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Upcoming Performances

The Department of Music is excited to continue to present high-quality student and faculty performances during this unusual time. 

The Department will host 2022-2023 performances in person.  Select concerts or recitals may also be live-streamed. Each scheduled livestreamed concert will be assigned its own link, which you may access from your computer or other device. Recorded videos will be accessible from this page as they become available.

We hope you are able to join us for some or all of our performances this year!

(Check out the Spring 2022 Archive, Fall 2021 Archive, Spring 2021 Archive, and the Fall 2020 Archive to access recent concerts and recordings.)

FALL 2022 EVENTS

 


UW Symphony 2022-2023

See the UW Symphony Brochure for descriptions

Dr. Michael Griffith, conductor

 

Season Tickets are now ON SALE. Please visit our Box Office (Monday-Friday, 12-6pm) or call us at (307) 766-6666. At this time season tickets ARE NOT available online. Individual ticket prices will be on sale starting Septembe 17th.

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Guest Artist Recital: Duo Cintemani

September 30, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Recital Hall

Featuring Nicholas Ciraldo, guitar, and Rachel Taratoot Ciraldo, flute

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The University of Wyoming Department of Music is proud to present critically acclaimed flute-guitar group Duo Cintemani in a performance that is the culmination of their multi-day residency at UW.

Based in Hattiesburg, MS, Duo Cintemani has performed together professionally for more than twenty years. Their reputation for innovative and expressive programming has brought them invitations to perform nationally and internationally.  Their wide range of stylistic and sensitive interpretation leads to colorful and engaging programs.

Nicholas is a Full Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.  Rachel is Principal Flutist of the Baton Rouge and Meridien Symphonies and is also a founding member of the Lagniappe Trio, comprised of flute, viola, and harp. Their accomplishments in their respective fields bring experience to the stage and offer a connected and intimate musical experience.

While is residence at UW, Rachel will teach a public master class to the flute studio and discuss her work in the non-profit sector; Nicholas will serve as a guest lecturer in the Department of Music’s audio technology class. For more information on Duo Cintemani, please visit https://www.ciraldomusic.com/.

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Spotlight Series: Wyoming Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert

October 6, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 
BCPA Concert Hall

Dr. Benjamin Markley, conductor

Join Wyoming Jazz Ensemble for its first concert of the season celebrating music written or arranged by female composers, including Mary Lou Williams, Maria Schneider, Christine Jensen, and more.

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Spotlight Series: WYO-Sing!

October 8, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 
BCPA Concert Hall

Dr. Brian Murray, conductor

UW Choirs present a showcase performance of UW Collegiate Chorale, Bel Canto, Singing Statesmen, Laramie Civic Chorus, and Happy Jacks. Hear thought-provoking and enjoyable choral repertoire for mixed chorus, treble chorus, and tenor-bass chorus at this varied event as we celebrate the beauty of choral singing.

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UW Wind Symphony Fall Pops Concert

POSTPONED to October 9, 2022, 3:00 p.m.
In person at the BCPA Concert Hall

Conducted by Dr. Robert Belser

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The 2022-2023 Season opener of the UW Bands in this concert of popular music!  Ranging from one of Rossini’s “sins of old age” through band standards and ending with Sousa, we present tunes that are particular favorites of the conductor.  Enjoy tapping your foot along with us – that is if you can keep up with us in the last of the Armenian Dances.

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Trio Goiâni

October 16, 2022, 3:00 p.m.
BCPA Recital Hall

Special guests Trio Goiânia will present an evening of Brazilian music for violin, viola and piano.

The concert will feature Brazilian musicians Alessandro Borgomanero, violinist, and Luciano Pontes, violist, with American pianist Theresa Bogard. 

While music by Brazilian composer Villa Lobos is well-known in the United States, most of the extensive repertoire by Brazilian composers remains unknown. This concert will feature works by several important composers including Marlos Nobre, Camargo Guarnieri, Brenno Blauth, Flausino Vale and Henrique de Curitiba. This beautiful music is full of typical Brazilian rhythms and harmonies and is influenced by traditional dances and folk music. 

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UW Chamber Orchestra - Brazilian Strings

October 23, 2022, 3:00 p.m.
BCPA Recital Hall

Alessandro Borgomanero and Sherry Sinift, violin soloists
Luciano Pontes, viola soloist; James Przygocki, conductor and viola soloist

Peter Warlock, Capriol Suite; Handel/Halvorsen, Passacaglia
Bach, Concerto for Two Violins; Telemann, Concerto for Two Violas; Edvard Grieg, Holberg Suite.

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Ryan Fourt Trio

October 24, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
BCPA Recital Hall

UW Jazz faculty member and jazz guitarist Ryan Fourt brings his trio to UW for a masterclass (5:00pm) and concert (7:00pm) on October 24. 

Ryan's’s career in music has spanned 20 years. His life in music has been expansive and well documented throughout his twenty year journey with several recordings both as a leader and a sideman.

His latest album, “Big Slick” on the Colorado-based Dazzle Recordings label, was released in 2016 and continues to receive extensive radio play both nationally and overseas. The album is also available for purchase and streaming on all major music platforms.

