DENVER (CBS4)– The holidays are approaching quickly and once they arrive the holiday entertainment will be on its way out.

From the stage at the Denver Center for Performing Arts to the Denver Zoo to the Colorado Symphony, there is plenty for the entire family to see and enjoy.

The great music of George Frideric Handel is full of sound and fury and chorale majesty. “Too Hot to Handel” by the Colorado Symphony is being performed Thursday and Friday with conductor Marin Alsop at Boettcher Concert Hall.

Next week new artistic adviser Andrew Litton debuts with the Colorado Symphony for Humperdinck’s musical fairy tale “Hansel and Gretl.” The performance is Dec. 29 at Boettcher Concert Hall.

“Hansel and Gretel” is, for some reason, inexplicably linked with Christmas. I think it’s because it’s a fairy tale with a very happy ending. It’s absolutely wonderful and can be so scary a concept as indeed Grimm’s Fairy Tales are, but the music is so disarmingly beautiful and lovely that it’s become this extremely popular thing to do at Christmas for classical musicians. Ballet has ‘Nutcracker’ we have ‘Hansel and Gretl,'” said Litton.

Both shows are part of a great holiday tradition with the Colorado Symphony.

White Christmas continues at the Buell Theatre through Christmas Eve. Although it isn’t really a holiday show it is very popular.


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