Arts and Culture

Jennie’s Concert to celebrate Joe Docksey

Jennie’s Concert to celebrate Joe Docksey

Students, faculty and alumni from the Lamont School of Music brass department will gather to perform in celebration of Joe Docksey, the director of the school who’s retiring this summer. “Joe is deeply loved by all his students,” says Kathy Brantigan, Lamont tuba instructor. Brantigan says 12 alumni of the […]

Flamenco group to visit Newman Center

Flamenco group to visit Newman Center

Just as hip-hop has multiple elements (up to nine, depending on whom you ask), flamenco is about more than fiery guitar playing or dramatic dance moves. The centuries-old art form is about the blend of singing, dance and guitar — components that come together live on stage during a Noche […]

Beatles songs, classical music mashed up in Alarm Will Sound’s innovative ‘1969’

Beatles songs, classical music mashed up in Alarm Will Sound’s innovative ‘1969’

From the beginning, part of Alarm Will Sound’s musical mission was creating “event” concerts with elements of theater and overarching themes. With “1969,” the 20-piece, New York-based chamber orchestra has come the closest yet to realizing that initial vision, says artistic director and conductor Alan Pierson. “Music, especially contemporary music, […]

Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are focus of art exhibit

Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are focus of art exhibit

Bringing to life the trauma soldiers experience at war isn’t easy, but it’s what fine art photographer Jennifer Karady has done in her exhibition In Country: Soldier’s Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan. For the project, Karady interviewed American soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Karady asked each veteran to […]

Lamont students to perform Puccini operas

Lamont students to perform Puccini operas

Peer into the final years of grand-scale Italian opera and its final master Giacomo Puccini when the Lamont Opera Theatre and the Lamont Opera Program present two, one-act Puccini operas, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, April 14–17 at DU’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts. “Suor Angelica is a beautiful, […]

MFA student to perform at the Denver Art Museum

When Cory Metcalf describes his art, he uses words such as “synaesthetic experience” and “bio-mimetic visual forms.” To understand the words, attend his performance. Metcalf, a master’s student in DU’s Electronic Media Arts and Design Department, and his artistic partner, David Stout, are the group known as NoiseFold. The two […]

Jazz artists, Titanic tribute converge for Newman Center’s 2011-12 season

Jazz fans will find a lot to like about the 2011–12 Newman Center Presents series, which includes performances by vocalist Jane Monheit on Oct. 18, pianist Chucho Valdes and his Afro-Cuban Messengers band on Feb. 14 and pianist Brad Mehldau on May 11, 2012. In keeping with the season’s “Convergences” […]

Father-son team explores ‘legacies’ at Newman Center

As it nears the end of its “Legacies”-themed season, the Newman Center Presents series is gearing up for a show that is practically a definition of the word “legacy.” On March 25, acclaimed pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane — former music director of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra — will share […]

Lamont students to learn from American String Quartet

Students at the Lamont School of Music will get a chance to learn from one of the world’s foremost chamber music groups — the American String Quartet. The quartet will teach a master class March 22 at 3:30 p.m. at DU’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts. The class is […]

Penrose features professor’s photography

Roddy MacInnes, associate professor of photography at DU, will share part of his “Jim River” project starting March 22 at Penrose Library.   The project covers MacInnes’ fascination with family albums, which began about 19 years ago after finding the album of Nina Weiste of Dickey County, N.D., in a […]

“Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell” plays March 11–12 at the Newman Center

With pieces like Monster in a Box, Swimming to Cambodia and Gray’s Anatomy, Spalding Gray essentially created a new kind of performance art. Taking to the stage with nothing but a chair, a notebook and a glass of water, the writer and actor performed trademark monologues that were hilarious, heartbreaking […]

DU to host reading by prize-winning author Michael Ondaatje

Booker Prize-winning writer Michael Ondaatje — celebrated for what one critic calls “the muscular exuberance of his storytelling” and “the gem-like intelligence of his language” — will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. March 4 in Sturm Hall’s Davis Auditorium. Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the English […]

“Warhol in Colorado” events aim to educate

It’s not too late to visit “Warhol in Colorado” at DU’s Victoria H. Myhren Gallery. The exhibition features screen prints, photographs, films, record album covers, posters and other works by and about Andy Warhol. The show, which runs until March 13, is built around 158 Warhol Polaroids and silver prints […]

DU’s winter musical takes a darker turn

Though it only lasted for 91 performances on Broadway, the 1997 musical Side Show — based on the real lives of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton — scored five Tony nominations (including the first and only joint nomination for best actress in a musical) and has gained a cult […]

Spirituals Project to host events for Black History Month and is honored by Denver

For members of The Spirituals Project, February is a busy month. Not only is the highly regarded program, which is dedicated to preserving the music and history of African-American spirituals, hosting several events to commemorate Black History Month, the group also is being honored by the Denver Mayor’s office. The […]