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Director’s Chair: Celebrating the blues in Beaver Creek

Kris Sabel
Beaver Creek CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily


Editor’s note: Director’s Chair is a weekly column where Kris Sabel, who is in charge of cultural programming for the Vail Valley Foundation, gives his expert take on shows not to be missed.

As we move into the last week of February, the Vilar Performing Arts Center continues to provide an amazing variety of cultural and entertainment opportunities for our community and guests.

On Saturday and Sunday evening the Vail Valley Theatre Company presents its annual musical review “An Evening on Broadway.” The theme of this year’s show is “The Things We Do For Love” and showcases songs from “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “My Fair Lady,” “South Pacific,” “A Chorus Line” and many others. The show is directed by Beth Swearingen with musical direction by Bob Finnie, and features the best talent in the Valley.

On Tuesday we present a special tour celebrating the Blues and the instrument that is the centerpiece of this musical form with Guitar Blues.

Guitar Blues features three of the most acclaimed blues players in America today. Join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jorma Kaukonen (of Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna), legendary electric guitarist Robben Ford (who has worked with George Harrison, Joni Mitchell, jazz legend Miles Davis, Little Feat and Kiss), and the phenomenal rising star Ruthie Foster (a Texas singer-songwriter whose blend of gospel, blues, folk and soul has been compared to Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Tracy Chapman and Joan Armatrading) for a very special evening of music paying homage to the wonderful six-stringed instrument that is the heart and soul of the genre. The evening will feature each of these artists performing solo and together, both on guitar and vocals.

If TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” has piqued your interest in Latin Dance, then have we got a show for you. Direct from Argentina, “Tango Fire” takes the stage next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Choreographed by Yanina Fajar and Nelson Celis and performed by 10 dancers and five musicians, “Tango Fire” takes the audience on a journey though the history of the tango, from the 1920s to today.

The first section is presented as an extended milonga, or informal tango party, taking place at the beaux-arts “Cafe del Tango.” The second half showcases some of the more flamboyant, modern forms of tango, including the so-called “acrobatic” tango, which features gasp-worthy lifts, dips, spins and suicide drops.

“Tango Fire? Tango inferno is more like it,” raved one reviewer. “The Buenos Aires-based dance troupe set a five-alarm blaze … a conflagration sparked by the spectacular ” and spectacularly sexy ” pyrotechnics of Argentina’s most famous cultural export.”

We close out the week with the annual New Yorker on the Slopes festival Thursday through Saturday. The event features a free showing of the film “Phoebe in Wonderland,” a concert with Chuck Mangione and a performance by stand-up comedian Martin Short.

For all the details on these shows and more, please visit our Web site,

I hope to see you at the theatre!

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