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Get in the holiday spirit at Beaver Creek’s Vilar Center

Kris Sabel
Beaver Creek CO, Colorado
Special to DailyThe Lowe Family performs a high-energy variety show at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Dec. 29 and 30.

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.

BEAVER CREEK ” It’s happened again ” we’ve moved from Thanksgiving to Christmas without even taking a breath. Every year I say it’s going to be different and yet every year it sneaks up on me. I think in part this happens because we have shifted into high gear making preparations for all of the incredible artists who will be performing over the next four months. That is certainly true during the holiday season as we have 16 performances over the next 21 days. Some of these shows have a definite holiday connection and some of them will just put you in a celebratory mood, but there is definitely something for everyone.

So rather than an in-depth discussion, here is a list of what’s happening for this festive season at the VPAC. For more information on all of these performances, visit I hope you will use this list to make your holiday entertainment plans today.

We kick it all off this weekend with “‘Tis the Season” tonight and Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Incredible local professionals Tony Gulizia, Allan Finnie, Beth Swearingen, Peter Vavra, Pat Hamilton, Don Watson, Kathy Morrow, Sally Peterson, Mercedes Dauphinais and Helmut Fricker take to the stage along with Mountain Harmony and The Dickens Carolers and some of our valley’s most talented youth ” kids from The Vail Performing Arts Academy and Vail Youth Ballet ” to perform your favorite songs and dances of the season. Tickets are $10 to $20 and all proceeds benefit the Community Performance Fund.

Sunday night, the iconic Charlie Daniels and his band will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. This is a truly special evening featuring one of American rock’s most decorated musicians and Charlie promises to include a number of Christmas songs in the set ” so don’t miss out! Tickets are still available.

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On Thursday, the Vail Academy’s holiday musical “A Miracle on Bethlehem Street” takes the VPAC stage. Don’t miss the outstanding talent of these local youth performers as they bring to life the Christmas story through theatre, song and dance.

On Dec. 21 we present the Irish Tenors. These international singing sensations will present traditional tunes, in addition to special Christmas hits.

On Dec. 23 we present two performances of “A Christmas Carol,” at 4 and 8 p.m. This story is a beloved holiday tradition for families all over the world ” and especially here in the Vail Valley. We’ve presented this musical adaptation at the VPAC for several years now, and it never fails to thrill audiences of all ages. Don’t miss one of the most time-tested traditions of the holiday season.

On Dec. 27, music legend Dionne Warwick takes the VPAC stage. This decorated icon makes her eagerly anticipated debut in Beaver Creek, and promises an incredible night of one hit song after another.

The musical feast continues with Quartet San Francisco on Dec. 28. The Grammy-nominated, critically acclaimed quartet is “not your grandfather’s chamber group.” Specializing in tango music and other contemporary repertoire, this is a night of musical mastery not to be missed.

Rounding out the holiday lineup is a spectacular trio of performances by The Lowe Family on Dec. 29 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 30 at 4:30 and 8 p.m. You may not recognize the name, but you absolutely don’t want to miss this show! It’s fun for the entire family with song, dance and theater in a fast-paced, high-energy variety show format. The Lowes offer audiences a little bit of everything: classical music, Broadway tunes, Irish jazz numbers, bluegrass harmonies and so much more!

And the fun certainly doesn’t stop here. We have a full slate of performances through April, so be sure to check out the full lineup on

I look forward to seeing you at the theatre this holiday season, and well into the New Year.

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