Seeing stars at the Vilar Center
BEAVER CREEK – The Vilar Center of the Arts in Beaver Creek has a special telescope it uses to capture rising stars.From award-winning Broadway productions to bluegrass, opera and family shows, the Vilar Center of the Arts in Beaver Creek has an eclectic lineup of elite entertainment fare this winter, and each artist, whether you’ve heard of them or not, travels to the area on a solid trail of achievement. Tickets for the 2004 winter season at the Vilar Center go on sale Wednesday, including a monthlong local’s special of buy five shows, see the sixth for free.For a full schedule and information, visit ww.vilarcenter.org.Upcoming shows through early March include:– “Smokey Joe’s Café” – Sunday, Dec. 5. Grammy-winning and Tony-nominated Broadway music revue that celebrates the songs of Leiber & Stoller. Parental Discretion.– “Community Holiday Concert” – Dec. 11,12. Family– “Corduroy” – Wednesday, Dec. 15. A jazz-inspired musical treat for family audiences. All Audiences.
— “Amahl and the Night Visitors” James Sewell Ballet – Sunday, Dec.19. This children’s classic was the first opera ever to be commissioned for television. All Audiences.– “A Christmas Carol”- Wednesday, Dec. 22. Charles Dickens’ ghostly little tale has become a holiday tradition for millions of families around the world. All Audiences.– Ricky Lee Jones – Sunday, Dec. 26 -Rock-folk legend.– ” The Night Bearfore Christmas” Monday, Dec. 27. Perennial favorite, Jim Gamble returns with his exquisitely crafted puppets who present a “bearody” on the classic poem. All Audiences.– Isabel Bayrakdarian – Tuesday, Dec. 28. This celebrated soprano has made an impressive series of appearances, including the Paris Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival and the Los Angeles Opera. All Audiences.– “Late Nite Catechism II” Wednesday, Dec. 29, Thursday, Dec. 30 – Comedy. All Audiences.– “Cirkus Inferno” Daredevil Opera – Sunday, Jan. 16. What happens when two clowns show up for a circus that’s been canceled? All Audiences.– Vinca String Quartet – Friday, Jan. 21 – All Audiences.– “Crazy for You” – Sunday, Jan. 23. With three Tonies, two Drama Desk awards and five Outer Critics Circle awards, this Gershwin comedy is the quintessential Broadway musical. Parental Discretion.
— Glenn Yarbrough and the Folk Reunion – Tuesday, Jan. 25. Featuring Rick Dougherty of The Limeliters and Dick Foley of The Brothers Four, along with Yarbrough. All Audiences.– The New Shanghai Circus – Thursday, Jan. 27. Incredible acrobats of China, featuring breathtaking feats of strength, endurance, flexibility, balance contortion and magic. All Audiences.– “Porgy and Bess” Tuesday, Feb. 1 – George Gershwin’s classic opera founded on 1920’s and 30’s jazz. Parental Discretion.– Hubbard Street Dance Chicago- Thursday, Feb. 10. Since 1978, Hubbard Street has been one of the most successful dance organizations of all time. Parental Discretion.– “An Evening On Broadway” Vail Valley Theatre Company – Feb. 2. The Vail Valley Theatre Company presents an unforgettable evening of Broadway hits. All Audiences.– Madeleine Peyroux – Feb. 4. Salon Jazz phenomenon.– The Del McCoury Band – Monday, Feb. 14. Eight-time Entertainer of the Year Award winners, Del and the boys continue to wow bluegrass fans around the globe. Parental Discretion.– Diavolo – Wednesday, Feb. 16. Back for an incredible encore performance, Jacque Heim’s contemporary dance company combines Cirque du Soleil imagery with ballet refinement. Parental Discretion.– Capitol Steps – Thursday, Feb. 17. A troupe of congressional staffers-turned-comedians who travel the country satirizing the very people that once employed them. Mature Audiences.
— “The Great American Handbook,” Kevin Cole – Saturday, Feb. 19. The Chicago Tribune calls him “The best Gershwin pianist in America today.” All Audiences.– “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy” Sunday, Feb. 20 and Monday, Feb. 21. A one-man show full of comedy and musical surprises starring Steve Solomon. Mature Audiences.– “Steel Magnolias” Wednesday, Feb. 23. The heartwarming, dramatic comedy by Robert Harling. Mature Audiences.– Colorado Symphony Orchestra – Thursday, Feb. 24. All Audiences.– “Tom Sawyer” Wednesday, March 2. The Kennedy Center’s Imagination Celebration presents this Broadway musical version of Mark Twain’s classic novel. All Audiences.– The Manhattan Transfer – Thursday, March 3. Parental Discretion.– Nanci Griffith – Saturday, March 5. Grammy award-winning country legend. — Angela Au – Sunday, March 6. Piano virtuoso Au made her concert debut as Hong Kong’s youngest-ever soloist at the age of 11. All Audiences.– Hal Ketchum – Wednesday, March 9. Country music phenomenon, Ketchum has had countless songwriting awards, 15 top-ten hits and has been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Parental Discretion.– “The Phantom of the Opera” – Thursday, March 10. An imaginative and upbeat family musical with a script and score especially created for young audiences. All Audiences.
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