CU Presents ‘19-‘20 season includes STEM-inspired circus act, Grammy-winning groups

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What: CU Presents 2019-20 season

When: September through May 2020

Where: Various CU stages

Cost: Season tickets now on sale; individual tickets on sale Aug. 19

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The home of performing arts at the University of Colorado, CU Presents announced its lineup for the 2019-20 season Sunday, and among the Grammy-winning musicians, fresh takes on stage classics and cutting-edge dance mash-ups, the group will bring in a vintage STEM-inspired circus act.

The curated slate of music, opera, dance and theatre that begins in September, will feature creative works from professionals, students and faculty. Season ticket sales are now on sale; single tickets go on sale Aug. 19.

The multiple concert performances include Boulder‘s world-renowned chamber ensemble Takács Quartet and a performance from San Francisco Kronos Quartet, a storied group fresh off a Grammy winm which will examine the 1960s civil rights movement in its piece slated for March 2020.

The CU Presents season brings in world-class professional acts and puts the spotlight on CU performing arts students, faculty and staff.

A highlight for the CU Eklund Opera Program will be a fresh adaptation of “It‘s a Wonderful Life” from renowned composer and librettist Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer, respectively, The celebrated pair workshopped the libretto as part of the CU New Opera Workshop (CU NOW) in 2016.

A highlight for the Department of Theatre & Dance among its 19 staged events includes CU Dance‘s annual fall event “[UN] W.R.A.P.” Also, CU Theatre will stage a pair of doctoral students‘ adaptation of “Shakuntala,” a fifth-century literary figure that originally appeared in the classic Indian epic “Mahabharata.”

CU Presents also will bring a slate of holiday celebrations, like “A Broadway Christmas Carol,” “A Celtic Family Christmas” and the College of Music‘s annual Holiday Festival.

Artist Series lineup

• Chick Corea Trilogy with Christian McBride and Brian Blade, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9

• Zimbabwean female a cappella group Nobuntu, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30

• World-renowned pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19

• CU Boulder‘s Holiday Festival, Dec. 6-8

• Fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy perform “A Celtic Family Christmas,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17

• Cirque Mechanics brings circus to the stage with “42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, 2020

CU Presents will host the one-ring circus variety act Cirque Mechanics on Jan. 17, 2020, in the Macky Auditorium. ()

• Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry performs “Memory,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2020

• Dance theater group Pilobolus performs “Come to your senses,” 7:30 p.m. March 2, 2020

• Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet presents “Music for Change: The 60s, The Years That Changed America,” 7:30 p.m. March 19, 2020

• Performance from contemporary dance group Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, 7:30 p.m. April 4, 2020

• CU Boulder‘s Grammy Award-winning string group Takács Quartet, 4 p.m. Sundays Sept. 8, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Jan. 12, 2020, March 8, 2020 and May 3, 2020; encore performances 7:30 p.m. Mondays Sept. 9, Oct. 28, Nov. 11, Jan. 13, 2020, March 9, 2020 and May 4, 2020.

Ecklund Opera

• “It‘s a Wonderful Life,” Nov. 15-17

• “The Marriage of Figaro,” March 13-15, 2020

• “Béatrice et Bénédict,” April 23-26, 2020

CU theatre and dance

• “[UN] W.R.A.P. Dances That Don‘t Look Like Dances,” Sept. 13-15

• “Sans Souci: Festival of Dance Cinema,” Sept. 20-21

• “A Human Interest Story (Or the Gory Details and All),” Sept. 26-29

• “re-membering,” Oct. 4-6

• “Burning the Old Man,” Oct. 10-13

• “Lacunae,” Oct. 25-27

• “Shakuntala,” Oct. 31-Nov. 3

• “A Broadway Christmas Carol,” Nov. 15-Dec. 8

• “Catapult,” Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2020

• “The Popular Mechanicals,” Feb. 13-16, 2020

• “The Language Archive,” Feb. 27-March 1, 2020

• “Open Space,” Feb. 28-March 1, 2020

• “Spring Awakening,” March 6-15, 2020

• “A Perfect Likeness: Carroll Photographs Dickens,” April 2-5, 2020

• “As You Like It,” April 9-12, 2020

• “The Current,” April 10-19, 2020

• New Play Festival, April 15-19, 2020

• “Fresh: Spring 2020,” April 24-25, 2020