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Audiences for the Aspen Choral Society’s annual spring concerts have become accustomed to world premieres of the work of Ray Vincent Adams, the Choral Society’s director, conductor and resident composer. This year, though, Adams cedes the spotlight in favor of something more familiar and dated: J.S. Bach, the brightest light in classical music’s greatest family dynasty. The program comprises the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, one in a series of works commissioned by the Margrave of Brandenburg that broke new ground with the concerto form; the Orchestral Suite No. 3; and “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott,” perhaps the most famous of the composer’s approximately 300 cantatas. The concerts are Friday, March 30, at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs, and Saturday, March 31, at Harris Hall.

The land of Down Under has produced the likes of power-blues rockers AC/DC and the saccharin sounds of Olivia Newton-John. Now comes Hoodoo Gurus, college radio darlings whose popularity peaked during the Reagan era while routinely cranking out power-pop hits. The Gurus became an international smash with 1983’s “I Want You Back” and tried to recapture their glory in the late ’80s and early ’90s with such MTV hits as “Come Anytime” and “Miss Freelove ’69.” But they couldn’t keep pace with the grunge movement and folded in its wake. Now the Gurus are back in the U.S. after a 13-year hiatus. Armed with a set list with more hooks than a tackle box, they’re still led by guitarist David Falkner. Even more than 25 years after they formed, the Gurus’ blend of surfer riffs and can’t-get-the-girl lyrics remain contagious. Hoodoo Gurus play Monday, March 26, at Belly Up.

David Salle’s paintings have been called cold and calculated. But they are also undeniably compelling, both as thought pieces and as visually arresting works. His recent Vortex Paintings, in which an array of objects are pulled into a collapsing center, can stop you in your tracks, with their swirls of color, distortions, and the sense that the world is being pulled into something against its will. Salle, an Oklahoma-born 54-year-old who has been a top figure in contemporary art since the ’80s, first showed his Vortex images in Aspen at the Baldwin Gallery. The current set, in which the strength of the vortex is more varied, shows at the gallery through April 14. Also showing is Dirk Westphal’s “Piscoli Fabulosi,” which includes fishbowl-like photographs.


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