Recently, supporters of the annual Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival were treated to a special concert performed by violinist Luke Fatora. Fatora is a 2009 graduate of Summit High School and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio. This performance to an audience of more than 40 at a local private home showcased Fatora’s skills and musical development over the year. He performed some of his own compositions, some “fiddling,” some Bach and other classical compositions.
The festival’s goal is to bring great music to all ages and to provide scholarship opportunities for local students planning or already studying music in college. Alpenglow has proudly supported Fatora as a four-year scholarship winner throughout his college years. In addition, the festival continues to award scholarships annually to a graduate of Summit High. This year’s recipient is Kristina Middlebrook, whose interests lie in jazz studies and music education.
DaVinci, Michelangelo side by side
The world premiere of “The DaVinci and Michelangelo Exhibition” on loan from the museum of Leonardo DaVinci in Florence, Italy, is now open at the Denver Pavilions in downtown Denver. The exhibition houses a side-by-side look at two of the most influential artists that helped shape and define the Italian Renaissance.
“We were always comparing Michelangelo and DaVinci, and to me, it seemed like a natural step to combine them to compare and contrast,” said Mark Rodgers, North American producer and curator of the exhibits. “When discussing the Italian Renaissance, you can’t talk about one without the other.”
DaVinci’s machines and masterpieces are on display and feature interactive exhibits in the categories of war, flying, nautical and hydraulic machines. Alongside sit the masterpieces of Michelangelo, divided into five themes consisting of sculptures cast from his original masterpieces, architecture, paintings, his life story and artist’s bottega.
For additional information about “The DaVinci and Michelangelo Exhibition,” including hours and ticket prices, visit www.davinciexhibitdenver.com.
Eisenhower documentary on PBS
Denver was the hometown of first lady Mamie Eisenhower and a frequent destination for visits by the Eisenhower family. A new documentary film tells the story of Eisenhower’s presidency and especially how he acted as commander-in-chief to protect the world from nuclear war. It will air at 8 p.m. Thursday on Rocky Mountain PBS.
“Eisenhower’s Secret War” provides insights into issues that are still in the headlines today: flashpoints in Asia and the Middle East; the overthrow of dictators and instability in emerging nations; new models of warfare and intelligence; a president trying to strike the right balance between restraint and use of power; and a war-weary public.
The film is the work of writer-producer George A. Colburn, the nation’s foremost documentarian of Eisenhower and his era. According to Colburn, Ike’s “secret war” was a matter of “covertly seeking peace, and he was often opposed by his military and diplomatic advisers, as well as our allies in the fight versus worldwide communism.”
For more information on the film, visit www.eisenhowerlegacy.com/eisenhowers-secret-war.
Local artist displaying photos in Denver
Photographer Todd Powell is exhibiting 12 Colorado springtime images at the historic Dos Chappell Bathhouse in Washington Park through June 26. The artist’s reception is Tuesday from 5-8 p.m., and Powell will unveil four new springtime images shot last week in the Independence, Cottonwood and Mclure pass areas. Meet Powell and learn about his work and tips for capturing the Colorado outdoors.
“Aspen trees are stunningly beautiful in the spring. I was on a mission to capture them last week,” Powell said. “It’s a tiny little window of magic.”
The Dos Chappell Bathhouse is next to Smith Lake and features a terrace overlooking the lake and gardens. It is located on the north side of the park at 600 S. Marion Parkway. For more information, call the Todd Powell Gallery in Frisco at (970) 668-2280 or go to http://toddpowell.com.
— Daily News staff reports