Symphony in the Valley, Danse Arts Theatre Company join for first-ever concert together |

Symphony in the Valley, Danse Arts Theatre Company join for first-ever concert together

Symphony in the Valley and Glenwood Dance Academy’s Danse Arts Theatre Company will be “Dancing into Christmas” with the upcoming holiday performance and student Senior Concertos.The performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium.The Danse Arts Theatre Company will join the symphony to perform “White Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and excerpts from “The Nutcracker.” Michelangelo Canale, founder and director of the Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy in Alaska, will be featured.Three seniors in the orchestra will perform the student Senior Concertos. Although music has now changed their lives, at least one of the four “didn’t know anything about music when I started,” said Sean Warnecke, 18, of Aspen High School.Warnecke said he will “definitely keep pursuing musical studies through college. Playing the viola has opened a high multitude of things I got interested in, such as music theory and composition.”He will play “Trauermusik” by Paul Hindemith, which he believes will show the viola’s qualities.”It has a lower register and sounds way richer, but with the same capabilities as the violin,” he said.Kory Riskey, 18, of Eagle, is also a newcomer to music, playing the violin for 2 1/2 years. But, her love of music comes through her family, especially her grandparents, who had a polka band in California. Home schooled, Kory spends her free time writing poetry and fiction. She hopes to attend Pensacola Christian College in Florida. For the concert, she will play “Violin Concerto in E Minor,” Andante movement, by Felix Mendelssohn.Nathan Work, of Snowmass Village, has always heard and played music with his musical family.”We had a string quartet for awhile with my sister Victoria on the viola, Dad (Horace) on the violin and brother Yale on the cello,” Work said. “Mom accompanied on the piano.”Work, who has been playing the violin since he was nine, will perform Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins” with his teacher, Heidi Curatolo, of Aspen.At Aspen High School, he is also working for his international baccalaureate, an advanced degree program set up by the United Nations for high schoolers. Along with music, Work enjoys skiing and playing varsity tennis.Tickets for “Dancing into Christmas” are available at the door, and are $10 for adults; $5 for youth (3-18); $25 per family $25; and $8 for seniors (70 and older).

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