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Each year, more than 80,000 concertgoers make their way to the University of Colorado Boulder campus to experience extraordinary music, riveting theatre and mesmerizing dance performances promoted by CU Presents. With more than 100 ticketed concerts every year as well as numerous educational and outreach events, CU Presents introduces Colorado audiences to the Artist Series, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Eklund Opera, Takács Quartet, CU Theatre & Dance, and a one-of-a-kind Holiday Festival each season.

Events

Jul 19, 2019

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The New York Times hailed Brian Rogers' dance film "Screamers" as "a movie that creeps to its own choreographic beat" and declared Michelle Ellsworth's work "eccentric and marvelously original art [that] defies easy categorization." In this...

Jul 19, 2019

re-membering: An MFA dance concert
Oct 4, 2019 - Oct 6, 2019

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MFA Dance candidates Taylor Madgett and Kshitija Saturdekar reverberate and rebound between rhythmic forms—including classical and contemporary Indian, modern, jazz, and urban styles and Hip-Hop—to physically interrogate the reclamation of...

Jul 19, 2019

Chick Corea Trilogy
Oct 9, 2019

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The legendary Chick Corea brings his Grammy-winning acoustic trio to Boulder. Powerhouse bassist Christian McBride and drum master Brian Blade join Chick for a spectacular evening of Corea classics, jazz standards and boundless musical...

Jul 19, 2019

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  • Image CU Presents Loft Theatre, Boulder, CO 80302
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Two brothers who can’t stand each other have 24 hours left to fulfill their dad’s dying wish to have his ashes scattered at Burning Man. When their car goes up in smoke near a seedy motel in the desert, they’re forced to confront their...

Jul 19, 2019

Lacunae: An MFA Dance Concert
Oct 25, 2019 - Oct 27, 2019

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MFA Dance candidates Kristen Holleyman, Gretchen LaBorwit and Kelley Ann Walsh use the spiral, gesture and drive of bodies to craft a collision of apocalyptic, upside-down fairy tales, feminist ruminations on neurological difference and...

Jul 19, 2019

Nobuntu
Oct 30, 2019

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"Nobuntu"—an expression meaning feminine familial love, humility and kindness—is a female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe that has drawn international acclaim for its breathtaking performances of traditional Zimbabwean songs, afro jazz and...

Jul 19, 2019

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Originally noted in the classic Indian epic Mahabharata, Jashodhara Sen's and Nolan Carey's adaptation of "Shakuntala" tells the timeless story of desire, love, loss and recognition between a king and a beautiful young maiden. With romance,...

Jul 19, 2019

A Broadway Christmas Carol
Nov 15, 2019 - Dec 7, 2019

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What the dickens happened to Scrooge? He sings (show tunes), he dances (time steps and classic Fosse), he turns into a ham (and we’re not talking spiral-cut). In an event that's perfect for both the young and young at heart, Charles...

Jul 19, 2019

It's a Wonderful Life: An opera in two acts
Nov 15, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019

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It may be Christmas, but for George Bailey it is anything but the most wonderful time of the year. Based on the 1946 movie of the same name, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's brand new opera adaptation of "It's a Wonderful Life" follows a young...

Jul 19, 2019

A Broadway Christmas Carol
Nov 16, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019

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What the dickens happened to Scrooge? He sings (show tunes), he dances (time steps and classic Fosse), he turns into a ham (and we’re not talking spiral-cut). In an event that's perfect for both the young and young at heart, Charles...

Jul 19, 2019

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It may be Christmas, but for George Bailey it is anything but the most wonderful time of the year. Based on the 1946 movie of the same name, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's brand new opera adaptation of "It's a Wonderful Life" follows a young...

Jul 19, 2019

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Hailed as "a brilliant musician and an extraordinary visionary” (Wall Street Journal), world-renowned pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard is as recognized for his unparalleled, powerful technique as he is for his sensual interpretations of music...

