Music Events In Boulder County and Surrounding Areas
Ars Nova Singers
Oct. 6 & Oct. 7: The 32nd season opens with “Maurice Duruflé: The Complete Choral Works,” performed in Denver on Oct. 6 and in Boulder on Oct. 7. Find venues and times at www.arsnovasingers.org, and check for updated information about Ars Nova’s Christmas concert, “Fire and Ice.”
Arts Longmont: Friday Afternoon Concerts & Art Shows
Arts Longmont and the Longmont Museum team up to present monthly low-cost programs (beginning in October) 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.
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.
Oct. 4: Coffee Concert: Moods and Tones
Oct. 4: Keyboard Conversation: Celebrating Leonard Bernstein
Nov. 1: Coffee Concert: Joyous Beethoven
Nov. 1: Keyboard Conversation: Music of the Night, the Beautiful and the Bizarre
Aster Women’s Chamber Choir
ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir performs in Boulder and Broomfield. www.asterchoir.org.
Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
Oct. 13-15: BCO opens its new performance season with “The Glories of Venice,” presented at three Denver-area venues. www.bcocolorado.org.
Boulder Bach Festival: Bachtoberfest
Oct. 12 & 14: Bachtoberfest, in Boulder on Oct. 12 and Longmont on Oct. 14, showcases the intimate chamber music of Bach, Handel and other baroque contemporaries, performed on historical instruments. Find times and venues at www.boulderbachfestival.org.
Dec. 9: A World Transformed (Longmont)
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. See upcoming performance dates at www.boulderbassoons.com.
Boulder Chamber: Battle of the Industry Bands
Oct. 2: The Boulder Chamber’s inaugural “Battle of the Industry Bands” showcases five finalist bands (each made up of coworkers from the same company) competing in front of a panel of local celebrity judges. 5:30pm at eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St. www.boulderchamber.com.
Boulder Chamber Orchestra
Oct. 20-21 & Nov. 10-11: BCO’s new season is called “Fourteeners: Reaching new heights with our 14th season.” It opens with Mozart-centric performances in October followed by a Mendelssohn concert in November. Performances are in Boulder and Broomfield; check www.boulderchamberorchestra.com for venue and ticket info and to see the rest of the season’s schedule.
The Boulder Chorale and Boulder Children’s Chorale had not yet announced the details of the 2017-18 season at press time, so check www.boulderchorale.org for updates.
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. Check for upcoming performances at www.boulderconcertband.org.
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.
Oct. 21: Celebrate the new season of Boulder Opera, a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the community through the arts, at the sixth-annual fundraiser and concert. 7:30pm at the Riverside, 1724 Broadway. www.boulderoperacompany.com.
Dec. 3, 8 & 9: Cinderella/Cendrillon
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
The Boulder Phil’s big 60th-anniversary season is themed “The Spirit of Boulder,” featuring collaborations with other local performance groups. Most performances are at CU’s Macky Auditorium, but some are in Denver, so check www.boulderphil.org for additional details.
Sept. 24: Opening Night: Boulder Phil at 60
Oct. 14: Music of Resistance, with CU-Boulder and Western Illinois University choirs
Nov. 24-26: The Nutcracker, with Boulder Ballet
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. The dates listed below are all at the main library, 1000 Canyon Blvd., 303-441-4492.
2nd Sunday Concert Series: 2-3:30pm
2nd Wednesday Midday Music Meditation: noon-1pm
3rd Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series: noon-1pm
Oct. 29: “Ghosts, Ghouls and Witches,” 2pm
Nov. 18: Sensory-Friendly Concert with Cantabile Singers, 2pm
Boulder Renaissance Consort
Follow the group’s Facebook page to stay posted on upcoming performances, especially the popular holiday show.
Boulder Symphony Orchestra
Sept. 30: BSO’s new season, called “Destiny’s March,” opens with “Death of the Symphony,” featuring Brahms Symphony No. 4 and the International Piano Odyssiad Competition Winner. 7pm at First Presbyterian Church, 1820 15th St. The rest of the fall schedule is listed below; see www.bouldersymphony.org for details.
