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Culture in the Vail Valley

Culture in the Vail Valley

THE ART OF DANCE

The Vilar Performing Arts Center’s winter dance sries is all about connection: with the art form as well as with one another By Caramie Petrowsky Dance is a living, breathing art form: nurture it, love it, support it and it will grow. As such, the future of dance depends on people — especially the younger generation — experiencing it and subsequently falling in love.  Over the years, the Vail Valley Foundation has kept this courtship alive by spotlighting dancers of all types year round, hosting the renowned Vail Dance Festival every summer and a winter dance series at the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC).   “There are so many things competing for young people’s attention these days,” says Sarah Johnson, the senior vice president of the arts and education at the Vail Valley Foundation. “However, few of them are as rewarding over the long term, few of them are as enriching […]

ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT, Culture in the Vail Valley

A Musical Gem

We have a unique gem in the area. It shines. Is engaging. Filled with life. No, it’s not hidden. But, rather, it’s out there — ready for all to share in its delight. What’s more, the only thing you need is a ticket to capture the joy it creates. It’s easy to find. Its name clearly marked as you approach: The Vail Performing Arts Center (VPAC). Enter its walls and the magic begins. The array of entertainment that the VPAC brings in each year is astounding. The programs cover a gamut of entertainers in every genre for every age group. It might be a circus or a Broadway show, Grammy Award-winning artists or a full orchestra — all performing in this 530-seat venue with state-of-the art stage rigging, production and backstage accommodations to host the biggest and best! And this summer is no different, when the VPAC opens its summer […]

ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT, Culture in the Vail Valley

Just Dance

Innovative performances. World premieres. Extraordinary debuts. More than 150 dancers, musicians, composers and choreographers creating 11 performances. Numerous public events celebrating dance and music. This is what we can expect from the 31st season of the Vail Dance Festival (VDF). A spectacular event, under the artistic direction of Damian Woetzel, that is world-renowned. A retired principal dance with the New York City Ballet, Woetzel, now president of The Juilliard School, was named artistic director of the Festival in 2007, and soon established the event as a place to see both major dance stars and up-and-coming-performers. “Breathing the Rocky Mountain air, we seem to let go of rules,” says Woetzel. “Bringing together so many distinct voices sets the scene for some highly creative craziness.” And, certainly, each performance at the VDF will be a unique experience, beginning with an opening night that will feature New York City Ballet principal dancer, Festival […]

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Dazzling Debuts

Eighteenth-century German writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, best-known for his poetic drama, Faust, described string quartet music as “four rational people conversing.” Essentially, the “conversation” begins when one instrument introduces a melody or motif and then the other instruments subsequently “respond” with a similar motif. It’s a thread that, over the years, has been woven through the history of chamber music. From its origin, chamber music has been composed for a small group of instruments — traditionally, a group that could fit in, say, a palace chamber of a large sitting room. In fact, for more than 100 years the music was primarily played by amateur musicians in their homes and was sometimes described as “the music of friends.” This summer, the Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin, alongside celebrated violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, will make its North American debut at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. The ensembles, friendly music rivals, were first united […]

Culture in the Vail Valley, FINE ARTS

Walking Among The Art

Head toward the covered bridge in Vail Village and you inevitably pass a white-clad soldier, frozen mid-step with skis over one shoulder and goggles covering his eyes. The 13-feet-tall bronze statue with his Army-issued gear honors those 10th Mountain Division ski soldiers, both alive and dead, who trained at Camp Hale, south of Vail, during World War II. Created by Scott Stearman and Victor Issa, 10th Mountain Division Memorial is just one of almost 50 carefully curated pieces of Vail’s public art from East Vail to West Vail’s Vail Ridge. The Town of Vail’s Art In Public Places (AIPP) program was officially adopted in 1992 to “promote and encourage the development and public awareness of fine arts.” Pieces range from murals to bronze figures to more modern work — even playgrounds. And while it’s easy to stumble upon some of Vail’s public art, the best way to explore is with […]

