The Vilar Performing Arts Center’s holiday concert schedule contains something for everyone
This winter season, spend time with loved ones while enjoying uplifting, warm-hearted holiday entertainment courtesy of the Vilar Performing Arts Center. The 2019 Winter Holiday Series includes shows that will delight audiences of all ages.
The series features “A Classical Christmas” with the Boulder Philharmonic; “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”; Judy Collins: Holiday & Hits; Masters of Illusion; and Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll.
Here’s a list of all the upcoming holiday shows, including pricing, times and more information.
A Classical Christmas with the Boulder Philharmonic: Handel’s Messiah
Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. | starting at $54 adults/ $20 students
Boulder’s premier orchestra will bring a program filled with holiday favorites to the VPAC. Along with the orchestra, four soloists will perform, including a soprano, an alto, tenor and a bass, all under the direction of conductor Gary Lewis. Songs on the program include: Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto grosso, Opus 6, No. 8 (Christmas Concerto); Mannheim Steamroller’s “Silent Night” arrangement; Antonio Vivaldi’s “Autumn and Winter” from “Four Seasons”; and the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah,” ending with the beloved “Hallelujah Chorus.”
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’
Monday, Dec. 23 at 6:30 p.m. | $48
This all-new live stage adaptation of the classic Christmas poem completes itself with a modern twist. Written by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig, the charming storyline follows an unstoppable trio: a mouse, an elf and a little girl, all determined to witness a Christmas miracle. The whole family can help solve a Christmas mystery while creating new holiday memories. If you’re looking for experiential gifts for your children this holiday season, tickets to this performance is a great option.
A Evening with Judy Collins: Holidays & Hits
Thursday, Dec. 26 at 7 p.m. | starting at $67
Judy Collins, an iconic legend who has inspired audiences for over half a century, brings holiday standards, along with her classic hit songs, to the Vilar. The award-winning singer-songwriter is known for her imaginative interpretations of folk standards and her poignant original compositions. Her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” on her landmark album “Wildflowers” (1967) is in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and her song “Send in the Clowns” took home a Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1975. Over the years, she’s landed several top 10 hits and gold- and platinum-selling albums. In 2017, Collins’ collaborative album with her writing partner, Ari Hest, “Silver Skies Blue,” was Grammy-nominated for best folk album. Collins got her start as a piano prodigy at age 13; after performing for more than six decades, she remains a gifted songwriter and performer who will light up the Vilar stage.
Masters of Illusion – Believe the Impossible
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. | $88 adults/$68 children 12 and younger
Some of the most talented illusionists of our time will perform sleight of hand, large-scale illusions and interactive mind magic. Hilarious comedy interwoven into the show will keep attendees laughing in between the inevitable “no way” gasps coming out of their mouths.
Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll
Friday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. | $68
Learn the unknown stories from the 50-year history of the music that changed the world forever during Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll. Watch and listen as stars from Broadway’s greatest rock musicals, as well as talented rock and roll singers, bring music from the 1940s into the early 1980s to life. The show shares fascinating tales and groundbreaking music from iconic stars including Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Frankie Valli, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin, The Who, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, new wave, Journey and more.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit vilarpac.org or call 970-845-8497.