Hey Spike! reports on heavenly music
Len Rhodes is not your everyday church music director, that’s for sure.
Over at the Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon, Len has attendees staying in their pews until that last note is struck on the piano or the pipe organ. A round of applause always follows – not your usual religious thing.
An internationally accomplished musician and composer, the native of England has been away from Summit County quite a bit in recent weeks – for good reason.
Along with creator and director Randy Johnson, Laura and Michael Joplin, Jeff Jampol of Jampol Artist Management and the Portland (Ore.) Center Stage (PCS) staff, Len has been involved in the auditions in Los Angeles, New York, and Portland as they cast the world premiere of “One Night with Janis Joplin,” a new musical event celebrating the life of one of rock ‘n roll’s greatest legends, beginning May 24, in Portland.
“One Night” explores Joplin’s music, words, art and diverse influences, Len offers.
Janis Joplin, known for her bluesy-rock gravelly voice, was born in Port Arthur, Tex., on Jan. 19, 1943, and died at age 27, in Los Angeles, on Oct. 4, 1970. Way too soon.
Remember her “Mercedes Benz?”
She sang and played guitar with Big Brother and the Holding Company, and was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
“Playwright-director Randy Johnson’s unprecedented access to the Joplin Family archives has enabled him to give audiences a profound immersion in this blues-belting trailblazer’s world,” says Len.
“Packed with dynamic performances, including several legendary songs and other material the rock icon never formally recorded, this is Janis Joplin’s musical journey presented in a powerfully immediate form,” he adds.
Len is both music arranger and music director for this event.
“PCS is partnered with the estate of Janis Joplin to present this unique theatrical experience,” he adds.
The show will run through June 26 on PCS’ Main Stage.
After Easter Len will return to Portland to start rehearsals.
Len and wife Sandy have a home on Ptarmigan Mountain.
It’s always nice to ski with a fast petite lady who knows the terrain:
Like Terri Sue Golden, who worked at Copper Mountain Resort in the early ’80s, from the first year Union Creek opened and then for several years.
An accomplished skier, Terri says: “I’ve skied Copper since in opened back in the early ’70s – I know the mountain like the back of my hand.”
“I taught elementary physical education in Jefferson County from 1978-2005, and finally moved from Denver here to Summit about three years ago to live full-time, although I’ve been coming here all my life,” explains Terri. “I’ve been here part-time since 1996.”
A native Denverite, Terri graduated from George Washington High School and then Colorado State University.
Now she works at Mike and Margaret Smith’s Dillon Ridge Liquors.
“Yep, I was hired in June 2009 and love working part-time there. The employees are the best around, and DRL has been the locals’ favorite for years,” she notes.
Terri also volunteers at A-Basin in media and marketing.
Spotted out and about recently: Harold Rosen and daughter Rickie, Randy Heller, Nancy Woelfel, Frank Walter, Todd and Tracy Powell, John Schurr, Jay and Sally Brossman, Ellen and Chris Christman of Book by Owner; Norm Ringhand, Hoosiers Jim and Pam Steinberger, coiffeur stylist Mary Faber, Carol Ihlenfeld, Marie Zdechlik, Kurt Morscher, Roberta McCrerey, Dr. John “His Honor” Warner, Tom Cassidy, Dr. Doug Stein of Florida vasectomy fame; Rosemary and Joe Grove, Phyl and Roger Wegner, and Loveland Ski Area marketing assistant lovely Carly Knutson.
Tax legal counsel Tony Mello has joined the law offices of Dave Helmer and Monica McElyea.
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982.
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