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'Musical Journey to Japan' performance set for library

Column by Sonya Ellingboe
Posted 10/1/21

“A Musical Journey to Japan” is scheduled at 2 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St. in Littleton. Classically trained musician Yoko Hiraoka will perform on the koto (a Japanese …

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Sonya's Sampler

'Musical Journey to Japan' performance set for library

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“A Musical Journey to Japan” is scheduled at 2 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St. in Littleton. Classically trained musician Yoko Hiraoka will perform on the koto (a Japanese 13-stringed zither) and will also share poems and stories. Free. 303-795-3961.

Hudson Gardens

“Magic of the Jack O' Lanterns” will be open Thursdays through Sundays in October at Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Designed by Thirteenth Floor, a Denver-based entertainment group, it is planned for all ages to walk through and enjoy. Included: 5,000 hand-carved pumpkins. Tickets range in price from $10.99 to $14.99 for kids (ages 3-12) and $14.99 to $19.99 for adults (ages 13+). Tickets on sale: magicofthejackolanterns.com.

Call for clarinetist

Colorado Wind Ensemble is holding an open audition for one clarinetist. To be conducted by video, received no later than Nov. 1. Prepare a video no longer than five minutes, with lyrical and technical selections. Share by email, Dropbox or YouTube. The CWE rehearses on Tuesday evenings, 7-9:30 p.m. at the King Center, 855 Lawrence Way, Denver. Parking vouchers are provided. The CWE season is five regular concerts and one chamber concert. Musicians are paid honoraria at the end of the season. See coloradowindensemble.org/get-involved/auditions.

Jazz orchestra

The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra's sextet will present a tribute to Billie Holliday at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in Parker at The Schoolhouse Theatre, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker, featuring vocalist Heidi Schmidt; Drew Zaremba on alto sax and flute; Shane Endsley, trumpet; Eric Erhardt, tenor sax, clarinet; Ken Walker, bass; Justin Adams, piano; and Todd Reid, drums. Tickets cost $24. 303-805-6800 or parkerarts.org.

Newman Center Presents

Newman Center Presents 2021-22 season tickets are on sale at newmancenterpresents.com or by phone at 303-871-7720. A varied program includes Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kronos Quartet, dance, “Potted Potter,” and more. See newmancenterpresents.com. Proof of full vaccination required.

Watercolor workshop

Heritage Fine Arts Guild presents a workshop by popular area artist Robert Gray, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 16, at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd. Limited to 12 students. Cost: $35, HFAG members; $50, non-members. (Membership costs $40). Sign-up forms at heritage-guild.com/membership. Information: Mary kay Jacobus at mkstudios@comcast.com.

Town Hall

“The Winter Wonderettes” and “Plaid Tidings” will play in repertory over the holiday season at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton, where “The Fantasticks” is running through Oct. 17. 303-794-ARTS, ext 5; townhallartscenter.org.

New curator

Hyonjeong Kim Han is the Denver Art Museum's new Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art, coming from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. She is a specialist in East Asian art history. She will highlight objects from the DAM's collection, as well as bring in special exhibitions.

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, public events frequently are canceled or rescheduled. Check with organizers before you go.

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