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Arts and Entertainment news in Summit County

Spectacular Hindu temples, large Christian churches and beautiful countryside highlighted Barbara and Ernie Werren’s second trip to India last fall: Now you can enjoy their slides and talk about the “Soul of India” at the next Friends of the Summit County Library travel series at 7 p.m. today in the Blue River Room of the North Branch Library, 651 Center Circle in Silverthorne.The Werren’s most recent trip took them to the Southern India states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. The focus was on the culture and religion of the area. “We learned so much about the lifestyle of the beautiful people of these areas,” said Werren. “India is a country of contrasts – urban and rural, rich and poor -but the people we met everywhere were friendly and welcoming, and our guides further helped us understand the culture. We mostly traveled by bus, so we got to see a lot of the countryside.I think it’s interesting that probably half of the people we talk to say they would never go to India, that it’s too crowded or too poor, but I think it’s the most exotic and colorful place we’ve ever been, and we would go back again. Good food too, although some is a bit spicy for me,” added Werren.The slideshow is free, but donations are appreciated and help the Friends of the Libraries purchase books and other supplies. For more information, call (970) 468-5887.

The 2011 Breckenridge Music Festival/Applause! Gala has been announced. “Rockin’ In the Rockies,” a rock ‘n’ roll theme party, will be held Friday, July 29, at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge. The evening of silent and live auctions, dining, and dancing to music spun by a hip DJ will be the coolest event of the season! Funds raised by the gala help support the many concerts and educational programs of the Breckenridge Music Festival throughout the year. Shake out your prom dresses, poodle skirts, letter sweaters, and black leather jackets and save July 29 to rock around the clock! For more information on the event, contact the BMF office at (970) 453-9142 or go to

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO), on Feb. 1, announced the appointment of Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra’s concertmaster Nathan Olson as co-concertmaster of the orchestra with concertmaster Alexander Kerr, effective Sept. 1. This is the first time in DSO history that the orchestra has had both a concertmaster and co-concertmaster.Olson, 24, holds the title of concertmaster of the Breckenridge Music Festival and the Canton Symphony. He is a graduate of the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music’s Concertmaster Academy, where he studied with Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster William Preucil. Olson served as the DSO’s guest concertmaster this past October, working under Maestro Jaap Van Zweden in acclaimed performances of Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony. He has also served as guest concertmaster with the Toronto, Omaha and Tucson Symphonies and is a substitute violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra.”Nathan Olson is a young and very gifted violinist, who will develop enormously together with our orchestra, and who will give a youthful dynamic to our music making,” said Van Zweden.As co-concertmaster, Olson will sit next to the concertmaster when Kerr is performing with the Dallas Symphony. When Kerr is not performing, Olson will fill the concertmaster chair. Kerr and Olson will perform together in Dallas for the first time on Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, March 24-26.Olson will be joining the Breckenridge Music Festival in the summer of 2011 for his fourth season as concertmaster. He will be featured performing the Mozart Violin Concert No. 3 for BMF’s opening Orchestral Series performance on July 21 and will be performing the Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major with the acclaimed pianist Robin Southerland on Aug. 9.The Breckenridge Music Festival summer season opens on July 19 and runs through Aug. 20. For ticket information, call (970) 453-9142 or visit

The Backstage Theatre’s Third Annual Backstage Bash is coming April 1. The topsy-turvy celebration features Wendy Moore directing a collection of community celebrities in an over-the-top night of variety and nonstop fun. Look for details to come at

Vail gets hit with a spicy taste of New-Orleans-style fun when CarniVail returns to town March 6-11. Guests will enjoy a week’s worth of Mardi Gras merriment and all the Cajun fixin’s from a crawfish boil to the Fat Tuesday Parade, complete with plenty of beads! CarniVail kicks off Sunday, March 6 on Vail Mountain with the World’s Highest Low-Country Crawfish Boil at Eagle’s Nest from noon to 2:30 p.m. The annual Crawfish Boil will feature Cajun and Creole cuisine like crawfish etouffee, gumbo, king cake and specialty drinks from Grand Marnier. The celebration is also set to include live music from Jonny Mogambo, plenty of complimentary Mardi Gras beads and expos from event sponsors like Muscle Milk, Maui Jim and Rockstar.The CarniVail celebration continues at on Tuesday, March 8 in Vail Village with the legendary Fat Tuesday Parade and Bud Light Street Party. The Fat Tuesday Parade, traveling from East Meadow Drive near Vail Road to Seibert Circle in Vail Village, will get going promptly at 4 p.m. and will conclude with the official crowning of the CarniVail King and Queen and the announcement of the float competition winners. New Orleans-influenced jam-band Frogs Gone Fishin’ will perform at Checkpoint Charlie following the parade.Registration is now open for parade floats, and those interested in participating can get the registration form at or by contacting Kelly Paton at Highline Sports & Entertainment at (970) 476-6797 x111. To close out the week of CarniVail festivities, Mardi Gras favorites Buckwheat Zydeco will perform a free, outdoor concert presented by Grand Marnier at Solaris in Vail Village on Friday, March 11. Hailing from Lafayette, La., and led by musical legend Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr., Buckwheat Zydeco is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana zydeco music. The gates for this Creole dance party open at 6 p.m.For more information on CarniVail, visit

International speaker Richard Reaney of New Zealand will present “In the Footsteps of Shackleton,” the story of Shackleton’s amazing journey to rescue his crew. Reaney has participated in many polar expeditions including the 100 year commemorative Antarctic Expedition to Antarctica with Sir Edmund Hilary and Sir Vivian Fuchs. He has been a guest lecturer at the NY Natural History Museum and Visiting Scholar at Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge. Sir Ernest Shackleton was one of a number of Polar explorers during the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration following the successs of Roald Amundsen (Norwegian) in reaching the South Pole in 1911. Shackleton decided that the next great Antarctic adventure would be to cross the Antarctic continent via the South Pole. He began his journey in 1914, but early in 1915 his ship became trapped in ice and eventually sank. Shackleton managed to get his men safely to a remote island while he sailed in a tiny open boat 800 miles across the South Ocean to get help. He reached the island of South Georgia where there were whaling stations, but landed on the wrong side of the island and had to climb over the mountains to reach them. This presentation is the story of this amazing journey. The presentation will take place from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, March 3 in the Finkel Auditorium at the campus in Breckenridge. Tickets are $10 at the door; students are free. For questions, contact Debbie Devine at (970) 453-6757.

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