The annual "Wintersong" concert, started in 2000 by the nonprofit Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble, is Friday and Saturday at Grace & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. It features Medieval and modern music, storytelling and poetry. The performance is free, but reservations are required.
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Nashville-based R&B, folk and roots singer songwriter Kyshona will perform Sunday in a free concert at Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College. An Evening with Kyshona will feature her playing guitar and doing three-part harmonies with singers Maureen Murphy and Nickie Conley. Expect her South Carolina and gospel quartet roots to shine through.
The free What If… Festival of Innovation & Imagination, last held in 2019, returns to downtown on Saturday, stretching over six city blocks around the Pioneers Museum, Plaza of the Rockies and Pikes Peak Center. The event features 100 family-friendly experiences in areas including science, health, engineering, culinary, technology, transportation and education.
A Tony Award winner, classic holiday fare and a commitment to diverse, inclusive programming shape the new theater season at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. The season kicks off in November with the FAC's first limited-run concert, "Songs From the Border," original music about immigration and identity by Brian Quijada.
DesertArtLAB is a husband and wife collective whose work promotes Indigenous perspectives on ecological practice and climate change. Their exhibit, "Chicanx Landscapes," will open Friday at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.
"Dancing in the Absence of Water: An (Outdoor) Dance, Art and Music Festival at the Coyote," a collaboration between Ormao Dance Company and Concrete Couch, seeks to bring awareness to both the global water crisis and the Coyote's lack of water, as well as the Hillside neighborhood. The free Sunday event will feature Colorado-based dancers and choreographers, live music and food trucks.
Opal Lee, who's known as the Grandmother of Juneteenth, will be in Colorado Springs this weekend for two events. On Saturday she'll speak and sign copies of her children's book, "Juneteenth: A Children's Story," at Hooked on Books downtown. On Sunday she'll be honored at Packard Hall at Colorado College during “An Evening of Inspirational Word and Song,” a performance sponsored by The Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District.
Colorado Springs opera singer and vocal teacher Solveig Olsen will perform one of her dream roles, as Marian the librarian, in Meredith Wilson's 1957 musical, "The Music Man." Opera Theatre of the Rockies will present the Tony Award-winning production Saturday and Sunday at Colorado College's Kathryn Mohrman Theatre in Armstrong Hall.
Colorado Springs actor, musician and music teacher Howard Kirstel once played with the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia in the '60s. He was 78 when he died May 23.
The Pikes Peak region is home to dozens of free outdoor concerts through the summer months.