Music Events In Boulder County and Surrounding Areas
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Boulder Arts Week
March 31-April 8
This large-scale, all-inclusive celebration of arts and culture includes art walks, exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, workshops, and a wide variety of dance, theater and musical performances. Find the full schedule of events at www.boulderartsweek.org.
Ars Nova Singers
Ars Nova specializes in music of the Renaissance and the 20th and 21st centuries. The group performs each concert at venues in both Boulder and Denver; see www.arsnovasingers.org for details about the dates listed below.
Dec. 9-11: A Colorado Holiday Tradition: Christmas with Ars Nova
Feb. 25-26: Music of the Renaissance: Voices & Viols
Arts Longmont: Friday Afternoon Concerts & Art Shows
3rd Fridays through April: 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.
Jan. 20: Amelie Quartet
Feb. 17: Large Works by Chopin and Franck for Viola and Piano
March 17: Beth Gadbaw Celtic Trio
April 21: Masontown’s Quartet
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., hosts a number of musical performances all year long. www.arvadacenter.org.
Jan. 19, March 1, April 19 & May 15: Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversations, 7:30pm
Jan. 21 & April 23: Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra
Aster Women’s Chamber Choir
Aster Women’s Chamber Choir performs several times per year at the Broomfield Auditorium; see www.asterchoir.org for a performance schedule.
Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
Most of BCO’s performances are in Denver, but there are occasional dates in Boulder; check www.bcocolorado.org for info about the group’s December, March and May scheduled concerts.
Boulder Bach Festival
The Boulder Bach Festival celebrates the music of Johann Sebastian Bach all year long with high-quality performances and educational opportunities in Boulder, Longmont and Denver. Some dates are listed below, but see the full schedule and more info at www.boulderbach.org.
Dec. 8 & 10: Journey to Vienna with Mario Aschauer and Friends (Boulder & Longmont)
Jan. 8: Bach for Kids (Boulder)
March 11: Young Artist Competition
March 18: Spain and the Americas (Longmont)
May 21: Greatest Hits (Boulder)
Boulder Bassoon Quartet
This group likes to joke that they go on tour ”all the way from north Boulder to south Boulder,” but if you check their calendar, you’ll see that they get out of town once in a while, too. Find more info about the dates below at www.boulderbassoons.com.
Jan. 10: Trinity Presbyterian Church, Arvada, 7:30pm
Jan. 22: Estes Park Music Festival, Stanley Hotel, 2pm
May 14: Boulder Bach Festival, 2pm
Boulder Chamber Orchestra
BCO performs about once a month in both Boulder and Broomfield, plus occasional concerts in Longmont and in the Denver area. Check www.boulderchamberorchestra.com for venue and ticket info and to see the rest of the season’s schedule.
Dec. 10-11: The Reformation
Feb. 10-11: The Songwriters
May 5-7: Season Finale: Ode to Joy (with the Boulder Chorale)
Dec. 9 & 11: “A Thousand Beautiful Things” is a joint holiday celebration featuring the Boulder Chorale and the Children’s Chorale; 7pm Friday and 4pm Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St. See the rest of the season schedule at 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
Dec. 1-4: Boulder Opera Company’s Children’s Series Concert presents ”The Elixir of Love” by Donizetti, an educational outreach program to help youngsters develop a love of opera. Check Boulder and Broomfield venues and times at www.boulderoperacompany.com to see the schedule of other upcoming events.
April 2, 7 & 9: “Zarzuela and Goyescas” by Enrique Granados (three different venues)
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Jan. 14-15: “Brahms and His World” features Brahms’ “Tragic Overture,” Smyth’s “Concerto for Violin and Horn” and “Symphony No. 4” from Schumann. Saturday’s performance is at CU’s Macky Auditorium and Sunday’s performance is in Denver; see more info at www.boulderphil.org for tickets and info.
Feb. 4: Featuring Jake Shimabukuro on ukulele
March 25: Nature & Music
April 22: Season Finale: The Pines of Rome
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.
Dec. 3: Holiday Harps, 11am (Main)
Feb. 26: Viola Recital with Takács Quartet member Geraldine Walker, 2pm (Main)
Boulder Renaissance Consort
Dec. 4 & 11: “Swete Was the Song” is the group’s winter concert, presented in both Boulder and Denver; follow the group’s Facebook page for more information and to stay posted on upcoming performances.
Boulder Symphony Orchestra
Feb. 24: “Clash of Titans” features works by Mendelssohn, the Front Range premiere of Nino Rota’s “Divertimento Concertante” and Sebastian Laskowski, BSO’s new composer-in-residence. There’s also a preconcert discussion at 6:15. 7pm at First Presbyterian Church, 1820 15th St. The rest of the season’s schedule is listed below; check www.bouldersymphony.org for details.
