A new look at dance

Posted 2/27/09

Sharon Wehner and Luis Valdes are company members who will perform in Colorado Ballet’s “Repertory Series,” March 7-21. The production will …

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A new look at dance


Sharon Wehner and Luis Valdes are company members who will perform in Colorado Ballet’s “Repertory Series,” March 7-21. The production will feature two world premieres by choreographers Edwaard Liang of Morphoses,/the Wheeldon Company and Amy Seiwart of Smuin Ballet, as well as the Colorado premiere of “In the Upper Room,” a work by the legendary Twyla Tharp, a 2008 Kennedy Center honoree. Liang’s “Feast of the Gods” celebrates a band of traveling gypsies to Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances.” Seiwert’s “Things Left Unsaid” is an abstract work featuring six couples, with music by Felix Mendelssohn. Tharp’s work, known internationally, features juxtaposing ballet people and stompers. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Saturdays March 7 and 21 and Friday, March 20; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, Saturday, March 21;6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. Tickets: $10 to $145, 303-837-8888, e-mail info@coloradoballet.org, visit www.coloradoballet.org.

“A Night of Sensational Music,” a benefit concert for the worldwide, Greenwood Village-based SPD Foundation (Sensory Processing Disorder), will be at 7:30 p.m. on March 14 in Hamilton Hall at the Newman Center, Iliff and South University on the University of Denver Campus. More than 50 regional musicians will perform, including Jurgen DeLemos, Colorado Symphony Orchestra principal cellist, guitarist David Evans and CSO violinist Emma McGrath, as well as members of the Littleton Symphony and the Cherry Creek Chorale. David Rutherford of KVOD will emcee. SPD is a complex disorder of the brain that affects the way sensations are experienced and organized. It affects about 5 percent of the total population, but is often not recognized in children. Therapy includes music such as Mozart’s works an Gregorian chants. The program will illustrate music used in treatment, according to organizer Tim Hoyman, a Littleton Symphony member. Tickets cost $50, at the Newman Center box office or Ticketmaster. For information, www.spdfoundation.net.

“Guys and Dolls will be presented at 7 p.m. March 6 and March 7 in the Fisher Theatre at Englewood High School, 3800 S. Logan St., Englewood. With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, the original Broadway hit in 1950 was based on journalist Damon Runyon’s short stories, “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” and “Blood Pressure.” It won the 1951 Tony Award and has been widely produced since. A film version was released in 1955. Tickets cost $7, $5.

Artist Betsy Duzan has an exhibit of her work through March 16 at South Fellowship Church Gallery, 6560 S. Broadway, Littleton. A closing reception is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Twenty percent of sales benefit the Solid Grounds Coffee House at the north end of the church complex. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursday; 9 a.m. to noon Fridays and Saturdays.

Music in the Air:

“Ah Mozart!” is the next Englewood Arts concert, scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, in Hampden Hall, second floor of the Englewood CivicCenter, 1000 Englewood Parkway. The Up Close and Musical Ensemble will perform the “Linz Symphony,’ composed in just four days in fall 1783, to honor a gracious host, Mozart’s childhood friend Count Johann Anton Thun. Eric Bertoluzzi will conduct. Special guests will be a trio of Colorado Symphony musicians: Robert Stoyanov, violin; Phillip Stevens, viola and Judith McIntyre, cello performing “Divertimento in E-flat Major, K. 563, dated summer 1788, a highly productive period although Mozart was grieving over the death of a young daughter and saddled by debt. Tickets cost $$10, $5, available at the box office at 1:15 Sunday or in advance at 303-806-8196.

South Suburban Community Orchestra will perform Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, “From The New World” at 7:30 p.m. March 13 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 251 E. Sterne Parkway, at Arapahoe Road and Broadway, Centennial. Also on the program: Aaron Copland’s “Outdoor Overture,” Astor Piazolla’s “Milonga del Angel, Charles Ives’ “Variations on ‘America.’” A reception will be held following the concert. $5 suggested donation. 720-641-5231, www.ssorchestra.org.

The Colorado Chamber Players will perform a “Winter Concert at the Museum” at 7 p.m. March 18, at the Littleton Historical Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. The program will celebrate the 200th birthday of composer Felix Mendelssohn, as well as music by his talented older sister Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn, who was also a child prodigy, performer and composer. The two played at Sunday morning musicales at their Berlin home, attended by prominent musicians. Free tickets should be picked up in advance at the museum. Seating is limited. 303-795-3950.

The Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 6 at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Lincoln and Lone Tree Parkway. Featured guests will be violinist Rene Knetsch and violist Lynne Glaeske, who will perform Mozart’s “Concertante For Violin, Viola and Orchestra” with the orchestra. Admission is free. Information: www.lonetreesymphony.org, 720-344-5855.

The Littleton High School Key Club hosts an annual concert by the CU Buffoons, a renowned men’s a capella group at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 on the LHS Mane Stage, 199 E. Littleton Blvd. Each year proceeds from this concert help a local family. This year, funds raised will go to a single mother and young son who are struggling with catastrophic illness and mounting medical bills. Tickets, available at the door: $7, $5.

George Frederick Handel’s “Esther” will be performed by orchestra and choir at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, 10150 E. Belleview Ave., Englewood, at 7 p.m. March 6 and 4 p.m. March 8. Soloists will be Steven Taylor, Jennifer Cress and Joel Chirhart. Admission free. 303-779-9909.

TV Illusionist/comedian/mentalist Dan Sperry and Temika will be featured at 7;30 p.m. March 13 and March 14 at Theatre of Dreams, 735 Park Street, Castle Rock. Tickets: $20 plus tax. 303-660-6799.

March is Youth Art Month nationwide and Curtis Arts and Humanities Center holds its annual celebration of local Littleton and Cherry Creek School Districts artists March 9-27 at the center, 2349 E. Orchard Rd., Greenwood Village. Two receptions are planned:

5:30 to 7 p.m. March 9 — Cherry Creek, Shepherd of the Hills Jubilee Choir and band.

5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 16 —Littleton, Euclid Middle School Jazz Band and Aspen Academy A Minors.

Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Free admission. 303-797-1779.

Denver Center Theatre Company announces its Free for All performances in March: August Wilson’s “Radio Golf,” the final play in Wilson’s 10-play chronicle of African-American experience in the 20th century. Thursday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. “A Prayer for Owen Meany,” adapted by Simon Brent from John Irving’s novel. Thursday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.

Free for All tickets are available at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the performances, one per person. No phone reservations.

Call for playwrights: Carol Roper of Celebrationworks is planning an alternative holiday entertainment again in 2009 after the success of “Humbug.” The title will be “Kick the Dickens Out of the Holidays” and she is looking for 10 to 12 minute fresh comic plays on a holiday theme. Think varied cultures, race, lifestyle, political loyalties, religious beliefs. One set, minimum props, 1 to 6 characters over 18. No musicals or adaptations. Send plays to Carol Roper, celebrationworks@gmail.com. Production dates will be Nov. 27 to Dec. 23, and possibly New Years. www.celebrationworks.org.

Audition: “Big River: the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Auditions for the summer musical will be held March 16 and 17 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. To be directed and choreographed by Stephen Bourneuf, musical direction by David Nehls. While this is an Equity production, non-Equity actors are welcome. By appointment, 720-898-7200. See www.arvadacenter.org/on-stage/auditions for details about characters. A New York audition is also scheduled.

An audition for “Peter Pan” is announced by International Youth Ballet, for young dancers age 6 to 10, with some dance experience, at the International Ballet School, 8000 Lincoln St. #7, Littleton. Auditions will be 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, with registration from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Performances are planned June 6 and 7 at the Newman Center, University of Denver. For information, 720-283-6323.

Travel to southern France and Paris for an advanced painting workshop, offered by Arapahoe Community College. Southern France-Art 275-105 Special Topics, will be taught by internationally recognized ACC Art Department member Marsha Wooley and California plein air painter Ian Roberts. The dates for the trip are June 14 through 28 and tuition of $3,100 includes many, but not all, land expenses. Air is additional Deposit by March 17. For brochure, see the ACC Painting Department Web site at www.arapahoe.edu, or contact Wooley, 303-797-5862, marshawooley@arapahoe.edu.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be presented by Colorado Ballet through March 14 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex. Tickets: $19 to $145, with 50 only per performance at $10, two hours before curtain, 303-837-8888, ColoradoBallet.org, or e-mail info@coloradoballet.org. (See website for schedule).


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