Steep airline prices and consumers' fear of "the economy" may put the kibosh on holiday travel, but Denver International Airport hopes not.

They've called out the musicians, dancers, and other entertainers to make DIA a happier place during the busy Christmas travel season. Regional entertainment will sing out daily during peak travel times through December 31. It's officially called the DIA International Performance Series and will feature music and dance of South America, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Israel, Philippines, and Eastern Europe presented throughout Jeppesen Terminal's Great Hall and passenger check-in areas. What better way to deal with commuter clog, delayed flights, and lost luggage than with some sultry sopranos shrilling Jingle Bells in your ears?

Airport guests and employees might be serenaded by a classical flautist, enjoy a dance to the vibrant sounds of a Brazilian quartet, or hear some of the finest Gospel or area school choirs.

"Relax under the big top, enjoy some music, watch some dance, look at the changing art exhibits, have a snack and shop in the terminal," said Meredith Gabow, manager of the International Performance Series. "The airport, airlines and concessionaires are sponsoring the series to make travel calmer during this hectic time of year."

Seventeen years ago, the former Stapleton International Airport was the first airport to initiate a performance series of this magnitude, and the program has become a model for other airports.

Performances are scheduled daily from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and include Amizade (Brazilian jazz), Camacho y Ransoli (South American music), The Gypsies (Eastern European mandolin and guitar duo), Note-ables International (Filipino classics) Dixieland Express, Healing Force Band (reggae), Robert Eldridge (world fusion guitar), Bill Barwick and Sons of Tumbleweed (Western), Colorado Chorale Dickens Singers, Klezmer Vod, and Mary Stribling and Combo Amazo (folk).

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