John Denver Tribute for Wilderness features photos from John Fielder
If you go
What: John Denver Tribute for Wilderness, featuring photography of John Fielder and music of John Adams Band
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25
Where: Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1345 Champa St., Denver
Cost: Tickets are $39.95, $59.95 or $79.95, depending on seating, plus fees
Summit County photographer John Fielder and the John Adams Band will present a John Denver tribute at the elegant Buell Theatre in Denver on Saturday, Oct. 25. This year’s performance celebrates the 50th anniversary of the America’s Wilderness Act and features new Fielder wilderness photographs from Colorado and beyond.
On a 30-foot screen above the stage of Denver’s Buell Theatre, Fielder will project and choreograph 40 years of his nature photography to Denver’s words and music. John Adams has been performing Denver’s music for 40 years, and since Denver’s untimely death on Oct. 12, 1997, Adams and his nine-member band have committed themselves to keep Denver’s music alive.
The performance will feature Fielder’s images of wilderness areas in the National Wilderness Preservation System, from Colorado to Alaska. He has photographed all of Colorado’s 43 areas, including the Maroon-Bells-Snowmass and Mount Zirkel wildernesses. See breathtaking photographs under the full moon and at sunset and sunrise of the Bridger and Popie Agie wildernesses in Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains, and witness the Olympic coast of Washington state, the Sierra Nevada of California, Minnesota’s Boundary Waters and the fiords of Alaska’s Inside Passage, all federally designated wilderness.
Fielder chose the images to marry with 24 of Denver’s songs, including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song” and “Sunshine on My Shoulders.” With state-of-the-art digital projectors, step onto the trail with Fielder as he shares photographs from his 35-year career of mountain wilderness areas, river canyons, prairies, private ranches, national parks, and state and local parks and wildlife areas. Many of the photographs have never been seen or published. Fielder will also discuss with the audience what they will see before many of the songs and tell a story or two of his life in the backcountry.
The John Adams Band only performs tribute concerts the way Denver did. Adams keeps the arrangements unchanged, which is possible through his dedicated group of musicians, whose goal it is to make every concert memorable and magical. Sharing his love and memories of Denver, Adams weaves in stories of his personal encounters with Denver, bringing smiles, laughter and even some tears to his audiences.
The performance benefits Colorado environmental and conservation nonprofit organizations, with part of the profits from ticket sales going to organizations such as the Wilderness Society, Sierra Club and Conservation Colorado so they can continue their work to influence Congress to protect America’s remaining wild lands as new wilderness areas.
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