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University Symphony Orchestra Concert


The Symphony Orchestra will perform on April 29 at the Denver School of the Arts and on April 30 in CSU's own Griffin Concert Hall in the University Center of the Arts.

The Symphony Orchestra performing in the state-of-the-art Griffin Concert Hall.Thursday, April 30
7:30 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts

Tuesday, April 30 concert

The Colorado State University Symphony Orchestra presents its final concert of the semester on Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St.

Performance in Denver

On Monday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m., there will be a special performance held at the Denver School of the Arts, located at 7111 Montview Blvd.  


  • $12/public
  • $7/Colorado State University students
  • $1/youth (under 18)Composer James David's 'Lascaux' is a musical representation of 17,000-year-old cave paintings in France.

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) ticket office in the UCA lobby, by phone at (970) 491-ARTS (2787), or online.

Youth tickets must be purchased in person at the Ticket Office. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees. The Denver performance is free.

Composition intreprets paintings

In their final appearance of the semester, the University Symphony Orchestra opens their concert with a world premiere of Lascaux, a depiction of the prehistoric cave paintings in Lascaux, France, written by CSU’s James David, Ph.D., assistant professor of composition and music theory.  

David's works have been selected for performance at more than twenty conferences and festivals throughout the United States, Thailand, and Japan.

Concerto for Orchestra: Energetic, striking

The concert continues with Béla Bartók's final and most popular work, Concerto for Orchestra. Hungarian born Bartók composed the piece in 1943 which, seventy years later, continues to provide a benchmark in orchestral works for its energetic writing, striking melody, and unique prominence of featured virtuosos throughout the piece.

Cellist performs elegant Tchaikovsky composition

In addition, internationally acclaimed cellist and CSU faculty member, Barbara Thiem is featured in The Rococo Variations by Peter Tchaikovsky. During the Romantic Period, Tchaikovsky used the 18th century as his inspiration in composing this musical selection.

Thiem's musicianship is praised as enchanting audiences with the rich, full bodied sounds of the melodic cello so that one can almost feel the presence of the great composer.

About James David

James M. David, Ph.D., (b. 1978) is assistant professor of composition and music theory at Colorado State University. He previously taught on the faculty of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University and the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program.

Additionally, he has served as composer-in-residence for Leon County Public Schools in Florida and ART 342 in Colorado. Read more.

About Barbara Thiem

Barbara Thiem is an internationally acclaimed cellist who combines teaching cello and coaching chamber music with her active schedule of performances in Europe and the United States, playing recitals, solo with orchestra, and chamber music.

She is a member of the Mendelssohn Trio and in the summers administers the International Summer Academy of Schloss Ort, Austria. She holds degrees from Cologne, Germany where she studied with avant-garde cellist Siegfried Palm, and from Indiana University where she was assistant to Janos Starker and was awarded the coveted Performer’s Certificate.

In addition to performing widely in concert, Thiem has recorded for many radio stations and has produced several CDs. Read more.

About Wes Kenney

The 2007 Grand Prize Winner of the Varna (Bulgaria) International Conducting Competition, Wes Kenney is now in his tenth season as Music Director of the Fort Collins (Colorado) Symphony.

Named in 2004 to an additional post as Music Director of Opera Fort Collins, he currently conducts three professional operatic productions as well as numerous orchestra concerts and dance performances each season throughout Northern Colorado. Read more.  

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