For more than 70 years, the Artist Series has been bringing the world’s finest jazz, classical, world music, and dance performers to Boulder. Join more than 16,000 Artist Series patrons who come every year to experience both world-renowned and emerging artists.
ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET
Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. Macky Auditorium. Tickets start at $14
Romantic. Radiant. Exuberant. Edgy. A few words that describe this engaging troupe of dancers with a big vision for presenting intriguing collections. With matinee idol beauty, Olympian athleticism and Nobel laureate inventiveness, this is a company that delivers on its reputation as one of the most up and coming dance companies in America, prompting the New York Times to call this troupe’s premiere, “A breath of fresh air.”
JOHANNES MOSER, CELLO, WITH CU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. Macky Auditorium. Tickets start at $14
Praised for his eclectic style that ranges from “lovely and elegant” to “vigorous, with rock star energy,” Johannes Moser is one of the electrifying young talents in contemporary classical performance. Moser brings his “unflinching energy” and couples it with the power of the acclaimed CU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gary Lewis.
THE CAPITOL STEPS
Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. Macky Auditorium. Tickets start at $14
The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. So if you’re tired of reading the same old dreary headlines, come hear them in a song for a change of pace.
Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. Macky Auditorium. Tickets start at $14
Ailey II merges the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s outstanding emerging choreographers. The company embodies Alvin Ailey’s pioneering mission to provide dance performances expressing the beauty and humanity of the African-American heritage and other culture.
CANADIAN BRASS CHRISTMAS
Dec. 15, 4 p.m. Macky Auditorium. Tickets start at $14
There’s no better way to celebrate the holidays than with the festive sound of brass music, and who better to spread good cheer than the five virtuosi of the Canadian Brass? The Washington Post says, “With their unbeatable blend of virtuosity, spontaneity and humor, they brighten the rosters of concert halls, international festivals and orchestra series throughout the world.”
Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. Macky Auditorium
Stefon Harris returns to the Artist Series, this time accompanied by award-winning and nominated artists David SÃ¡nchez and Nicholas Payton. Ninety Miles is a combination of cultural exploration and musical talent. This exemplary project crosses into the borders of Cuba (a mere 90 miles from Miami) and brings back music that will leave any audience breathless and begging for more.
PACO PEÃ‘A “FLAMENCO VIVO”
Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. Macky Auditorium. Tickets start at $14
As a guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor, Paco PeÃ±a has transformed perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form. “Flamenco Vivo” is a musical journey that displays the highest level of modern flamenco, highlighting the rhythmic complexities of its latest variations of dance, song and guitar.
March 5, 7:30 p.m. Macky Auditorium. Tickets start at $14
Acclaimed Irish ensemble DanÃº returns to the Artist Series, bringing an unforgettable high-energy celebration of the Emerald Isle. Using traditional instruments, flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion and bouzouki, the band’s irresistible blend of ancient Irish music with contemporary works has won two BBC Awards and the Irish Music Magazine Award.
ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND RICHARD GOODE
March 21, 7:30 p.m. Macky Auditorium. Tickets start at $14
The Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has built a legacy of more than 70 recordings and nearly four decades of collaborations with the world’s most esteemed soloists. For its 40th Anniversary Season, Orpheus collaborates with pianist Richard Goode on the Artist Series. The program includes Copland’s “Short Symphony,” Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (Italian).
UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN
April 18, 7:30 p.m. Macky Auditorium. Tickets start at $14
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll never think about music or humor in the same way once you’ve seen and heard the world’s first and best ukulele orchestra. The “Ukes” take the stage with dedicated artistry, and proceed to tear the house down, with audiences routinely giving standing ovations for their renditions of “Ride of the Valkyries,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Shaft” and so much more!
HOLIDAY FESTIVAL 2012
Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 4 p.m. Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 4 p.m. Macky Auditorium. Tickets start at $14
A lively program of beloved seasonal music and festive holiday decorations in Macky Auditorium inspire sold-out audiences to make the Holiday Festival a favorite annual tradition.