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Classic Broadway, contemporary folk in Beaver Creek

Kris Sabel
Director's Chair
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

Editor’s note: Director’s Chair is a weekly column where Kris Sabel, who is Executive Director for the Vilar Performing Arts Center, gives his expert take on shows not to be missed.

Now that the holidays are winding down, so is our opening month of winter performances at the Vilar Center. We’ve just finished 10 shows over the course of the past 10 days and now will settle into a little less hectic schedule.

Next week, the Vilar Center will host two performances, with a Jan. 4 engagement of Broadway’s timeless classic, “A Chorus Line.” And singer/songwriter John Gorka will play an acoustic solo set on Jan. 8.

When “A Chorus Line” first opened in 1975, it won a total of nine Tony Awards. The revival played on Broadway in 2007 and we are pleased to bring the national tour of this “singular sensation” to the Vilar Center.

If you had the opportunity to see any of the concerts that we featured during our Underground Sound series this past fall, Gorka’s concert will be very much in a similar vein. He is known mainly in folk music circles (Rolling Stone Magazine called him “the preeminent male singer/songwriter of the new folk movement.”)

Yet the fact that he continues to fly under the radar, in my mind, is symptomatic of our times. I talk to people all of the time about artists they would like to see us bring to the Vilar Center, which leads into discussions about artists I would love to bring. What these conversations make me realize is that there are a lot of talented musicians doing great things, many of who we never even hear about.

Gorka might not be a household name, but he has recorded 11 critically- acclaimed albums and toured with people like Suzanne Vega, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin. His songs have been recorded by the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter and Mary Black and he performs more than 150 nights each year. While he may not be a household name, he has a dedicated fan base of listeners who come out to see him play.

I really hope you will give yourself the opportunity to experience John Gorka. He is a gifted songwriter who shares his stories accompanying himself on piano or guitar while his captivating baritone voice engulfs the listener.

Ring in the New Year with these two performances as each will provide a great night of entertainment at the theater.

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