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Cultural Programs
Dept. 3951
1000 E. University Ave.
Fine Arts Bldg., Room 229
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766.5139
Fax: (307) 766.2560

Fall 2013 Schedule

Chris Thile


Chris Thile, mandolin

BCPA Concert Hall

“Brilliant, audacious, original, and above all, entertaining”—Times (London)

Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile made his first CD when he was 12, and when he was 13, he was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association as Player of the Year. Was it downhill from there? Not exactly. Last year, he won a Grammy (his second) for a CD collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Stuart Duncan, and topped that off by winning a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award. You probably know Thile as the heart and soul of Nickel Creek, and then, of Punch Brothers, but you’re going to participate in something special: this season, and this season only, he’s touring as a soloist, playing everything from Bach and Mozart transcriptions, to bluegrass, in conjunction with the release of a solo album on Nonesuch.

General Public $30 / Students & Seniors $25  |  View video



Julie Fowlis, Gaelic ensembleJulie Fowlis

BCPA Concert Hall

“You’d have to have a cold heart indeed not to be touched by this music”—Phil Selway, Radiohead

Julie Fowlis is from North Uist in the outer Hebrides, a cold, empty place (a tiny, wet version of Wyoming), and she sings, beautifully, in Gaelic; she also plays oboe, tin whistle, and bagpipes. Winning Gaelic Singer of the Year and Album of the Year twice at the Scots Trad Music Awards, being named Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, shortly after her last visit here, she became the vocalist for Disney’s Pixar movie, Brave, set in Scotland—the studio wanted the perfect Scottish voice: this is it. Her greatest honor, however, is having been appointed “Tosgaire na Gàaidhlig” (Scottish Gaelic Ambassador) by the Scottish Parliament, which had never bestowed that honor previously, in part because of difficulty with the spelling.

General Public $24 / Students & Seniors $20

Odwyers Friday Night Fever  |  View video



Linden String Quartet

Linden String Quartet

BCPA Concert Hall

“Polished, radiant, and incisive”—Strad

Trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music, winners of the Concert Artists Guild competition, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition grand prize winners—in fact, they’ve won first prize in 5 major competitions—mentored by the Tokyo, Cavani, Cleveland, and St. Lawrence String Quartets (all of which have been here), just concluding a residency at Yale, the Linden Quartet is the only quartet we know named after a tree (botanist Carl Linnaeus named himself after the same tree—strange). We’ve had a good track record launching young artists—the King’s Singers on its first transcontinental American tour, the Emerson String Quartet before it won any of its 9 Grammys—and we’re pleased to do it again with the Lindens, “a string quartet of the highest artistic caliber poised for a brilliant career” (Cavani String Quartet).

General Public $20 / Students & Seniors $17  |  View video



Sybarite5, string quintet

Sybarite5, string quintet

BCPA Concert Hall 

“Sybarite5 excelled at the exquisite, . . . playing with relish, a sense of comfort, and a frisson of missionary zeal”—Washington Post

Another Concert Artist Guild winner, Sybarite5 is sort of a rock-star-chamber music ensemble, playing everything from Mozart to Radiohead—its Radiohead + Piazzolla + new works CD hit the top 10 on Billboard‘s classical crossover chart. The ensemble also appears at crossover venues, from Carnegie Hall and the Aspen Music Festival, on the one hand, to the Apple Store and the Museum of Sex on the other. We’ll be featuring Sybarite5 in its “New Music Idol” project. The group will work with student composers, perform their works at a juried recital on November 19th, and then, the winning student composition will be premiered as part of our Sybarite5 concert on the 20th.

General Public $20 / Students & Seniors $17

Friday Night  |  View video



Holiday ConcertHoliday Concert: The King’s Singers, a cappella

BCPA Concert Hall

“They are still unmatched for their sheer musicality and ability to entertain”—Times (London)

The king is Henry IV, founder of King’s College, Cambridge (1441), where the original King’s Singers (1968) were all choristers. We first presented them in 1984; we’re now in our third generation of King’s Singers (they sound exactly the same as ever). The KS boast a discography of over 150 recordings, ranging from William Byrd to Beatles transcriptions, with over 200 commissioned works in their repertoire, with two million items of their published arrangements in circulation, and over 120 international performances annually on their schedule, making them, arguably, one of the most famous vocal groups in the world. And they have an elegance, charm, and wit that seem to go along with that British accent. This will be the 7th time we’ve presented them, but the first time in a holiday concert.

General Public $28 / Students & Seniors $24  |  View video one  |  View video two



All Performances Begin at 7:30 PM

Please Contact the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Box Office for Individual or Season Tickets (307-766-6666)



College of Arts and Sciences

University of Wyoming Cultural Programs is a division of the College of Arts & Sciences, assisting the College in its broad educational mission by presenting a rich, balanced program of music, theater, and dance, featuring performances by artists of national and international distinction.

University of Wyoming The Davide Cabassi performance and commission of Indigo Workshop by composer Mason Bates is cosponsored by UW’s American Studies Department as part of its commitment to educating the community about the great variety and diversity of American art and culture.


O’Dwyer’s Restaurant is cosponsoring Julie Fowlis and her ensemble.

Hilton Garden Inn and Convention Center - Laramie

The Manhattan Transfer performance is cosponsored by the Laramie Hilton Garden Inn & UW Conference Center.

Friday Night Fever

The Chris Thile and Julie Fowlis performances are cosponsored by the Student Activities Council and Friday Night Fever programs.

University of Wyoming The UW Department of Music is a partner with Cultural Programs in presenting Sybarite5 and the Yellowjackets.

Wyoming Public Media Wyoming Public Radio is cosponsoring all the events on our series.



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