On top of teaching and recording, Ryan performs regularly at his musical home, Jay’s Bistro in Fort Collins Colorado – becoming the musical director there was a dream job for Fourt and provides a platform for the guitarist to explore his music, primarily in the American jazz idiom, on a weekly basis.

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Jordan Vanhemert with UW Jazz Ensemble II

October 28, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 
BCPA Concert Hall

Dr. Andy wheelock, conductor

Featuring music written by Dr. Vanhemert, Dr. Wheelock, and arrangements by Dr. Ben Markley.   Also Ft. UWYO Jazz Faculty.

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Spotlight Series: Nothing Gold Can Stay

November 5, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 
BCPA Concert Hall

Dr. Brian Murray, conductor

Based on the Robert Frost poem of the same name, this performance by UW Collegiate Chorale explores the empheral nature of experience. From the frivolity of youth to the gravity of utter loss, life changes constantly—nothing remains the same.

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Civic Chorus and Community Band Concert

November 7, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Concert Hall

The Laramie Civic Chorus and Community Band will share a splendid night of music making on Monday, November 7.

These student and community groups offer diverse repertoire and ensemble membership. Join them as they showcase beautiful and varied music for wind ensemble and voices.

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Special Guests: Front Range Chamber Players

November 9, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Concert Hall  Free

The nonprofit Front Range Chamber Players (FRCP) is Northern Colorado’s resident professional chamber music group.

Since its inception in 1985, it has presented an annual series of concerts in Fort Collins venues, always striving to make outstanding chamber music accessible to audiences of all ages. Musicians from across the Front Range have performed with FRCP, and the organization has also enjoyed collaborative relationships with other fine arts organizations. 

Musicians performing in this concert include violinists Erik Peterson and Raven Olmstead, violist Glêsse Collet, cellist Barbara Thiem, and pianist Theresa Bogard. 

The program will include the Piano Quintet by Brazilian composer, Henrique Oswald, a work by Colorado composer, Carter Pann, and the Terzetto by Dvorak.

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Spotlight Series: Changemakers

November 10, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Concert Hall 

Dr. Robert Belser, conductor

The UW Wind Symphony presents a concert featuring composers, contemporary and historic, who have changed the concepts, perceptions, and directions of the modern Wind Band, influencing those who followed.

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Ben Markley Big Band Residency

November 15-17, 2022

Join us for the UW Jazz Area's Ben Markley Big Band Residency featuring Brad Leali, Melissa Gardiner, Steve Kovalcheck, Ashley Summers, Jim Pisano, Marcus Lewis, Rob Tapper, Dan Jonas and more!

11.15 - 11.17: TBA Masterclasses

11.16 UW Jazz Area Combos with Ben Markley Big Band
7:30pm, BCPA Recital Hall

11.17 Wyoming Jazz Ensemble with Ben Markley Big Band 7:30pm BCPA Concert Hall

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Brass Chamber Recital

Directed by David Wharton

November 28, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
In person from the BCPA Concert Hall  Free

The University of Wyoming brass chamber ensembles, including the UW Trombone Choir, Trumpet Ensemble, Low Pokes Tuba Ensemble, Horn Ensemble, and Faulty Brass Quintet present an evening of brass music in styles ranging from baroque, Jazz, contemporary, and more. 

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Holiday Gala: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Featuring the UW Choral Ensembles and UW Wind Symphony

Directed by Dr. Brian Murray

December 10, 2022, 7:00 p.m., December 11, 2022, 2:00 p.m.
BCPA Concert Hall 

Join us on Saturday or Sunday for the annual Holiday Gala presented by the Department of Music. Through this event we cherish the myriad sounds of the holiday season. Through performances by the University of Wyoming Choirs and the Wind Symphony, we will celebrate the holiday season through song. We hope you will attend the Holiday Gala and experience why it really is the most wonderful time of the year.

Season Tickets are now ON SALE. Please visit our Box Office (Monday-Friday, 12-6pm) or call us at (307) 766-6666. At this time season tickets ARE NOT available online. Individual ticket prices will be on sale starting September 17th.

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Previous Fall 2022 Events


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Diego Caetano, piano

August 29, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
In person from the BCPA Recital Hall 

The University of Wyoming Department of Music presents alumnus Diego Caetano, piano, in recital.

The program focuses on French-inspired music, with rare gems by García-Abril, Chaminade, and Poulenc, and features wonderful contrasts, from supple cantilenas to hysterical and ironic bursts of color.

Considered "a gifted pianist with a brilliant technique and musicality," (La Stampa) Brazilian-American pianist Diego Caetano performs widely as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Brazil, Chile, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and has performed at New York's Carnegie Hall, Yokohama's Philia Hall, Lisbon's Palácio da Foz, Rio de Janeiro's Sala Cecília Meireles, and London's Royal Albert Hall.

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Faculty Recital Series: American Trombone!

With Daniel Watt, trombones/euphonium, and Jiwon Han, piano

September 7, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
In person from the BCPA Concert Hall  Free

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This faculty recital program features music by American composers that spans genres, from iconic jazz standards to a cinematic climax, and highlights the full musical and technical capabilities of the trombone and euphonium.

