The tree is up, the presents are out and the Vilar Performing Arts Center’s doors are open to welcome locals and visiting families this holiday season for the kickoff of its winter season, featuring Handel’s “Messiah” and “A Christmas Carol.”
Holiday with the Philharmonic
Handel’s “Messiah” — which was a sold-out sensation last year — returns on Saturday, Dec. 21, and will feature a full-orchestra performance with the Boulder Philharmonic, concluding with an audience sing-along of the familiar “Hallelujah Chorus.”
The evening’s repertoire includes Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” (arr. Stokowski), Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto,” Williams’ “Fantasia” on “Greensleeves” and Handel’s “Messiah Part I” (Christmas portion).
“It seems fitting that we kick off our winter season with a popular show that is becoming a holiday tradition in the Vail Valley,” said Kris Sabel, executive director of the Vilar Performing Arts Center. “The holidays represent one of our favorite times at the VPAC, and we look forward to welcoming fans young and old for this special sing-along Christmas show.”
Tiny Tim in Beaver Creek
VPAC continues its holiday programming with “A Christmas Carol” on Monday, Dec. 23. The popular holiday classic comes to life in rich detail with incredible music and movement by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. Perfect for audiences of all ages, this celebrated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” features a cast of 24, accompanied by live musicians and Broadway-style scenery and costumes.
In this adaptation for the stage, one actor plays Ebenezer Scrooge. Each of the ensemble’s 24 members supports both the story and the music with exceptional singing and dancing, while taking on a significant character as the story unfolds. The current directors and designers of the production do not attempt to stray from Charles Jones’ original conceit. As stewards of the production they strive to convey to each company of players the integrity and the magic that are intrinsic to the piece.
“You can’t help but fall in love with a Christmas classic like ‘A Christmas Carol’ time and time again,” Sabel said. “We’re fortunate to have the talented Nebraska Theatre Caravan bring this story to life on our stage and look forward to taking part in our audience’s traditions with their families for the holiday season.”
Individual tickets to both shows were still available at press time. The Vilar Performing Arts Center is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For more information on the Vail Valley Foundation, visit vvf.org.