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2013 Aries Composers Festival

October 17, 2013

A three-day music extravaganza welcomes world famous composers to the University Center for the Arts to share their unique talents with CSU music students in rehearsals, concerts, lectures, and master classes.

The Colorado State University Center for the Arts presents the 2013 Aries Composers Festival, Sunday, Oct. 20 through Tuesday, Oct. 22.


Some workshops, masterclasses, and presentations are free for public observation. For a complete schedule and full details on selected composers and works, visit the festival website.

For ticketed concerts, the cost is:

  • $7/CSU students
  • $1/youth (under 18)
  • $12/public

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.

Concerts, lectures

This three-day festival celebrating new composers and new music, features discussions, concerts, and presentations from renowned composers, guest artists, and CSU ensembles.

The festival is welcoming world famous composers to the University Center for the Arts to share their unique talents with CSU music students in rehearsals, concerts, lectures, and master classes.  

The Aries Composers Festival brings in multiple guest composers as well as music theorists, musicologists, and other researchers interested in new music.

The festival holds events that encompass:

  • concerts – with forces ranging from a full symphony orchestra to electroacoustic media
  • professional lectures
  • paper presentations
  • receptions, and
  • panel discussions.

Pulitzer prize winning composer Michael Colgrass will participate in the Aries Composers Festival. Click image to visit Colgrass' website.Pulitzer Prize winning composer

The 2013 Aries Composers Festival is honored to welcome prominent special guests such as Pulitzer Prize winning composer Michael Colgrass, and the Oasis Quartet as the festival’s guest ensemble. 

The special guests will join CSU ensembles such as the percussion ensemble, chamber choir, concert choir, CSU faculty, symphonic band, and the wind ensemble to perform during the three day festival.

Festival schedule

CSU Percussion Ensemble Concert
Sunday, October 20, 2 p.m., Griffin Concert Hall, UCA

This concert features the music of Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Michael Colgrass, whose music is rhythmically fresh and beautifully scored. Colgrass is well-known for his percussion compositions and is a percussionist himself.

Chamber Choir and Concert Choir Concert: “Collaborations”
CSU Chamber and Concert Choirs
Sunday, October 20, 7:30 p.m., Griffin Concert Hall, UCA

These select CSU ensembles present a program of choral music by living composers as part of the Aries Festival. Many of these pieces include collaborations with various instrumental solos and smaller ensembles, including:

  • A Dome of Many Coloured Glass by Dominick DiOrio – for choir and marimba, and
  • Dance Sets by Libby Larsen for choir, piano, clarinet, cello, and drum set.

The concert also features finalists and winners of the call for choral scores for the Aries Festival.

Faculty Chamber Concert
Monday, October 21, 7:30 p.m., Organ Recital Hall, UCA

This event features a program of new chamber music performed by CSU faculty. The works were competitively selected from submissions provided by composers from throughout the nation. These compositions represent some of the most dynamic and innovative works being written today.

Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band Concert
Tuesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m., Griffin Concert Hall, UCA

Led by Richard Frey, Ph.D., this concert features works by visiting artist Michael Colgrass and other recently composed works for wind band. The Wind Ensemble will tackle Colgrass’ Pulitzer Prize winning Déjà vu and Christopher Theofanidis’s intriguing I wander the world in a dream of my own making.

Contact: Carrie Care
Phone: (970) 491-5891