Daytime concerts expand in Lone Tree

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Lone Tree Arts Center experimented last season with offering modestly priced afternoon concerts for the growing number of seniors and retirees in the area. They were chamber music or jazz programs on the second Wednesday of each month and attendance increased from a couple dozen to a couple hundred as the season went on, according to marketing director Katie Maltais.

This year, they have expanded to 10 events, ranging from opera and classical to jazz and bluegrass, each at 1:30 p.m.

The first, “Opera on Tap,” is unfortunately past before press time — on Aug. 14 — but readers can mark calendars in advance for the rest.

• Sept. 11 — “Dez Rubano and the Jazz Drum,” a look at the evolution of percussion in the ever-changing world of jazz.

• Oct. 9 — International Masterworks for Violin and Piano with Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra musicians Elizabeth McKenna Greenberg and Kelly Zuercher.

• Nov. 6 — Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin bring Americana and Folk music: songs and stories from six years on the road.

• Dec. 11 — “Russian Souvenir.” Russian violin and piano pair, DuoClassica, debuts at LTAC with classic and contemporary Russian music.

• Jan. 9 — “Opera on Tap: Opera's Greatest Hits.” The most famous arias of all time—many will sound familiar.

• Feb. 19 — “Guitars and Strings:” Alex Stephens, Colorado Symphony musician and Metro State University professor, will be joined by classical guitarist Alex Kommodore of DU for chamber music.

• March 13 — TBA

• April 9 — “Jazz 101 with the Colorado Repertory Jazz Orchestra” will provide background and color with master musicians.

• May 14 — “String Quartet Favorites” will feature three works with host Betsy Schwarm to tell their histories.

If you go

Arts in the Afternoon concerts are at 1:30 p.m. at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Tickets cost $15 with a $3 service fee and include light refreshments with the musicians following concerts. 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org.