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Hamilton-Vavra holiday concert is Friday in Beaver Creek

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Kent Petit

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” The 18th annual Pat Hamilton-Peter Vavra Holiday Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Beaver Creek Chapel. All proceeds will benefit The Vail Valley Salvation Army and its Adopt-A-Family and Holiday Food Basket programs.

Last year, businesses and members of the community gave food and clothing to over 250 adopted families. This year, over 650 Holiday Food Baskets were distributed to people in need. In 2006, over 670 cases were helped with emergency assistance of food, rent, utilities, etc.

In 1990, Pat Hamilton, vocalist, and Peter Vavra, pianist, recognized the importance of these efforts and produced a holiday benefit concert. The concert has become an important part of the season’s traditions in the Vail Valley and has raised close to $100,000 for The Vail Valley Salvation Army.

The evening’s program combines good old-fashioned carols such as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” with original compositions Hamilton has written over the years. As in the past, other local musicians will be performing at the concert, Sally Peterson performing vocal harmonies, Jeff Laymen performing on the drums, Mike Peters performing on the base and Nancy Wright performing the flute.

“The chapel is full of candles, greenery and such a good feeling. This concert makes Christmas,” says Marka Moser who has attended almost every concert. The first concert was inspired by “Christmas in Vail,” a CD recorded by Hamilton and Vavra. Hamilton has produced a second CD, “You Are My Christmas,” featuring her popular original Christmas songs. Peter Vavra accompanies her on this CD, as well.

Hamilton performs in the lounge at the Cascade Hotel and Spa during the winter. Vavra is currently performing at Splendidos in the Chateau.

“The concert is a magical and a great way to see friends and share holiday music in a special setting. It allows you to take a deep breath and focus on the beauty of the season,” said Tsu Wolin Brown, Director of The Vail Valley Salvation Army.

A donation of $20 per person is requested at the door. No reserved seating is available, so arrive early. There is no advanced ticketing. CDs will also be available at the concert, at local stores throughout the valley, or on Hamilton’s web site, http://www.cdbaby.com/pathamilton.

People unable to attend the concert can volunteer or make a donation by contacting The Vail Valley Salvation Army at 926-3704 or logging onto http://www.salvationarmyvail.org. The mailing address is PO Box 2183, Edwards, CO 81632.

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