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CU Presents promotes performing arts on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. We present more than 100 ticketed events and numerous educational and outreach events each year. CU Presents includes:

  • Artist Series
  • Colorado Shakespeare Festival
  • Eklund Opera (including the CU New Opera Workshop)
  • Takács Quartet
  • CU Theatre & Dance
  • Holiday Festival

CU Presents welcomes more than 80,000 patrons to its events every year.

Education and outreach is an important part of CU Presents. Faculty and guest artists are involved in many outreach activities, including master classes, workshops, and lectures.

Most Artist Series concerts include a host of educational opportunities open to the public. Most guest artists present master classes working with College of Music students which members of the public are welcome to observe. Special events such as dance classes and all-day jazz programs are also featured. Please call the Box Office at 303-492-8008 to learn more about upcoming events.

In addition, concertgoers are invited to attend informative Pre-Concert Conversations before every Artist Series concert. These talks are hosted by CU-Boulder faculty experts and feature an informal discussion of the evening's repertoire or performer. Pre-Concert Conversations are held 45 minutes prior to each Artist Series performance. All talks will be held in the Old Main Chapel and are free of charge.

The Grammy Award-winning string quartet has been moving audiences and selling out concerts for three decades at CU-Boulder. Their irresistible blend of virtuosic technique and engaging personality has led The Guardian (London) to proclaim, “The Takács Quartet are matchless, their supreme artistry manifest at every level.” 

A lively program of seasonal music and festive holiday decorations in Macky Auditorium inspire sold-out audiences and make the Holiday Festival a favorite annual tradition. Choirs, orchestra, ensembles and faculty soloists from the CU-Boulder College of Music invite you to share the joy and warmth of the season with your family and friends.

Great repertoire, lavish scenery, amazing voices and outstanding value--these are the hallmarks of the Eklund Opera Program (formerly CU Opera). Director Leigh Holman and Music Director Nicholas Carthy bring you the best of classical and contemporary opera in three fascinating productions each season, and in the CU New Opera Workshop each summer.

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company in association with the University of Colorado Boulder. Since 1958 the festival has celebrated and explored Shakespeare and his continuing influence and vitality through productions of superior artistic quality, education and community engagement. 

Since its founding in 1920, the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music has established itself as one of the top university music programs in the United States. With its award-winning faculty of professional performers, composers and scholars, the College of Music links tradition with innovation in its curricula. The College of Music presents more than 400 musical events to the public each year, ranging from fully staged operas to early and new music performances.  

The Department of Theatre & Dance is a community of students, scholars, artists and artisans who regard the collaborative and creative process as the core of education.  We engage with that process at all levels of our work as we pursue excellence and understanding. From the root of process stems practice, and that practice bears the fruit of experience. THDN guides that fruition, offering students an expanse of opportunities to encounter the art forms of theatre and dance, their making and meaning.

By the time an opera production hits the floorboards, composers and performers have spent years transforming theatrical ideas and music for the stage. The CU New Opera Workshop (CU NOW) gives you the rare opportunity to observe this process and share your suggestions with the composers. The interactive workshop-style performances feature acclaimed opera composers working with CU singers on new operas, on their way to professional world premieres. You'll leave with exciting insights into the creative process when you experience opera from the ground up at CU NOW!

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