Vilar Center in Beaver Creek to launch winter ticket sales Nov. 3 |

Vilar Center in Beaver Creek to launch winter ticket sales Nov. 3

Special to the DailyMartin Sexton performs Nov. 1 at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” Off season?! What off season? It seems as though the summer just ended, and the winter is already upon us. The Vilar Performing Arts Center never really takes a break, with countless community events, performances and film screenings throughout the fall months. But things are really heating up in the theatre now, and the winter 2008/09 season will be in full swing before you know it.

Make sure to mark your calendars for Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. when tickets for the full winter season officially go on sale. Check out the complete lineup at, and plan to join us for the breathtaking diversity of artistry that will take the Vilar stage from November 2008 to April 2009.

We kick off the season on Nov. 1 with a wonderful acoustic performance by singer/songwriter Martin Sexton. He’s been widely acclaimed as the most talented artist to appear on the scene in recent years, and his career is on a trajectory path to stardom. His bluesy, folk-inspired sound, rich voice and serious guitar chops ” coupled with his animated stage presence ” make him a can’t-miss show. The evening will open with a special performance by Ryan Montbleau, a fellow singer/songwriter who is taking the music scene by storm.

The New York Times wrote that Sexton “jumps beyond standard fare on the strength of his voice, a blue-eyed soul man’s supple instrument,” adding that “his unpretentious heartiness helps him focus on every soul singer’s goal: to amplify the sound of the ordinary heart.”

The Boston Globe raved that “Martin Sexton is ripe with … raw, expansive talent. His voice comes in a hundred impossible shades. His songs are sweet and spirited and soulful. His repertoire is like a cross-country tour of the American musical vernacular.”

Additional early winter shows include the Australian Pink Floyd Show on Nov. 19.

This critically-acclaimed Floyd tribute band brings a special show to the Vilar Center, performing the legendary album The Wall live, from start to finish, for the first time since Floyd toured it themselves 25 years ago. On Nov. 20, the Vilar Center hosts “Common Thread,” a special benefit concert featuring Sugarland, Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls and Amos Lee, performing acoustic sets individually and collaboratively. All proceeds from the show will be donated to the respective artists’ charities of choice.

Tickets for Sexton, the Australian Pink Floyd Show and “Common Thread” are on sale now. Log onto to learn more about the performances, hear music from the featured artists and buy your tickets online.

It’s going to be an exciting, action-packed season at the Vilar Center, and I look forward to seeing you all there.

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.

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