Jul 19, 2019

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The holidays truly become a family affair when married duo Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy—two of the globe's best and brightest fiddle players—invite their children onstage for an unforgettable night of holiday fun. For more than 80...

Jul 19, 2019

Cirque Mechanics
Jan 17, 2020

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Cirque Mechanics' latest theatrical invention brings the lore of the one-ring circus to historic Macky Auditorium. With exhilarating thrills, death-defying feats and a bit of clowning around, "42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels"...

Jul 19, 2019

Catapult: A BFA Dance Concert
Jan 31, 2020 - Feb 1, 2020

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BFA candidates Hattie Houser, Attiyya Fortuné and Sami Scovel craft works that attack, float and reverberate, as they map intergenerational narratives through a diverse range of movement appetites, intimate installations and introspective...

Jul 19, 2019

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BFA candidates Hattie Houser, Attiyya Fortuné and Sami Scovel craft works that attack, float and reverberate, as they map intergenerational narratives through a diverse range of movement appetites, intimate installations and introspective...

Jul 19, 2019

A Far Cry: Memory
Feb 8, 2020

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Known for its innovative, unpredictable approach, the conductor-less, Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry offers a fresh perspective on Mozart, Tchaikovsky and other masters in a performance that is "a far cry" from any classical...

Jul 19, 2019

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Shakespeare’s greatest clowns—the popular mechanicals from "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"—take center stage in a riotously funny imagining of life behind the scenes during rehearsals for "Pyramus and Thisbe." Complete with Shakespearean verse,...

Jul 19, 2019

Open Space: Curated by CU Dance Connection
Feb 28, 2020 - Feb 29, 2020

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Be moved by dance works that lilt, groove and tumble across a spectrum of styles in this student-produced and CU Dance Connection-curated series. Tickets sell fast, but in the dynamic Charlotte York Irey Theatre, every audience member gets...

Jul 19, 2019

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Be moved by dance works that lilt, groove and tumble across a spectrum of styles in this student-produced and CU Dance Connection-curated series. Tickets sell fast, but in the dynamic Charlotte York Irey Theatre, every audience member gets...

Jul 19, 2019

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Back by popular demand! Pilobolus returns for an athletic and arresting performance that invites you to "Come to your senses." Engage with childlike wonder in the miracle of your senses through both classic and brand new repertory that...

Jul 19, 2019

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In "the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade," (Entertainment Weekly) "Spring Awakening"—winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical—explores the sometimes perilous journey from adolescence to adulthood. Told through the lens of...

Jul 19, 2019

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When a lecherous count sets his sights on his servant Figaro's fiancée, Figaro and his friends seek retribution in the form of hilarious hijinks and mischievous escapades. A rollicking combination of wit and seductive orchestrations,...

Jul 19, 2019

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Kronos Quartet's singular experimental style "has broken the boundaries of what string quartets do" (The New York Times). This season, Kronos returns to Boulder with a program exploring the social, political and cultural upheavals of the...

Jul 19, 2019

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One of the most original forces in contemporary dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago "is going to take your breath away" (The Washington Post) with its virtuosity. Featuring adventurous, versatile works choreographed by Ohad Naharin, Crystal...

Jul 19, 2019

The Current
Apr 10, 2020 - Apr 18, 2020

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The Current: Dance works by faculty and guest artists Experience the dynamic works of CU Boulder dance faculty and the Roser Visiting Artist. From the micro-undulations of transnational fusion to the sweeping attack of contemporary dance,...

Jul 19, 2019

The Current
Apr 19, 2020

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The Current: Dance works by faculty and guest artists Experience the dynamic works of CU Boulder dance faculty and the Roser Visiting Artist. From the micro-undulations of transnational fusion to the sweeping attack of contemporary dance,...

Jul 19, 2019

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Marriage isn't for everyone, least of all verbal sparring partners Beatrice and Benedict. But if they can be convinced to set aside their differences, each might see what their friends already know—Beatrice and Benedict are a perfect match....

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