The Aspen Art Museum has changed the date for the opening reception of its Roaring Fork Open from Thursday, Oct. 13, to Friday, Oct. 14. The time for the opening will remain 6-8 p.m. The change was made in consideration of the Yom Kippur observance on Oct. 13.The Roaring Fork Open is a nonjuried exhibit featuring some 135 artists from the Roaring Fork Valley region. In a new procedure instituted this year, museum director and chief curator Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson has worked with the artists to select pieces for the show.The Roaring Fork Open’s closing date has also been changed, from Nov. 27 to Nov. 26.The museum will hold two artist breakfasts in conjunction with the Open. On Oct. 24, artists are invited to bring slides and give a five-minute presentation. Sign-up will be first-come, first-served. On Nov. 7, Zuckerman Jacobson and assistant curator Matthew Thompson will give a presentation on artists and artwork they have seen on recent trips. Both events are at 9:30 a.m., and a complimentary breakfast will be served.In other Aspen Art Museum news, new staff hirings have been announced: John-Paul Schaefer, development director; Matthew Thompson, assistant curator; Kelly McGrath, special events coordinator; Heath Johnson, facilities and installation manager; and Grace Brooks, executive assistant to the director.The museum has also announced its winter benefit event, Dennis Basso Freestyle, will be held Dec. 28, from 4:30-7 p.m., at the St. Regis, Aspen hotel. The event will feature Champagne and caviar, silent and live auctions, and a fashion show including Dennis Basso furs and Bulgari jewelry.Finally, the museum has announced its exhibition schedule through May 2006. Richard Tuttle: It’s a Room for 3 People opens in the lower gallery Dec. 9, and runs through Feb. 5. Simon Evans: How to get about, opens in the upper gallery Dec. 9, and runs through Jan. 29.Yutaka Sone: X-Art Show, and Having New Eyes both open Feb. 17 and run through April 16.For further information, go to http://www.aspenartmuseum.org.
Symphony in the Valley will present its first concert of the 2005-06 season, Classics for (and by) Kids, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16. The Saturday concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium; the Sunday concert is at 2 p.m. at the Aspen District Theatre.The performances kick off Symphony in the Valley’s Year of the Child theme.The concerts feature performances of such kid-friendly pieces as Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from the animated film “Fantasia”; Victor Herbert’s “March of the Toys” from “Babes in Toyland”; Villa Lobos’ “The Little Engine Who Could,” played on Brazilian percussion instruments; and Haydn’s “Toy” symphony. Wendy Larson, artistic director and conductor of the Glenwood-based orchestra, will narrate the stories of each piece. Also, Dvorák’s “Humoresque” will be performed by local violin students.The rest of the Symphony in the Valley season includes the Christmas concert, Dancing into Christmas, Dec. 2 and 4, at Glenwood Springs High School; the February concert The Symphony Swing, Feb. 25 at the Hotel Colorado, and Feb. 26 at Glenwood Springs High School; and the Mother’s Day Concert, May 13 at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork near Carbondale, and May 14 at Glenwood Springs High School.
Veteran newsman Daniel Schorr will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review on Friday, Oct. 14. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.In the first of a two-part series, Schorr, NPR’s senior news analyst, joins Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brian O’Neil in discussing his career, ranging from the McCarthy Senate hearings in the 1950s to the Clinton impeachment proceedings in the ’90s. Schorr also covered most every major European event from the founding of NATO to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.
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