Cellist Silver Ainomae returns to Hampden Hall in the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway, at 2 p.m. Dec. 18 to celebrate Beethoven’s birthday with violinist Claude Sim and pianist Joshua Sawicki. They will perform Beethoven’s “Sonata in D Major for Cello and Piano” and “Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1 `Ghost.’” Tickets at the box office, at englewoodarts.org and at 303-806-8196.
Yale’s celebrated singers, the Whiffenpoofs, who began singing in harmony more than 100 years ago, will bring the most recent members to the Newman Center at the University of Denver at 2 and 7 p.m. on Jan. 6. Tickets from $17/$15 students, Newman Center Box Office, newmantix.com, 303-871-7720.
Opera lovers might plan to start the new year with an Opera on Tuesday luncheon and performance, presented by the Denver Lyric Opera Guild. On Jan 9, the event will be at Denver Country Club, 1700 E. 1st Ave., Denver. Program at 11 a.m. is followed by noon lunch. Singers from the University of Denver/Lamont School of Music will perform. New members are welcome. $40; reservation deadline Jan. 2, 2018. Online through PayPal: denverlyricoperaguild.org.
The Denver Ballet Theatre (David Taylor) will present a classical ballet version of “The Nutcracker” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 and 23 at Gates Concert Hall, the Newman Center at the University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver. Tickets: $36-$18, newmantix.com/dbt.
Vintage Theatre will present the fine play, “Red,” by John Logan, through Jan. 7 at 1468 Dayton St., Aurora. Directed by Craig A. Bond. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $25-$30. Vintagetheatre.com, 303-856-7830.
“And on Earth, Peace,” the Augustana Lutheran Church Festival Christmas Concert, will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at 5000 E. Alameda Ave., Denver. Tickets: AugustanaArts.org or 303-388-4962.
Abend Gallery. 1412 Wazee St., Denver, holds its annual holiday miniatures show with works by more than 50 artists, through Dec. 31. Miniature original paintings are an ideal holiday gift for many folks on the list. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m.
Two south area spots to enjoy holiday lights and treats. (Both have admission charge): Hudson Gardens at 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, through Dec. 31, and Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, through Dec. 24.
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