Music Program Concerts and Events

Events

Music Program Concerts and Events

The UCCS Music Program presents over 30 dynamic events each season: concerts, guest artists, masterclasses and workshops. The First Fridays Seminar is a monthly forum dedicated to building an engaged culture of lifelong musicianship through the presentation of research, performance and pedagogical practice by visiting artists, faculty and students.  Student recitals showcase the musical breadth and interdisciplinary depth of our program. And the Peak FreQuency series presents work by our award-winning faculty as well as invited guests from the international music world. Our events are open to all students and community members of the Pikes Peak region - come join us!
 

TICKETING INFO

First Fridays
Free and open to the public.

Student Recitals
UCCS students receive free admission. Contact the Ent Center Box Office at tickets@uccs.edu or 719-255-8181 to receive your complimentary ticket. General admission is $7. Seniors and military are $5. Visit the Ent Center for the Arts ticketing page to purchase tickets.

Student Ensembles
UCCS students receive free admission. Contact the Ent Center Box Office at tickets@uccs.edu or 719-255-8181 to receive your complimentary ticket. General admission is $7. Seniors and military are $5. Visit the Ent Center for the Arts ticketing page to purchase tickets.

Peak FreQuency Concerts
UCCS students receive free admission. Contact the Ent Center Box Office at tickets@uccs.edu or 719-255-8181 to receive your complimentary ticket. General admission is $10. Seniors and military are $8. Visit the Ent Center for the Arts ticketing page to purchase tickets.

Lectures and Masterclasses
Free and open to the public.

 

First Fridays


First Fridays: Chat with Swedish Musician/Singer/Songwriter/Accordionist Sunniva Brynnel
March 4, 2022
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
12:15pm-1:15pm
Swedish accordionist and singer Sunniva Brynnel comes from a lineage of seven generations of women musicians. She tours and records internationally and has a masters in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory, Boston, as well as a BA in Jazz Composition from Leeds College of Music, England. During her residency at UCCS (March 7-11), Sunniva will be sharing folk music and songs from her home area in Sweden. This informal chat will give us insight to her past, her inspirations, and her future collaborative projects. Her Peak FreQuency sponsored concert on March 11 will present solo pieces as well as collaborations with VAPA Music students and faculty Haleh Abghari and Jane Rigler. 


First Fridays: Featuring Dr. Jon Forshee, composer (Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition) 
April 1, 2022 
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
12:15pm-1:15pm
Join Jon Forshee for a presentation of Language as a music  / six marginal pretexts for composition, by Benjamin Boretz. This work engages how language is a music, and how music is a language, in the form of a musical composition in six movements, for speaker, pianist, and a recorded song.


First Fridays: TBA
May 6, 2022
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
12:15pm-1:15pm
 

Recitals and Concerts


Peak FreQuency and Green Box Arts Present: Matthew Jamal
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
Friday, March 4, 2022
7:30pm
New York based composer and multi-instrumentalist, Matthew Jamal, has a vast musical palette drawing inspiration from folk, eastern and western classical music, jazz, and gospel to name a few. He released his debut EP, Itinerant, in 2020 which featured improvisational music using only the sounds of his double bass and voice. His latest single "Something More Than This" (feat. Lau Noah), is out now on all streaming platforms. Matthew Jamal is the first Green Box artist in residence of 2022, spending a month in Green Mountain Falls composing and recording.


Peak FreQuency Presents: Faculty Masterworks
Saturday, March 5, 2022
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
5pm
UCCS music faculty and students present a multi-genre experience featuring a variety of repertoire and original works including music by Giachino Rossini, Paul Simon, Pat Metheny, Giacomo Puccini, Tom Jones, Colin McAllister, Glen Whitehead, Haleh Abghari, and more. This is the finale event for the music program audition day.


Peak FreQuency Presents: Sunniva Brynel 
Friday, March 11, 2022
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall 
7:30pm
Swedish accordionist and singer Sunniva Brynnel comes from a lineage of seven generations of women musicians. During her residency at UCCS, Sunniva will be sharing folk music and songs from her home area in Sweden. Working with students, she will also be exploring the meeting between folk music, improvisation and composition. Her concert on March 11 will present solo pieces, as well as collaborations with VAPA Music students and faculty Haleh Abghari and Jane Rigler.  Sunniva tours and records internationally and has a Master’s in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory, Boston, as well as a BA in Jazz Composition from Leeds College of Music, England. 


