Summit County weekend roundup: Splitting hairs on language for a fun weekend |

Summit County weekend roundup: Splitting hairs on language for a fun weekend

Playing the part of the evil mayor, Megan VanDeHey and her henchmen perform Sunday during a perview of a few select scenes from "Toxic Avenger-The Musical." The play is showing on select days now to March 18.
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Violist Matthew Dane and pianist David Korevaar will play a piece this weekend in Summit County that has never before been heard by a listening audience, but don’t call it “the premiere.”

That’s because the premiere will come at a later date, in another performance, Dane explained during a recent interview regarding the viola-piano duo’s 4 p.m. recital Sunday at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. Instead, think of it as a preview.

OK, sure. We won’t split hairs on the language here, even though a dictionary might, but the plain and simple of it is a Summit audience has the opportunity this weekend to savor something brand-new, a composition that’s going to be in front of the public for the very first time. Call it a premiere, call it a preview, call it whatever you want to call it — a thesaurus also suggests “debut” — but being the first to experience something new, that’s something special.

In just a few short weeks, I’ve come to learn Summit County has a wealth of opportunities for the most refined tastes in music. These aren’t the jam bands or the grungy dive-bar groups, but rather, the compositions you might find on public radio’s classical stations, performed live by accomplished musicians with impressive resumes in small, cozy settings.

The timing of the performances is nice. At 4 p.m. Sunday, it’s easily late enough to sleep in but early enough that it wraps up well before anyone’s bedtime. It’s quality in good quantity, and Summit Music and Arts puts on a fair number of these shows. It’s certainly one to check out this weekend.

For more on the local nonprofit group’s many programs, go to

Here are a few other weekend offerings I’m keeping an eye on.

‘Take it to the Limit’

If classical music isn’t your thing, there’s a wealth of other performances this weekend, including a benefit show by an Eagles tribute band Saturday in Breckenridge. Imagine jamming out to “Desperado,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Take it to the Limit” and, of course, the band’s signature riff “Hotel California,” all while supporting a cause that helps families through some of their most difficult times — the pending death of loved one — with a week of respite and peace together in the Rocky Mountains.

One of the most interesting tidbits about the nonprofit responsible for all this, Domus Pacis, is that they put these families up for a week with free housing, food and activities for roughly $1,500 in expenses per family, which is considerably less than other charities like the Make A Wish Foundation, according to its founders.

There are many ways to help Domus Pacis, and attending the tribute concert is just one of them. Find them at

Get Toxic

If you haven’t caught the toxicity it yet, there is still time because “Toxic Avenger-The Musical” shows on select dates through March 18. The production is put on by Breckenridge Backstage Theatre with shows at 7:30 p.m. in Breckenridge. For more info or tickets, go to

Kids, go crazy

The beginning of March traditionally marks the beginning of the spring skiing season, and Keystone kicks off a week of child-friendly programing Sunday with its Kidtopia Experience. There’s lots to do — ice cream parties, sing-alongs, parades and more — with the biggest parties next weekend. Even better, children 12 and under ski free with a two-night stay at the resort. For more info, go to

Special Olympics

Copper Mountain Resort opens its heart and slopes Sunday to some amazing competitors when it becomes the site for the Colorado Special Olympics Winter Games. The resort is encouraging people to come out and support the athletes as they compete in events from alpine and cross-country skiing to snowshoeing and snowboarding. It’s scheduled to go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there will be some terrain closures.

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