Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, winter season
Editors note: Directors Corner is a weekly column where Kris Sabel, who is in charge of cultural programming for the Vail Valley Foundations, gives his expert take on shows not to be missed.As we embark on this, the 10th Anniversary Season at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, there is much to look forward to!First: our new name. Though only a slight change from our previous title, we feel that the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) more accurately describes the core mission of our programming. By adding the word performing, we are able to specify our goal of bringing the finest in dance, music and theater to the Vail Valley. Well be rolling out a new website and logo later this fall.To go with our new name is a fresh look in the theatre. With new carpeting throughout, as well as updated lighting and sound control boards and the latest in speaker technology, we can ensure the very highest quality performance experience for our audience. These new features also make it possible for us to pursue the best artists for our beautiful venue. And now to the most exciting part of the upcoming winter: our lineup, which goes on sale Nov. 5. Hopefully by now youve seen our 10th Anniversary season schedule if not, please visit vilarpac.org, where you can find out more information about all of our artists and link to their websites. I think youll agree that we have put together an incredible and varied lineup and were still adding new artists every week, so check our website often. Throughout the winter, Ill be sharing my thoughts in this column on many performances to look forward to this season. While I am excited about every artist that will be coming to the VPAC, there are some (i.e. B.B. King, Art Garfunkel and the Gipsy Kings) that need no explanation, and others that I want to be sure you dont overlook. Here are a few shows I encourage you to check out:n Gandalph Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (Jan. 12): With an engaging blend of rock, folk and improvisation, this band has been hailed by critics as simply one of the finest American bands out there. According to KyndMusic, dont say I didnt warn you, because the Slamovians will lure you in and they will become your favorite new band.n Duncan Sheik (Feb. 11): You may know him from his hit single Barely Breathing, or if you are a Broadway fan, youll know his Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening. Either way, you should definitely plan to catch his show. Featuring a small orchestra and backup singers, this special evening will include Sheiks hit songs, as well as numbers from his award-winning musical. n Chicago Childrens Choir (March 15): When I listened to their CD, I was truly moved by the beauty and exuberance of this groups singing. A multi-cultural choir of children ages 10-18, the ensemble is traveling to Colorado for a special performance at the VPAC in Beaver Creek. n Diavalo (March 4): Back for their third engagement at the VPAC, Diavalo is one of the most energetic, athletic and exciting dance companies around. If you loved Pilobolus last year and especially if you were left out of that sold out show then this evening of prop-interactive, acrobatic dance is one you cannot miss. Please check out the full schedule at vilarpac.org. Were also once again offering our special early season pricing through Dec. 1: buy tickets to five shows and get a sixth show for free.I hope to see you at the Vilar Performing Arts Center this winter to celebrate our 10th incredible year!
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