Start with a symphony orchestra, add two choirs and mix in some dancers in the aisles. You’ll have “A Littleton Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 8 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. The Littleton Symphony, directed by Jurgen de Lemos, LUMC choir, The Troubadors from Littleton High School and dancers from Littleton Ballet Academy will perform holiday favorites, including music from “The Nutcracker.” Tickets, at the door or online: $22, $19, $5. Littletonsymphony.org.
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Englewood Arts presents its next concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at Hampden Hall, Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Performance by cellist Silver Ainomae, associate principal cello, Minnesota Orchestra; Gabriel Campos, principal clarinet, Minnesota Orchestra; Joshua Sawicki, piano. The program: Bach: “Suite No. 1 in G Major for Unaccompanied Cello”; Beethoven: 12 Variations on “See, the Conqu’ring Hero Comes”; Brahms: “Clarinet Trio in A Minor.” Tickets: $20/$15, free under 18. Englewoodarts.org or at the door.
Stories on Stage
“Making Merry” is the annual Stories on Stage holiday program and again, beloved actor Jamie Horton will return to Denver to read stories, accompanied by local actors GerRee Hinshaw and Randy Moore, with music by pianist Gary Grundel: 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Way, Boulder, and 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the King Center, 855 W. Lawrence Way, Auraria Campus, Denver. Tickets; $15-$25, storiesonstage.org or 303-494-0523.
The Arapahoe Philharmonic’s annual holiday concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at South Suburban Christian Church, 7275 S. Broadway, Littleton. Festive works that celebrate the winter season, by Rimsky-Korsokav and Respighi; three new holiday compositions by Jonathan Bingham, Elizabeth Comninellis and Edgar Girtain and traditional favorites: Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and audience sing-along carols. Violin students from the Noteworthy School for Strings will perform in the lobby at 7:15 and Coleridge-Taylor will be conducted by Assistant Conductor Hisham Bravo Groover. Tickets: Arapahoe-phil.org, 303-781-1892.
Lone Tree Arts Center has made a tradition of an annual “Kantorei Christmas” concert, this year at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 with the a capella choir, which has expanded into a 50-member ensemble, directed by Joel M. Rinsema. LTAC is at 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Tickets: lonetreeartscenter.org, 720-509-1000.
The Colorado Wind Ensemble will be joined by members of the ThunderRidge High School Band (Highlands Ranch) in a concert called “Holiday Hues,” at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 9203 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Tickets: $16/$13/$6, coloradowindensemble.org, 303-394-4552.
‘This is Colorado’
The annual statewide juried exhibition presented by Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe County, “This is Colorado,” opens with a 5-7 p.m. reception Dec. 13 at Colorado Gallery for the Arts, Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Gallery director Trish Sangelo is juror this year. Admission is free. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; until 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Closed weekends and Dec. 24-Jan. 1.
Littleton Boulevard has a remarkable collection of Midcentury Modern commercial buildings that have merited a city-funded professional study in the past year by historians Diane Wray Tomasso and Michael Paglia. An effort will begin to list some especially notable structures on the Littleton and National Registers of Historic Buildings. Tomasso and Paglia will present their report and a video about the site to the Littleton City Council at its Dec. 11 study session, which starts at 6 p.m. Amy Fisher and Kim Field of the Littleton Historic Preservation Board (city council-appointed, quasi-judicial, monthly meetings) and Rick Cronenberger of Historic Littleton Inc. (membership organization) are on a committee to begin the recognition process. The study session is open to the public.
Benchmark Theatre’s Haley Johnson, of Centennial, announces production of “What You Will,” a new play by local playwright Jeffrey Neuman, which runs through Dec. 20 at Benchmark, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood (former home of Edge Theater). Performances: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: benchmarktheatre.com. Johnson suggests: “Take a break from holiday entertainment.” For adults.
The Stanton Gallery at Town Hall Arts Center hosts its Christmas Market through Dec. 26 at THAC, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and during performances of “Christmas Carol the Musical”). Depot Art Gallery in the old red Santa Fe Depot north of Buck Center offers shopping at “Holiday Express.” (We’d recommend Town Hall tickets — to this or future performances as a dandy holiday gift that’s super simple to wrap!)
History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver, announces a new major exhibit: “Written on the Land: Ute Voices, Ute History” which opens Dec. 8. It’s assembled with collaboration of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the Ute Mountain Indian Tribe and the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. The Utes are Colorado’s longest continuous residents, with a major role in Colorado culture. See historycolorado.org for information and ticket prices.
Museum director resigning
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver’s director Adam Lerner has announced his resignation as of June 2019, closing out a productive 10 years of getting the MCA up and running well. (A visit to this interesting institution would be a fine holiday outing for an individual or a family. Beautiful building — super-architect David Adjaye’s first in the U.S. — and colorful and stimulating exhibits. Tickets, information: mcadenver.org.
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