In the spirit of collaboration, several arts organizations will join forces at 7 tonight at Warren Station in Keystone to deliver a joint show for Fall for the Arts, a countywide arts celebration taking place this weekend.
Participating groups include the Summit Community Orchestra, students from this summer's Scale the Summit Chamber Music Camp, the CO.motion Dancers from Summit School of Dance, Summit Choral Society and The Art Gallery at Keystone Lake.
"Attendees will enjoy the variety of the presentation since it provides vocal, instrumental and visual art all in one location and there will be a great stylistic variety in the works," said Erika Krainz, former Summit Community Orchestra co-president, who is now active on the board.
The orchestra, in conjunction with Chas Wetherbee of the Dercum Center, sponsors the annual music camp for elementary to high school-age students, who are encouraged to play with the orchestra as they mature. Tonight, the local camp graduates will bring back their culminating rendition of "Pirates of the Caribbean" performed live with musicians from the orchestra.
The CO.motion Dancers will perform four dances, choreographed by director Mandy Sherar, from last season's competition circuit in Denver. Several were awarded gold medals, with a platinum going to 'Secrets,' said Melanie Frey, director of Summit School of Dance. The junior troupe will perform "On the Good Ship Lollipop" and "Jailhouse Rock" from the Backstage Theatre's Labor Day production. The dancers train and rehearse 4-10 hours per week, Frey said, in styles ranging from jazz, contemporary, tap, ballet and modern to hip-hop. Dancers range in age from 6-18 in two divisions.
Tonight's event kicks off with a show by The Art Gallery at Keystone Lake, a co-op of local artists. Between dance acts, the ensemble will play two movements from Haydn's String Quartet in G major, and the Summit Choral Society will perform Broadway selections and a medley from "Chicken Little."
"You need to collaborate to reach more people," said Janet Harriman, past co-president (with Krainz) and current board member of the orchestra. "But it's also fun. The performing arts is a collaboration of music (both singing and instrumental), dance and theater. It is only natural that we all perform together for Fall for the Arts."
The orchestra and chorus have collaborated on holiday performances since the late 1990s, and the orchestra has collaborated with the dance company in the past decade to produce "The Nutcracker," but this event is the first time that all three have had the opportunity to share a venue, Krainz said. "Summit County has such a depth and wealth of talent but many residents and visitors have no idea what types of performance opportunities are available in the area," she said. "Fall for the Arts is an opportunity for guests and residents to experience performances by all the different organizations."
In addition to tonight's concert, Fall for the Arts festivalgoers can find a schedule of events in the Summit Daily News all weekend or visit www.fallforthearts.org. Arts events over the weekend range from classical to popular music, book and history talks, theater workshops and productions, art openings and classes, free museum visits and tours to kids' activities. Events take place in Dillon, Silverthorne, Frisco, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin.