Vail Valley’s Vilar Center offers sneak peek at summer
VAIL, Colorado -It’s hard to believe, but the Vilar Center winter season is winding down in Colorado’s Vail Valley. There are only a handful of events over the next three weeks before the mountain closes.It has been a great season with an incredible variety of events. We want to thank everyone for their continued support of the performing arts in our community. The opportunity to bring such a diverse lineup of artists to our community is a source of pride for our entire team.Next week we are pleased to be one of the chief venues for the Vail Film Festival, which expands its lineup into Beaver Creek this year for the first time. For more information on the Festival, visit vailfilmfestival.org.We continue the spring celebration with the annual “Talent Beyond the Slopes” on April 6, featuring the incredible talents of the Vail and Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard School instructors on display, along with a special performance by Hazel Miller. The season rounds out with the return of Dark Star Orchestra on April 8, an annual spring show that has become a seasonal rite of passage for some. I’ll talk more in this column about those events as we get closer.Today I want to provide a sneak peek at the summer concert series. We are still in the process of lining up the entire slate of events and will be announcing the full season in early May. But we have five terrific concerts already confirmed and wanted to let you all know about what promises to be another summer of great live music.On July 2, eight-time Grammy winner Natalie Cole comes to town with a big band show that will cover a catalogue of her hits. Her unmistakable voice is equally at home singing jazz, pop and R&B. Her album, “Still Unforgettable,” was released in September and won two Grammy Awards.On July 19, back by popular demand, is “The Music of Abba” performed by Arrival. Of all the groups performing tributes to the music of ABBA, we happen to think Arrival from Sweden does the best job. They continue to sell out major venues around the world including a yearly stop at Red Rocks. On their last visit to the Vilar Center they had the audience on their feet singing and dancing through the entire evening.On July 29, we present a very special concert with singer-songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter. We had already sold out the venue for her concert four years ago when she had to cancel due to health reasons. We’ve been looking forward to rebooking this event ever since. Carpenter has recorded 11 albums, won five Grammy Awards, scored 12 top 10 singles and will release a new album, “The Age of Miracles,” next month.Blues singer/songwriter – and Vilar Center favorite – Keb’ Mo’ continues the lineup on Aug. 5. The Grammy-winning artist returns by popular demand after numerous sold out performances at the Vilar Center over the last decade.On Aug. 14, Ani DiFranco takes the Vilar Center stage for the first time. We’re thrilled to present Ani, and know that her concert will be a highlight of the summer season.We will announce the entire schedule of events in early May. The full season will include several additional concerts, chamber music presented by the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, free family films, the Vail Symposium film series and the Vail Performing Arts Academy’s production of “West Side Story.” Stay tuned to http://www.vilarpac.org for details and additions to the lineup.