Selections include “Concerto for Bass Trombone” by Eric Ewazen; “Rhapsody for Euphonium” by James Curnow; “Conversations, op. 42” by John La Montaine; “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” by George Bassman and Ned Washington (arr.: Jirka Kadlee); “Annie Laurie” by Arthur Pryor; and the world premiere of “Battle Rhythm” by Brian Sadler.

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Faculty Recital Series: Nicole Riner, flute, and Chi-Chen Wu, piano

September 18, 2022, 3:00 p.m.
In person at the BCPA Concert Hall  Free

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Riner and Wu team up once again to perform Schubert’s epic “Arpeggione” Sonata.  The duo will also perform Additional works by contemporary composers Valerie Coleman, Mark Hudson, and a Wyoming premiere of non-binary composer Zaq latino’s ‘fitting in” will also be performed.

Dr. Riner teaches flute and music entrepreneurship classes at UW.  She also serves as president of the national non-profit commissioning organization, Flute New Music Consortium.  Her latest album, “Aviary,” will be released on the Aerocade Music label later this fall.

Dr. Wu is Associate Professor of Piano at UW.  She has received Excellence in teaching Awards from the Great Masters International Piano Competition and Taiwan International Classical and Traditional Music Awards, among others.  Her newest album, “Schumann Fantasie and Carnaval,” has won a silver medal and award for Best Classical Album in the Global Music Awards.

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UW Symphony Orchestra: Finishing Schubert's Unfinished

Featuring August Ramos, double bass soloist

September 22, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
In person at the BCPA Concert Hall

Opening Night at the Symphony: one of the most exciting times of the year. The UW Symphony’s Expect the Unexpected season will begin on Thursday evening, September 22 at 7:30 in the Buchanan Center Concert Hall. UWSO Music Director Michael Griffith begins his 34th year on the podium, and August Ramos is the evening’s soloist.

Imagine a symphony. The first half is one of the most popular in the repertoire. It’s so well known, the main tune even had silly words attached: a bit of doggerel that goes, “This is…the symphony…that Schubert wrote and never finished…” But the second half is almost unknown, almost never performed, and many don’t think it exists. So when the second half is played it’s very – what’s that word? Unexpected. Thus the main work for the evening will be all four movements of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. Dr. Griffith talk to the audience briefly before the performance, explaining the existence of movements three and four.

Now imagine an instrument. It’s so large, you must stand, or sit on a tall stool, to play it. Performers consider its size when buying a car. It’s usually relegated to bomp-bomp-bomp parts at the bottom of the harmony. Can the double bass be a solo instrument? Of course it can, and a beautiful, brilliant one at that. You’ll certainly find that to be true – if unexpected. In its upper register it’s as lyrical as the cello or a human voice. Further down, its stentorian tones speak of gravitas and profundity. The chosen repertoire is Nino Rota’s Divertimento Concertante. Nino Rota is also the composer of countless film scores including his greatest hit, the music to The Godfather. But this distinguished Hollywood composer is also a master at concert music. Also unexpected, don’t you think?

 For an overture, Maestro Griffith also chose something off the beaten track. Scott Joplin is mainly known as a great composer of piano rags. But he did compose one opera, Treemonisha, in 1911. Its overture is by turns dramatic, lyrical, mysterious, and, of course, light and bouncy, like a rag. At the height of Covid, when the UWSO could only perform with a small orchestra socially distances across the stage, they performed this piece in a theater-orchestra version. This year’s version was orchestrated for the Houston Grand Opera by Gunther Schuller, which uses the full symphony.

The soloist for the Rota piece is August Ramos. Ramos is a member of the Colorado Symphony in Denver, and has also performed with the New World Symphony of Miami, the Nashville Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. He grew up in Massachusetts, where he first studied the double bass at age 12. He’s played at the Music Academy of the West, at Tanglewood near Boston, and the Aspen Festival. He holds degrees in Double Bass Performance from Rice University. Ramos teaches double bass at UW.Season Tickets are now ON SALE. Please visit our Box Office (Monday-Friday, 12-6pm) or call us at (307) 766-6666. At this time season tickets ARE NOT available online. Individual ticket prices will be on sale starting September 17th.

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Faculty Recital Series: Jennifer Stucki, oboe and English horn

September 25, 2022, 3:00 p.m.
In person at the BCPA Recital Hall

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Faculty member Jennifer Stucki will be performing a diverse collection of works by all-female composers on both the oboe and English horn.

Stucki maintains an active freelance career that includes soloing, orchestra and chamber ensemble work, and organizing various collaborative arts projects. She was acting principal oboist with Cheyenne Symphony (2019-2020) and has performed with Boulder Philharmonic, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, and other regional orchestras. She is oboist with the Colorado-based woodwind quintet WW5 and appears on Grammy award-winning artist Peter Kater’s album “Rapture.”

She is inspired by vocal music, stories, nature, the culinary arts, and enjoys seeing how life can be expressed through music.

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