to prove that opera can be fun and affordable. Performances are in Boulder and Denver. www.operaontap.org.
Check the website calendar to see who’s playing at the three Oskar Blues locations: the original in Lyons at 303 Main St.; the Tasty Weasel Taproom in Longmont, 1800 Pike Road; and Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont, 1555 S. Hover St. www.oskarblues.com.
Early December: Check www.bluegrass.com in early December to learn about ticket sales and camping reservations for Planet Bluegrass’s popular summer music festivals in Lyons and Telluride. They always sell out, so you’ll want to get tickets well in advance.
The Renaissance Project
April 28-29: Check www.renaissanceprojectboulder.org in early spring for more information about the choir’s spring concert in Boulder and Lafayette. The Renaissance Project specializes primarily in Renaissance motets and other pieces of a similar aesthetic.
Resonance Women’s Chorus
April 21, 22 & 28: Details were not available at press time for the Resonance spring concert, so check www.resonancechorus.org for updates after the first of the year.
Rocky Mountain Chorale
RMC is a Boulder-based mixed choir with more than 60 active members. Details about the group’s spring concert were not available at press time; check www.rockymtnchorale.org for updates.
Rocky Mountain Revels
Dec. 22, 23, 26 & 27: The Christmas Revels journey to America with hopeful Irish immigrants at the turn of the 20th century. The performance features foot-stomping reels and jigs, heart-pounding stepdancing and haunting harp music. Matinee and evening shows at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. Tickets: www.rockymountainrevels.org.
Rocky Ridge Music Center
1st Fridays: The music students of Rocky Ridge present showcase performances during NoBo First Friday events, from 6-8pm at the Boulder location, 3970 Broadway, Unit 201E. Rocky Ridge also offers music lessons, seminars and recitals for all ages at locations in Boulder and Estes Park, plus a faculty concert series. See www.rockyridge.org for the full schedule and registration and venue information.
Seicento Baroque Ensemble
March 16-18: Before opera there was the madrigal comedy, unstaged but dramatic and fun, in which collections of short vocal pieces told a story when sung consecutively. The program “Mad Madrigals” includes Adriano Banchieri’s “Contrappunto Bestiale,” as well as his madrigals accompanied by lute or harpsichord. The Friday performance is in Denver; Saturday is at 7:30pm in Boulder at First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St.; and Sunday is at 3pm at Longmont’s Stewart Auditorium, 400 Quail Road. www.seicentobaroque.org, 720-772-1610.
Shine Restaurant & Potion Bar
Shine planned to be in its new location at 2480 Canyon Blvd. by early December. Visit www.shineboulder.com for updates and an entertainment schedule.
Dec. 9-10: Sound Circle’s Solstice Concert, for women’s a-cappella voices, is at 2pm and 7pm Saturday and 5pm Sunday at Columbine Unity Church, 8900 Arapahoe Road. www.soundcirclesings.org.
ST Julien Hotel
Catch live music at St Julien Hotel, 900 Walnut St. Check the calendar at www.stjulien.com. Upcoming performers include Quemando, Purple Squirrel and Kort McCumber.
Tara Performing Arts High School Candlelight Festival
Dec. 15-17: Tara’s annual Christmas celebration for all ages showcases choral and handbell music, plus community carol singing by candlelight. 5pm & 8pm each evening at Pine Street Church, 1237 Pine St. www.tarahighschool.org.