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Vilar Performing Arts Center announces its 2016-17 STARS Series

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BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center has announced its schedule for this winter's Support the Arts Reaching Students series. The STARS series is offered to promote artistic, educational and cultural enrichment to students.

Each year, the Vail Valley Foundation and Vilar Performing Arts Center provide free tickets to more than 6,000 Eagle County students to bring them the thrill of live performing arts. There are a total of 12 daytime shows held in the theater throughout the school year.

STARS SERIES LINEUP

• Todo Mundo (10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13) — Todo Mundo has been blending Spanish rumba, reggae, Brazilian, Balkan and Middle Eastern styles since 2009. The audience will experience the music of Cuba, Jamaica, Colombia, Israel, New Orleans, Brazil and more to demonstrate how a cohesive style can be created while preserving qualities from each genre or region. Recommended for all grades, with curriculum connections including music, diversity, unity, cross-cultural boundaries, social interaction, world cultures and musical rhythm.

• Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra (12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19) — Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra have frequently toured Russia, Europe, India and the United States and have appeared at the world's most prestigious jazz venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, "Birdland" and others. Recommended for grades thee through eight.

• Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play" (10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31) — In Mo Willems' award-winning, best-selling children's books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie are best friends. And in "We Are in a Play," a new vaudevillian musical, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through peril and suspense, facing questions such as what do you wear to a fancy pool costume party, and should you share your ice cream? Recommended for ages 4 and older, with curriculum connections including storytelling, oral communication, social interaction, diversity, unity and problem solving."

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• "The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh" (10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1) — "The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh" explores the hurt and confusion of being different when you can't help it and the challenges of being the target of schoolyard bullying. The hero of this play is a positive role model for young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or other learning challenges. Recommended for grades four though eight, with curriculum connections including social studies, humanities, health, physical education, equity, inclusive education, drama and English.

• Mandy Harvey (12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7) — Mandy Harvey is a deaf American singer-songwriter. Her music has attracted the attention of those around the world, adding to her message to hope, dream and believe. CNN's "Great Big Story" captured more than 6 million hits on social media, Burt's Bees signed her up for their remarkable women campaign, NBC Nightly News profiled her, and she has started performing at the world's most prestigious clubs, concert stages and festivals around the country. Recommended for grades three and older.

• Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live (10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8) — Take a prehistoric journey with a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs that once roamed the planet. Observe, meet and interact with dinosaurs brought to life through sophisticated design and puppet mastery. Recommended for grades two through five, with curriculum connections including life science, natural history and paleontology, asking questions, making observations, predictions, connections, forming hypotheses and developing possible explanations, investigating and exploring the natural world, drawing conclusions and sharing findings with others.

• Rising Stars of the Opera, presented by the Richard Tucker Foundation (12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19) — Rising Stars of the Opera offers the opportunity to experience young artists on the cusp of promising careers. Watch as they bring opera to life by presenting excerpts from world-class productions. Recommended for grades three through eight.

• Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23) — Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's informative and engaging lecture and demonstrations take students on a journey behind the scenes of a professional ballet company. Students watch as the dancers move through regimented exercises, from the barre to the center, all the while learning about how dancers train, dancing in pointe shoes, and how to partner. Recommended for all grades.

• Lights, Camera, Math! (10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21) — Cahoots NI's team of magical Math-a-Magicians replaces textbooks with puzzles, skill and lots of magic and illusions, all with a mathematical twist. The Math-a-Magicians demonstrate the magic of math in this interactive show, as they perform feats of mind reading, misdirection and illusion. Recommended for grades three through six, with curriculum connections including fine arts, performance, film, magic, language arts, literacy, mathematics, numeracy, character building, personal development, problem solving and mutual understanding.

• Piano Battle (12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29) — The brainchild of internationally accomplished pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, the Piano Battle sees the duo go head-to-head on stage with a variety of pieces. The two artists, with distinctly different performance styles, take turns to perform pieces by composers such as Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt and Claude Debussy. They will even improvise based on requested tunes. Recommended for grades four through eight.

• "A Year With Frog and Toad" (10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6) —"A Year With Frog and Toad" was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel's children's books and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score by Robert and Willie Reale, the show follows Frog and Toad through four seasons, meeting new friends and rejoicing in the differences that make them special. Recommended for grades kindergarten through second, with curriculum connections including literature, performing arts, theater, music, dance, problem solving, emotional and social development, self-expression and friendship.

• Che Malambo (12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12) — Che Malambo is an all-male Argentinian dance company that celebrates the South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho. Malambo, a dynamic blend of precise footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song, is at the heart of the gaucho tradition. Danced solely by men, the Malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that would challenge skills of agility, strength and dexterity. Zapeteo, the fast-paced footwork, is inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses in their native Argentina. Recommended for all grades.

If you go …

What: STARS Series.

When: Shows generally start at 10 a.m. and/or 12:30 p.m.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.

Cost: Single tickets to STARS series are $11 for children and $14 for adults.

More information: Tickets are on sale now at the VPAC Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at http://www.vilarpac.org.