SHOWS AND EVENTS
LONE TREE ARTS CENTER ANNOUNCES ITS 2019-2020 SEASON
Featuring Broadway Legends Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie,
Jazz Artist Allan Harris, Guitar Pioneer Will Ackerman, The Choir of Man,
National Geographic Live Speaker Series, International Artists, and More
LONE TREE, CO – Heading into its ninth season, the Lone Tree Arts Center (LTAC) has established a reputation for presenting outstanding and engaging professional performances for audiences reaching far beyond its south metro Denver location. 60,000 people attend performances at the Arts Center each year, with ticket sales topping $1 million annually, and its theatrical productions have been recognized with numerous Colorado Theater Guild awards and nominations. On May 10, at a private event, Executive Director Lisa Rigsby Peterson announced LTAC’s offerings for the 2019-2020 season.
“Our 2019-2020 season continues our commitment to remarkable programming. From your seat, you’ll enjoy Broadway stars; guitar virtuosos; pop, country, rhythm and blues, and jazz; thrilling tales of adventure and exploration; holiday traditions and celebrations; and so much more,” says Rigsby Peterson. “We are welcoming international, regional, and local artists to our intimate theater for unforgettable audience experiences. Our patrons love our welcoming environment, professional performances, free parking, and, most of all, the opportunity to explore a host of cultural offerings available nowhere else in Colorado. I think this is our best season yet!”
This year, LTAC’s theatrical productions include a four-performance run of Motones vs. Jerseys (October 23-26). It’s the ultimate ‘60s music battle, with music from Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and many more, and at the end of the night, the audience chooses the winner! We also welcome international jazz star Allan Harris in a recreation of his off-Broadway production of Cross That River: A Concert About the Black West(January 18). Cross that River tells the story of a runaway slave in the 1860s who heads to Texas to become one of America’s first Black Cowboys.
Before our season truly kicks off, we welcome back Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, for a truly special event: The History of the Negro Baseball Leagues (September 13). Kendrick wowed with his pre-Fences multimedia talk about the Negro Baseball Leagues last year, and he’ll be back with stories about how players got their start, how they were treated in the league, how they integrated into major league baseball, and how the Negro Leagues changed the game of baseball.
The season officially kicks off with the First Lady of Denver, Mary Louise Lee, and her Orchestra’s Diana Ross Tribute (September 21). With her amazing range, emotional fire, and sheer charisma on stage, Lee and her full band take you on a tour through Ms. Ross’ most popular songs and some lesser-known melodies. Join the Lone Tree Arts Center Guild prior to the show for their annual Gala, with proceeds benefiting the Arts Center.
Continuing with popular music, we’ll spend One Night In Memphis with Presley, Perkins, Lewis, and Cash (October 5). The show recreates that magical night of December 4, 1956 when the four superstars found themselves jamming at Sun Studios. Now a popular recurring series at LTAC, Classic Albums Live returns with Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes (January 25) and The Beatles’ Help! (March 27). Note for note, cut for cut, Classic Albums Live pays staggering attention to detail by recreating every sound on the chosen album, followed by a second set of favorites by the band. Back by popular demand after last year’s sold out concert, Lannie Countsreturns with his stellar vocals in The Greatest Songs Ever Written Vol. 2 (May 15).
This season celebrates musical classics as well. Allan Harris brings his trio to celebrate the 100thbirthday of Nat King Cole for an evening of “Unforgettable” music (November 1). LTAC favorite Gail Bliss returns with her soaring vocals to pay tribute to the one and only Patsy Cline; if you’ve never seen her, you’ll be “Crazy” for Gail Bliss (April 4)! We celebrate the 75th anniversary of the music that ended WWII with The Finest Hour, a collaboration between Davina and the Vagabonds and Hot Club Of Cowtown (May 2). Davina and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, top-level musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Davina’s commanding stage presence. Western swing-gypsy jazz trio Hot Club of Cowtown returns to the Arts Center with their inspired mix of Django Reinhardt and Bob Wills and Texas Playboys type music.
Returning after his performance at LTAC during the bomb cyclone in March, American Idol winner Ruben Studdard recreates his stellar performance of Ruben Sings Luther: An Evening of Luther Vandross Starring Ruben Studdard (June 22). After a successful run focusing on the music of Memphis, Take Me To The River is back, this time focusing on New Orleans (October 14). Don’t miss incredible Crescent City talent, including the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, George Porter Jr., Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Lost Bayou Ramblers,and more!
The 2019-2020 season brings an embarrassment of riches for guitar lovers. This fall, Grammy Award-winning music producer and guitarist Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records, joins kalimbatar/guitarist Trevor Gordon Hall, Imrat guitar/guitarist Todd Mosby, and acoustic guitar maestro Todd Boston for an intimate evening of acoustic artistry with The Gathering, 4 Guitars(November 8). Back by popular demand after last year’s sellout performance, International Guitar Night XX (February 4) celebrates 20 years of touring with their most eclectic lineup yet: contemporary guitarist Mike Dawes, timple player Germán López, jazz guitarist Olli Soikkeli, and Hawaiian slack key guitarist Jim “Kimo” West.
