FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 16, 2010
Media contact for additional information: Charles Leslie, Director,
Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College,
970.247.7468 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DURANGO, Colo. - Tickets for the 2011 Winter/Spring Performing Arts Series at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College are set to go on sale Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, 9 a.m., available at www.durangoconcerts.com, by calling 970.247.7657, or in person at the Ticket Office in Historic Downtown Durango at 7th and Main Ave.
The line-up of confirmed shows for Winter/Spring 2011, including brief show descriptions, follows below. This line-up is subject to change.
The Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to Southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, and the city of Durango, as well as through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Following the legacy begun by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Ailey II is a highly-trained dance company that merges the spirit and energy of the country’s best young talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Under the direction of Sylvia Waters, Ailey II has inspired and invigorated the American dance scene.
Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Friday, February 11, 2011
Modern jazz, traditional jazz – the Brubeck Brothers Quartet is both, though the sons of legendary pianist Dave Brubeck – Dan and Chris – are said to bring their own, unique sound to jazz traditions, complete with spirit, flexibility plus an inherited flair. As written in All About Jazz, “…the BBQ attains that rarefied level where music is both relaxed and expressive, and their joy in its creation is contagious.”
The New Gershwin Musical
Saturday, February 12, 2011
The New Gershwin Musical, ‘S Wonderful is revered as an all singing, all dancing musical revue that celebrates the genius of American songwriters George and Ira Gershwin. Weaving together five mini-musicals inspired by the real events occurring in and around the lives of the Gershwin brothers, the show illustrates the impact of their songs on the world, then and now.
The Wailin’ Jennys
Thursday, February 17, 2011
The Canadian folk trio the Wailin' Jennys began as a onetime-only grouping of three singer/songwriters, but musical chemistry and audience response turned it into an ongoing band. The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse – three distinct voices that together create an extraordinarily perfect vocal sound. The organic, professional honesty of the Jennys’ craftsmanship comes through with every strum and pick.
Dailey & Vincent
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Earning accolades as bluegrass music’s hottest act, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent trace their passion for bluegrass to their ancestors. Both enjoyed separate successful, award-winning careers, but in 2007 Dailey & Vincent came together and the duo soared in popularity had has amassed International Bluegrass Music Awards each consecutive year. Said Dolly Parton, “What a great sound. Not since the Louvin Brothers has music touched me this deep. I expect them to go all the way to the top and stay there.”
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Revered as one of the most innovative live performance groups in the nation, Rhythmic Circus has risen quickly from an underground percussive-dance phenomenon to an innovative company known for transforming their tap shoes into instruments of rhythm. The current touring production, “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” is an integration of inventive rapid-fire tap with a wide variety of musical genres. The captivating show is a novel music and dance experience that appeals to audiences of all ages.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Called “One of America’s funniest female comics” by Jay Leno, stand-up comedienne Kathleen Madigan offers exceptional comedic timing, the right amount of irreverence and an hilarious perspective on life’s everyday occurrences. The only comedian ever to go unchallenged on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Madigan also defeated the ever-popular Larry the Cable guy and other notable comics to win the 2007 Sirius Radio Comedy Cup. Patrons are advised, this show does include mature content and may not be appropriate for all audiences.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
“Remember Me” is a unique melding of two dramatic and in many ways timeless disciplines – opera and dance. Parsons Dance, known for its uplifting American contemporary dance of extraordinary artistry, is joined by the vocalists of the East Village Opera Company, and together they present a show reminiscent of the early “revolutionary” rock operas. Integrating the back-beat of a rock band and the gritty edginess of the streets of New York, with stunning, operatic vocals and Parsons’ innovative choreography, “Remember Me” is a re-telling of the classic tale of a love triangle – two brothers, one beautiful woman.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Remembered by many for her early hits “Society’s Child” and the Grammy-winning “At Seventeen,” Janis Ian remains one of America’s finest troubadours. Labeled a formidable talent, a force of nature, Ian was dubbed "The best young singer in America" by Ella Fitzgerald. Chet Atkins said "Singer? You ought to hear that girl play guitar; she gives me a run for my money!" Reviewers have called her live performances overwhelming to the spirit and soul, and drenched with such passion, the audience feels they’ve been swept up in a hurricane.
Aquila Theatre Company
Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Access to excellent art is essential in a free society, and Aquila Theatre strives to maximize opportunities for all audiences to experience thought provoking, imagistic and innovative classical theatre. The company brings to Durango a contemporary version of William Shakespeare’s moonstruck comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Set against a classical Athenian backdrop, the play deals with the universal theme of love and its attendant complications: passion, lust, frustration, depression, confusion, and, of course, marriage. Aquila’s comedic mastery and physical ensemble techniques promise a “Dream” not soon forgotten.
One Night of Queen
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Returning to Durango by popular demand, “One Night of Queen” assures that Freddie Mercury lives again. Gary Mullen and his back-up band The Works recreate the sensation that was Queen. Including dramatic staging, lighting and all the effects of a Queen concert at its height, the show brings the lyrics to life: “We will, we will rock you!”
Great Big Sea
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The multi-award winning Great Big Sea embodies the sea shanty tradition of Newfoundland, Canada, fused with the spirit and energy of contemporary rock and popular music. Though self-described as a folk band, Great Big Sea hosts a wide following among fans of both traditional and rock music. The band members maintain a mission to perform the folk music of Newfoundland with a modern twist.
Special Guest: Waiting on Trial
Thursday, March 31, 2011
While critics have often declared the Infamous Stringdusters as newgrass torchbearers, the band is actually a broad melting pot of American music. Backgrounds range from training in classical and jazz to hard rock to stints backing country legends and high lonesome heroes. Based in Nashville, Tenn., the band consists of six unique, professional players who are steeped in the tradition of bluegrass vocal harmony as well as the progressive edge of instrumental music. The dance floor will be open.
Los Lonely Boys
Special Guest: Kirk James Blues Band
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Take a dollop of Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pinch of Santana and a helping of Ritchie Valens and one might come close to the sound of the amazing Los Lonely Boys. An Austin-based, Grammy Award-winning group of brothers – Henry, Jojo and Ringo Garza – Los Lonely Boys is noted for a unique style of music that combines elements of blues, soul, country and Tejano, which the brothers have dubbed as Texican rock ‘n’ roll.
Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli” de Veracruz
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Founded in 1985, Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli” de Veracruz has crisscrossed the globe exciting audiences of all ages. The visual fiesta of culture and folklore features regional dances of old Mexico. The music, performed live on authentic stringed instruments, punctuates the meticulous movement, colorful clothing and perfect pulse established by the dancers. Earning standing ovations from Cuba to Malaysia, “Quetzalli” shines as one of Mexico's most popular exports.
Hot 8 Brass Band
Thursday, May 5, 2011
The Hot 8 Brass Band has epitomized New Orleans street music for more than a decade, and it continues to play the traditional Second Line parades hosted each Sunday by the Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs. Hot 8 performances are infused with the funk and energy that has prompted a love for New Orleans music worldwide as the players coax a unique sound from their well-loved and well-worn horns.
The Johnny Clegg Band
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Johnny Clegg, one of South Africa’s most celebrated sons, is singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist and musical activist whose infectious crossover music, a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms, has exploded onto the international scene. Long before Paul Simon introduced Ladysmith Black Mambazo to the world, Clegg had formed his unique multi-cultural band performing African jazz-pop music, Zulu chants and choreography and multilayered vocal harmonies – songs which feature English lyrics alongside South African musical structures.
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