Peak FreQuency Presents: UCCS Music Faculty Chamber Music 
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm
Music Faculty perform selections from chamber music repertoire from past to present.


Junior Recital: Oscar Mata
Monday, March 28, 2022
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm


Peak FreQuency Presents: UCCS Music Faculty Jazz Works 
Thursday, March 31, 2022
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall 
7:30pm
UCCS music faculty and friends perform jazz standards and original works with a special tribute to former faculty member Alan Joseph. Featuring Colin McAllister, guitar; Glen Whitehead, trumpet; William Malone, saxophone; Stephen Barta, piano; Randy Bowen, drums; and Jason Crowe, bass.


Senior Recital: Crow Robinson
Saturday, April 2, 2022
Margot Lane Studio
7:30pm


Senior Recital: Ethan Schafer (piano)
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm


Peak FreQuency Presents: Positively Piano! 
Kelly Zuercher, solo piano 
Thursday, April 7, 2022
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm
Please join us for an evening of solo piano works performed by faculty member Kelly Zuercher. The program includes Sonata Opus 109 by Beethoven and Piano Sonata by Samuel Barber.


Junior Recital: Aidan Rooney & Krysta Heshelman
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm


Jazz Ensemble 
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Shockley-Zalabak Theater
7:30pm


Peak FreQuency Presents: Ecologically Sounding 
Featuring Karen Power and John Godfrey
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm
All the way from Cork Ireland, composers / performers Karen Power and John Godfrey investigates innovative listening methods as a means to explore the human relationship to the environment. This concert will feature VAPA students and VAPA Music Faculty Jane Rigler and Glen Whitehead.


Symphony 21: UCCS Symphony Orchestra
Friday, April 15, 2022
Shockley-Zalabak Theater
7:30pm


Saxophonist Tony Malaby Clinic 
With Matt Smiley, acoustic  bass and Ron Coulter, drums 
Saturday, April 16, 2022
11am-12pm 
Chapman Recital Hall 
Free admission - everyone welcome
In his two decades as an integral member of New York City's improvised music community, saxophonist and composer Tony Malaby has emerged as a wholly unique and singular voice. DownBeat's "80 Coolest Things in Jazz" article said "[Malaby] is a formidably accomplished soprano and tenor saxophonist with enviable tone and an endless font of compelling ideas [who] steers his music away from perfection" and "his considerable gifts as a melodist tend to sneak up on you." JazzTimes called him "a hero of today's improvised music scene." These accolades are unsurprising given the number of projects Malaby has been involved in since arriving in New York in the early 1990s.

Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Tony Malaby has been permanently based in New York since 1995 and has been a member of many notable jazz groups including Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra, Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Mark Helias' Open Loose, Fred Hersch's quintet and Walt Whitman project, Michell Portal's Birdwatcher, various projects with Daniel Humair and bands led by Mario Pavone, Tim Berne, Chris Lightcap, Kris Davis, Angelica Sanchez, Michael Attias and Marty Ehrlich. His debut cd "Sabino"(Arabesque) made the NY Times and Philadelphia City Paper's top ten jazz lists for 2000


Senior Recital: Juan Carlos Valdés Bueno
Saturday, April 16, 2022
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm


Senior Recital: Emerson Cyrus Olson
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
5:30pm


Peak FreQuency Presents: Tim Morrison and Nexus Brass
Saturday, April 23, 2022 
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm
Trumpet legend and conductor Timothy Morrison will conduct the Nexus Brass Ensemble consisting of UCCS Music faculty and regional professionals.  This concert will feature works of Strauss, Turrin, Ruer, and feature trumpeter Glen Whitehead and tubist Timothy Hoffman as soloists. 


University Choir
Sunday, April 24, 2022 
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm


Chamber Music Ensemble
Monday, April 25, 2022 
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm


Creative Music & Theremin Ensembles
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm


Peak FreQuency Presents: UCCS Student Brass Quintet
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Shockley-Zalabak Theater
7:30pm
The UCCS student brass quintet is a student run musical group founded by Rebecca Himberger with the support of Dr. Jon Forshee and Dr. Glen Whitehead. In addition to classic musical literature, this group plays beautiful original works from composers within the group, including Sebastian Melendez, and Jadon Cruzan. Our other members include Garrison Syling and Paul Harrison.