April 8: Day of Reckoning
May 13: The Marriage of Figaro
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.
Dec. 8: Elephant Revival
Dec. 31: Yonder Mountain String Band
Feb. 6: Iration: Lost & Found Winter Tou
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.
Dec. 7: The Art of the Trio: Music of the Great Jazz Piano Trios, 7pm
Broomfield Symphony Orchestra
Feb. 18: The Broomfield Symphony’s performance of “Peter and the Wolf” features members of Dance Arts Studio. 3pm at Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. www.broomfieldsymphony.org.
Dec. 9 & 11: Music of Christmas
April 8: Afternoon Matinee
May 24-25: Evening of John Williams
Cantabile Singers, a 40-member auditioned ensemble, performs around Boulder County and beyond. Check www.catabilesingers.org for info about the performances listed below.
Feb. 3 & 5: Winter’s Passing (Longmont/Boulder)
May 5 & 7: Chichester Psalms (Boulder)
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.
Dec. 17: Biff Gore: Holiday Soul
Jan. 12: Andy Goessling
April 8: Carrie Newcomer
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; check www.cochamberorchestra.org for details.
Colorado Fiddle Championships
Jan. 7-8: 15th-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 15-21: The 30th-annual MahlerFest, titled “Unfinished/Unheard,” features Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 in F#, plus a symposium, open rehearsals, lectures and more. 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 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
Dec. 2-3: “Winter Landscapes” brings to life the sounds and songs of the season from a variety of cultures, time periods and religions. See www.coloradorepertorysingers.org for info about this performance and the others listed below.
March 17-18: Cathedral Classics
June 2-3: Connections of the Heart
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 the full schedule and more details.
Dec. 9-11: A Colorado Christmas
Dec. 16-18: Handel’s “Messiah”
Dec. 31: A Night in Vienna
March 9: Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions
March 24-25: A Symphonic Tribute to ComicCon: The Tetralogy
April 2: A Symphonic Beauty and the Beast
May 5 & 7: Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion”
Colorado Wind Ensemble
CWE, a “symphony of woodwinds, brass and percussion,” performs all over the Denver area. Check www.coloradowindensemble.org. for info about the dates listed below and others.
Dec. 2-3: “Outdoor Exposure” with Photographer John Fielder
Feb. 24-25: Dreams & Visions with Trumpet Soloist Brian Shaw
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. 2-4: Holiday Festival
Dec. 8: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Feb. 18: Deborah Voigt
Feb. 22: Yo-Yo Ma
March 22: James Galway
May, TBA: Annual event showcases all things ukulele, for all ages and abilities, including workshops, master classes, jams and performances. Check for the dates and schedule at www.denverukefest.org.
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.
Dec. 31: NYE Casino Royale Ball
Eklund Opera Program
April 27-30: The Eklund Opera Program at the University of Colorado presents “Red Hot and Cole,” a celebration of the life and works of Cole Porter. At CU’s Macky Auditorium; see times and ticket info at www.cupresents.org.
March 17-19: The Magic Flute
Estes Park Music Festival: Winter Concert Series
Sundays: Sunday-afternoon concerts at the historic Stanley Hotel are presented by the Estes Park Music Festival and feature a wide variety of musical styles; check for updated details and holiday closures at www.estesparkmusicfestival.org.
Dec. 18: Estes Valley Singers
Jan. 29: Trio Cordilleras
Feb. 26: New Wizard Oil Combination
March 26: Seicento Baroque Ensemble
April 2: Sandra Wong
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.
Dec. 17: Gabrielle Louise CD Release Concert: If the Static Clears
Jan. 6: eTown Live Radio Show Taping with Dar Williams & 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.
Dec. 10: Trout Steak Revival
Jan. 14: BadBadNotGood
Feb. 11: John Brown’s Body
Feb. 19: Jefferson Symphony celebrates Black History Month with guest artist Ron Miles on trumpet and works from Duke Ellington, Grace Mary Williams and William Grand Still. 3pm in the Green Center on the Colorado School of Mines campus. See the rest of the season’s lineup at www.jeffersonsymphonyorchestra.org.
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.
Dec. 24: The Boulder Jewish Community Center presents “Klezmania: A New Musical and Culinary Christmas Eve Tradition,” a celebration for the first night of Chanukah that features musical programming for all ages. The JCC is at 6007 Oreg Ave. Check www.boulderjcc.org for more information.
