Vilar adds two winter concerts
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – The most recent additions to the Vilar Performing Arts Center’s winter concert series are rock crooner Chris Isaak and a multimedia tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with jazz artist Ann Hampton Callaway. Isaak, known for his vintage rock ‘n’ roll sound, movie star looks and hit songs “Wicked Game,” “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing” and “Somebody’s Crying,” will perform March 13 at 7:30 p.m. Isaak recently released his 13th album, “Beyond the Sun,” which recaptures the glory days of Memphis, Tenn.’s Sun Studio and the visionary artists who got their starts there. The album includes Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire,” Elvis Presley’s “Now or Never” and more. Isaak returns to Beaver Creek, after playing to a sold-out crowd at the Vilar in July.Callaway is one of the leading champions of the great American songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. A born entertainer, her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television and in film. Callaway is best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical “Swing!” and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series “The Nanny.” Callaway’s concert March 11 at 7:30 p.m. is in collaboration with the Vail Jazz Foundation’s inaugural Winter Jazz Series and is a multimedia tribute to jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald, complete with narrative, video and song. The two new shows add to the Vilar’s already announced winter concert season, which includes the Commodores on Dec. 30, The Music of ABBA on Jan. 16, Emmitt-Nershi Band on Jan. 25, Randy Travis on Feb. 19, Bruce Hornsby on March 24 and Bela Fleck & The Flecktones on April 6.Tickets for Isaak and Callaway are on sale now and are available at http://www.vilarpac.org, by phone at 888-920-ARTS or in person at the VPAC Box Office in Beaver Creek or Marketplace Box Office in Vail Village.