Spring Family Concerts

April 6 & 7, 2019 | 4:00PM


Bravo! Vail's Spring Family Concerts return this year to two locations.

Vilar Performing Arts Center | Saturday, April 6 | 4:00PM
Eagle Valley High School | Sunday, April 7 | 4:00PM

Follow the trail of breadcrumbs to Opera Colorado’s production of the beloved fairytale Hansel and Gretel. Stranded in the Magic Forest, things look “Grimm” indeed for Gretel and her brother Hansel. What follows is an enchanted odyssey through a magical forest and a house made of gingerbread. The pair encounters everything from a magical Sandman to a witch with a sweet tooth who really likes kids—well done, that is!

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Overview


Follow the trail of breadcrumbs to Opera Colorado’s production of the beloved fairytale Hansel and Gretel. Stranded in the Magic Forest, things look “Grimm” indeed for Gretel and her brother Hansel. What follows is an enchanted odyssey through a magical forest and a house made of gingerbread. The pair encounters everything from a magical Sandman to a witch with a sweet tooth who really likes kids—well done, that is!

Details


Bravo! Vail’s Spring Family Concert Series returns to the valley! This 50-minute production of Opera Colorado’s Hansel & Gretel shares the magic of storytelling and opera with the next generation of music lovers. Sung in English and staged with full costumes and set design, these performances will engage and delight audiences age 6and up.

Following each performance will be a Q&A session with the audience and an ‘Instrument Petting Zoo’ where children can experiment with real orchestral instruments and create fun musical-themed arts & crafts.

Doors open 30 minutes before each performance.

Artists


Opera Colorado

Opera Colorado

Opera Colorado has brought world-class opera to Denver and beyond since our founding in 1981.

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Rebekah Howell

Rebekah Howell, Soprano

Praised for her bell-like and crisp tone, native Houstonian soprano Rebekah Howell is making her mark as a versatile stage artist with “plenty of high notes” (The Herald Times).

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Kira Dills-DeSurra

Kira Dills-DeSurra, mezzo-soprano

Kira Dills-DeSurra is from Petaluma, CA, and earned her artist diploma and master of music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and her bachelor of music from the University of Southern California.

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Aaren Rivard

Aaren Rivard, Tenor

Aaren Rivard earned his master’s degree from Wichita State University, where he studied with Alan Held and Sam Ramey; and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine, where he studied with Ellen Chickering.

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Nicholas Kreider

Nicholas Kreider, Baritone

Originally from Lansing, MI, Nicholas Kreider obtained both his bachelor and master of music degrees from Michigan State University, under the tutelage of Professor Richard Fracker.

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EDWARD LAURENSON

EDWARD LAURENSON, Baritone

Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Laurenson graduated from London’s prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2016, where he studied with Australian soprano Yvonne Kenny, and received coaching from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

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Eric McConnell

Eric McConnell, Bass-Baritone

Originally from Thornton, CO, Eric McConnell has trained as a young artist with Central City Opera, Opera Saratoga, Seagle Music Colony, and the Aspen Opera Center.

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Tyler Tucker

Tyler Tucker, Coach Accompanist

Tyler Tucker recently finished a degree in opera coaching at Florida State University, where he was principal pianist for CandideLa TraviataPrince of Players; and Alcina, for which he also served as continuo harpsichordist.

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Parking


Saturday, April 6, 4:00PM | Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek | 68 Avondale Ln, Beaver Creek CO 81620
Directions and Parking Information:
Take Exit 167 off I-70 at Avon and drive south straight through Avon's 3 roundabouts to Beaver Creek Resort. Free parking is available in the Elk and Bear lots after 1:00PM at the base of the entrances to Beaver Creek. Complimentary shuttles run regularly to Beaver Creek Village.
Based on availability, validated event parking will be offered in Beaver Creek Village after 3:00PM at the Villa Montane Garage directly across from the Vilar Performing Arts Center and the Ford Hall Garage located just before the skier bridge. Upon exiting the garage, please present your Hansel & Gretel ticket to the parking attendant.
Seating: Tickets are general admission. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance. 

Sunday, April 7, 4:00PM | Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum 641 Valley Road, Gypsum CO 81637
Directions and Parking Information:
Take Exit 140 off I-70 at Gypsum. Turn left onto Trail Gulch Road. At the roundabout take the second exit onto US 6 heading southeast. Drive straight through the light and turn right into the Eagle Valley High School free parking lot.
Seating: Tickets are general admission. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors


A special thanks to the generous contributions of all Bravo! Vail donors and specifically those who are supporting the 2019 Spring Family Concert Series: The Paiko Foundation, Kathy Cole, Carole A. Watters, and Town of Gypsum.