CU Presents’ Artist Series Includes Jazzy Michael Jackson Music

Sources: Daily Camera – By Kelly Dean Hansen | All Things Michael


CU Presents, the performing arts event series affiliated with the University of Colorado’s College of Music, is planning a typical diverse Artist Series for 2015-16 that includes a jazz program featuring the music of Michael Jackson.

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 30, for the series, which has been expanded to nine events (up from last year’s eight) and brings world-class guest performers to Macky Auditorium. In addition to the Artist Series, the three-production CU Opera season was announced.

Joan McLean Braun, executive director of CU Presents, told the Camera that three widely divergent dance programs will be balanced by three world-class classical events and an unusually audience friendly jazz program with a fresh take on Jackson’s popular songs.

The Artist Series’ marquee dates include another pop collaboration for the University Symphony Orchestra with a high-profile guest and a fourth consecutive holiday program with a magnificent ensemble. All Artist Series events begin at 7:30 p.m.

The series opens Sunday, Sept. 27, with the first visit to Boulder since 1979 of the legendary Twyla Tharp Dance as part of the choreographer’s 50th anniversary tour.

“The dance world owes a tremendous sense of legacy to Twyla Tharp in the evolution of dance style,” Braun said. Although the performance will include new works, Braun said the program will be retrospective in nature.

On Friday, Oct. 9, Boulder will experience a unique performance that destroys jazz concert stereotypes. The San Francisco-based SF Jazz Collective plays a set of originals and arrangements celebrating Michael Jackson.

I really like these projects that they do,” Braun said. “In their current season, they did something similar for Stevie Wonder.”

The executive director said the music is accessible for the audience but still are jazz arrangements.

“It takes some time before you recognize the song,” she said, adding that “every member of the ensemble is a giant in the jazz world.”


Read the full article at the Daily Camera

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