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Holiday shows abound

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's "Nutcracker" is among the upcoming performances geared to the holiday season.
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It’s time to think about securing tickets if you plan to take in some of the upcoming holiday shows around town. Concerts, a traditional Christmastime ballet and a local theater production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” are all coming up.

Here’s what’s happening:

Colorado songman performs A Colorado Christmas on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House, and frequent Aspen visitor is at the Snowmass Chapel on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Both are regular participants in the Musical Tribute to John Denver concerts and both have worked up sets appropriate to the season; Bailey draws from his new CD, “Star Light.”



Bailey’s concert is free, but donations are requested. Tickets for Salestrom’s show are $25 for adults and $15 for children.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s runs Friday through Sunday, Dec. 16-18, nightly at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees Dec. 17-18 at the Aspen District Theatre. This classic ballet, based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale of wicked rats and dreamy children, is an Aspen tradition. Tickets range in price from $20 to $58, depending on the seats.



Fast becoming an Aspen tradition is Theatre Aspen’s stage version of the classic movie which returns to the Wheeler on Dec. 20-24, with some cast changes from last year’s debut. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children, age 12 and younger.

The do their Victorian take on Christmas songs on Dec. 23-25 in the lobby of the Hotel Jerome.

For those with a different idea of the holidays, the local husband-and-wife duo of cantor Rita Shore and pianist Ira Shore do their concert on Monday, Dec. 26 at the Wheeler. It’s a night of Broadway and Jewish tunes.


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