Director’s Chair column: Performing arts are a holiday tradition |

Director’s Chair column: Performing arts are a holiday tradition

Duncan Horner
Director’s Chair
The Vilar Performing Arts Center's Christmas tree rises from the lower level next to the staircase at the venue in Beaver Creek.
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One of the more interesting aspects of living in the Vail Valley is getting the chance to see all of the new faces that arrive to spend their holidays in Beaver Creek. Sometimes those people are here for a special vacation, but others turn out to be returning visitors who make an annual pilgrimage to Colorado to spend time with family or reconnect with old friends.

At the Vilar Performing Arts Center, we have the great joy of getting to know these folks as they come to enjoy the performing arts in our beautiful venue, just down the escalator from the Black Family Skating Rink in Beaver Creek. In an effort to cultivate what will hopefully be the beginning of a number of family holiday traditions, we’ve packed our schedule leading up to the end of the year with events and shows that we hope will reach a wide array of families and visitors.

Starting the week leading up to Christmas, we’re welcoming the Blind Boys of Alabama on Saturday. The Blind Boys have been fixtures of the American gospel music scene for more than seven decades and racked up six Grammy Awards. On Wednesday and Thursday, we’re getting everyone in the spirit of the holidays with a touring production of “A Christmas Carol” adapted, directed and starring longtime Scrooge veteran Scott H. Severance. Afterward, on Friday, Australian group The Ten Tenors will sing you into Christmas with their show “Home for the Holidays.”

Shows through 2016

We don’t end after Christmas, though. Broadway and TV star Adam Trent will entertain a new generation of magic performance with three shows over two days on Tuesday, Dec. 27, and Wednesday, Dec. 28. For the more classical-loving patrons, on Thursday, Dec. 29, we’ve booked George Winston, one of the most influential pianists touring today, whose style combines impressionistic melodies with American folk influences.

Wrapping up 2016, we’ve pulled out all the stops with a major performance on Friday, Dec. 30, by country music superstar LeAnn Rimes, the last stop on her Christmas tour.

We see so many excited, enthusiastic new faces coming through the Vail Valley this time of year. If you’re one of those faces, then we hope you’ll discover our unique venue to enjoy one of our fantastic performances. If you’re a local, then we’ve got plenty for you to get excited about, not only this holiday season but throughout the entire winter.

So bundle up the kids, turn off the TV, silence your phones, sign out of Netflix and head to our great-yet-cozy theatre for a memorable experience.

Duncan Horner is the executive director of the Vilar Performing Arts Center. For more information on the Vilar Performing Arts Center, visit or call 970-845-TIXS.

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