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Art and Culture in the Valley

Staff Report

Claire Davis reads at the Festival of Words in Beaver Creek

The Vail Valley’s status as an established and forward-looking community has been immeasurably enhanced by the area’s ever-expanding arts and culture offerings. And cornerstone to that growth is Beaver Creek’s Vilar Center for the Performing Arts, a 530-seat theater created by millionaire philanthropist Alberto Vilar.

Celebrating its sixth anniversary in Feb. 2004, Vilar’s namesake facility has hosted performances by musical greats (Leo Kottke, Chick

Corea, Dr. John and the Cowboy Junkies, to name a few), comics such as Steven Wright and touring companies of Broadway hits including “Titanic,” “Ain’t Misbehavin;” and “The Vagina Monologues.”

The theater also provides a world-class venue for local dance,

theatrical and musical performances, part of its commitment to the Vail Valley community.

Vilar’s name also pops up at the recently renovated Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion, a summertime music venue in Vail which serves as the home to the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and the

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Vail International Dance Festival.

June 2004 will bring Bravo!’s 17th season of internationally acclaimed classical and pops performances, featuring nearly two months of shows by the Rochester and New York Philharmonic Orchestras and the Dallas Symphony and a stunning array of guest soloists and ensembles.

Tour Vail Village and Beaver Creek Village and you’ll find a selection of fine art galleries to rival Santa Fe; Vail’s official Art in Public Places program has also commissioned sculptures in many of Vail’s parks

(two new pieces by Elaine Calzolar appear in Donovan Park) and undertaken a program which artistically transformed 11 of Vail’s unsightly electrical boxes into works of art.