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The Aspen Choral Society is looking for singers to participate in its presentation of Handel’s “Messiah.” The 29th annual performances of the “Messiah” are scheduled for mid-December, in Aspen and Glenwood Springs.Rehearsals begin Sunday, Nov. 5, in Aspen, and Monday, Nov. 6, in Glenwood Springs. Aspen rehearsals are every Sunday at 4 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church; Glenwood rehearsals are every Monday at 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. No auditions are held; all singers are invited to perform.Performances of the “Messiah” are scheduled for Dec. 11-12 in Glenwood, and Dec. 15-16 in Aspen.For further information, call Ray Vincent Adams, director and conductor of the Aspen Choral Society, at 925-3685.

Carbondale-based Thunder River Theatre Company is introducing a series of Literary Nights. The series of events kicks off Friday, Nov. 10, with an evening of readings of work by Franz Kafka. The event, at the Thunder River Theatre, begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.The Prague-born Kafka’s best-known works include the short story “The Metamorphosis,” the novel “The Trial,” and the unfinished work, “The Castle.”For further information on Thunder River Theatre events, go to

The Aspen Music Festival and School’s Winter Music series will present six concerts over the 2006-07 season, including the Aspen debuts of three artists.The series opens Jan. 31 with Aspen regular, pianist Vladimir Feltsman, performing a program of Haydn sonatas and Schumann’s “Carnaval.”Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova will make her Aspen debut Feb. 14. Winner of the gold medal in the Tchaikovsky Competition, Mullova will collaborate with harpsichordist Geneviève Soly on a program of Bach partitas and sonatas. Mullova will use gut strings and Baroque and Classical bows.Pianist Alexander Kobrin, winner of the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, makes his first Aspen appearance Feb. 23. The 26-year-old will play works by Mozart, Haydn, Brahms and Schumann.Violinist Robert McDuffie, cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, and Lawrence Dutton, violist of the Emerson String Quartet, a trio which made its debut in 2003, in Aspen, returns March 1.The series concludes March 17 with the local debut of violinist Leonidas Kavakos, performing an evening of Ravel, Szymanowski and Stravinsky with pianist Péter Nagy, winner of the Liszt Award.All Winter Music concerts are at Harris Hall. Series subscriptions and single-concert tickets are available. For tickets and further information, call 925-7042 or go to

Aspen Stage will present the musical theater piece, “Always … Patsy Cline,” Nov. 25-26 at the Wheeler Opera House.The production stars local performers Jeannie Walla as Cline, and Cara Daniel as Louise Seeger, a fan who had a long-running correspondence with Cline in the last years of the country singer’s life. “Always … Patsy Cline,” written by Ted Swindley, features such Cline hits as “Crazy,”‘ “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walkin’ After Midnight.”For tickets or further information, go to, or call 920-5770.

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