Sonya's Sampler

Fleming stars in “Rusalka”

Renee Fleming will sing in the Metropolitan Opera Live Broadcast on Feb. 8 in Rusalka.” The role is a signature one for her as she auditioned with the aria “Song to the Moon” 25 years ago and has performed it many times since. Courtesy photo
By Sonya Ellingboe

The Metropolitan Opera live broadcast of Dvorak's “Rusalka” on Feb. 8 will feature Renee Fleming singing what has become a signature role for her. The story of a water sprite's tragic romance with a human prince is based on several folktales, including Hans Christian Anderson's “Little Mermaid.” Theaters include: AMC Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock 12; Greenwood Plaza, Bel Mar. Some theaters will have a repeat performance at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Check with specific theaters for time for Feb. 8.

Made in America

The Arapahoe Philharmonic's Feb. 7 concert at 7:30 p.m. will be “Made in America,” including American Country Folk with the Trailriders; Gershwin's “An American in Paris;” Aaron Copland's “Appalachian Spring” and Leonard Bernstein's “Overture to Candide.” Devin Patrick Hughes is conductor. Venue: Mission Hills Church, 620 South Park Dr., Littleton. Tickets: $25/$20/$5, 303-781-1892 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. M-F.)

Some enchanted evening…

“South Pacific in Concert” will be presented Feb. 12 to 16 at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree, starring Thaddeus Valdez as Emile DeBecque; Lauren Shealy as Nellie Forbush; Randy St. Pierre as Lt. Cable, Paul Dwyer as Billis. Wendell Vaughn is music director. The concert version was originally adapted by David Ives for a Carnegie Hall benefit in 2006. Performances: 1:30 p.m. Feb. 12 ($25); 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 16 ($42-$58); 7:30 p.m. Feb 12, 13; 8 p.m. Feb. 14, 15 ($42-$58).  Call 720-509-1000 or buy online, Tickets are subject to a $3 fee.

Classical Music Meets Architecture

Forty-two Colorado Symphony musicians will perform from classic symphonies by Beethoven, Handel, Haydn, Schuman and Mozart. Denver architect Dennis Humphries and conductor Scott O'Neil will comment on classic architecture in a multi-media performance at 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Tickets: $36-$48 plus a $3 service fee, call 720-509-1000 or visit

Family concerts

Swallow Hill Music begins a family concert series: Station Wagon Sessions, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 1, Mar. 2, Apr. 6, May 4 at 3 p.m. at Swallow Hill Music Association, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver. Activities by The Children's Museum and The Butterfly Pavilion. Prices vary ($5-$20), 303-777-1003, ext. 2; First program is by Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players.

Great Backyard Bird Count

Families are invited to the Audubon Nature Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 15 to learn how to identify and count birds. The event is part of the 17 Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs from Feb. 14 to 17. The center is on Waterton Road, off Wadsworth Boulevard at the south end of Chatfield State Park. There will be crafts for kids and a scavenger hunt, as well as instructions on creating a healthy bird habitat in your backyard. More than 100 countries are participating in the count at present, reporting results to the Cornell University Ornithology Department (find instructions online). This effort by citizen scientists helps professional scientists keep track of bird populations, which are changing habits and habitats due to global warming. The event is free, although donations are welcome. For information call 303-973-9530 or visit