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: What’s Your Harmony? - Personal Ethics and Music with Dr. Colin McAllister
October 1, 2021 
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
12:15pm-1:15pm
Colin McAllister (Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts/Music), a UCCS Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative 2021-22 Fellow, will discuss building a personal code of ethics, and how this might affect the way you make music.


First Fridays: Steph Richards
November 5, 2021 
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
12:15pm-1:15pm


First Fridays: ghOstMiSt and Reflexive Improvisation - An Afternoon Conversation with Putu Hiranmayena
December 3, 2021 
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
12:15pm-1:15pm
Putu Hiranmayena is an Indonesian artist-scholar focusing on Indigeneity, Cosmology, and Environmentalism in Balinese Performing Arts.

Recitals and Concerts


Peak FreQuency Presents: Parsing Infinity - Music of Philip Blackburn
Friday, September 10, 2021
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm – 8:30pm
The UCCS Music Program welcomes visiting composer Philip Blackburn who will be working with composition and performance students as well as present a concert of his music. 


Peak FreQuency Presents: Sending, Receiving, Becoming
Friday, October 8, 2021
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm – 8:30pm
UCCS Music Program welcomes Composer and music technologist Scott Miller, professor of music at St. Cloud State University and Pat O’Keefe, clarinetist with the renowned group Zeitgeist along with music faculty flutist Jane Rigler, and trumpeter, Glen Whitehead. Sending, Receiving, Becoming: a blending of relational graphic, video and other visual scores and sonic blueprints, each player sends sound signals to the players who then respond with regenerated sonic transformations, creating a hybridized culture of living sonic expression. With this interactive concept, the essence of the quartet is retained while collaboratively sound-designing a musical eco-system that lives within a flux of sending, receiving and becoming.


Peak FreQuency Presents: Composers-in-Residence Derek Keller, Lukas Schulze, Will Brobston, and Guitarist Russ Callison
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm-8:30pm
The UCCS Music Program welcomes Visiting Composers-in-Residence Lukas Schulze and Derek Keller for masterclasses with students, composition presentations, and a concluding concert.  Brobston featuring UCCS Music Faculty guitarist Colin McAllister, trumpeter Glen Whitehead, percussionist Randy Bowen and guest guitarist Russ Callison. World premieres include Schulze’s WorRacines for two guitarists and tenor voice [2019] and Brobston’s Bardo [2018] for solo guitar performed by Callison.


Peak FreQuency Presents: Steph Richards Players
Friday, November 5, 2021
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm-8:30pm
Composer and trumpet artist Steph Richards visits the UCCS Music Program to work with student composers and performers.  The concert features faculty members as well as the student ensemble Instrumental and Vocal Laboratory directed by faculty member Haleh Abghari 


Senior Recital: Dylan Osgood
Sunday, November 17, 2021
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm-8:30pm


Junior Recital: Annelise Soller and Natalie Jensen, voice
Friday, November 12, 2021
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm-8:30pm


Peak FreQuency Presents: SonLingua Ensemble - Fertile Words
Friday, November 13, 2021
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm – 8:30pm 
This program marks the debut of the Colorado Springs-based SonLingua Ensemble (Jane Rigler, flutes; Colin McAllister, guitar; Haleh Abghari, voice; Andrés Carrizo, (piano and composition) and its collaborative work with Indigenous American poets writing in their native languages. The ensemble will premiere three new movements composed by Carrizo for the ensemble, whose texts consist of poems written by poets Mikeas Sánchez (Chiapas, Mexico) and Sabino Esteban (Guatemala). The program will also include works by György Kurtág, George Benjamin, Iddo Aharony (Assistant Professor of Composition, Colorado College), Stuart Saunders Smith, and Navajo Nation member, Sound Artist/composer Raven Chacon.


Jazz Ensemble
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Shockley-Zalabak Theater
7:30pm – 8:30pm


University Choir: Solveig Olsen, director
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Shockley-Zalabak Theater
7:30pm – 8:30pm


Symphony 21: UCCS Symphony Orchestra
Glen Whitehead, director

Friday, November 20, 2021
Shockley-Zalabak Theater
7:30pm – 8:30pm


Junior Recital: Chayanne Rodriguez Trinidad, voice; Jeremy Arellano Ortiz, sound design/composition
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm – 8:30pm


Chamber Music Ensemble: Martha Muehleisen, director
Thursday, December 2, 2021
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm – 8:30pm


Vocal & Instrumental Lab & the Student Composers Seminar concerts (Haleh Abghari and Jon Forshee, directors)
Friday, December 3, 2021
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm – 8:30pm


Brass Quintet: John Forshee, director
Sunday, December 5, 2021
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm – 8:30pm


Symphony 21: UCCS Symphony Orchestra
Glen Whitehead, director

Monday, December 6, 2021
Shockley-Zalabak Theater
7:30pm – 8:30pm


Senior Recital: Jenna Hinkle, cello
Friday, December 10, 2021
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
7:30pm – 8:30pm

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)


February 18, 2022
Ich fühle Luft von anderem Planeten: Arnold Schoenberg as Apocalyptic Visionary
(Colin McAllister, UCCS)


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)


April 15, 2022
The Music of György Kurtág: Poetry, Literature and Psyche
(Haleh Abghari, UCCS)