The last concert as part of Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ June Festival takes place tonight with big sounds coming from the Benedict Music Tent.
Pink Martini, presented in association with Aspen Music Festival & School, begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available at http://www.jazzaspensnowmass.org/jazzfestival/june-jazz-festival.html .
Featuring between 10 and 12 musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout the world.
Drawing inspiration from all kinds of music — crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop — Thomas Lauderdale founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers and causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.
Concertgoers also can listen from the music tent lawn.
The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club was recently awarded a $12,500 grant by Aspen Community Foundation. The grant will be used to help provide financial aid to Roaring Fork Valley children who otherwise could not afford to ski or snowboard.
The amount of financial assistance AVSC awards annually has doubled in recent years, according to the nonprofit’s executive director, Mark Cole. Of the over 2,250 participants in the 2012-13 season, more than 700 children received financial aid totaling $300,000.
Over the past decade, the community foundation has provided more than $100,000 in grants to AVSC.
Participants average four years in AVSC programs, and many return year after year throughout childhood and adolescence. A number of participants are growing up in single-parent households with limited financial resources.
Basalt native Paul Dallenbach set a new world record in the “Time Attack” class at the 91st running of the famed Pikes Peak International Hill Climb last weekend. The new world record was set with Dallenbach piloting the Hyundai Genesis Coupe roaring up the 12.42-mile course to the summit of Pikes Peak. Dallenbach set a furious pace, needing only 9:46.001 to make the full ascent.
Along with Hyundai and Hancook Tires, Dallenbach’s entry was sponsored locally by Colorado’s Alpine Bank and the Double Eagle Casino.
Dallenbach is a veteran Pikes Peak racer who competed in the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Time Attack 2WD class. In June, Dallenbach set another new world record at the Peak in Land Rover’s all-new Range Rover Sport model, scaling the 12.42-mile hill in 12:35.1 minutes.
Dallenbach has six Pikes Peak class wins and three overall wins at the hill climb.