Littleton United Methodist Church began its Fine Arts Series in 1992, with 15 patrons, said David Kates, director of music and fine arts at this active church. “Lately, we have over 100,” he added. Members of the congregation — some performers and others simply art lovers — have been generous in supporting free concerts for the community, as well as the annual festival.
He and Pat Estes originally coordinated his brainchild, expanding from one concert to a season with concerts and commissions. “It's a ministry of the church,” he said. “This local church has a significant role in funding arts …. There are 20 or more offerings through the year …. The church is a performance hall for Littleton.” Capacity is about 700.
LUMC's Encore Players wanted to be included in the festival and will present four free performances of the moving play “Diary of Anne Frank” in a newly adapted version by Wendy Kesselman at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 2 p.m. Saturday. It's directed by Annawyn Shamas, who reminds us that April is Holocaust Remembrance Month.
A 20th Anniversary Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, will include works commissioned in the past 20 years, plus two new compositions. Works by composers Austin Lovelace, Gilbert Martin, Mark Landry, Timothy Snyder, Alf Holkum, David Kates, Paul Langford, Kevin McChesney and Cathy Moklebust will be performed by four UMC choirs and special guests.
An art show of works by congregation members and others will be open on Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m.
If you go
Littleton United Methodist Church is at 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Art show admission and the play and choral concert are free. Art show opens at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, followed by the play at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the art show opens at 8 a.m. prior to the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services, followed by a 3 p.m. concert and a 7 p.m. play performance. 303-794-6379. littletonumc.org.