Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has announced the schedule for the 2006 Aspen Dance Festival. The festival will present six programs from July 21-Aug. 21.The festival opens July 21-22 with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company performing a program that includes the world premiere of a piece choreographed by Nicolo Fonte, with set design by Missouri Heights artist James Surls. Also featured are Thierry Malandain’s “L’après-midi d’un Faun,” the Aspen premiere of Dwight Rhoden’s “Miss Blue,” and Edwaard Liang’s “Whispers in the Dark.”Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, founded in 1974 and led by artistic director Jim Vincent, returns July 27-29. Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, a spiritually oriented company from Southern India, performs a one-night stand Aug. 1.MOMIX, choreographer Moses Pendleton’s Connecticut-based company, returns Aug. 3-5 with a performance of “Passion,” a multimedia piece set to a score by Peter Gabriel. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet returns Aug. 12-13 with a program featuring the world premiere of a work by Dwight Rhoden, as well as Dominique Dumais’ “sans detour” and Jorma Elo’s “Pointeoff.” The festival concludes Aug. 17-19 with the first Aspen appearance in a decade by Utah’s Ballet West, who will perform classical repertoire, including a “Don Quixote” pas de deux and Anthony Tudor’s “Lilac Garden.”All Aspen Dance Festival performances are at the Aspen District Theatre. For tickets and further information, call 925-6098.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass has announced the acts for the Snowmass Free Concert Series. The series presents music Thursday evenings on Fanny Hill, in Snowmass Village.The series opens June 29 with Louisiana blues singer-guitarist Tab Benoit, who recently released the country blues CD, “Brother to the Blues.” New Orleans rock band the Iguanas are set for July 6. July 13 brings New Orleans funk band Papa Grows Funk. (The Average White Band, originally announced as the July 13 act, will not appear.)The subdudes, a soul-rock band with roots in New Orleans and Colorado, return July 20, after appearing in the series last summer. Chicago blues band Li’l Ed & the Blues Imperials play July 27. Soulive, a contemporary soul-jazz trio from New York, performs Aug. 3.Roots rock band Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, led by British-born, New Orleans-based singer-keyboardist Cleary, is set for Aug. 10. Sonya Kitchell, a 17-year-old singer-songwriter from western Massachusetts who made her Aspen debut last month at the Belly Up, plays Aug. 17.The series concludes Aug. 24 with newgrass mandolinist Sam Bush.The Snowmass Free Concert Series is produced by Jazz Aspen. For further information, go to http://www.jazzaspen.org.
The Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz series will pay tribute to New Orleans throughout its eight-week-long run. The series presents free concerts in Two Rivers Park every Wednesday, June 7-July 26.The series opens June 7 with clarinetist Dr. Michael White. The Jordan Family, a seven-piece jazz group including trumpeter Marlon Jordan, violinist Rachel Jordan, vocalist Stephanie Jordan and flutist Kent Jordan, performs June 14. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Orleans Avenue is set for June 21.The Jason Marsalis/Jonathan Batiste Trio, featuring drummer Marsalis and pianist Batiste, both members of prominent New Orleans musical families, plays June 28. July 5 brings a double bill of the Wild Magnolias, a Mardi Gras-style parade act, and zydeco band Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience.The Irving Mayfield Quintet, led by trumpeter Mayfield, is set for July 12. The Jazz Vipers, a 1930s-style swing band, performs July 19. The series closes July 26 with the Soul Rebels Brass Band.All concerts are set for 7 p.m. in Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. For further information, go to http://www.summerofjazz.com.
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