Lafayette Art Night Out
May 19: Lafayette’s Art Night Out features live music by popular local and regional acts, 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 Symphony and the Lion on Dec. 18 and Paper Moonshine on Jan. 11. www.thelaughinggoat.com.
March 12: “Moors and Meadows, Lochs and Glens” celebrates St. Patrick’s week with Celtic pipes, voices and dancers. 3pm at LifeBridge Church, 10345 Highway 66 in Longmont. www.longmontchorale.org.
Dec. 4: Together Again for the Holidays!
May 7: Angels of Music: From Requiem to Phantom
Longmont Museum Holiday Festival
Dec. 17: Second-annual event features life music, hot chocolate and cookies, visits with Santa, and an exhibit of historic winter photos. Two separate events, one beginning at 3pm and the other at 6:30pm. The museum is at 400 Quail Road; www.longmontcolorado.gov/museum.
Longmont Symphony Orchestra
LSO’s music director, Robert Olson, is retiring, so LSO’s season will include performances conducted by four different candidates for Mr. Olson’s position. Check www.longmontsymphony.org for info about the performances listed below.
Dec. 15: Candlelight Concert
Jan. 28: Reveries and Passions
Feb. 25: Perfect Harmony
April 8: Pastoral Panorama
May 13: Pops Concert: A Few of My Favorite Things
Dec. 17-18: 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. 7pm 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 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.
March 2-4: Opera Colorado presents As One by Laura Kaminsky, a chamber opera for two voices. Check venue and ticket details for all performances at www.operacolorado.org.
May 6, 9, 12 & 14: Lucia di Lammermoor (sung in Italian with English/Spanish subtitles)
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; check 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
Mondays beginning in April, TBA: Prospect Sound Bites in Longmont features food trucks and live music from popular local and regional acts. Find the 2017 schedule at www.prospectnewtown.com.
The Renaissance Project
Dec. 9: “Love Beyond Borders” explores the different sides of love through the lens of the Renaissance. 2:30pm at the Stewart Auditorum at the Longmont Museum. Visit www.renaissanceprojectboulder.org for details.
April 29-30: Spring Concert
Resonance Women’s Chorus
This 125-voice chorus sings contemporary choral music with an emphasis on social awareness. Check www.resonancechorus.org for info about the group’s performances.
April 22-23 & 29: Spring Concert
Rocky Mountain Brassworks
This Colorado-based brass band is an authentic one, meaning there are no trumpets or French horns. Check www.rockymountainbrassworks.org for venues and times for the performances listed below; many are in Broomfield.
Dec. 16: A Holly Brassy Christmas
Feb. 12: Sweetheart Brass
March 11 & 26: The “Real” Game of Thrones
May 4: May the 4th Be with You
Rocky Mountain Chorale
Spring, TBA: The Rocky Mountain Chorale’s spring concert, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” features uplifting songs of rejoicing, including Poulenc’s “Gloria.” Check www.rockymtnchorale.org for updates.
Rocky Mountain Revels
Dec. 16-18: The Christmas Revels present “A Scottish Celebration of the Winter Solstice,” complete with pipers, drummers, dancers, and adult and children’s choruses. At Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., 7pm Friday and Saturday and 1:30pm Sunday. www.rockymountainrevels.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
Dec. 9-11: Boulder-based Seicento Baroque Ensemble’s holiday concert, called “Ein Kind geborn zu Bethlehem: Christmas Music of Praetorius,” showcases traditional carols and historical brass instruments including sackbuts and cornettos. Check Denver and Boulder venues and times at www.seicentobaroque.org.
March 24-26: Handel’s Dixit Dominus
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. www.shineboulder.com.
Jan. 27-29: “Play It Again” is Sound Circle’s encore performance of their spring 2016 presentation about “memory, repetition, cycle, pattern and stuckneess”—with a few additions, changes and evolutions. At Unity Columbine Spiritual Center, 8900 Arapahoe Road. Check times and other info at www.soundcirclesings.org.
June 3-4: Spring Concert
Feb. 18-19 & 22: “Relationships” is a string-ensemble concert that explores music inspired by various types of human interactions; performances are in Denver, Broomfield and Boulder. www.sphereensemble.org.
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 Kort McCumber and Purple Squirrel.
St. Martin’s Chamber Choir
Most of this choir’s performances are in Denver, but occasionally there are Boulder or Broomfield dates on the schedule; check www.stmartinschamberchoir.org.
Tara Performing Arts High School CanDlelight Festival
Dec. 16 & 18: Tara’s annual Christmas celebration for all ages showcases choral and handbell music, plus community carol singing by candlelight. 5pm and 8pm each evening at Pine Street Church, 1237 Pine St. www.tarahighschool.org.