CU Macky Auditorium Statement Regarding COVID-19

By Peter Alexander March 6 at 9:15 p.m.

The University of Colorado, Boulder, posted the following information on Tuesday, March 3, for visitors and potential visitors to Macky Auditorium. It is important to note that to date no Macky events have been cancelled or postponed. However, it is worth noting that CU Presents, the Boulder Philharmonic and other organizations are thinking ahead to the possibility that events may have to be changed in the future, depending on the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.

At this time there have been two announced cases of COVID-19 in the State of Colorado.

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COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR MACKY VISITORS

The University of Colorado Boulder’s Macky Auditorium is committed to the health, safety and well-being of everyone at our events. We are actively monitoring the global coronavirus or COVID-19 situation, and would like to point you to updates and resources from the University of Colorado Boulder and Boulder County Health.

To promote the safest possible conditions on campus, CU Boulder is providing enhanced cleaning throughout campus with increased attention to commonly touched surfaces in addition to hand sanitizer stations in key places throughout the venue during events. You can support these efforts by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer,
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoiding contact with people who are sick, especially if they are exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Staying home if you are sick. Avoid contact with others except when seeking medical care.
  • Contacting your medical provider if you have any questions or health concerns.

Events at Macky Auditorium are currently happening as scheduled. If circumstances change, we will prioritize the health of our audience, performers and staff by implementing and communicating appropriate changes. In the event of a cancellation, we’ll notify all ticketholders by email and/or phone as soon as possible and notices will be posted in our outgoing voicemail, website and social media.

We highly encourage those who feel unwell to stay home. Given the different presenters that bring events at Macky, each one with its own ticketing policy, please reach out to the appropriate contact if you have questions about your tickets:

  • CU Presents: You may call the box office at 303-492-8008 if you need to exchange tickets for an upcoming performance.
  • Boulder Philharmonic: You may call the Ticket Office at 303-449-1343 if you need to exchange tickets for an upcoming performance.
  • Other events: Please call 303-492-8423 for more information.
  • If the event you are attending is not ticketed, please check our website, our Facebook page or Twitter handle (@mackyauditorium) for updated information.

CU College of Music receives gift for endowed chair of Baroque music

College of Music receives its fifth $1 million-plus gift in 18 months 

By Peter Alexander

Baroque music lovers can look forward to greater riches to come.

An endowed chair of Baroque music in the College of Music is one part of a $6 million estate gift to the University of Colorado, Boulder, by a music-loving economics alumnus of the university.

The $6 million commitment by donor Eugene D. Eaton Jr. is the largest gift CU-Boulder has received since 2007. Funding from the gift will endow two faculty chairs—one in economics and the one in Baroque music—and create a travel sabbatical program for undergraduates in economics.

Boulder is already the home of the Boulder Bach Festival and the Seicento Baroque Enemble. With the addition of the CU chair in Baroque music and the expected expansion of programs in Baroque music at the College of Music, Boulder will become even more of a center for the study and performance of Baroque music.

CU College of Music Dean Robert Shay

CU College of Music Dean Robert Shay

The $2.36 million directed to the College of Music represents the fifth gift of more than $1 million received by the college in the past 18 months. Last month, the college received gifts to establish endowments for the Eklund Opera Program and the Ritter Family Classical Guitar Program. In December 2013 the college announced a scholarship endowment for top performing student-musicians and in early 2013 an endowment for the Thompson Jazz Studies Program was established.

“The CU-Boulder College of Music deeply appreciates Eugene Eaton’s significant bequest, which will enable us to expand our offerings in Baroque music through the creation of a new faculty position in this area,” Robert Shay, dean of the College of Music, said. “This gift is a real testament to the impact of music, which in this case crossed disciplinary lines and clearly touched the life of a former CU student in a lasting and meaningful way.”

Eaton earned three economics degrees from CU-Boulder: a bachelor’s in 1965, a master’s in 1967 and a doctorate in 1971. While economics engaged his mind and led to his successful career as a consultant in Alaska, it was music that riveted the economist outside of the classroom. As a student, Eaton attended many of the College of Music’s concerts and embraced deep discussions with the economics faculty; from afar he continued his interest in CU until his death in 2013.

Read the CU news release announcing Eaton’s gift here.