“CU Denver Live!” Showcases Student Talent

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Posted Mon, Mar 10, 2014

CU Denver Live!,

CU Denver Live! will have a show one Wednesday of every month throughout the semester in the Tivoli Multicultural Lounge. [Photo by Alexander Ager]

DENVER, Auraria Campus – CU Denver Live!, the University of Colorado at Denver event series, had its first show of the new semester on Feb. 26, 2014 in the Tivoli Multicultural Lounge where students performed live music for their peers.

CU Denver Live! was previously run by the university’s faculty, however, starting this year, the series is an exclusively student-run organization. Five CU Denver students are in charge the show’s events. Kelsi Miles, student co-chair of CU Denver Live! said, “Not saying that they weren’t doing much, but it was something that was kind of under-wraps.” The goal for the new leaders is to make CU Denver Live! a better-known event on campus. The new committee looks forward to exposing students to art by their peers. Miles said, “We’re really just trying to mix the student body with, like, some art culture, really.”

The event pulled a light attendance, which added to the intimacy of the performances. At its peak, the crowd drew about 20 people. The small crowd enabled the performers and the crowd to banter back-and-forth as if it was an informal jam session among friends. Four performers played 10-minute sets of their own songs and cover songs. The performances ranged from acoustic guitar and singing to piano solo.

Damon DuPont, a Violin Performance Major at CU Denver, did a 10-minute long, solo violin performance. His violin has taken him many places on campus, including a place in the UCD Chamber Ensemble in the Fall and the UCD Electro-Acoustic Ensemble. In his free time, DuPont splits preforms in five bands and records in his at home studio. DuPont found the “CU Denver Live!” series through a friend who invited him to perform.  As far as his performance today, he saw it as a success. “It went well,” DuPont said.

Students were filtering in and out periodically throughout the show that ran from 12 to 2 p.m. The show was accessible for students who wanted to check out some free entertainment. Alexander Iella, a Metro State sophomore, stayed to watch about an hour of the show. Iella enjoyed CU Denver Live! “I really do like that music,” Iella said, in reference to DuPont’s classical violin.

The next event on March 19 is a photography theme where students will have the opportunity to put their photos on display. The series will have a show one Wednesday of every month throughout the semester in the Tivoli Multicultural Lounge.

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