Tickets go on sale Monday, June 2, for one of the Springs' stellar summer events, the 2003 Summer Festival of the Arts at Colorado College.
Whether or not, you've attended concerts, readings or plays at the college before, the summer festival is a great way to become acquainted with the campus, its numerous performance venues and the college's dedication to excellence in music, dance and theater.
For a complete schedule of festival events, contact the Summer Session office by e-mail at
festi firstname.lastname@example.org, call 389-6098 or visit the Web site at www.coloradocollege.edu/ summersession. Heres just a brief rundown of some of the events coming our way in June, July and August, courtesy of CC:
June 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. in Armstrong Theatre, Opera Theatre of the Rockies presents Donizettis The Daughter of the Regiment, featuring Margaret Simpson and guest artist James Allbritten, with Lawrence Leighton Smith conducting the Bee Vradenburg OTR orchestra and Steven LaCosse directing. Expect a spectacle.
Friday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Packard Hall (the little hall with the most exquisite acoustics in town) marks the first of the Festival Artists Concerts, kicking off with visiting artists renditions of Rachmaninoffs Piano Trio No. 1 in G minor, op. posth., Harbisons Twilight Music for Horn Trio, Durufles Concert Etudes S. 144, S. 145, and Mozarts G Minor Viola Quintet, K. 516.
Sunday, June 22 at 3 p.m. in Packard Hall, the Beethoven Concerto Concert with William Wolfram at the piano and Scott Yoo conducting will see the third and fourth Beethoven concertos performed with the festival chamber orchestra. This concert is a benefit for the Summer Music Festival Scholarship Fund; all seats are $35.
June 30 to July 18 are the dates of the Extraordinary Dance Festival, including classes and performances for dancers of all ages. On Friday, July 11 at 8 p.m. in Armstrong Theatre, the alumni dance concert will be Dancers on the Edge, featuring alumni from CCs dance program who now perform professionally around the world. Dancers and choreographers include Sara Joel (now with Cirque du Soleil) and Sheldon Smith, recipient of a National Performance Network grant.
July 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Bemis Hall, former McSweeneys writer, cultural commentator and self-proclaimed Greatest Living American Writer Neal Pollack will read from his works. The event is free.
On July 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the McHugh Alumni Plaza, Titus Andronicus! The Musical will be performed by renowned CC alums and Denver theater stalwarts, Buntport Theater Company. This is CCs version of Shakespeare in the park; bring a picnic dinner.
Friday, July 25 marks the first of a series of Vocal Arts Symposium concerts. This ones titled VAS Follies. Other concerts in the upcoming week include a Jazz Sundae Sunday with ice-cream sundaes for all; Hellos and High Notes, featuring Vocal Arts opera participants introducing themselves with song; and Scene Stealer, Acts I, II and III where participants will perform staged, costumed scenes from grand opera, operettas and Broadway musicals. The series culminates Sunday, August 10 at 3 p.m. in Packard Hall with the Vocal Arts grand finale, Simply Sondheim.
August 13-17 the Amateur Pianists International Celebration of the Amateur Pianist and 3rd Rocky Mountain Amateur Piano Competition will be held in Packard Hall.
Festival Orchestra concerts will take place throughout the summer including concerts designed especially for children. See the full schedule for time and place of these events.
Colorado College summer classes will be in session and students will make up some of the audience at all these events, but the public is invited to attend as often as possible. The campus is located just north of downtown Colorado Springs, between Monument Valley Park and Nevada Avenue, from Uintah Street to Cache La Poudre.
-- Kathryn Eastburn