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The Aspen Choral Society, featuring the Aspen and Glenwood Springs Community Choruses, will present the 30th annual presentations of Handel’s “Messiah” in December, with performances in Aspen and Glenwood Springs.Rehearsals in Aspen will begin Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Aspen Community Church. Rehearsals will be held every Sunday from 4-6 p.m.Rehearsals in Glenwood Springs begin Monday, Nov. 5, at the United Methodist Church, and continue every Monday from 6-8 p.m.Participation is open to all; there are no auditions.Performances of the “Messiah,” conducted by Aspen Choral Society director Ray Adams, are set for Dec. 11-12 at the United Methodist Church in Glenwood, and Dec. 14-15 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. It marks the first performances of the Christmas ritual at the Wheeler since the early 1980s.In addition, the Choral Society will perform its spring concerts in late March in Aspen and Carbondale, with exact dates to be decided. The concerts will include the world premiere of a series of eight art songs, featuring vocalist Judeth Shay Burns, as well as choral music with piano, and a performance of Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” in its original version for 13 instruments.For further information on Aspen Choral Society events, including rehearsals for the “Messiah,” contact Adams at 925-3685.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has announced its schedule for the upcoming 2007-08 season, which includes two appearances in Aspen.The ASFB will present its annual winter performances of “The Nutcracker” Dec. 17-18. The locally based company will return for performances of mixed repertory Feb. 14 and 16. The program features the world premiere of a work by Helen Pickett, and three additional local premieres: William Forsythe’s “Slingerland” pas de deux; Karole Armitage’s “Time is the Echo of an Axe within a Wood”; and Jorma Elo’s “1st Flash.”The Aspen season will also feature the presentation of two outside companies. Diavolo, a Los Angeles company of dancers, acrobats and actors founded and led by artistic director Jacques Heim, returns for performances Feb. 27-28. Black Grace, a contemporary dance company from New Zealand, makes its local debut March 28-29. All Aspen performances are at the Aspen District Theatre.The ASFB’s Santa Fe season will feature “The Nutcracker” (Dec. 7-9) and the company’s program of mixed repertory (Feb. 1-2), plus appearances by India’s Nrityagram Dance Ensemble (March 29) and Black Grace (April 1).The ASFB company’s touring schedule includes performances in Chicago, Crested Butte, Telluride, Wichita, New Orleans and Dallas. The company will return to the Joyce Theater in New York City for performances Jan. 23-28, plus an opening night, post-show gala at the North Cabana at the Maritime Hotel.For further information, go to

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