It will be a classic night in Boulder when supernova violinist Midori, who has performed with the likes of the New York Philharmonic, and the London and Chicago symphonies, joins the Boulder Philharmonic at Macky Auditorium Nov. 4 for “Midori Plays Sibelius.” The concert will begin with Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun’s Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds, followed by Midori’s performance of Sibelius’s Violin Concert, and will end with Brahms’s Symphony No. 3.
Live dance and piano virtuosity: That’s what you’ll get in Aspen Sante Fe Ballet—An Evening With Joyce Yang, Nov. 10-11 at June Swaner Gates Concert Hall in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. This collaboration between renowned contemporary choreographer Jorma Elo of the Boston Ballet and Grammy-nominated classical pianist Joyce Yang is a new ballet put to the music of Robert Schumann’s Carnaval, a set of 21 short solo piano pieces that represent the revelers at the pre-Lenten Carnaval.
If you love The Nutcracker as a holiday tradition but don’t think your little ones can sit through the entire two-act Tchaikovsky ballet, this is for you: Watch Clara’s dreamy adventures (including such famous characters as the Rat King, the Snow Queen, and, of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy) as the Sangre De Cristo Ballet performs the shortened, kid-friendly Nutcracker in a Nutshell on Nov. 17, part of the Children’s Playhouse Series at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo. sdc-arts.org
Raise your cultural IQ at Denver Arts Week, a nine-day celebration of art galleries, theaters, concert halls, and museums, Nov. 2–10. Start with a First Friday Art Walk on Nov. 3; visit 12 of Denver’s top museums (from DAM to the Museum of Nature and Science) free on the night of Nov. 4; enjoy the 41st annual Denver Film Festival, Nov. 1–12; see dance performances, from the world’s biggest hip-hop dance festival to A Taste of Flamenco; watch holiday fare like A Christmas Carol. There’s something for everyone.