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Wake up your senses

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI

KEYSTONE – Looking for a weekend to perk up your body? Keystone offers sights, sounds and tastes to seduce your senses at its Wine, Jazz and Art Festival this weekend.If you like wine but don’t want to spend $80 and four hours (not including the time it takes to get spiffied up) at a wine-tasting dinner, Keystone offers sophisticated tastes in a casual, outdoor setting.While sipping award-winning wines, guests can soak up cool jazz with free performances from a sampling of the region’s best bands or peruse fine art.The seventh annual festival offers more than 300 award-winning wines from around the world, while culinary experts present food and wine pairing seminars.The weekend also features nationally-known jazz acts including Nelson Rangell, the Manuel Molina Latin Jazz Trio and Dotsero.Fine artists from Colorado and beyond present their pieces, and a silent auction benefits The Keystone Center, Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee, Art Institute of Colorado Culinary Arts Program, Lake Dillon Preschool and Early Learning Center and the Keystone Culinary Apprenticeship Program. Comedians Kevin Fitzgerald and Bryan Kellen kick off the weekend with Sushi, Sake and a Comedy Show (see related stories, pages B5 and B6).Saturday and Sunday, the fine art show begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 5:30 p.m. Food samples are available from noon to 5:30 p.m., and wine tasting and port and cigar availability runs from 1-5 p.m.”We’ve planned two full days at the Wine, Jazz and Art Festival this year,” said Elizabeth Tobias, special events manager for Keystone Resort. “Visitors won’t want to miss the incredible cooking classes and wine seminars that take place all weekend, the comedy performance on Friday night, or the Cowboy Junkies at the Park Lane Pavilion on Saturday evening.”Rangell, who performs at 4 p.m. Saturday, connects with the audience through themes he conveys in his rich and varied tones.”The audience identifies with the performer because it can feel something that is common,” Rangell said. “Music is a certain type of language. My music is put forward in a way I hope is positive and affirming.”Dotsero remains true to its name, which means “something unique,” at 4 p.m. Sunday.”We try to involve the audience as much as possible where they feel a part of the show -that they’re not just there to get bathed in sound, but to participate as well,” sax player Stephen Watts said. “Our goal is for our shows to be a total sensory experience.”Molina, a world-renowned band leader and guitar player, has performed in almost every major city in the world. He has entertained world dignitaries, including the minister of Israel, and various U.S. embassies.He was born in Peru and was the youngest person to conduct the Peruvian National Symphony at age 17. He moved to Colorado 24 years ago. “As soon as I play guitar, I sound Latin,” Molina said. He explained his music has an accent, much like his speaking accent.Admission to the festival including art viewing and main stage jazz performances is free. Wine tasting for one day is $25 per person and $40 for two people. For both days, the price is $40 per person or $70 for two people. The wine and culinary seminars are free for all tasting customers. Seating is limited and based on a first-come first-serve basis. Paid wine tasters can sign up at the Park Lane Pavilion on the day of the seminar. For those not purchasing wine tasting, seminars are $10 per seminar, per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (970) 496-4FUN.


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