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And all that jazz

For 25 years the Vail Jazz Foundation (VJF) led by founder Howard Stone and his wife, Cathy, has brought those “sudden smiles” and a stream of of exceptional music to our valley. And this summer is no exception — with more than 85 concerts in the course of 65 days, almost every jazz genre will be performed by ingenious musicians! “We’re going to make it the best party we can — all summer long,” says James Kenly, newly appointed executive director of the VJF. And he’s got a fresh plan to grow and develop the now-iconic festival. With the help of director of development Amanda Blevins, marketing manager Chris LeBoeuf and the rest of the team, their new ideas will make for a unique and transformative time in the history of Vail Jazz. And, with the countless relationships Stone has nurtured over the course of his career Kenly certainly has […]

Culture in the Vail Valley

Vail Symposium

Part of the Vail Symposium’s Geopolitical Series, the program on the Middle East was just one of the 2018 summer series programs. Other topics included discussions on China, North Korea and Africa—and that’s just one series, with other avenues including health and wellness, community issues and the environment. Founded in 1971 by then-Town of Vail Manager Terry Minger, the Vail Symposium started as an annual weekend “think tank” of sorts to guide change in the burgeoning mountain community. As the valley grew, the role and scope of the Symposium expanded and changed as well; it now has provided educational programming designed to inform and inspire for almost 50 years. “In the early years, the Symposium helped foster the development of the Vail master plan, the formation of the Eagle Valley Forum and was the platform from which President Gerald Ford made a major energy policy speech in 1976,” said Kris […]

Culture in the Vail Valley

Edwards First Restauranteur

Singletree had just opened. There weren’t really homes in Homestead just yet. There was no Arrowhead, no Cordillera, no Eagle Springs,” Irons remembers. There was just something about the vacant, circa 1940s service station that spoke to Irons, her former husband and their friends, Katie and Bucko Clark. The two couples began renovating the restaurant in 1982, painting the powder blue walls and adding the bathrooms. When the restaurant first opened in, 1983, The Gashouse simply served sandwiches, red pork chili and soup out of a small shack-style kitchen. The chili is still on the menu! In ’83, making a call from Avon to Edwards was considered to be long distance, so the restaurant paid $100 a month for a local number just “so people in Vail and Beaver Creek could call to ask ‘are you open?’” Irons says. The Clarks sold out their share of the restaurant and moved […]

Culture in the Vail Valley

When Jazz Hands have a mind of their own

Sometimes a person gives voice to his or her life calling before a plan even registers within one’s brain. Such was the case for Vail Jazz Festival Founder Howard Stone. Stone, a lifelong music fan who had attended numerous jazz parties organized by the late Dick Gibson, decided on a whim to throw his own jazz party in Vail on Labor Day Weekend 1995. Gibson, a musician, jazz fan and businessman, had been organizing Labor Day weekend jazz parties around Colorado since the 1960s, bringing in dozens of the nation’s top jazz musicians. He is even credited with masterminding the jazz party format. “He developed this wonderful way of presenting music,” Stone says of Gibson. “His format was to bring in musicians, have them stay at the same place and perform jam session after jam session. It was a regular event over a number of years, in Colorado Springs, Aspen […]

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Baset’s Story

I was born 17 years ago in Kabul, Afghanistan, in an open-minded family. My dad works for the Ministry of Defense, my mom is a homemaker and I have one older brother who is finishing law in University of Kabul and two younger sisters. I was fortunate to start school in one of the greatest schools in Kabul, Malali School, but the school is in front of the Afghanistan Ministry of Internal Affairs. As the school is in front of the ministry, there was a lot of bombings from 2005 to 2008. Frequently there was a bombing, and all of us were rushing and hiding under tables and other places. I was only eight years old. I didn’t understand what was happening. Many times we came out of school building and saw blood and body parts in the street. The last bombing happened when our school driver would usually wait […]