Music Events In Boulder County and Surrounding Areas
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Ars Nova Singers
Nov. 17-19: In partnership with Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance, the Ars Nova Singers present “Inspire/Respire: Music in the Air.” 7:30pm Friday and Saturday; also 2pm Saturday and Sunday. At Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. www.arsnovasingers.org; www.frequentflyers.org.
Arts Longmont: Friday Afternoon Concerts & Art Shows
Oct. 16 & Nov. 20: Arts Longmont and the Longmont Museum team up to present monthly low-cost musical performances combined 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.
Oct. 16: Jazz Landscapes
Nov. 20: Colorado Chamber Players
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., hosts a number of musical performances all year long. www.arvadacenter.org.
Oct. 5 & Nov. 2: Jeffrey Siegel Coffee Concerts, 11am
Oct. 5 & Nov. 2: Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversations, 7:30pm
Oct. 15: Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra, “Ella and Sarah, the Great Ladies of Jazz,” 7:30pm
Aster Women’s Chamber Choir
Nov. 12: Aster plays tribute to the Bard with “Songs for Shakespeare,” songs based on texts from “The Tempest,” “As You Like It” and other plays, composed by Thomas Morley, Hector Berlioz, Amy Beach and others. 7pm at Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. www.asterchoir.org.
Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
Oct. 16-18: BCO opens its big 10th-anniversary season with “Encore! Audience Favorites” at two Denver venues. www.bcocolorado.org.
Boulder Bach Festival
Fall events by the Boulder Bach Festival include separate subscription series for performances in Boulder, Longmont and Denver, including Boulder’s season-opening concert, “Concertos and Chorales Contextualized” at 7pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 1001 13th St. See the comprehensive schedule of performances at www.boulderbach.org.
Boulder Bassoon Quartet
Check for a performance schedule at www.boulderbassoons.com.
Boulder Chamber Orchestra
Sept. 23-24: BCO opens the new season with “The Elephant in the Room,” with works by Rossini and Brahms and featuring Classics Alive Artists Competition winner Yabing Tan as violin soloist. One performance is in Broomfield and one is in Boulder; check www.boulderchamberorchestra.com for venue and ticket info and to see the rest of the season’s schedule.
Oct. 22-23: “Women’s Work” showcases the works of Dominique Christina, an award-winning poet, author, educator and activist. 7:30pm Saturday and 4pm Sunday at Boulder Seventh Day Adventist Church, 345 Mapleton Ave. www.boulderchorale.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.
Boulder Opera Company
Oct. 9: Boulder Opera Company’s season-opening concert is also the group’s fundraiser to help support its educational programs. 4pm at Pine Street Church, 1237 Pine St. An upcoming Children’s Series performance is listed below; check www.boulderoperacompany.com for details.
Dec. 1-3: “The Elixir of Love,” various times at Nomad Theater in Boulder and Broomfield Auditorium
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
The Boulder Phil, under the direction of Michael Butterman, presents a new season that highlights musical pairings—artists coming together to create moving and memorable experiences. Most performances are at CU’s Macky Auditorium; check www.boulderphil.org for tickets and info.
Oct. 8: Opening night with Anderson & Roe, duo-pianists, 7:30pm
Nov. 5: Wings & Strings Gala, with Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance
Nov. 6: Mozart & Beethoven, 7pm
Nov. 25-27: 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. Midday Music Meditation performances are 2nd Wednesdays noon-1pm; the Third Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series is noon-1pm on 3rd Tuesdays. Check www.boulderlibrary.org for these and other scheduled performances. The main library is at 1000 Canyon Blvd., 303-441-4492.
Oct. 16: CU Pendulum New Music, 2pm & 4pm
Nov. 20: Opus Two, featuring Andrew Cooperstock, piano, 4pm
Dec. 3: Holiday Harps, 11am
Boulder Renaissance Consort
Follow the group’s Facebook page to stay posted on upcoming performances.
Boulder Symphony Orchestra
Sept. 17: “Fate Knocks, Symphony Rocks” features Daria Kiseleva, winner of the International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival Concerto Competition. 7pm at First Presbyterian Church, 1820 15th St. The rest of the fall schedule is listed below; check www.bouldersymphony.org for details.
Oct. 22: Beethoven’s Shadow, 7pm
Oct. 29: Steal This Concert (Halloween Extravaganza for all ages), 1pm
Nov. 19: Prague I Love You, 7pm
The historic Boulder Theater, just off the Pearl Street Mall, hosts national music acts year-round. Some of the more popular musicians are already sold out, but 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.
Oct. 14-15: Cake
Nov. 14: Morrissey
Nov. 19: Trace Bundy’s 8th Annual Acoustic Holiday
Broomfield Auditorium hosts musical acts all year long, included 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.
Sept. 16: Flying Solo presents Judy Collins
Oct. 5: Bebop Boulder
Nov. 2: Jazz of the Greatest Generation
Broomfield Symphony Orchestra
Oct. 22: “Fall Classics” features Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” plus the music of Mendelssohn and Grieg. 7:30pm at Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. www.broomfieldsymphony.org.
Check www.catabilesingers.org for info about the new season opening this fall.
Chamber Ensemble Con Grazia: Little Noon Music
Sept. 18: Chamber Ensemble con Grazia performs at 3pm at the historic Brunner Farmhouse, 640 Main St. in Broomfield. See www.congrazia.com for details about three fall performances in Arvada.
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: An Evening with Pat Metheny
Oct. 21: Venus Cruz
Nov. 4: Jimmy Weber
Colorado Chamber Orchestra
CCO has a variety of events scheduled for the fall at Denver venues; check www.cochamberorchestra.org for details.
