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Music Events In Boulder County and Surrounding Areas 


Ars Nova Singers
Oct. 5: The 33rd season, “New Horizons,” opens with “Sacred Jazz: Will Todd’s Mass in Blue,” 7:30pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine St. There’s also a performance in Denver on Oct. 6. www.arsnovasingers.org.
Dec. 7, 13 & 15: “In the Moon of Wintertime,” holiday concerts in Boulder and Longmont

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.
Oct.19: Joan & Pete Wernick; Dia de los Muertos art exhibition
Nov. 16: Irena Sendler, Angel of the Warsaw Ghetto; Fran Gordon, mixed media

Arvada Center
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. 3: Coffee Concert: The Miracle of Mozart
Oct. 3: Keyboard Conversation: Music from Time of War 1914-1918

Aster Women’s Chamber Choir
ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir performs in Boulder and Broomfield. www.asterchoir.org.

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. Check www.boulderbachfestival.org for more details and venue information.
Sept. 13: Gala Opening Concert (Longmont)
Nov. 11: Dance of Life: The B Minor Mass (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. See upcoming performance dates at www.boulderbassoons.com.

Boulder Chamber: Battle of the Industry Bands
Sept. 26: The Boulder Chamber’s 2nd-annual “Battle of the Industry Bands” showcases five finalist bands (comprised 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
For more details about the new season’s events listed here, check www.boulderchamberorchestra.com.
Sept. 22: House Party
Oct. 6: Take 3 Trio
Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Vivaldi/Piazzola Mash

Boulder Chorale
The Boulder Chorale’s new season, called “Our Story,” also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Boulder Children’s Chorale. Fall performances are listed below; check www.boulderchorale.org for more details about each.
Oct. 6: Sing in the Season (Children’s Chorale)
Oct. 27: ¡Viva Cuba!
Nov. 23-25: The Nutcracker

Boulder Concert Band
Oct. 20: The Boulder Concert Band performs at 7pm at First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St. The band is always looking for new musicians, so if you can play the trumpet, oboe, bassoon or percussion, contact the group through the website. 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.

Boulder Opera
Oct. 12: Boulder Opera presents a gala concert at 7pm at The Studio, 3550 Frontier Ave., Suite A2. Next up after that are family series performances of “Little Red Riding Hood” by Cesar Cui, Dec. 7-9. See details and other performance dates at www.boulderoperacompany.com.

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
The Boulder Phil’s new season is themed “Open Space,” featuring extraordinary music selections that celebrate Boulder’s iconic natural surroundings. Most performances are at CU’s Macky Auditorium, but some are in Denver, so check www.boulderphil.org for additional details.
Oct. 13-14: Infinite Space, including Holst’s “The Planets” with the women’s chorus
Oct. 31-Nov.6: Midori, Orchestra Residencies Program
Nov. 3: Glitter! Gala
Nov. 23-25: 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 main library is at 1000 Canyon Blvd., 303-441-4492.
2nd Wednesdays: Midday Music Meditation, noon (Main)
3rd Tuesdays: Lunchtime Concert Series, noon (Main)
Sept. 16: Matthew Dane & Friends, 2pm (Main)
Oct. 28: Colorado Chamber Players Halloween Concert, 2pm (Main)
Nov. 20: Boulder Phil & Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, noon (Main)
Dec. 1: Holiday Harps, 11am (Main)

Boulder Renaissance Consort
Follow the group’s Facebook page to stay posted on upcoming performances, especially their popular holiday show.

Boulder Symphony Orchestra
Sept. 22: BSO’s new season, called “Common Threads,” explores how the power of music weaves us all together. First up is “Love” at 7pm on Sept. 22, with a pre-concert talk at 6:15pm. Performances are at First Presbyterian Church, 1820 15th St. The rest of the fall schedule is listed below; check www.bouldersymphony.org for details.
Oct. 27: “Curiosity,” kids’ Halloween concert with costume parade, instrument petting zoo and treats
Nov. 17: “Home”

Boulder Theater
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. 23: Graham Nash
Oct. 16: Pat Metheny
Nov. 17: Rufus Wainwright Anniversary Tour

Broomfield Auditorium
The city of Broomfield hosts a wide variety of concerts in the spacious, state-of-the-art Broomfield Auditorium each season. A few are listed below, but check www.attheaudi.com for more. The auditorium is at 3 Community Park Road in Broomfield.
Oct. 3: The Music of the Big Easy
Oct. 13: Cash’d Out
Nov. 7: The Biggest of the Big Band Hits

Cantabile Singers
Check www.cantabilesingers.org for info about the new season opening this fall.

