CU Presents is the home of performing arts on the beautiful University of Colorado Boulder campus. Join 100,000 other arts lovers for hundreds of concerts, plays, recitals and more on our stages each year. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. The Artist Series, which for more than 80 years has welcomed world-renowned musicians and dance troupes to historic Macky Auditorium. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, a professional theatre company devoted to the Bard’s works. The Takács Quartet, a world-renowned chamber ensemble in residence at CU Boulder. The Eklund Opera Program and CU’s New Opera Workshop. Select performances at CU Boulder’s Department of Theatre & Dance. Major events, master classes, workshops and lectures at the CU Boulder College of Music. The Holiday Festival, an annual student and faculty music showcase in Macky Auditorium.
Jupiter String Quartet: Mendelssohn, Wiancko, Schubert
Oct 4, 2020 - Oct 5, 2020
Known for its "technical finesse and rare expressive maturity" (The New Yorker), the Jupiter String Quartet brings a special program to Grusin Music Hall in October. First, a quartet from master Romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn, followed...
Circa Contemporary Circus: Sacre
Oct 11, 2020
Mysterious, captivating and magical. In the world-first circus setting of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," Circa tightly weaves together powerful world-class acrobatics and dynamic encounters suffused with dark humor and rich tenderness.
Oct 29, 2020
Sumptuous, powerful and jaw-dropping. For over four decades, the up-and-coming dancers of Ailey II have brought the work of emerging choreographers to life onstage, much to the delight of audiences all over the world.
Passionate, electric and soul-stirring. Throughout one unforgettable evening, award-winning artists Clint Holmes, Take 6, Nnenna Freelon and Tom Scott breathe new life into icon Ray Charles’ catalog of gospel, jazz and a whole lot of soul.
2020 Holiday Festival
Dec 4, 2020 - Dec 6, 2020
Delight in the twinkling lights, seasonal greenery and beautiful music at CU Boulder’s Holiday Festival, an annual tradition that’s enchanting for all ages. The decades-old celebration brings together student choirs, bands and...
The King's Singers
Dec 10, 2020
Sparkling, polished and sublime. The King’s Singers, a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning a cappella ensemble, rings in the holidays at CU Presents with the crisp close-harmony vocal sound that makes the charming group a "superlative vocal...
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Jan 31, 2021
Elegant, sophisticated and fearless. For more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed worldwide, recording more than 50 albums and building a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists. Listen as he gives a rare performance...
On Feb. 19, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis bring a special night of music making to Boulder audiences in Macky. Jazz at Lincoln Center believes that jazz is a metaphor for democracy: Because jazz is...
Ephrat Asherie Dance: Odeon
Mar 1, 2021
Breathtaking, rapid-fire and exhilarating. In "Odeon," Ephrat Asherie Dance—known for its embodiment of street and club dance styles—delivers a high-energy, hybrid work that layers breaking, hip-hop, house and vogue over the buoyant score...
Danú and Goitse
Mar 16, 2021
Authentic, fiery and wholehearted. Danú and Goitse, two of today’s leading traditional Irish ensembles, join forces to present a vibrant performance in a celebration of traditional and contemporary Irish music. It’s the perfect way to...
Ray Chen, violin
Apr 1, 2021
Lush, intimate and masterful. Known for his poignant renditions of the classics, critics and audiences agree that Ray Chen’s remarkable musicianship and liquid tone on the violin are “to die for” (Huffington Post).
Joyous, heartfelt and wonderfully clever. Beloved Macky favorites who are as hilarious as they are fiercely talented, George Hinchliffe’s UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN is a group of all-singing, all-strumming ukulele players who have...