The Arts in Aspen, CO This Winter
Hotel Aspen Celebrates Culture at Events all Season
Aspen, Colorado is proud of a very long history of celebrating the arts. With a very active and supportive local community of arts lovers, plus a continual influx of international travelers who appreciate cultural activities to round out their ski vacations, Aspen is proud to attract the worlds’ finest performers and artists to its venues. The 2012-2013 winter season boasts an incredible array of talent and sophisticated cultural events, and it is well worth planning ahead to enjoy these amazing offerings. (Photo courtsey of the Red Brick Center for the Arts)
The Aspen Art Museum is highly regarded in the art community for its endeavors to bring current contemporary works to Aspen through exhibits, immersion programs and public and school education collaborative programs. This winter’s exhibits and programs are truly inspiring and can be enjoyed multiple times on your Aspen visit.
Currently there are 2 fantastic exhibits on display through February 3. The work of LA-based Morgan Fisher, well known for his experimental filmmaking techniques and colorful abstract painting installations, can be enjoyed on display at the Aspen Art Museum or in one of several special gallery events celebrating the artist. Also in house at the museum though January 20 is the Block, Pillar, Slab & Beam exhibit, a collaboration of 4 Latin American artists which studies the very Latin artistic concept of the relationship between individuals and their environments. Beginning February 15 through April 21, new exhibits from visionary sculptural artists Monika Sosnowska and Kathrin Sonntag. A variety of other events round out the Museum season, including the “I Don’t Get It” series, in which artists in residence answer questions and discuss their works in a fun, casual forum. Also on deck on select Sundays are several hands-on family and kid-friendly activities like the “Create Your Own Lift Ticket" workshop on February 17. (Photo courtesey of the Aspen Art Museum)
The Aspen Music Festival & School along with Wheeler Opera House are in full swing again this winter. The Festival’s “Live From the Met” series brings three fantastic evenings of Opera to The Wheeler, with Verdi’s Otello on Jan 31, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore on February 19 and Berlioz’s Les Troyens on March 14. The festival also presents several dates of its “Winter Music Series”, with fabulous classical piano performances and more from internationally acclaimed artists Takacs Quartet, Gil Shaham, Akira Eguchi and Aspen’s own prodigal pianist, 11-year-old Conrad Tao. Other music is on hand at The Wheeler as well, with songwriters and spinners taking the stage for multiple great live performances. Legends Shawn Colvin, Jerry Jeff Walker and The Temptations will all grace the Wheeler stage in winter 2013.
In addition, Belly Up, Aspen’s iconic intimate live music venue and bar will host an incredible winter lineup including the blues of Robery Randolph ad the Family Band, funk jams from Galactic, and radio hit-makers Los Lonely Boys and Soul Asylum.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet begins its 2013 season with spirited performances throughout the winter. River North Dance Chicago activates the winter dance season with its eclectic blend of modern, popular and latin styles for 2 dynamic performances at the Wheeler Opera House on January 26. The first is a late-afternoon performance specifically for kids, to introduce them to the fun and complexity of dance and movement. Later that evening the company will present its spirited style in a live evening dance performance. On February 15 & 16, and again on March 16, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will perform its winter repertoire of 3 amazing pieces: Jiri Kylián’s poignant Return to a Strange Land, Alejandro Cerrudo’s striking new ballet Last, and Trey McIntyre’s seductive Like a Samba. Tickets are available through Aspen Show Tickets.
The Jazz Aspen Snowmass Café is back this winter with its winter series of shows downstairs at The Little Nell. The Café has 6 winter show dates on the calendar, with 4 more coming up in January, February in March. With show times at 7pm & 9pm, individual tickets for sale, or a pass for the entire series is available for $150, there are lots of was to stop in and enjoy this fabulous music venue. Add a fabulous dining experience to your Jazz Aspen experience with 2 fantastic options. On show nights, the Ajax Tavern offers a pre-show, 3 course menu, or dine at Element 47 pre or post show for an amazing night out.
Theater Aspen, our own local company that brings together both experienced local talent and new, rising stars, has 3 fantastic offerings coming up. January 10-13 enjoy one of the 4 showings of Theater Aspen School’s Winter Teen Conservatory production of The Drowsy Chaperone, the lively tale of a budding starlets dream to find and keep her true love. The red carpet rolls out for Theater Aspen’s 30th Birthday Broadway Bash on February 23, a special edition of TA’s annual costume gala dinner dance to support the theater company’s endeavors. And closing the season April 18-20 is the Theater Aspen School’s Advanced Musical Theater Workshop production of the Disney classic, The Little Mermaid. This enchanting performance for all ages is sure to put a smile on your face and is a perfect end to a magical 2013 Aspen arts season.
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