PACE Center rolls out slate of family holiday fare


Parker's PACE Center has announced a holiday season of goodies to attract the family — with music, art and a chance to find special gifts for those on your list.

• The eclectic quintet Sybarite 5 will perform its concert repertoire, ranging from Radiohead to Brubeck — with Piazolla perhaps in the middle — at 4 p.m. Nov. 24. $20.

• The internationally known “Leahy Family Christmas” will deck the halls at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29, featuring the eight musical Canadians in fiddle-playing, step-dancing, song-singing — a spirited Celtic Christmas show. Tickets start at $40.

• The Colorado Symphony brings its popular “Drums of the World” production at 2 p.m. Nov. 20. It explores the myriad forms of percussion: bongo, marimba, bass drums, log drums, boo-bams, Chinese cymbals, metal trash cans, darabukkas, talking drums, plastic pipe, acoustic guitar, toy trumpet, table spoons, burma gongs, water can, crow call, tambourine, gankogui and sleigh bells. Tickets start at $20.

• The Parker Symphony orchestra and Parker Chorale join forces at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 7 for “A Classic Parker Holiday.” Included in the orchestra's program: Rimsky-Korsakov's “Snow Maiden Suite”; “The Eighth Candle” by Steve Reisteter; “Skater's Waltz” by Waldsteufel; and Leroy Anderson's popular “Sleigh Ride.” Tickets start at $20.

• “The Nutcracker of Parker,” presented Dec. 19-22 by Colorado School of Dance, includes local and professional dancers, with professional backdrops and sets. Show times are 2 and 7 p.m.

• Nature's Patterns,” an exhibit of works by the very active Parker Artists Guild, opens with a 6 p.m. reception on Nov. 22 and continues through Jan. 3 in the gallery. Visit before and during performances — or as a special expedition. Original art is a very special gift.

• On Dec. 6 and 7, the Old Town Parker Holiday Art Market will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7, the Parker Youth Ballet will perform “12 Days of Christmas and there will be complimentary carriage rides on Mainstreet on Saturday evenings. (Parker is one of eight Emerging Creative Districts designated by the State of Colorado)

• Finally, celebrate “New Year's Eve, Motown Style” on Dec. 31, with cocktails, appetizers, music and a silent auction, which will include a painting by Pam Hostetler, a founder of the Parker Art Guild. $100 a person. (Sold out last year.)

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