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A symphony of epic proportions April 26 and 27

April 25, 2011

On April 26 and 27, Colorado State's Symphony Orchestra presents two of five, powerful concerts that the Music Department is performing at the conclusion of the school year. A ticket promotion allows art patrons to buy a ticket to any of the five concerts and attend a second concert for FREE! CSU employees are reminded that they are entitled to two free tickets each year through the Commitment to Campus Program.

The University Symphony will perform Maher's Symphony No. 5, scored for a large orchestra and said to have huge emotional scope.

Tuesday, April 26,
Wednesday, April 27
7:30 p.m. each night
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts

Challenging composition

Taking on epic symphonies this semester, the orchestra, directed by Wes Kenney, performs Gustav Mahler’s emotional Symphony No. 5. Mahler's composition will be performed in two parts on April 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. on both evenings.

With the famous and demanding opening, the solo trumpet call and characteristic funeral march, to the heart–rending Adagietto introducing the breath–taking finale, the work is considered one of the greatest ensemble challenges by any composer.

“Our university symphony has grown exponentially and now is ready to tackle its second Mahler symphony in three years,” said conductor Kenney. “What an incredible work!”  

Remaining three concerts

  • Choral Concert with the BYU Singers: April 29, 7:30 p.m.

Special guests, the Brigham Young University Singers, join the CSU Chamber Singers and the Rocky Mountain High Singers for a special choral presentation. The BYU Singers are a small, select choir ofsinger-musicians, known as a captivating, versatile choir with an impressive range of repertoire and style. “The Brigham Young University Singers, under the direction of Dr. Ron Staheli, are an internationally recognized ensemble, and CSU is extremely honored to host them in our concert hall,” said James Kim, director of choral activities at CSU. A grand finale completes an amazing choral evening.

Composer Gustav Mahler in etching by Emil Orlik, 1902.  Mahler discovered his grandparents' piano at the age of four.

  • Choral Concert with the CSU Choirs: April 30, 7:30 p.m.

Part II of the CSU choral concerts features the four University choirs: the Chamber Choir repeats Friday’s repertoire; the University Chorus performs Five Hebrew Love Songs by the popular American composer Eric Whitacre; with a variety of motets, spirituals, and folk songs, the Concert Choir and Women’s Chorus complete the program.

  • Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Concert: May 1, 2 p.m.

The annual end-of-the year matinee has become a favorite CSU event. The Symphonic Band program features Yasuhide Ito’s Gloriosa, a lament which blends elements of Gregorian chant and Japanese folk music. The Wind Ensemble will blow your hair back with John Corigliano’s daring and dramatic Circus Maximus.

The piece is being called the most extraordinary symphony for band of this decade, and is a commentary on the “...the high decadence of Rome and our present time.” Following the concert there will be a reception celebrating the retirement of CSU Clarinet Professor Charles Lawson, Ph.D. 


  • $7 - CSU students
  • $1 - youth (2–17)
  • $12 - adult

Ticket details

Redeeming complimentary tickets

CSU employees - to redeem your complimentary pair of tickets through the Commitment to Campus Program, stop by the Ticket Office at the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St., during office hours on M, W, F, from 2–5 p.m., or call (970) 491-2787.

Please have your CSU Employee ID ready. The ticket office also opens one hour prior to curtain.

A limited number of tickets are available, and are subject to availability. 

Contact: jennifer clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603