Oct. 28: “Who Killed Classical Music?” kids’ Halloween concert
Nov. 18: “Shakespeare’s Potion”
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.
Sept. 9: Jonny Lang/Guthrie Brown
Sept. 28-30: An Evening with Dark Star Orchestra
Oct. 20: Shawn Colvin and Her Band: A Few Small Repairs 20th Anniversary Tour
Broomfield Auditorium hosts musical acts all year long, including world-renowned solo artists and groups like those listed below. Find times and ticket info at www.attheaudi.com. Broomfield Auditorium is at 3 Community Park Road.
1st Wednesdays: Jazz performances in collaboration with CU’s jazz studies faculty
Sept. 17: Golden Eagle Concert Band: Music for Falling Leaves
Oct. 26: Naomi Horii: Creative Connections to the Divine
Nov. 18: Cantabile Singers present a “sensory-friendly” concert at Boulder Public Library’s main branch at 2pm. Check www.catabilesingers.org for info about the new season opening this fall.
Chamber Ensemble Con Grazia
Find updated fall/winter performance information at www.congrazia.com.
The historic Chautauqua Auditorium and Community House draw popular performers from all over the world. Visit www.chautauqua.com for a full schedule of concerts, plus ticket information (many sell out quickly). 900 Baseline Road. 303-442-3282 ext. 35.
Sept. 21: Steep Canyon Rangers
Oct. 14: Blue Canyon Boys
Nov. 17: Mulligan Brothers
Colorado Bach Ensemble
Colorado Bach Ensemble presents a number of free and low-cost performances, mainly in Denver and Fort Collins; check www.coloradobach.org for the season’s schedule.
Colorado Chamber Orchestra
CCO has a variety of events scheduled for the fall at Denver venues; www.cochamberorchestra.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 fall events and classes for all ages and abilities, check www.comusic.org. The center is at 200 E. Baseline Road in Lafayette.
Colorado Repertory Singers
Colorado Repertory Singers opens its 17th-anniversary season in the fall; check www.coloradorepertorysingers.org for updates.
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Sept. 15-17: CSO’s season-opening weekend features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, plus electronic soloist Mason Bates performing in “The B-Sides: Five Pieces for Orchestra.” 7:30pm Fri-Sat and 1pm Sun at Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver. See www.coloradosymphony.org for the full schedule and ticket details.
Sept. 22-24: Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”
Sept. 30: Queen of Jazz: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
Oct. 7: Purple Rain: The Music of Prince
Oct. 13-15: Mozart’s Requiem
Oct. 26-27: Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
Colorado Wind Ensemble
A “symphony of woodwinds, brass and percussion,” this group performs all over the Denver area. www.coloradowindensemble.org.
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.
Sept. 24-25 & Oct. 29-30: Takács Quartet
Oct. 1: Bass Festival
Nov. 1: Pendulum New Music Ensemble
Nov. 4: African Drum Ensemble
Dec. 8-10: Holiday Festival
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.
Oct. 14: Jimmy Hall with My Blue Sky
Eklund Opera Program
Oct. 27-29: The Eklund Opera Program at the University of Colorado opens the new season with “The Merry Widow,” a romantic operetta by Franz Lehár that features laugh-out-loud comedy and lavish costumes. At CU’s Macky Auditorium; see times and ticket info at www.cupresents.org.
Estes Park Music Festival: Winter Concert Series
Fall Dates TBA: Sunday-afternoon concerts at the historic Stanley Hotel feature a variety of musical performers from all over the region. Check for more events at www.estesparkmusicfestival.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.
Sept. 7: Special eTown taping at Red Rocks: Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
Sept. 9: eTown Presents: Over the Rhine
Nov. 5: Dar Williams in Concert: Including a reading and discussion from her new book, “What I Found in a Thousand Towns”
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.
Sept. 23: Random Rab & Dimond Saints
Sept. 28: The Ghost of Paul Revere
Oct. 7: Moon Hooch
Oct. 20: Boombox Cartel
Jazz on 2nd Ave
Sept. 16: Annual event in downtown Niwot features Poncho Sanchez and his Latin jazz band, the Dave Stryker Organ Trio, the Adam Bodine Quartet, and many others. Doors open at 1pm at the corner of Niwot Road and Second Avenue; ticket info at www.jazzon2ndave.com.
