Family and Friends Weekend, one of Colorado College’s largest annual on-campus events, embraces the myriad ways family can be defined. It’s an opportunity for students to celebrate the CC community and share it with their families—including parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles … and friends! Come and spend time reconnecting with your student, and experience firsthand the people, programs, and places that make Colorado College a true original.

With mountains in the near distance, campus will be alive with the sounds of music from a variety of genres. On Friday evening, Sept. 28, Colorado College is honored to welcome National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Pharoah Sanders to campus for a one-night-only performance of improvisational jazz, accompanied by William Henderson on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and Jonathan Blake on drums. The concert will be filmed for a documentary written and co-produced by CC Assistant Professor of Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies Michael Sawyer and renowned director Kevin Wilmott (“BlacKkKlansman,” “Chiraq”). Don’t miss your chance to see this special performance by a jazz legend!

After President Tiefenthaler’s keynote address on Saturday, Sept. 29, everyone is invited to head to Worner Quad for the Community Picnic, which will include a performance by CC’s own Tiger Jazz Ensemble. Grab a plate of tasty treats and enjoy the swingin’ sounds of this student ensemble, under the baton of new director Mike Van Arsdale.

Later that afternoon, join talented musicians Chris Young P’21, and Brenda Brenner P’21, professors at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, in Shove Memorial Chapel for a combined recital of various works for organ and violin that explore the range of the chapel’s magnificent instrument. Built by the Welte-Tripp Organ Company of Sound Beach, Connecticut in 1931, the Shove Chapel organ was selected by the Organ Historical Society as “an instrument of exceptional historic merit worthy of preservation.”

Finally, the weekend will be capped off by the popular Bluegrass Brunch on Sunday morning in Rastall Café, where diners will be treated to the sounds of CC’s nationally recognized student Bluegrass Ensemble.

While you’re on campus…

Visit the newly renovated Tutt Library.

Explore the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

Attend one of the faculty-led TigerEDprograms on Friday morning.

Drop in on the Arts and Crafts program, the Wellness Resource Center, or the Ahlberg Outdoor Education Center during their Friday afternoon open houses.

Hear from a panel of CC studentswho will share stories about experiences that have helped them to develop skills and refine their career goals and aspirations as they prepare to put their education to work.

Find out more about internship and research opportunities available to CC students at the Student Research and Internship Symposium.

Explore downtown Colorado Springs with a walking tour facilitated by the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs or by dining out at one of the restaurants participating in the Night on the Townprogram sponsored by the Colorado College Student Government Association.

Get your workout on at the Adam F. Press Fitness Center, take a turn around the ice at one of two family skate sessions at Honnen Ice Arena, relax with a yoga class, or take a guided bike ride.

Cheer the CC women’s soccer team to victory!

We look forward to welcoming you to campus in September!

“The Pharoah Sanders Quartet”

7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28 Kathryn Mohrman Theatre

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“Shakespeare in Love”

Sept. 27-Oct. 21, 2018Be one of the first to see this regional premiere! “Shakespeare in Love” is a play with music that was adapted for the stage from the 1998 film by Tony and Olivier Award-winning writer Lee Hall, based on the screenplay by Academy Award-winning writer Marc Norman, and Tony, Olivier, and Academy Award-winning writer Tom Stoppard. A romantic piece of historical fiction, the story centers on a young Will Shakespeare as he struggles to find his inspiration. A delightfully crowd-pleasing, deeply romantic, and highly adventurous tale of love and drama in Renaissance-era England. Recommended for ages 12+.

“Go, Dog, Go!”

Sept. 14-Oct. 14, 2018P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book comes to life on stage in an exploration of movement, color and space. The dogs delve into life with gusto, creating a visual spectacle for the audience to feast upon. They snorkel. They howl at the moon. They ride a Ferris wheel. They sing and dance and climb trees. This is a rollicking free-for-all of chicanine-ery. A big and little musical world of doggy fun. Like a pop-up book that comes to life – and never stops.

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