FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media contact for additional information: Charles Leslie, Director, Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College,
970.247.7468 or email@example.com
DURANGO, Colo. - Tickets for the Fall 2010 Performing Arts Series at The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College are set to go on sale July 1, 2010, available on the web at www.durangoconcerts.com, by calling 970.247.7657, or visiting the Ticket Office in Downtown Durango at 7th and Main Ave. The line-up of confirmed shows for Fall, including brief show descriptions, follows below.
The Community Concert Hall is located in the growing arts complex of Fort Lewis College. It operates through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, as well as the city of Durango, and with financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.
Asleep at the Wheel
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Asleep at the Wheel, the Grammy-awarding winning band revered for sustaining Texas-based Western Swing, once again returns to Durango showcasing the band’s most recent release, “Willie and The Wheel,” a collection of classic western swing songs hand-picked by the late Jerry Wexler. Since the early ‘70s, Asleep at the Wheel has been the most important force in Western swing – a mix of big band, country and dance music popularized in the 1930s and '40s by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
In collaboration with the Fort Lewis Theatre Department, the Community Concert Hall presents the compelling one-man drama “Dodging Bullets,” featuring actor David Barker. Barker, who plays 10 different roles on a nearly empty stage, takes audiences through his interior and exterior life thus far, spiraling out from and returning to one indelible moment in 2004 – when his brother-in-law tried to kill Barker and his sister. “Dodging Bullets” includes mature themes and may not be appropriate for all audiences.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
A singer known for blending Celtic and folk sounds from her formative years in Ireland, and filtering them through contemporary American country and bluegrass music, Maura O’Connell is called a captivating stylist, introspective chanteuse, musical explorer and songwriter’s singer. O’Connell’s multi-decade career has earned her international acclaim, plus two Grammy nominations – including one in 2010 for her most recent release “Naked With Friends.”
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Justin Moore writes and sings about his life and the people he knows, bringing a heavy dose of southern, country charm to all his work. Considered one of Nashville’s “break-out” artists in 2009, Moore has earned wide acclaim for his fast-rising, #1 hit song “Small Town USA,” an ode to the spirit and simplicity of small-town life. Writes The Washington Post, "Moore's take on the (small-town) theme is clearly resonating with country music fans.”
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The hot and haunting, blues diva that Vanity Fair called “Astounding,” Shemekia Copeland returns to the Community Concert Hall. Referred to by The Washington Post as “a force of nature,” Copeland, and her dark and thundering alto voice, generates waves of energy and emotion, singing contemporary songs carved skillfully from her blues roots. Since the 1997 release of her debut, “Turn the Heat Up,” recorded when she was 18, Copeland has literally taken the music world by storm.
Ricky Nelson Remembered
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Ricky Nelson, America’s first television heartthrob and architect of the country-rock genre, is honored 25 years after the plane crash that took his life with the multi-media event “Ricky Nelson Remembered.” Featuring his sons, twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (multi-platinum recording artists in their own right) and backed by Nelson’s own Stone Canyon Band, the unique show recreates the sounds and the magic that Ricky Nelson brought to the stage.
Fred Garbo Inflatable Theatre
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Returning to Durango by popular demand, the Fred Garbo Inflatable Theatre will once again help young imaginations “expand” with Fred Garbo’s fast-paced and theatrically clever inflatable world. Garbo, along with ballerina Daielma Santos, engage audiences of all ages, leaving them amazed with the tumbling, juggling, bouncing, quaking and dancing that the New York Times called “Helium light and hilarious.”
Friday, October 15, 2010
As the singer, guitarist and main songwriter of Australia's Men at Work, Colin Hay was responsible for penning and popularizing several of the quirkiest pop hits of the early '80s, including “Down Under,” “Overkill” and “Who Can It Be Now?” The past ten years have found him re-introducing himself to new generations of fans, though the wit and warmth that defined Men at Work is still intact. Hay’s everyman charm, familiar voice and clever observations continue to resonate with audiences around the world.
Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy
Tuesday & Wednesday, October 19 & 20, 2010
Jumpin’, jivin’ swing renaissance band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy returns to Durango for two shows. Riding a perpetual wave of popularity and hipness, the zoot-suit clad Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has toured nearly non-stop since coming together in the mid-1990s. Contributing architects of this generation's swing music revitalization, the band has delivered a series of contemporary recordings and super-sizzling live performances, fashioned from the swinging days of the '40s and '50s.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Bill Harley is considered a master storyteller and critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter who celebrates commonality and humanity through comic narrative songs and the spoken word. A two-time Grammy Award winner, and multiple nominee, Harley has been called the Mark Twain of contemporary children’s music. Noted the Los Angeles Times, “Harley’s audiences are families, but it’s hard to tell who enjoys him more – parents or children.”
Thursday, October 28, 2010
If dance were edible, a performance by ODC/San Francisco would be a decadent feast. Known throughout the world for its athleticism, passion and intellectual depth, ODC features ten world-class dancers performing a dynamic, imaginative repertory. Its resident choreographers, Brenda Way, KT Nelson and Kimi Okada, are lauded as three of the finest contemporary women choreographers today. Together, over the last four decades, they have created a vibrant movement vocabulary that has significantly influenced a generation of dancers and choreographers.
“If You Give a Cat a Cupcake”
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Actions have consequences, and if you give a cat a cupcake, you never know what might happen. Such is the premise of the children’s theatrical show, “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake,” based on the children’s book by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. Suited for youth 4-7 years of age, the musical production involves the audience as it explores the exaggerated world where a child can talk to their pet, and it talks back.
Lizt Alfonso Danza Cuba
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Lizt Alfonso Danza Cuba, established in 1991 by renowned Cuban choreographer Lizt Alfonso, combines the folkloric dance traditions of Spain and Cuba in what the company calls “a new dance vocabulary.” Offering an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary , ranging from the proud flamenco to fusion moves that incorporate ballet, modern dance, Afro-Caribbean and Latin, Danza Cuba showcases an elegance and artistic rigor that has earned the all-female company a reputation as “unique in the world.”
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Perhaps best known as one half of the successful ‘70s pop duo Hall & Oates, John Oates launched his successful solo career in 2002, making music that is much more rootsy and stripped-down than the commercial work he performed with Daryl Hall for more than 30 years. With his acoustic solo performances, Oates brings in a mixture of the traditional folk blues of his youth, new, original music and stripped down versions of, and the stories behind, Hall & Oates songs.
Alisdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and vibrant young cellist Natalie Haas return to Durango by popular demand. Regarded as one of Scotland’s premier musical ambassadors, Fraser presents the music of his homeland with unsurpassed eloquence, passion and energy. Together, Fraser and Hass offer a weave of rocking, reeling rhythms, poignant melodies and exquisite musicianship. Writes the Boston Globe, “Their sound is as urbane as a Manhattan midnight, and as wild as a Clackmannan winter.”
State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara
Friday - Sunday, December 10-12, 2010
2 and 7 p.m.
Santa Barbara, California’s acclaimed professional ballet company, State Street Ballet, will return with its touring production of the traditional “Nutcracker” for four performances. Founded in 1994 by Artistic Director and former ABT dancer Rodney Gustafson, the small but mighty company has brought audiences to their feet from California to China and beyond. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Gustafson has built a company respected for its choreography, dancing and fiscally responsible management, proving against all odds and naysayers, that ballet is alive and kicking in Southern California.”
Friday, December 17, 2010
Israeli superstar David Broza is considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the singer/songwriter world. His charismatic and energetic performances fuse the three countries of his heritage – Israel, Spain and England – in troubadour style tradition. With lyrics reminiscent of the world’s greatest poets, Broza’s songs showcase his skill on the guitar, ranging from flamenco flavored rhythmic and whirlwind finger-picking, to a signature rock and roll sound.
Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Durango’s much-beloved cowboy crooners come off the Bar D and return to the Community Concert Hall stage for their traditional cowboy Christmas show. Founded by Cy Scarborough in 1969, the Bar-D Wranglers offer their own unique style of Western music, cowboy poetry and humor. The Christmas Jubilee is a warm-hearted and fun-filled show that inspires the entire family to remember the true meaning of the holidays.
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