Jazz Aspen Snowmass will be making several major changes to its festival presentations for the 2009 summer season.The June Festival will undergo changes in both location and dates. The festivals headline concerts will be moved from downtown Aspens Rio Grande Park, where they have been held since 2002, to the Aspen Music Festivals Benedict Music Tent, where the June Festival was originally presented in 1991. Those concerts are set for June 18-20, overlapping, for the first time, with the Food & Wine Magazine Classic.The duration of the June Festival has been extended to two weekends. From June 25-28, coinciding with its JAS Academy educational program, Jazz Aspen will present a series of concerts in various clubs and restaurants in downtown Aspen, as well as free afternoon shows on the Cooper Avenue mall. The featured musicians will be the students and masters participating in the JAS Academy.It is also expected that Jazz Aspen will co-present one or more concerts at the Benedict Music Tent with the Aspen Music Festival. Those events will be outside of the June Festival.In addition, Jazz Aspens Labor Day Festival will be shortened from its standard four-day format to three days for 2009. The festival, set for Sept. 4-6, will remain in Snowmass Villages Town Park.No acts have been announced yet for Jazz Aspens 2009 season. For further information, go to jazzaspen.com.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has announced its 2008-09 Winter Dance Series. The series will feature five programs, all at the Aspen District Theatre.The Winter Dance Series opens Dec. 20-21 with the annual performances of The Nutcracker, the Christmas-time fantasy based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffman and set to a score by Tchaikovsky. The Nutcracker, featuring guest artists and the students of the ASFB school, will have evening and matinee performances each day.The New York City-based Lar Lubovitch Dance Company performs in Aspen on Jan. 18, as part of its 40th anniversary tour. The companys first U.S. tour in 13 years will feature the signature piece, Mens Stories.The Peking Acrobats, a group of Chinese dancers/tumblers formed in 1958, return to Aspen with two performances, a matinee and an evening show, on Jan. 31.The Aspen Santa Fe Ballets resident company makes a hometown appearance Feb. 13-14. The program will feature a new work by Spanish choreographer Cavetano Soto, as well as the Aspen premiere of Twyla Tharps Sues Leg.The series concludes March 28 with an appearance by Complexions, a New York City company directed by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. Rhoden was the first choreographer to create a commissioned work for the ASFB, in the mid-90s.Tickets are now on sale for all dates in the Winter Dance Series. To buy tickets, call 920-5770 or 1-866-449-0464, or go to Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House. For further information, go to aspensantafeballet.com.
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