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The University of Wyoming Department of Music has a rich and varied schedule of performances throughout the year.

Check back often to see what's coming up next!

PLEASE NOTE: The Fine Arts Building is now The Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA)

Tickets | Music Department: Pick 5 Ticket DealJazz Studies Concert Season 2017-2018 | Symphony Orchestra Season 2017-2018 | UW Presents


Symphony: Opening Night

Thursday, October 19, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall
Ticketed

Symphony conductor Michael Griffith is on a mission. "People are so discouraged these days," he said. "The state is dealing with budget cuts. Political tension is as thick as I can remember. So I wanted to lead concerts that will bring joy into people's lives. Not silly-happy music, but uplifting music, so people feel good at the end of the evening." To that end, he's dedicated this year to "A Season of Joy."

The major work is Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, the Pastoral Symphony. Beethoven was exhausted after writing his monumental Fifth. He retreated to the country to recover, but kept composing: a working vacation. The Sixth is the result, a wonderful work whose opening movement is even titled "Joyful feelings on arriving in the country." Other movements describe a forest brook, a country dance, a thunderstorm, and a shepherd's peaceful feelings after the storm has passed.

Three shorter works fill the first half. Arturo Márquez' Danzón No. 2 is an exciting new work with a decidedly Mexican-Cuban flavor. Aaron Copland’s jazz-inflected Clarinet Concerto was written for the great big-band clarinetist Benny Goodman. It a perfect fusion of Americana and classical lyricism. Johann Strauss' Fledermaus Overture opens the evening, a fun romp from a waltz-filled Viennese operetta.

Soloist for the Copland is UW faculty clarinetist Blake McGee. A native of the west coast, Dr. McGee performed as a member of the Portland Opera, Vancouver Symphony, and Oregon Mozart Players. He is currently principal clarinet of the Wyoming Symphony of Casper. An active chamber musician, he performs regularly with the Wyoming Reed Trio, the Wu-McGee Duo, and as a member of Lights Along the Shore, a trio specializing in original works and arrangements of eclectic music from around the world. Additionally, he tours annually throughout the country as a recitalist and clinician.

Ben Markley Quartet featuring Greg Osby

Sunday, October 22, 7:30 pm
BCPA Recital Hall
Free

Collegiate Chorale: Spain Send-off Concert

Thursday, October 26, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall
Ticketed

Come hear a preview of the programs that the Chorale will take to the Basque country in Spain when they compete as the only US choir invited to participate in the Tolosa Choral Contest.

Faculty Recital Series: One After One in Time

Monday, October 30, 7:30 pm
BCPA Recital Hall
Free

Duo François, CSU professor of violin Ron François and pianist Silvana Santinelli, present music from their new CD, Works by Sergei Prokofiev and Others, including the title track "One After One in Time."

Featuring:

Ron François, violin
Silvana Santinelli, piano

Civic Chorus and Community Concert Band

Monday, November 6, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall
Ticketed

Faculty Recital Series: An Evening of Brahms

Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 pm
BCPA Recital Hall
Free

Don't miss this concert of two masterworks: the epic Piano Quartet in C, op. 60, and the irrepressible Horn Trio in E flat, op. 40.

Featuring:

John Fadial, violin
Glêsse Collet, viola
Beth Vanderborgh, cello
Theresa Bogard, piano
Katherine Smith, horn

Western Blue, Jazz Ensemble II, Jazz Combos

Thursday, November 9, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall
Ticketed

Gamelan

Thursday, November 9, 7:30 pm
BCPA Recital Hall
Free

A Choral Collage

Friday, November 10, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall
Ticketed

Join the Singing Statesmen, Bel Canto, and Happy Jacks in a fall concert that will lift your spirits. High school singers from the Rocky Mountain Festival of Voices will unite with our collegiate singers in song!

Brass Ensembles

Monday, November 13, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall
Free

Wind Symphony: Classic Creations

Thursday, November 16, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall
Ticketed

Lights Along the Shore

Sunday, November 19, 3:00 pm
BCPA Recital Hall
Free

Symphonic Band

Monday, November 20, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall
Ticketed

Symphony Orchestra: Deux Pianos, Deux!

Thursday, November 30, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall
Ticketed

Mozart, Symphony No. 31, Paris
Guzzo, Wyoming Voices
Reisteter, new work not yet titled
Poulenc, Concerto for Two Pianos
Saint-Saëns, Bacchanal from Samson and Delilah

Featuring:

Theresa Bogard, piano
Chi-Chen Wu, piano

Happy Jacks

Friday, December 1, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall
Free

Antero Winds Wyoming Composer's Concert

Saturday, December 2, 7:30 pm
BCPA Recital Hall
Free

Percussion Ensemble

Monday, December 4, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall
Ticketed


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