It’s an ‘Appalachian Spring’

Posted 1/2/09

Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” will be performed by The Rosetta Chamber Society at 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at Hampden Hall second level in the …

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It’s an ‘Appalachian Spring’


Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” will be performed by The Rosetta Chamber Society at 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at Hampden Hall second level in the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. (Note the change from the usual Saturday concert time). Directed by Scott O’Neill, associate conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Rosetta Chamber Society will present clarinetist Bil Jackson and pianists Katie Mahan and Scott O’Neill in Graham Fitkin’s “Hard Fairy” and a 13-instrument ensemble performing the original version of “Appalachian Spring.” Originally written for modern dance choreographer Martha Graham, it’s considered by many to be the composer’s masterpiece.

Musicians will lead some discussion about the work. The group’s name is taken from the ancient stone, key to interpreting Egyptian hieroglyphics, implying a wish to create understanding, appreciation, enjoyment of great musical works. The program is part of Englewood Arts’ chamber concert series, with tickets costing $10, students, $5. 303-806-8196,

“The Color Purple, the Musical About Love” plays at the Buell Theatre through Jan. 18, Denver Center for Performing Arts Complex. Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize novel, it’s produced by Oprah Winfrey and others, with a score of jazz, gospel and blues. Denver hosts the first North American touring production of the Broadway hit, which opened in December 2005. Jeanette Bayardelle comes from the Broadway production in the lead role of Celie. Tickets start at $15. 303-893-4100,, at all King Soopers, TicketsWest.

“My Way— a Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” opens Friday at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main Street in Downtown Littleton, and plays through Feb. 8. Anita Boland is director and choreographer, with cast members Allen Bennett, Erik Bryan, Kristen Samu and Clarissa Hope Stranske. Accompaniment by Mitch Samu on piano, Tag Worley on drums. Performances: 7:30 Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $21 to $31, 303-794-2787 ext 5,

“The Crucible,”Arthur Miller’s American classic drama based on the 17th century Salem witchcraft trials, will be performed by Highlands Ranch High School theater students at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Jan. 16, 17, 23, 24 in the high school theater. The large cast includes Camden Johnson, Andrea Sobel, Madison White, Matthew Guerin, Kyle Dunn, Zach Hillegas. Tickets cost $8, $7. 303-387-2651, or at the door.

“New Dimensions, an annual show by members of Heritage Fine Arts Guild, will be exhibited through Jan. 29 at Iris Gallery, 2539 W. Main Street, downtown Littleton. An opening reception is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 8, with music by a harpist.

“Saving Places 2009: Expanding Preservation Coalitions” is the title of the Annual Colorado Preservation Inc. conference for preservationists, both professional and lay. ( The largest such gathering in the U.S.). It will be held Feb. 4-6 at the 1770 Sherman Street Event Center, Denver. For information on registration and program schedules, visit, e-mail, call 303-893-4260.

A New Member’s Show will run Jan. 14 to Feb. 27 at the Depot Art Center, 2069 W. Powers Ave., Littleton, in the Littleton Fine Arts Guild’s historic red Santa Fe depot, converted to art gallery. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. 303-795-0781.

Charlie Carroll announces that the Littleton Jazz Foundation, which he recently organized, now has a 501c IRS designation, making it eligible for grants. A volunteer board of directors will assist Carroll in planning and expanding the organization. In October, 2008, the Bob Montgomery/Al Hermann Quintet played for an audience of 335 and Carroll hopes to stage a four band festival in 2009, “economy permitting.” To join and be added to the LJF e-mail list, contact Charlie Carroll at

“Snow White” with Pam and the Playmakers will be the focus for ages 2 and up at 3 or 4 p.m. Jan. 18, when Pam Clifton will cast the audience as characters, sound effects and musicians in the retelling of this classic tale. The Lone Tree Arts Council and South Suburban Parks and Recreation District join forces to offer programs at the Lone Tree Recreation Center, 10249 Ridgegate Circle, Lone Tree. Fee: $1 per person. 303-708-3513.

The Arapahoe Philharmonic will begin its First Annual Raffle Event with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at Baker’s Piano Center, 2670 E. County Line Road, Highlands Ranch. A 5 to 6 p.m. Children’s Music Hour with the Arapahoe Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Quartet, followed by music by the AP Quartet. A drawing for a Kawai GM-10K Grand Piano (retail value $12,995) will be held following the May 15, 2009 concert at South Suburban Christian Church, 7275 S. Broadway, Littleton. Raffle tickets will be available until then at AP and APYO rehearsals and concerts and from any AP board member. See 303-781-1892.

Call for artists: The Parker Artists Guild, which includes members from Douglas county and throughout the metro area, will present an art show Jan. 28 through March 25 at the Parker Mainstreet Center in Downtown Parker. Entry is free and open to all. Art will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, January 21. A reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28.

The Third Annual Parker Asian Festival will be held 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Parker Fieldhouse, 18700 E. Plaza Drive. Celebrate the New Year, enjoy a Lion Dance, music and dance, children’s activities, marketplace, art and food vendors.

“Everybody Loves a Train Wreck (Unless You’re on the Train)” is the next title for Stories On Stage, in cooperation with the Arts Students League of Denver and Lighthouse Writers at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 and 16 at the Jones Theatre in the Denver Center for Performing Arts Complex. Local actors will read locally written stories about the mysteries and psyches of talented political leaders who fall from grace. Images of related art will be projected onto the stage. Tickets: $22.

Auditions: “Evita” auditions are scheduled 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 12 and Jan. 13 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. (New York auditions are on Jan 19-21). This is an Equity show, but non-Equity actors are welcome to audition. For appointment, call 720-898-7200. For more information, see

“La Rondine,” by Puccini, is the next scheduled Metropolitan Opera Live in HD filming at 11 a.m. Jan. 10 at Highlands Ranch 24 and Greenwood Plaza in the south area. Tickets cost $22, $20, $18. January 24: Gluck’s “Orfeo Ed Euridice,” at 11 a.m.

“A Cinderella Makeover with a Stepsister Face” is a program planned by the Denver After 5 Women’s Connection, which is affiliated with, from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, January 15 at Pinehurst Country Club, 6255 W. Quincy Ave., Denver. The program features Los Angeles make-up artist Alichia Ryan, music by Ginger Allen and inspirational speaker Kelly Evans, who will share her Cinderella story. Dinner and program: $20, $10 first time guests. Reservations: Michelle Cartwright of Highlands Ranch, 303-791-3890; Nora at 303-683-6094 or e-mail

Call for photographers: Greenwood and Beyond-Anything Goes Photography Exhibit will be Jan. 24 to Feb. 27. Applications are due Jan. 12 at Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, 2349 E. Orchard Rd., Greenwood Village, CO 80121. Juror is Sara Frances, photographer, book maker, designer, owner of Photo Mirage. Fee is $20 for two entries, to be delivered on Jan. 12. Call for complete application, 303-797-1779.

Brochures are ready with information about Arapahoe Community College’s Summer Study Program 2009 in Italy (May 25 to June 4) and France (Provence: June 5 to June 15). Two and three week options include art history, sketching and drawing, photography and language study and costs vary. Instructors: Susan Elliott, Susan Goggin, Trish Sangelo and Christine Kohrsand. For information, call or e-mail Christine Khorsand, a native of Aix-en-Provence who has taught for 17 years at ACC. 303-797-5818 or email


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