Nicholas May, a master’s student in the music department of the University of Kansas, is the 2017 winner of the Arapahoe Philharmonic’s annual T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition and will perform in the 7:30 p.m. March 31 concert at South Suburban Christian Church, 7275 S. Broadway, Littleton. Parks was founding conductor of the orchestra. The 2017 competition was for orchestral wind, brass and percussion players. The concert is called “Mystery of the Enigma” and will showcase music by Edward Elgar and Pierre Max Dubois. The concert will open with Elgar’s well-known “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1,” played across the nation at graduation ceremonies. Elgar’s “Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 63” includes 14 variations on a melody, each related to a member from the composer’s inner circle. May will perform Pierre Max Dubois’s “Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Strings.” Tickets: Arapahoe-phil.org or 303-781-1892.
“April Fools a capella” is the theme for Voices West’s next concerts on April 1: At 1:30 p.m., the chorale will sing at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. At 7:30 p.m., the chorale will perform at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 10001 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Tickets can be purchased online at voiceswest.org.
On March 25 at 1 p.m. 15 singers, of the 36 who competed in the preliminaries, will appear in the final competition for Denver Lyric Opera Guild’s 2017 awards. The competition is held at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village and admission is free — a nice opportunity for opera fans to hear arias by our future stars. (One can stay for the entire event or part of the time.) DLOG invites guests to its Awards Luncheon at Pinehurst Country Club on April 4, where winners will sing. RSVP deadline is March 30. Cost: $45. Send check to: Linda Young, 934 Cove Way, Denver CO 80210-5110 or register online, denverlyricoperaguild.org.
Outdoor Play Month
Phillip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock celebrates Outdoor Play month in March, with information on many activities and state parks. A Colorado State of Mind Fair with representative from state parks and clubs, will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 1. 303-791-7323, DCL.org.
RMNP a century ago
“The Circle Tour,” with Lee Whitely, will revisit Rocky Mountain National Park a century ago at the March 27 meeting of the Englewood Historic Preservation Society, open to the public: at the Englewood library, 1000 Englewood Parkway (2:30 p.m.) and 6:30 p.m. at Brew on Broadway (BOB) 3445 S. Broadway, Englewood. Admission is free and guests are welcome.
“Irish Denver: Favorite Names and Places” will feature a talk and book signing by Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel and Dennis Gallagher at 1 p.m. on March 25 in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Littleton, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd. A catered lunch will precede the program at 11:45 a.m. in Ficklin Hall for $12. Reservation required: 303-798-1389. The book “Irish Denver” will be available for $20.
South Suburban Recreation District will host “Spring Fling” from 3 to 5 p.m. March 31 at Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 S. University Blvd., Centennial. Ice cream floats, music, dancing; 1950s attire welcome. $5 residents, $7 non-residents. 303-347-5999.
Arapahoe Community College
● Jess T. Dugan will lecture on “A Decade of Visual Activism” at 7 p.m. March 28, in the Waring Theatre M2900, Arapahoe Community College Littleton Campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive. She will discuss her ongoing project, “To Survive This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender-Variant Older Adults.” A reception will follow at the Jantzen Gallery in the Art and Design Center, where works from the “Champions of Change” exhibition will be on display. Admission is free.
● ACC will host the Fine Art Student Juried Exhibition from March 23 to April 13 at Colorado Gallery of the Arts, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. March 23. Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. At noon on April 13, Art Department chair Angela Faris Belt will speak about “How to Get Exposure for your Artwork” in the gallery.
Author/professor Dr. Elliott West will talk about “Bent’s Fort: American Crossroads” at 4 p.m. April 1 at Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton (Registration required — 303-347-5999) and at 2 p.m. April 2 at Denver Central Library, 10 W. 14th Parkway, Denver (registration not required). (His dinner talk at The Fort Restaurant on April 2 is sold out.) See TesoroCulturalCenter.org.