January 18, 2007
Workshops to sharpen acting chopsThe local theater company the Hudson Reed Ensemble will present a Winter Acting Workshop beginning Feb. 4. The workshop, to be led by the company’s artistic director, Kent Reed, offers seven sessions, through March 19. There are two separate sessions available: Sundays, from 4-7 p.m., and Mondays, from 6-9 p.m. The workshops will be held in the conference room of the old Aspen Youth Center, near the Pitkin County Library Plaza. The workshops are open to anyone with a serious interest in acting.For further information, call 300-4788.Ballet company leaps to New York, againThe Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company will have a return engagement at New York City’s Joyce Theater, Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 23-28.The program will feature the New York debuts of two works – “It’s Not About the Numbers,” by Brooklyn-born choreographer Nicolo Fonte, and “Pointeoff,” by Finland’s Jorma Elo – commissioned by the ASFB. The company also will perform Twyla Tharp’s rarely seen “Sweet Fields.”For tickets to the New York performances, call (212) 242-0800, or go to http://www.joyce.org.The ASFB company returns to Aspen for performances of mixed repertory Feb. 16-17 at the Aspen District Theatre. The program will feature the Aspen debut of “Petit Mort,” by European choreographer Jiri Kylian, as well as encore performances of “It’s Not About the Numbers,” Dominique Dumais’ “sans detour,” and the “Light Rain” pas de deux.The ASFB will also present in Aspen the New England company Pilobolus, Feb. 27-28, and the Peking Acrobats, April 6-7.The company’s touring schedule this winter includes performances in Beaver Creek, Denver, Crested Butte, Hawaii, Wyoming, California, Las Vegas, Missouri and Guatemala City.For tickets or further information, go to http://www.aspenballet.com.Music Festival warms up Winter Music seriesThe Aspen Music Festival’s Winter Music series will present six concerts during the 2007 season, including the Aspen debuts of three artists.The series opens Jan. 31 with Aspen regular, pianist Vladimir Feltsman, performing a program of Haydn sonatas and Schumann’s “Carnaval.”Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova makes her Aspen debut Feb. 14. Winner of the gold medal in the Tchaikovsky Competition, Mullova will collaborate with harpsichordist Geneviève Soly on a program of Bach partitas and sonatas. Mullova will use gut strings and Baroque and Classical bows.Pianist Alexander Kobrin, winner of the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, makes his first Aspen appearance Feb. 23. The 26-year-old will play works by Mozart, Haydn, Brahms and Schumann.Violinist Robert McDuffie, cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, and Lawrence Dutton, violist of the Emerson String Quartet, a trio that made its debut in Aspen in 2003, returns March 1 for an evening of works by Beethoven, Dohnányi and Mozart.The series concludes March 17 with the local debut of Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos, performing Ravel, Szymanowski, Stravinsky and Beethoven with pianist Péter Nagy, winner of the Liszt Award.All Winter Music concerts are at Harris Hall. Series subscriptions and single-concert tickets are available. For tickets and further information, call 925-9042 or go to http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com.