The Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Friday announced its 16th winter season, continuing its tradition of best-in-class entertainment including concerts, Broadway musicals, dance, classical/opera, comedy and family shows.
Among this year’s highlights, the Vilar Center will kick things off with a variety of holiday programming to include classical traditions such as Nebraska Theater Caravan’s “A Christmas Carol” and A Christmas Celebration featuring Handel’s “Messiah” with the Boulder Philharmonic and Chorus. The venue will also welcome one of popular music’s most successful and honored songwriters — Burt Bacharach — and Grammy-winning pianist George Winston.
Other big concert names on the series include: U2 tribute band Under a Blood Red Sky, Colorado favorite Keller Williams and top-selling jazz instrumentalist Chris Botti. VPACE also is bringing back some of its most popular performers, including An Acoustic Evening with Keb’ Mo’, Rick Springfield “Stripped Down,” Los Lonely Boys, The Wailers and Boz Scaggs.
“Announcing the series is an exciting time of year for us, and 2013-14 is no exception,” said Kris Sabel, VPAC’s executive director. “We have a lot of great shows lined up for this season, from now through early April and in every category of entertainment. We look forward to welcoming familiar faces as well as some new ones this winter up in Beaver Creek.”
This season, VPAC will host Cirque with Cirque Mechanics in December, followed by Mike Super’s Magic and Illusion Show and Andy Gross’ “Mindboggling Variety Show.” The center also will welcome comedians Wanda Sykes, Jim Gaffigan and Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood.
“Ticket cost is a challenge that some of our local fans have mentioned in the past, and we have therefore decided to introduce a new pricing structure this season,” Sabel said. “Given the level of performers we book and the fact that we only have a little over 500 seats, it can be difficult to get our prices low, even to break even. However, we’re introducing a significantly lower price for a limited number of seats to our higher-ticketed shows that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s a way for us to reward our local fans who act quickly and buy their seats early. We hope the community responds positively and takes advantage of this great opportunity.”
Beyond concerts, comedy and family entertainment, VPAC continues its classical and dance tradition with international opera star Joyce DiDonato and the internationally renowned Haifa Symphony Orchestra, direct from Israel. In addition to its more traditional dance shows, with Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Parsons Dance, VPAC brings to its stage this season Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, an all-male drag ballet company as technically talented as they are hilarious and entertaining.
In addition to the limited number of tickets available at higher priced shows this season, there are several additional shows priced below $50 this season. Details on these and all other performances are available online at www.vilarpac.org, by phone at (970) 845-TIXS or in person at the Vilar Center Box Office in Beaver Creek.