Music program rolls out April and May Virtuoso Concert Series

The music program at CSU is rolling out its April and May lineup of Virtuoso Concert Series performances, spotlighting the talents of members of the CSU music faculty. The performances are also an opportunity to showcase CSU’s musical guests. The Virtuoso Concert Series events are held in the Griffin Concert Hall in April and in the Organ Recital Hall in May. Both venues are located at the University Center for the Arts, on 1400 Remington St.

Professor Peter Sommer

The performances begin with Jazz Goes Grunge, performed by professors Shilo Stroman, percussion, and Peter Sommer, saxophone, joined by musical guests from the Colorado jazz scene. In May, CSU’s variety of CSU music faculty showcase their talents, featuring two pieces by resident faculty composer James David.

Jazz Goes Grunge

On Monday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts, jazz will go grunge.  Sommer and Stroman share a great fondness and nostalgia for the alternative rock movement of the early 1990s commonly known as “Grunge,” or the “Seattle Sound,” best exemplified by bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains. Can these stalwart jazz musicians meld their love of America’s art form with this late-20th-century fusion of hardcore punk and heavy metal? Results from extensive lab work will be unleashed upon the public in this special joint recital featuring musical guests from the Colorado jazz scene.

Faculty Chamber Ensemble

Resident faculty composer James David has put together two pieces for the May 4 Faculty Chamber Ensemble program, including a piece for violin and piano played by Ron Francois and Silvana Santinelli. The second piece is his chamber music composition Kafka, under the baton of Rebecca Phillips. The program also features Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night in a version for chamber orchestra, conducted by Wes Kenney. The program takes place  on Monday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Organ Recital Hall of the University Center for the Arts.

Professor Peter Sommer
Professor Shilo Stroman


Tickets are $7 for CSU students, $1 for youth (under 18), and $12 for the public. Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) ticket office in the UCA lobby Monday through Friday, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. and 60 minutes prior to performances, by phone at 970-491-ARTS (2787), or online at Youth tickets must be purchased in person at the Ticket Office. All tickets are subject to a $1 ticket fee for both online and at-the-door purchases. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended to avoid lines and further at-the-door fees.

The University Center for the Arts at Colorado State University provides an enriched venue in which the study and practice of Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre are nurtured and sustained by building the skills and knowledge needed by future generations of arts professionals to become contributors to the essential vitality of our culture and society.

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