This Golden-based symphony’s new season opens in October; check www.jeffersonsymphonyorchestra.org for a schedule, which wasn’t available at press time.
John Denver Tribute
Sept. 30: Cowboy Brad and the TropiCowboy Band perform their annual tribute to John Denver; 7pm at the Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland. www.cowboybrad.com.
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
Sept. 8: The final Art Night Out of the season features live music by popular local a capella group Face, 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 Farmer Sisters on Sept. 22 and Shanna in a Dress and Friends on Oct. 28. www.thelaughinggoat.com.
Oct. 15: The Longmont Chorale’s 81st season begins with “A Quincentennial Celebration,” in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It features choral works by Bach, Martin Luther, Mendelssohn and others. 3pm at LifeBridge Church, 10345 Highway 66 in Longmont. www.longmontchorale.org.
Dec. 3: Glad Tidings: Holiday Arrangements from America’s Great Choirs
Longmont Symphony Orchestra
Oct. 7: LSO’s new music director Elliot Moore opens the new season, called “New Frontiers,” with a performance called “On the Frontier with Old and New Friends.” 7:30pm at Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont. The rest of the new season is posted at www.longmontsymphony.org and includes “In Honor of Our Veterans” on Nov. 11.
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 fall schedule, which includes Richie Furay Band, Wink, Chris Daniels & the Kings, and “Mrs. Eda Bagel Is Crazed & Confused.” 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 doesn’t have to be pretentious, boring or expensive. Performances are in Boulder and Denver, including “Almost All of… Don Giovanni” in Denver on Sept. 9. www.operaontap.com.
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.
Save the Date: Check www.bluegrass.com in early December for info 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.
Prospect Sound Bites
Sept. 4: The final event of the season in Prospect New Town (on the south edge of Longmont, just off Highway 287) features food trucks (5-8pm) and live music from Face (5:30-8pm). www.prospectnewtown.com.
The Renaissance Project
The Renaissance Project specializes primarily in Renaissance motets and other pieces of a similar aesthetic. The group’s performance calendar usually includes concerts in Boulder, Longmont and Denver; visit www.renaissanceprojectboulder.org for details.
Resonance Women’s Chorus
This 125-voice chorus sings contemporary choral music with an emphasis on social awareness. Check www.resonancechorus.org for fall performance dates.
Rocky Mountain Chorale
Nov. 10-11: The Rocky Mountain Chorale, under the direction of interim director Jimmy Howe, presents its fall concert; the dates are set but no additional info was available at press time. www.rockymtnchorale.org.
Rocky Ridge Music Center
Rocky Ridge offers music seminars and recitals for all ages at locations in Boulder and Estes Park, plus a faculty concert series most Sundays in Estes Park called Music in the Mountains. Find the full schedule, registration info and venues at www.rockyridge.org.
Seicento Baroque Ensemble
Oct. 20-22: Boulder-based Seicento Baroque Ensemble, with new artistic director Kevin Padworski, presents a fall concert called “From Luther to Bach: Music of the Reformation.” Venues are in Boulder, Longmont and Denver. www.seicentobaroque.org.
Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place
Shine (check online for the new location) hosts live music acts, theater and dance performances, and other special events several nights per week. www.shineboulder.com.
Sound Circle is an a-cappella women’s ensemble based in Boulder; see www.soundcirclesings.org for a performance schedule.
ST Julien Hotel
Catch live music at St Julien Hotel, 900 Walnut St. Check the events calendar at www.stjulien.com. Upcoming performers include the Strangebyrds, Bill McKay and Phil Robinson.
St. Martin’s Chamber Choir
Many of this choir’s performances are in Denver, but occasionally there are Boulder or Broomfield dates on the schedule. www.stmartinschamberchoir.org.
World Singing Day Sing-Along
Oct. 21: Third-annual sing-along celebrates World Singing Day, founded in 2012 by Boulder resident Scott Johnson. Features a variety of music from oldies to new hits; song booklets provided. 11:30am in front of the courthouse on the Pearl Street Mall. www.worldsingingday.org.