Chamber Ensemble Con Grazia
This popular ensemble performs in Broomfield and sometimes in Arvada; find updated fall/winter performance information at www.congrazia.com.
Sept. 14: Trios for Soprano, Horn and Piano
Oct. 12: Music for Flutes, Viola and Piano

Chautauqua Concerts
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. 8: Andrea Gibson
Oct. 27: Jackie Venson
Nov. 17: Covenhoven

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
This Broomfield-based group ushers in a new season this fall; check www.coloradorepertorysingers.org for updates.

Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Sept. 14-16: CSO’s season-opening weekend features Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2, conducted by Brett Mitchell. 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: Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra: Masters of American Song
Oct. 6: Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration
Oct. 13: An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr.
Oct. 24-25: Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

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. 22: Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Soulphany
Oct. 3, Oct. 31 & Dec. 5: Pendulum New Music Ensemble
Nov. 2: Venice Baroque Ensemble
Nov. 7: Boulder Laptop Orchestra
Dec. 7-9: 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 fall lineup at www.dickensoperahouse.com.
Sept. 21: Spinphony Electric String Quartet
Oct. 13: Jimmy Hall with My Blue Sky

Eklund Opera Program
Nov. 28: The Eklund Opera Program at the University of Colorado presents “Eklund Opera Scenes,” a free showcase of opera classics and lesser-known works, performed by graduate and undergraduate students. 5pm in CU’s Music Theatre. www.cupresents.org.

eTown Hall
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 more upcoming shows. eTown Hall is at 1535 Spruce St. 303-443-8696.
Sept. 14: Amanda Botur, Confluence/Sangam Album Release
Oct. 20: Ajeet Kaur, World Tour 2018

Fox Theatre
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. 22: Paper Diamond
Oct. 6: Sodown
Nov. 1: Fisher

Jazz on 2nd Ave
Sept. 15-16: Annual event in downtown Niwot features Liquid Soul, Special EFX, the Annie Booth Trio, the Niwot High School Jazz Band, and many others. Doors open at 1pm Saturday at the corner of Niwot Road and 2nd Avenue. This year, there’s also a festival brunch on Sunday with music from 10am-noon. Ticket info at www.jazzon2ndave.com.

Lafayette Art Night Out
Sept. 14: Lafayette’s Art Night Out wraps up the season with the Hazel Miller Band, beginning at 6:30pm 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 Seafoam Green on Sept. 29 and The March Divide on Oct. 21. www.thelaughinggoat.com.

Longmont Chorale
Oct. 14: The Longmont Chorale’s new season begins with “Comin’ for to Carry Me Home: Songs of Faith, Hope and Deliverance.” 3pm at LifeBridge Church, 10345 Highway 66 in Longmont. www.longmontchorale.org.
Oct. 6: Longmont Chorale joins Longmont Symphony for a tribute to Leonard Bernstein (see LSO listing below)
Dec. 2: Holiday Classics in 21st-Century Gift Wrap, 3pm at LifeBridge

Longmont Symphony Orchestra
Oct. 6: To celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, LSO presents “Happy Birthday, Lenny!” with special guests the Longmont Chorale. 7:30pm at Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont. The rest of the 2018-19 season, with the theme “Musical Journeys,” is posted at www.longmontsymphony.org.

Nissi’s
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 Dueling Pianos, Face, and Paradise Theater: A Tribute to Styx. 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; check www.operaontap.com.

Oskar Blues
Check the website calendar to see who’s playing at the four Oskar Blues locations: the original in Lyons; the Tasty Weasel Taproom in Longmont; and Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont, the new Oskar Blues Boulder Taproom on the Pearl Street Mall. www.oskarblues.com.

Planet Bluegrass
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.

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
Check www.rockymtnchorale.org for information about fall performances, which wasn’t available at press time.

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
Nov. 9-11: Boulder-based Seicento Baroque Ensemble presents a fall concert called “Baroque Pairings,” showcasing works by Buxtehude, Leonarda, Rossi and Schutz set to the simple accompaniment of two violins with harpsichord, organ and cello. Performances are in Boulder, Longmont and Denver, so check www.seicentobaroque.org for more details.

Sound Circle
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 Adam Bodine Trio, Mezzo Mestizo, and Kort McCumber.

World Singing Day Sing-Along
Oct. 20: 4th-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-1pm in front of the courthouse on the Pearl Street Mall. www.worldsingingday.org.