Limelight begins arts series tonight

Staff report

The Limelight Hotel is hosting a four-part series titled “Demystifying the Arts” this summer, beginning with a session on jazz tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

This Limelight Dialogues series will feature arts organizations from the Roaring Fork Valley and presentations by their leaders, aiming to help audiences more deeply understand different art forms through explanation and performance.

At this evening’s “Jazz 101,” Jazz Aspen Snowmass President and founder Jim Horowitz will perform on the piano, explain what makes jazz tick and how widely different genres of music from pop to rock and classical can be interpreted through the lens of jazz.

On July 13, Theatre Aspen executive director Paige Price and actors form the company’s summer productions will present “Acting for the Stage,” demonstrating the particulars of a scene from a recent or upcoming performance. They’ll show the audience how a single scene can be played different ways: comedic, dramatic and even with bad acting.

The Aug. 10 presentation “What Makes Classical Music Classical?” will be presented by Aspen Music Festival and School President and CEO Alan Fletcher. And a Sept. 7 presentation titled “The Mystery Of Marble: How Sense of Place Directs Us Creatively” will feature Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities director Amy Kimberly, sculptor Greg Tonozzi and distiller Connie Baker.

All events take place in the Monarch Room at the Limelight Hotel and run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, which includes one beer and snacks.