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Classical-dance series coming to Beaver Creek

Kris Sabel
Director's Chair
Vail, CO Colorado

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – The Vilar Performing Arts Center Summer Concert Series is off to a great start. Last Friday, Natalie Cole graced our stage with an over-the-top performance that the audience is still talking about.

We continue the series this coming Monday as country music sensations Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis weave their musical magic in a very special acoustic show that will showcase the duo’s amazing harmonies and captivating stage presence.

As I mentioned last week, they will share stories about their lives and their songs as they sit together downstage center, singing their greatest hits and favorites songs in a very intimate and personal manner. This is the type of show that the Vilar Center was made for: intimate, acoustic and personal.

In addition to all of the great shows in this summer series, we have also announced the schedule and put tickets on sale for the 2010-11 Classical and Dance Series coming to the VPAC this winter. I encourage you to take some time to go to our website, http://www.vilarpac.org, to discover all of the exciting artists who will be coming to our community this winter to share their talent. Here is brief introduction to one of the orchestras we will be presenting.

On Jan. 21, the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia will be performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35, and his Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Pathetique, Op. 74. This promises to be a great evening of Russian music performed and conducted by Russian artists whose culture and heritage ensure that they not only possess a special insight into these works, but also that they will perform them with a deep and abiding passion.

The SSOR has become internationally recognized as one of the world’s great symphony orchestras and is conducted by Maestro Mark B. Gorenstein, one of the most famous and distinguished Russian conductors today. His name is closely associated with traditions of the Russian conductor’s school, brilliant performance, depth and innovativeness of interpretation, filigree technique and suggestiveness of personality.

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Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D is one of the best known of all violin concertos, and is also considered to be among the most technically difficult works for violin. It will be performed by soloist Sergei Girshenko, who has been awarded the title of “Honored Artist of Russia.” He has also received the Viotti d’Oro prize for his remarkable concerts and most recently was awarded the title of the “People’s Artist of Russia”.

Experiencing a full orchestra in the intimacy of the Vilar Performing Arts Center is truly unique. The dynamic range of a solo note on the violin to the crescendo of 85 members playing full out is incredible. The subtleties of such a performance will leave you holding your breath.

In the coming weeks I will highlight some of the other great music and dance performances coming this winter that are already on sale.

And over the next two months, we will also announce the rest of the winter schedule including our Broadway, Comedy, Family and Concert Series.

In the meantime, I hope to see you at the theater.