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Vilar Center revs up for winter

Daily Staff Report
Special to the DailyBegun in a rehearsal studio at Dartmouth College in 1971, Pilobolus premiered as the opening act for a Frank Zappa concert. The troupe, which combines dance and gymnastics, performs at the Vilar Center on March 8.
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BEAVER CREEK – If you can’t find anything you like on the Vilar Center’s winter lineup, you’re not looking hard enough. This season’s schedule is diverse, catering to a wide spectrum of audiences, from those who love the soothing sounds of Anne Akiko Meyers’ violin to those who prefer the nostalgia of a “Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular.” Vilar favorites return to the stage, like once-local Edwin McCain for the season opener Nov. 30 and the political satire troupe Capitol Steps on March 3, but the season is highlighted by the Grammy-winners who are performing.

“I’m constantly and pleasantly surprised when we have major shows added to our schedule,” Vilar’s Director Kris Sabel said. “This year alone, we have heavy hitters like Pat Metheny, Bela Fleck, Paul Taylor Dance and The Chieftains. These artists are indisputably at the top of their field.”Here’s a quick look at some of the upcoming shows:On Dec. 25 and 26, the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats launch the family lineup with their return to Beaver Creek. The group was nominated for Most Unique Theatrical Experience on Broadway for their run at the New Victory Theatre in New York. For the second time ever, the Vilar Center offers a performance on Christmas at 6:30 p.m., and the troupe returns the following day for a 7:30 p.m. show.

The months of January and February will bring two Grammy-winners to the stage: The Chieftains on Jan. 14 and Bela Fleck and The Flecktones on Feb. 9. The Chieftains are celebrating more than 40 years as a traditional Celtic band. Bela Fleck, often considered the premiere banjo player in the world, teams up with his band, The Flecktones, for a night of bluegrass fusion.March highlights two great nights of theater and dance. Social satirists the Capitol Steps bring their singing (and stinging) commentaries to the Vilar center for a return engagement March 3. Later that week March 8, the enigmatic Pilobolus will combine gymnastics, acrobatics and imagery in its unique brand of dance. In late March and early April, three more big-act concerts: 17-time Grammy-winning jazz artist Pat Metheny with Brad Mehldau on March 18, contemporary jazz trumpeter Chris Botti on March 30 and Grammy-winning bluesman Keb’ Mo’ on April 6.

Tickets to the Vilar Center’s winter season go on sale Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. The center is offering special locals pricing through Dec. 22, where theatergoers can purchase tickets to five shows and get the sixth show free. For more information about the Vilar Center’s lineup, visit http://www.vilarcenter.org or call 845-TIXS(8497). The Vilar Center for the Arts is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. Vail Colorado


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