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Holiday Happenings Around DU


Nov. 21 marks the official end of the fall quarter for the University of Denver, but campus won’t be completely empty. Three varsity teams have games, and the Newman Center for the Performing Arts will be abuzz with holiday concerts by national and local performers from ballet to brass bands.


Men’s Basketball: Cheer on the men’s basketball team as it takes on Wyoming on Nov. 29; Air Force on Dec. 2; San Jose State on Dec. 5; USC Upstate on Dec. 9 and Colorado Mesa on Dec. 28.

Women’s Basketball: Rally behind the DU ladies as they take on Colorado State on Nov. 30 and Northern Arizona on Dec. 3.

Hockey: The men’s hockey team plays in-state rival Colorado College at home on Dec. 8, with a Dec. 9 game in Colorado Springs. The Pioneers also play winter-break games against Dartmouth (Dec. 15-16), Merrimack (Dec. 29) and Air Force (Dec. 30).


Belliston Ballet: The “premier Denver dance academy” will perform Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 24, 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 25 and 1 p.m. Nov. 26.

International Youth Ballet: More than 100 talented young dancers from the Denver-based youth ballet company will present their production of “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Young Voices of Colorado: The Denver-based Children’s Chorale — featuring 180 singers, ages 7–18 — performs its winter concert, “Jingle All the Way,” at 4 p.m. Dec. 3.

Lorie Line: The Minneapolis-based classical/pop pianist presents her holiday show “King of Kings” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

Spanish Harlem Jazz Orchestra: The hard-driving salsa band, featuring 13 instrumentalists and singers, performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 as part of the Newman Center Presents concert series.

Sound of the Rockies: The 100-plus-voice men’s a cappella chorus — a five-time repeat medalist in the Barbershop Harmony Society’s annual chorus competition — performs its holiday concert, “A Year Without Santa Claus,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9.

Moth Poetic Circus: The Denver-based circus arts and aerial training center presents “The Nutcracker Circus: A Winter’s Dream” — a high-flying take on the classic ballet featuring acrobats, jugglers and aerialists — at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9.

Annual Carillon Holiday Recital: Across campus from the Newman Center, DU carillonneur Carol Jickling Lens will perform her annual free holiday concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Williams Carillon at the Ritchie Center, 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd. A video camera will show how the carillon is played, and a reception follows the concert.

Windham Hill – Winter Solstice: The Newman Center Presents series’ annual holiday show features original and traditional acoustic holiday songs from guitarist Will Ackerman, founder of the Windham Hill record label, along with singer, fiddler, pianist, and songwriter Barbara Higbie and guitarist and composer Alex de Grassi. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12.

Denver Brass: The 14-member horn group — one of just a few professional large brass ensembles in the world — presents its holiday show, “Once Upon a Christmas,” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17.

Irish Dance Theatre: The local company presents “A Celtic Christmas Celebration” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18.

Denver Ballet Theatre: Students from the local dance company offer up their version of “The Nutcracker” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23.

Redwave Connections: A local company that puts on performances for Denver’s Russian and European communities offers “New Year’s Adventures: From Story to Story,” a children’s musical performance in Russian featuring stories with Christmas and New Year’s themes, at 7 p.m. Jan. 3.

Whiffenpoofs of Yale: In what has become a post-holiday tradition, the venerable male a cappella group performs songs from its varied repertoire at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6.

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