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Summer events on campus: music, dance, film and more

Rio de Janeiro-based dance company Companhia Urbana de Danca will perform on campus July 19 as part of  Denver’s Biennial of the Americas.

Rio de Janeiro-based dance company Companhia Urbana de Danca will perform on campus July 19 as part of Denver’s Biennial of the Americas.

Though there will be fewer students on campus and fewer classes in session this summer, the University of Denver will present a number of events open to students, staff, faculty and the general public.

The Newman Center for the Performing Arts hosts events and performances from local organizations throughout the summer, including performances by Pointe Dance Academy (June 13), Cherry Creek Dance Studio (June 14), the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus (June 17), the Sound of the Rockies (June 21) and Young Voices of Colorado (June 28).

Rio de Janeiro-based dance company Companhia Urbana de Danca will be in Denver July 13–19 for “a weeklong program of activities that includes creation of a new dance work with Denver’s Wonderbound,” according to the event website. The week of workshops and masterclasses is presented in partnership with Denver’s Biennial of the Americas and will culminate with the premiere of the new collaborative dance work at the Biennial’s Festival of Now! on July 17 and a full-length performance by Companhia Urbana de Danca at the Newman Center on July 19.

August’s event calendar features the premiere of the documentary film “The Great Divide” at the Newman Center on Aug. 6. Created by the Emmy-award-winning team at Denver-based Havey Productions, the film explores Colorado’s water history and hopes to spur public discussion on water quality and availability.

Tickets for these events can be purchased at the Newman Center’s ticketing website.

The Lamont School of Music also presents a handful of concerts this summer. Recitals by guest artists, faculty and participants from the Lamont Summer Academy music camp are free and open to the public and will occur on June 19, 20 and 28. The sixth annual Carillon Summer Recital Series, also free of charge, will take place at 7 p.m. on select Sundays throughout the summer the Ritchie Center lawn. Featured performers include DU carilloneur Carol Jickling Lens (July 5) and guest artists Michael Solotke and Tiffay Yin (June 21), Philippe Beullens (July 19) John Gouwens (Aug. 2) and David Hunsberger (Aug. 16).

Additionally, the Rafael Méndez Brass Institute welcomes brass musicians and educators to the Lamont School of Music July 12–18. The institute features a number of recitals and concerts that are free and open to the public, including performances by the Denver Brass, the USAF Stellar Brass, the Denver Municipal Band, institute participants and others. A full schedule of performances can be found on the Rafael Méndez Brass Institute website.

Several exhibitions are open to the public this summer in the Anderson Academic Commons. The James J. Waring Limited Editions Collection, on display through June 30, showcases books that contain themes relevant to DU’s fall 2014 freshman seminar courses. “Reduction/Revelation: Visualizing Data from the Dictionary of American Regional English,” running through July 19, features maps, graphics and sculptures that represent lingual differences across the United States.

“Pictorial Maps of the 20th Century,” running through July 26, features examples of the new style of cartography that became prevalent from the 1920s through the 1980s. Finally, “Arthur & Hazel Oberfelder: Diversifying the Performing Arts in Denver,” running through July 30, tells the story of Denver stage promoter Arthur Oberfelder and his wife, Hazel, and their role in changing and improving the performing arts in the Denver area. More information on each exhibition can be found on the University Libraries website.

The seventh annual Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions Conference takes place on campus June 8–11. The conference is presented by the philosophy departments at the University of Denver and Marquette University and the University of Denver’s Center for Judaic Studies. All conference events are free of charge, but participants must RSVP to

For more information on on-campus events throughout the summer, see the DU events calendar.

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