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 Symphony Orchestra
The Colorado Symphony regularly performs at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver. A few of the season’s highlights are listed below; visit www.coloradosymphony.org for more.
Sept. 10: John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert Celebration
Sept. 15: El Latir de Mexico: 206th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico
Oct. 8: Big Head Blues Club featuring Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Oct. 21-23: Andrew Litton conducts a semi-staged performance of “La Bohème”
Oct. 29: Halloween Spooktacular
Colorado Wind Ensemble
CWE, a “symphony of woodwinds, brass and percussion,” 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. 25-26: Calidore String Quartet
Oct. 28: Richard Goode, piano
Nov. 11: Manhattan Transfer and Take 6
Dec. 2-3: 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 most events are free. See the full lineup at www.dickensoperahouse.com.
Eklund Opera Program
Oct. 21-23: The Eklund Opera Program at the University of Colorado opens the new season with “Die Fledermaus,” Johann Strauss Jr.’s glittering masked-ball operetta, just in time for Halloween. At CU’s Macky Auditorium; see times and ticket info at www.cupresents.org.
Estes Park Music Festival: Winter Concert Series
November, TBA: Sunday-afternoon concerts at the historic Stanley Hotel begin in November. For details, visit 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” (events listed below). See www.etown.org for information about the center and upcoming shows. eTown Hall is at 1535 Spruce St. 303-443-8696.
Sept. 6: Blind Pilot and Mirah
Sept. 30: Basia Bulat & special guests
Oct. 6: Shayne Koyczan & special guests
Oct. 30: Sarah Jarosz & special guests
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. 17: The Growlers
Oct. 13: Policulture & Euforquestra
Oct. 31: Car Seat Headrest
Jazz on 2nd Avenue Festival
Sept. 17: Big annual festival showcases some of the best local and regional jazz and funk acts performing in downtown Niwot. The 2016 lineup includes Liquid Soul featuring Jeff Coffin of the Dave Matthews Band, Conjunto Colores Salsa Band, the Don Grusin Quartet featuring Nelson Rangell, and many others. Music begins at 1pm; purchase tickets online ahead of time to save. www.jazzon2ndave.com.
Oct. 2: This Golden-based symphony’s new season opens with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor. 3pm in the Green Center on the Colorado School of Mines campus. www.jeffersonsymphonyorchestra.org.
John Denver Tribute
Sept. 3: Cowboy Brad and the TropiCowboy Band play tribute to John Denver; 6:30pm at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. 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. 16: Lafayette’s Art Night Out features the Brazilian and samba music of regional favorite Ginga. At Festival Plaza, 311 S. Public Road, from 7-9:15pm. 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 Aya Maguire on Sept. 20 and Purple Squirrel on Oct. 5. www.thelaughinggoat.com.
Oct. 16: “Do You Hear the People Sing?” is Longmont Chorale’s season opener featuring favorites from the chorale’s first 80 years. 3pm at LifeBridge Church, 10345 Highway 66 in Longmont. www.longmontchorale.org.
Longmont Symphony Orchestra
Details about LSO’s new season were not available at press time, so please check www.longmontsymphony.org for info.
Oct. 15: Sponsored by the Broomfield Music Teachers Association, “Marvelous Musicales” offer music students of all ages the chance to perform on the Broomfield Auditorium stage and play the majestic grand piano, either by solo performance or accompaniment. 4pm at the auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. www.bmta.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 fall schedule, which includes Nelson Rangell, Chris Daniels & the Kings, and Ladies Rock the Blues. 2675 North Park Drive, Lafayette. 303-665-2757; www.nissis.com.
Opera on Tap
Sept. 16: The not-for-profit Opera on Tap’s mission is to prove that opera doesn’t have to be pretentious, boring or expensive. The group performs “Act Up! Puccini’s Suor Angelica” at 7pm on Sept. 16 at the Arts Hub in Lafayette, 420 Courtney Way. Also check www.operaontap.com for other upcoming Boulder and Denver performances.
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. 5: The final event of the season in Prospect New Town (on the southern edge of Longmont, just off Highway 287) features food trucks (5-8pm) and live music from Dotsero (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 fall calendar includes performances 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. 11-12: The Rocky Mountain Chorale, under the direction of Lisa Phillips, presents “Faith, Hope, Love and Peace,” 7:30pm both evenings at Heart of Longmont Church, 350 11th Ave. 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 Music in the Mountains, a summer faculty concert series that ends Sept. 2-5 with “American Roots Music.” www.rockyridge.org.
Seicento Baroque Ensemble
Oct. 21-23: Boulder-based Seicento Baroque Ensemble’s fall concert, called “Colonial Latin America and the New World,” contrasts traditional classical music, European-style polyphony brought to the New World, and the rhythmic, lively music of the native Aztec and Nahua composers of the 16th and 17th centuries. There’s one performance each in Denver, Boulder and Longmont; check venues and times at www.seicentobaroque.org.
Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place
Shine, at 2027 13th St., hosts live music acts, theater and dance performances, and other special events several nights per week, including Latin Dance Night every other Wednesday at 9pm. www.shineboulder.com.
Sound Circle is an a-cappella women’s vocal ensemble that performs in Boulder and around the region; check www.soundcirclesings.org for details about upcoming performances.
St Julien Hotel
Catch live music at the St Julien Hotel, 900 Walnut St. Check the events calendar at www.stjulien.com. Upcoming performers include Goo Manners Quartet and Mountain Meadow String Band.