Fresh City Life has gathered some of the most exciting musicians and singers together for our final special concerts this year. Each of these events is scheduled at a special time and will mark the finish of our 2015 season of public events. Enjoy these spectacular and free concerts – our gift to you.
Hark! How the Bells: Holiday Bell Choir Concert
Friday, November 27, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Central Library, Schlessman Hall, Level 1
Returning for an encore performance, the Castle Rock Community Ringers make incredible music using only the classic choir bells – and these musicians know how to create a joyful noise! The well-regarded Castle Rock Community Ringers will show us how to ‘throw cares away’ with their thoughtful blend of holiday and secular songs all created with perfectly pitched handbells.
Planina: Songs of Eastern Europe
Saturday, December 5, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Central Library, Schlessman Hall, Level 1
This exciting group of musicians and singers hails from the Denver-Boulder area, but they all have metaphoric roots in Eastern Europe. Planina performs haunting and rousing music from the region, including songs from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Lithuania, Turkey and Ukraine, and the Sephardic and Rom (Gypsy) traditions from some of those areas. Though mostly not eastern European by heritage, the members share a fascination with the penetrating harmonies, asymmetric rhythms and challenging vocal techniques of this region. They have been sharing their delight in this music with Colorado audiences since 1988.
Weekend Music Series
Renaissance Lute and Guitar with Peter Schimpf
Saturday, November 28, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Schlessman Hall, Level 1
Playing a variety of pieces from the 16th and early 17th centuries on a variety of historical instruments, including the four-course Renaissance guitar, seven-course Renaissance lute, and the 14-string theorbo, no one conjures the sound of Shakespeare’s world like talented musician, Peter Schimpf. His repertoire includes intricate and lively pieces from England, France, and Italy between the years 1500 and 1640.
Magical Musical Tour with Sandra Wong and Steve Mullins
Saturday, December 12, 2-3 p.m. Central Library,
Schlessman Hall, Level 1
Take a multi-instrumental musical tour of the Mediterranean, the Balkan Peninsula, Ireland, and Northern Europe. Sandra Wong and Steve Mullins highlight traditional and original compositions featuring the Spanish flamenco guitar, Swedish nykleharpa, Bulgarian tambura, violin, mandolin, and banjola. Steve is a music professor at CU Boulder and principal guitarist for Flamenco Denver. Sandra is a virtuoso violinist and nykleharpist. Together they create musical magic!
Baroque Gems with Lorian Bartle
Saturday, December 19, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Schlessman Hall, Level 1
Guitarist and vocalist Lorian Bartle will feature a mix of traditional and classical favorites to celebrate the winter holiday season. Songs from the French- and German-speaking world, Baroque gems, and classical guitar arrangements of beloved holiday songs will be showcased in this hour-long performance.
Paris Holiday: Jeff Hooton and Rex Spease
Saturday, December 26, 2-3 p.m. Central Library,
Schlessman Hall, Level 1
Two local musicians, Jeff Hooton and Rex Spease, have come together to channel music that evokes a Paris street, wet with December rain, chilly yet happy with the bustle of shoppers; cafes full of beautiful people watching the world go by; and 1930s night clubs celebrating the time before the war. Jeff and Rex specialize in being multi-instrumental, so their concert includes music on accordion, flute, clarinet and saxophone. Vive la France!
Events and social occasions that encourage all of us to get out amongst’em. Come and enjoy great people, opportunities to be involved, and the seriousness of frivolity.
Madame Defarge’s Knitting Salon
Freestyle Knitting, every Monday, 5-7:30 p.m. Central Library, Fresh City Lounge, Level 1 No Registration Required
Every Monday evening the Fresh City Lounge is open for freestyle stitchers to come in and enjoy the company of other knitters.
Curious Classes: Beginning Knitting and Crochet
Every Monday, 5-7:30 p.m. Central Library, Fresh City Lounge, Level 1 No Registration Required
Every Monday night, we'll accept walk-in students who'd like to learn how to knit or crochet. Our teacher will host up to six beginning students in either discipline, first-come, first-served. No materials or tools or registration needed for this introductory workshop and students are welcome to return on successive Monday nights until they are 'freestyling,' too!
Log Cabin Afghan Knit Along Workshop
Every Monday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Central Library, Fresh City Lounge, Level 1 No Registration Required
This yearlong Madame Defarge Knit Along can be started anytime – just drop in on Monday night to pick up the pattern and get some coaching from our resident expert, Janny Potter. Janny teaches the basics of an afghan pattern that resembles traditional quilted squares. As you finish squares, she will help you put them together with professional finishing techniques.
Unwind: Fridays in the Fresh City Lounge
Fridays, September-December, Noon-2 p.m. Central Library, Fresh City Lounge, Level 1 No Registration Required
Talented knitting and crochet instructor Margaret Williams is taking charge of our Friday lunchtime knitting circle. She’ll be offering patterns for several blankets that can be made for baby gifts, or with a little adjustment, into lap afghans. Seriously chic patterns, great yarns and a fun, relaxing way to spend your Friday lunch hour. Work on a new blanket pattern or bring your own project to work on! Get out of your cubicle jungle, grab some lunch and hang out in the Fresh City Lounge.
Photo by Altadena Green
Into the Woods: Knitted Tablescapes
Mondays, November 9, 16, 23, & 30,
5:30-7:30 p.m. Central Library, Fresh City Lounge, Level 1 Registration Closed
Go into the woods with these charming, knitted pine trees – perfect for a fall or winter tablescape or lovely on a mantle for the holidays. We’ll provide the real wood trunks for you and all the instruction you will need to knit yourself an adorable miniature forest. Materials list will be provided with registration confirmation. And for our last night of Madame Defarge for the year, we’ll be showing the film Into the Woods on our ‘big screen’ in the lounge – Monday, 11/30. Registration is closed.
Need more information about a Fresh City Life event? Call 720-865-1206.
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