Peter Oundjian will be the next principal conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, following a career of conducting around the world after decades as a solo violonist. He will take a leading role in planning the orchestra’s season, reimagining the traditional symphonic model, including six Classics performances. He has been a visiting professor at Yale University since 1981 and spent 14 years as first violinist of the famous Tokyo String Quartet. Ticket information: coloradosymphony.org.
Student art show
Littleton High School art students, seniors and baccalaureate, will curate, hang and stage a special exhibit at the Depot Art Gallery on March 1 to 13 as part of the baccalaureate graduation requirement. A public reception is planned from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 10. The Depot Art Gallery, at 2069 W. Powers Ave. in Littleton, is close to LHS and welcomes the work by young artists as community involvement for Littleton Fine Arts Guild members, while students get a glimpse of their future as artists.
Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, presents Nelson S. Bond’s adaptation of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” in rotation with “The Liar” and “Stick Fly,” through May 19, performed by the center’s talented 11-member Repertory Theatre Company. See arvadacenter.org for ticket information. (“Stick Fly” opens March 18.)
The yellow-tiled Kirkland Museum, 1201 Bannock St., Denver, begins a series of lectures about Frank Lloyd Wright, in conjunction with a Kirkland exhibit, on 6:30 p.m. March 3 in the Sharp Auditorium at the Denver Art Museum. Dr. Jack Quinan of Boulder will speak. He is a curator emeritus at the Wright-designed Martin House. Two windows from that house have been exhibited at the Kirkland and will be returned. Member tickets, $25; general public, $35. kirklandmuseum.org, 303-832-8576, ext 201.
“Egypt: Time of the Pharaohs” opens at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, on Feb. 25. Great museum introduction for kids, although I no longer recall where that Egypt unit falls in the curriculum. This museum does a fine job of exhibitions that work for young and older … Pharaohs, Sacred Spaces, Personal Adornment and more. dmns.org/egypt, 303-370-6000.
“National Geographic LIVE: Secrets of Whales with Brian Skerry” will be at the Newman Center at 7:30 p.m. on April 5. Tickets: $34 plus service fees. 303-871-7720, newmancenterpresents.com.
New classes listed
Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant St., Denver, lists new classes. See asld.org.
In-person and Zoom information for a March 12 Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society event: Janet Rupert, president, Pennsylvania Chapter, will walk members through research on acquisition of land from Pennsylvania proprietors or the commonwealth/state at 1 p.m. In person: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 8545 E. Dry Creek Road, Centennial. ColumbineGenealogy.com. Guests who want to attend by Zoom should request a Zoom link by sending an email at least 24 hours ahead to ColumbineGenealogy@gmail.com.
Denver Art Museum will present “Age of Armor: Treasures from the Higgins Collection at the Worcester Art Museum” from May 15 to Sept. 22. More info to come. denverartmuseum.org.
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