November 14, 2005
Symphony in the Valley’s annual Christmas concert will have the Glenwood Springs-based orchestra joining forces with the Danse Arts Theatre Company, the nonprofit professional troupe of the Glenwood Dance Academy. The performance, titled Dancing Into Christmas, will be presented Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. Both shows are at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium.The 70-member Symphony in the Valley will play “White Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and excerpts from “The Nutcracker” as live accompaniment for members of Danse Arts Theatre. Featured guest dancer will be Michaelangelo Canale, founder and director of the Anchorage-based Classical Ballet Academy. Canale has also appeared with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Eugene Ballet.Also on the program are the Senior Concertos, featuring local high school seniors as soloists. Aspen High’s Sean Warnecke will perform Hindemith’s “Trauermusik” on viola. Eagle resident Korey Riskey will perform the andante movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. Snowmass Villager Nathan Work, of Aspen High School, will play Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins alongside his music teacher, Heidi Curatolo of Aspen.Wendy Larson is conductor of Symphony in the Valley, and John Bokram is the associate conductor.Tickets for Dancing Into Christmas will be available at the door.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has announced the schedule of events for its 10th anniversary season.The ASFB will perform its annual presentation of “The Nutcracker” Dec. 16-18, with evening performances nightly and matinees Dec. 17-18. In addition, a special Land of the Sweets Tea Party, with a kids’ fashion show, photo opportunities and cookies and cocoa, will be held Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Hotel Jerome.The company’s 10th Anniversary Gala Performance is set for Jan. 27-29. The performances will feature new works by choreographers Jorma Elo and Edwaard Liang, plus Twyla Tharp’s “Sweet Fields.” The program will also feature appearances by Folklórico Mexicano, ASFB’s Latino-oriented youth outreach program, and the School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.The Ailey II company returns March 1-2 after sold-out performances last year. The Los Angeles-based company Diavolo, directed by founder Jacques Heim, choreographer of Cirque de Soleil’s latest piece, “Ka,” makes its Aspen debut March 28-29.All performances are at the Aspen District Theatre. For tickets or further information, call 925-6098.
NPR correspondent Eric Westerfelt will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review Friday, Nov. 25. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Westerfelt joins Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brian O’Neil in discussing his work as an embedded Iraq war journalist. NPR’s Pentagon correspondent will also detail his on-the-scene coverage of the World Trade Center attacks and the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 in Long Island Sound.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.