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A World of Music in the Heart of the City 

From state-of-the-art performance venues to internationally-recognized professors who are innovative musicians, scholars, and composers, the Department of Music at MSU Denver will elevate your musicianship so you can turn your passion into a successful career. Whether you choose to pursue performance, composition, or music education, our diverse curriculum flows through classical, jazz, commercial, and world music to help you navigate the broad range of opportunities that exist for the 21st-century musician. 

You’ll enjoy extensive performance opportunities with over 20 different ensembles ranging from choir and orchestra, to big band and mariachi. Our 200+ concerts per year, including our Visiting Artist Series, will inspire and enrich your musical experience.

Music varies from place to place and culture to culture, but we see it as a universal language. We invite you to learn that language, and learn how to share that language, at the most accessible, affordable, and diverse university in Colorado.

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Legendary Guitarist David Russell Returns to MSU Denver

Image of David Russell posterClassical guitarist David Russell makes his return to MSU Denver this week, performing in the King Center Concert Hall on Friday, February 28th at 7:30 pm!

Russell is world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. Among the countless awards he has received over the years, his CD Aire Latino won a Grammy award in the category of best instrumental soloist in classical music. Concert-goers everywhere are in awe of his musical genius and inspired by his captivating stage presence. His love of his craft resonates through his flawless and seemingly effortless performance.

This will be Russell's fifth performance at MSU Denver, his first performance here being in 1986, before he was well-known. His last performance at MSU Denver was in 2006. Do not miss your chance to experience the sublime talent of this Guitar Federation of America Hall of Famer this Friday! He will also present a free masterclass on Saturday, February 29th at 10:00 am in the King Center Recital Hall that is open to the public.

Friday, February 28
Visiting Artist Series
David Russell, classical guitar
King Center Concert Hall, 7:30 pm
Purchase Tickets $16, $12, $10

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Office Location:

Arts Building, Suite 287
Auraria Campus

Mailing Address:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Music
Campus Box 58
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362



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The Department of Music at MSU Denver is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.


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The Music Education program at MSU Denver is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.