Senior Recital: Noel Armendariz
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm


Senior Recital: Sean Coyne
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm


Senior Recital: Jeremy Johnson
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm


Peak FreQuency Presents: Sounding Time / Cosmic Sounding 
The Music of Dr. Jon Forshee
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Shockley-Zalabak Theater
7:30pm
The music of Jon Forshee interweaves exuberant energies, progressive harmonies and expansive conceptions of musical time to create immersive sonic worlds. In “Sounding Time / Cosmic Sounding” Forshee charts deeper adventures in speculative instrumental music through four thrilling, colorful new works written in collaboration with the virtuosic music faculty of the UCCS Music Department. Combining acoustic and digital instruments, and utilizing the exceptional performance spaces of the Shockley-Zalabak Theater, the unique works heard this evening are curated together in a single vision of life as a great surprise full of wonders yet to be heard. Featured guests include Staci Toma, Glen Whitehead, Kelly Zuercher and Colin McAllister, and more. 


Honors Ensemble
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm

Lectures and Masterclasses


The Third Friday Colloquia: Essays in Music, curated by Colin McAllister in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, showcase scholarship in the best sense, highlighting the power and range of human inquiry and creativity. Four times yearly, on Friday afternoons at the UCCS Downtown Center, UCCS faculty and select guests present creative work and research trajectories. Presentations begin at 4pm and last approximately 45 minutes, followed by discussion. 
 
All events are hybrid, with the option to participate in-person, or virtually. The UCCS Downtown Center is located at 102 S. Tejon St., suite 105-a, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.


January 21, 2022
Apocalyptic Themes in the Music of Olivier Messiaen
(Andrew Shenton, Boston University)
Free and open to all via Zoom meeting (see link below)

This lecture examines aspects of the Catholic apocalypse as presented through the highly personal musical style of Olivier Messiaen (1908-92). A chronological survey of those works that explicitly deal with his personal eschatology demonstrate that Messiaen’s understanding of the apocalypse is revelation rather than Armageddon. Throughout his oeuvre he returned to several major theological themes (including the angels of the apocalypse and the abyss), but concentrated on musical depictions of heaven and the celestial city in his attempt to describe the ineffable in music. Concentrating especially on the Quatuor pour la fin du temps, a case is made for a highly individual eschatology that transcends institutional religious boundaries and is presented in music of enormous power and beauty.

Andrew Shenton is a scholar, prize-winning author, performer, and educator based in Boston, Massachusetts. Born in England, he first studied at The Royal College of Music in London, and holds bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees from London University, Yale, and Harvard respectively. He has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including a Harvard Merit Fellowship, Harvard’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, and a Junior Fellowship from the Humanities Center at Boston University. He has given more than eighty premieres by composers such as Geoffrey Burgon, Joe Utterback, John Tavener, Judith Weir, and Arvo Pärt. Moving freely between musicology and ethnomusicology Shenton’s work is best subsumed under the heading ‘music and transcendence,’ and includes several major publications on Messiaen, Pärt, and others. His most recent monograph, Arvo Pärt’s Resonant Texts was published by CUP in 2018. Dr. Shenton is Professor of Music at Boston University, and Conductor of Vox Futura.

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February 18, 2022
Ich fühle Luft von anderem Planeten: Arnold Schoenberg as Apocalyptic Visionary
(Colin McAllister, UCCS)
Free and open to all via Zoom meeting (see link below)

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) was one of the most influential—and controversial—composers of the early twentieth century. He is perhaps best known for positing music without a tonal center (commonly called ‘atonal’ or ‘non-tonal’ music), and then subsequently devising the ‘twelve-tone’ or ‘dodecaphonic’ system of composition, a method of organizing pitch material in the absence of common-practice, functional tonality. In this presentation, I argue that Schoenberg’s threshold works during his breakthrough move to atonality from late 1907 to 1909 may be properly construed as ‘music in an apocalyptic mode’. I set the stage via an overview of the late Romantic milieu in which Schoenberg developed his art, and briefly examine an early work (Four Songs, Op. 1, No. 1) which inaugurated his musical maturity as a composer. I then discuss the artistic movement of expressionism and Schoenberg’s role as prophetic revelator before concluding with an analysis of his Second String Quartet, Op. 10.

