Colorado photography, music of John Denver comes together for benefit concert Friday
July 19, 2017
About 750 tickets are available, but organizers expect Friday's concert featuring the ever-popular music of John Denver in Breckenridge to be a sellout.
Starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Riverwalk Center, this is the second of four tribute concerts this year, the proceeds from which all go to help the local nonprofit Domus Pacis give families facing the death of a loved one — oftentimes related to a cancer diagnosis — quality time together in the mountains before that individual passes.
For the concert, The John Adams Band will play John Denver's music while images from photographer John Fielder are projected on a giant screen in the background.
The pairing creates a "neat experience" where "you can almost close your eyes and picture yourself right there," said Vince White-Petteruti, one half of the husband-and-wife duo that started Domus Pacis and a driving force behind the benefit concerts.
The tribute concerts are all based on some of White-Petteruti's favorite musicians from his formative years, and John Adams has been on board since the series first kicked up about a half-dozen years ago. According to Adams, it was an easy sell then and still is today.
"To me, it's almost a no-brainer because … when (organizers) explained this series of concerts, it was like, 'Holy shmoly this is serious,'" Adams said. "This is people's last chance to get together with family and friends in the mountains. Who can say no to that?"
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For Fielder, the concerts present an opportunity to make the world a better place.
"I'm both an environmentalist and a humanitarian," he said. "Without people helping people, we don't have a healthy planet and vice versa, so I try to give back as much as I can. And Domus Pacis is one of my favorite charities."
Also, books featuring Fielder's work will be for sale at the event, and 40 percent of sales will go to the nonprofit.
Tickets are $35 for general admission, $45 for VIP seating and $10 for children age 16 and younger with a parent. At the end of the performance, people representing the nonprofit will collect donations.
For tickets, go to BreckCreate.org, call the box office at 970-547-3100 or contact White-Petteruti's at 773-266-1441.
"If you know what Domus Pacis does, it is as simple as simple can be to say, 'Yes, yes, yes, please,' to them," Adams said.
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