Plan your Summit County weekend: Ballet and film to close out Breckenridge Music Festival |

Plan your Summit County weekend: Ballet and film to close out Breckenridge Music Festival

Charlie Chaplin’s classic 1925 silent comedy, "The Gold Rush," is screened with live music, performed by the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra this Saturday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. A story of the race for gold and hope for a new life illuminates the four destinies of an adventurer, a dancer, an outlaw and a tramp in the great North. The event is co-presented with Breckenridge International Festival of Arts and will take place at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. For more information, visit
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The Breckenridge Music Festival welcomes guest conductor Jayce Ogren to lead the festival’s final orchestra program, Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush.”

On Saturday, Aug. 12, Ogren leads the orchestra again as BMF crosses into film with a live performance of the soundtrack to Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush” during a screening of the film. “The Gold Rush” tells the story of a race for gold and hope for a new life and illuminates the four destinies of an adventurer, a dancer, an outlaw and a tramp in the great North.

Prior to Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush,” there will be a free pre-concert lecture with local historian, Rick Hague at the Old Masonic Hall in Breckenridge at 6 p.m. Hague will provide a short background of the social, political and technological significance of various gold rushes in the 19th century.

Ogren has recently been named the new artistic director of orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia. He began the 2016-17 season leading concerts with the Utah Symphony, the Brevard Music Festival, the Colorado Symphony and conducting performances of Rufus Wainwright’s “Prima Donna” in Montreal — a work he premiered in New York and recorded for Deutsche Grammophone with the BBC Symphony. For more information, visit or call the Riverwalk Center Ticket Office at 970-547-3100.

Tacos and tequila and Tijerina, oh my!

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is inviting all tequila-drinkers and taco-lovers to the mountain village for a day of reveling. In Mountain Goat Plaza, there will be tequila tastings from five makers: Dulce Vida, Avion, Espolon, Altos and Tres Agaves. A-Basin’s new taco truck will be serving tacos all day to pair with each tequila drink. The Todd Tijerina Band will play live music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. His music is categorized as blues-rock, yet listeners can also hear jazz and funk influences in his song writing and playing. One can also detect a bit of southwestern blues flavor — unsurprisingly, as Tijerina has spent most of his musical career traveling around New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Arizona. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of. For more information, visit

An artistic takeover

This weekend marks the 11th annual Main Street to the Rockies Art Festival with two days of world-class works by 125 national and local artists. Downtown Frisco will be transformed into a living art gallery, with all artists present the entire weekend. Attendees are invited to engage the artists and discover their inspiration behind each work.

“You’re getting the artists themselves all weekend, all day,” said Elisabeth Dashiell, spokeswoman for the festival.

The festival is presented by Howard Alan Events and is one of the nation’s finest juried art shows. Artwork being showcased this year has been hand-selected by an independent panel consisting of expert judges from hundreds of applicants. There will be a vast array of art for viewing and for sale, including jewelry, collage, mixed-media, paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood and much more. The weekend is an entire experience of learning what motivates each artist and the story behind each piece.

Dashiell recommends attendees take their time slowly strolling down Main Street this weekend.

“Don’t be afraid to take your time. You will find something that will inspire you. You will see a new technique, even if you’re familiar to art festivals,” said Dashiell.

The public is invited to discover something new, and to take time doing so. Pets are welcome at the event, as long as they are on leashes. Parking is available around Main Street and there will be a complimentary shuttle as well. For more information on the festival, visit


This Saturday, Aug. 12, there will be a reception from 4-7 p.m. for two exhibitions that are running throughout the month of August at the Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge. “Wild and Free” is one of the exhibitions, and will feature the work of Judy Ostenaa, a member of the Summit County Arts Council. Her collection will feature oil paintings of wild animals and landscapes. The other exhibition features artwork from Continental Divide Land Trust’s “Wild About Colorado” art festival. Inspired by the majesty of Colorado mountains and fascinating wildlife, Ostenaa’s “Wild and Free” exhibit shows her expression of the unending beauty of nature and the unique personalities of our local wild animals. Ostenaa paints both indoors and outdoors and creates watercolor and oil paintings. For seven years she has studied with Pem Dunn, a landscapes artist based in Evergreen. This weekend’s reception is a free opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy appetizers and wine. For more information, visit

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