The UCCS VAPA Music Program is thrilled to be moving into our new home in January! For us, the most exciting spaces are the two new venues for live music: the 750-seat Shockley-Zalabak Theater and the 250-seat Chapman Foundations Recital Hall. In particular, the recital hall has been designed with stunning acoustics and impeccable furnishings! Last month, our faculty pianist Kelly Zuercher and I had the pleasure of visiting the Steinway piano factory in New York to choose a new grand piano for these venues. As a classical and jazz guitarist, I can’t wait to perform on those stages. But that’s not all…we also have a new large ensemble rehearsal room (the Margot Lane Studio), a new recording studio outfitted with top-flight equipment, faculty teaching studios, practice rooms, and a classroom.
The Music Program will offer over 20 diverse concerts in the Spring 2018 semester, ranging from student recitals to professional guests. On Tuesday, February 13th and Friday, February 16th, we’ll kick off our first two recitals featuring our award-winning faculty. As part of our Peak FreQuency series, we’ll host Cuatro Corridos, a chamber opera addressing one of the most critical human rights issues of our time: human trafficking. Since the project's premiere in 2013, it has been performed 13 times in the United States and Mexico, often accompanied by forums about human trafficking. The work has earned major philanthropic support of the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts, U.C. Nexus, New Music USA and the National Endowment for the Arts. On April 7th, the Boston Brass will perform with Timothy Morrison, conductor, along with Colorado Springs Restoration Brass and UCCS Brass Faculty. And on April 27th and 28th, we’ll present our Fourth Annual Peak FreQuency Music Festival Featuring Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet, Music Faculty and Students. For more information on all of our events, please visit our website.