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The Carbondale-based Thunder River Theatre Company opens its 2008-’09 season this month with the musical “Quilters.” The presentation opens with a preview on Sept. 25, and follows with performances Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3-5 and 9-11. All performances are at 7:30 p.m., except the Oct. 5 date, which is a 2 p.m. matinee.

“Quilters,” by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek, is a tribute to the spirit of America’s pioneering women, focusing on a woman and her six daughters. It was developed by the Denver Center Theater Company, and had a short Broadway run in 1984 that resulted in six Tony Award nominations.

Thunder River’s production is directed by Sue Lavin, with music direction by Terry Lee. The cast features Shirley Eaves, Janice Forbes, Ruthie Parrish, Kristin Carlson, Peggy Mundinger, Holly Freeman and Annie Garrett, backed by a three-piece music combo. The show will be accompanied by a quilt display in the Thunder River Theatre lobby, organized by local quilter Emma Danciger.

Rounding out the Thunder River season are “On Golden Pond,” directed by the company’s artistic director, Lon Winston, and opening Dec. 4; “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Edward Albee’s landmark drama that earned the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play, opening Feb. 26; and “Eleemosynary,” Lee Blessing’s 1985 play about the relationships among three generations of women in one family.

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The Aspen Music Festival has set the program for its Winter Music Artist Recital series. The series will bring four concerts to Harris Concert Hall between mid-February and mid-March.

The series opens Feb. 9 with pianist Jeffrey Kahane. The music director of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Kahane has played recent solo recitals in Aspen, Chicago and New York. In the 2005-’06 season, he performed all 23 Mozart piano concertos as part of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Violinist Joshua Bell, a former student at the Aspen Music Festival and a strong draw at his frequent summertime appearances in Aspen, is set to perform Feb. 16. Swiss-born pianist Andreas Haefliger, another regular Aspen visitor, and flutist Marina Piccini perform in the series on Feb. 25.

The series concludes on March 14 with the Aspen debut of violinist Julian Rachlin, who will be accompanied by pianist Itama Golan. The 33-year-old Rachlin is a native of Lithuania who moved to Austria during his childhood, and became the youngest soloist ever to appear with the Vienna Philharmonic. Rachlin earned the 2000 International Prize of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana of Siena.

Patron and sponsor opportunities for the Winter Music series are available. Also, series subscriptions are being offered for a 13 percent discount from the single-concert price. For tickets and further information, go to

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