Colin McAllister is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where he is a 2021-22 Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Fellow. His performances as a guitarist have been hailed as “sparkling….delivered superbly” (San Francisco Chronicle), “ravishing” (San Diego Union Tribune) and “an amazing tour de force” (San Diego Story), and he has recorded on the Summit, Innova, Centaur, Naxos, Albany, Old King Cole, Vienna Modern Masters, Carrier and Tzadik labels. His research interests include contemporary music performance and pedagogy, musical modernism, and the apocalyptic paradigm as manifested in various phenomena—literature, music, and art. His new book, Dies irae, dies illa: Music in the Apocalyptic Mode, will be published later this year by the Dutch publisher Brill in their Word and Music series.

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March 18, 2022
The Music of Homer
(a roundtable discussion with Colin McAllister, composer Adam Greene, and classicists Mary France (UCCS) and Richard Thomas (Harvard University)
Free and open to all via Zoom meeting (see link below)

In just the past thirty years, there have appeared several new translations of both the Iliad and Odyssey. What is so compelling about these two ancient poems, and why does each generation feel the need to render them afresh? This roundtable of musicians and classicists will discuss the music of ancient Greece itself, modern compositions that are influenced by Homer, and a discussion of how differing translations render the music of Homer’s verse.

Adam Greene is a composer and writer whose work references interests in literature, linguistics, and cognitive science in music that explores multiplicity, fragility, and instability, often through intensive examination of instrumental practice. He has received grants and awards from The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard, ASCAP, NACUSA, The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), The American Music Center, and The American Composers Forum. Born in Chicago and raised in New England, he now lives and works in San Diego.

Mary France is a classical language lecturer at UCCS, who not only has a passion for ancient Greek literature, but also has maintained an interest in music.  She was a member of two early music groups while living in Albuquerque, NM, and after moving to Colorado, has attended the Spanish Peaks International Harp Retreat, and performed at Harp Fantasia concerts in Denver.  Recently, she purchased a replica tortoise-shell lyre from Greece. 

Richard F. Thomas, George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics, was born in London and brought up in New Zealand. He was educated at the University of Auckland (B.A. 1972; M.A. 1973), and at the University of Michigan (Ph.D. 1977). He taught at Harvard as Assistant and Associate Professor, 1977–84; as Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati, 1984–86; as Professor at Cornell University, 1986–87; as Professor of Greek and Latin at Harvard from 1987–2010; as George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics since 2010; he was visiting Professor of Latin, University of Venice (Spring, 1991).

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April 15, 2022
The Music of György Kurtág: Poetry, Literature and Psyche
(Haleh Abghari, UCCS)
Free and open to all via Zoom meeting (see link below)

At the age of 92, Hungarian composer György Kurtág wrote his first opera based on Samuel Beckett’s Endgame after decades of doubt and apprehension kept him from taking on the challenge.  His music is a direct reflection of his personal struggles and psychological crises going back to his work with psychologist Marianne Stein in Paris in the late 1950s. In his highly economical and aphoristic works, every single note becomes a matter of life and death; silences are just as important as the notes. This presentation discusses how his musical language emerged from the depths of his psyche to become an ongoing autobiography and a link to the unconscious. The very trauma and agony that at times handicapped him and kept him from composing, gave way to his unique artistic voice. His works are often homages to friends and other artists he holds in high esteem such as Beckett. Kurtág’s highly expressive compositions can be heard as diary entries or personal messages in conversation with other masters that have had a profound influence on him.  

Haleh Abghari is a native of Iran and has performed internationally as a singer and actor. The NY Times hailed her work as "a virtuoso and winning performance," and the Washington Post described her voice as “high, dry, sweet and piercingly pure soprano." She has performed at numerous festivals and venues including Music on the Edge, The Montalvo Arts Center, The IFCP Festival, the Guggenheim Museum, Joe’s Pub, EtnaFest, and Teatro Manzoni. She has appeared as soloist and/or recorded with ensembles including The NY New Music Ensemble, Sequitur, Bent Frequency, Empyrean Ensemble, The Budapest Chamber Opera, and Fred Ho’s Afro Asian Music Ensemble. Abghari has created original music and performance pieces and received a Fulbright Grant to work on the music of Kurtág in Budapest. In her creative projects and teaching, Abghari continues to promote active citizenship and civic dialogue through the arts. More info at www.halehabghari.com.

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