The Lone Tree Arts Center has developed a reputation for bringing renowned Broadway vocalists like Lea Salonga to our intimate theater, and the 2019-2020 season continues this tradition. Broadway stars Scott Coulter and Kelli Rabke and others return after the beautiful One Hand, One Heart concert last season to bring us The Wonderful Music of Oz (October 12), featuring music from the movie along with Broadway tunes from Wicked and The Wiz, plus popular music inspired by the classic novel. Brush off your tiara and unleash your inner princess as an iconic trio of Broadway originals/animation stars host a Broadway Princess Party (March 20), featuring the voices of Broadway’s Cinderella, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Jasmine from Aladdin. Legendary Broadway superstars Andrea McArdle (the original Annie) and Donna McKechnie(the original Cassie in A Chorus Line) team up for an evening devoted to the best of Broadway through the years (April 18). Lastly, the Lone Tree Arts Center was chosen as one of only four theaters in the country to present Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert (May 9). From Hello Dolly! and Mame to La Cage aux Folles, songsmith Herman has lit up Broadway with toe-tapping, soul-stirring musical moments. Starring a cast of New York’s top Broadway vocalists, this concert celebrates the songs and stories of one of the giants of musical theater.
Family-friendly spectacles are always a feature of LTAC’s season, and the 2019-2020 has excitement in store! Aureum: An Acrobatic Adventure Tale (February 21) seamlessly blends compelling storytelling and characters with world-class acrobatics and aerial feats for an unforgettable experience. Malayasian drummers Hands Percussion present Drumbeat Inferno(March 22), a spellbinding concert that combines their traditional cultural heritage with contemporary theatrical drumming.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with international singing star Giada Valenti’s From Venice with Love (February 15). Valenti performs pop hits from the ‘60s through today, paying tribute to iconic female singers like Edith Piaf, Etta James, Gloria Estefan, and more as she sings and speaks in five languages. In keeping with our Valentine’s Day tradition, we’ll celebrate with the holiday with a champagne toast at intermission and a sweet treat in the lobby.
LTAC has a fantastic holiday season lined up, with special thanks to holiday sponsor Park Meadows Retail Resort. We start the season off right with everyone’s favorite cowboys, Riders in the Sky, celebrating Christmas The Cowboy Way (December 1). Giddyup, Saddle Pals! Back by popular demand, The Doo Wop Project (December 11) brings their holiday cheer again this season, featuring doo wop versions of your favorite holiday music and pop classics. In what has become an Arts Center tradition, Denver choir Kantorei (December 12) returns for the fourth year with their holiday concert. From a mesmerizing rendition of “Silent Night” to the jubilant “Sleigh Ride,” Kantorei celebrates the season with a special performance of holiday favorites. Everyone’s favorite holiday theatrical production returns for a special encore! Family-friendly Home for the Holidays (December 18-22) is revised for 2019 but still features dancers, singers, drummers, holiday songs, and of course, a celebrity appearance by you know who! To close out the season in a beautiful way, we celebrate A Classical Holiday Featuring Handel’s Messiah with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus (December 23).
The 2019-2020 season sees the continuation of the popular National Geographic Live series. Sponsored by the Andrews Winslow Foundation and Thrive Home Builders, the series combines breathtaking photography and videography with first-person accounts of exploration and discovery. Award-winning filmmaker and photographer (and Niwot resident!) Andy Mann kicks off the series with From Summit to Sea (September 27), using images to tell the story of our rapidly changing planet from top to bottom. Next, biologist-turned-photographer Ronan Donovan looks at what we can learn from the social lives of chimpanzees, wolves, and gorillas with Social By Nature(October 18). Looking for something to do with visiting family between Christmas and New Year’s? Join rock climber Mark Synnott for Life on the Vertical (December 27), an exploration of incredibly inaccessible environments in search of rare species. Photographer Annie Griffiths has covered the weird and wonderful facets of humanity in more than 100 countries, but with Photography Without Borders (January 31), she’s focusing on supporting programs that empower women and children in the developing world. The series closes with photographer Stephen Wilkes’ incredible display of the changing of time with his most defining project, Day To Night(March 13). Wilkes documents the changing of time from a fixed camera position over the course of a full day and seamlessly blends the results into a single photograph – capturing fleeting moments of humanity as light passes in front of his lens.
Finally, the runaway hit of the Arts Center’s 2018-2019 season (and the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Choir of Man (January 22-23), turns our Main Stage into a working pub (with free beer!), combining hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The cast of nine sings everything – pub tunes, folk, opera, classic rock – all to roof-raising heights.
In addition to the Main Stage season, LTAC will soon announce afternoon programming for seniors, performances for children, and programs for those with cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities. LTAC’s innovative Arts in the Afternoon program, featuring monthly professional concerts for seniors mid-week at 1:30 pm, followed by refreshments, Q&A, and meet and greets with the artists consistently plays to capacity houses. Similarly, Passport to Culture, for children from 4 – 10; Seedlings, for children from 1 – 4; and a robust student matinee program also attract sold-out audiences. LTAC’s award-winning program, SF Family Tree, features sensory friendly programming for individuals on the autism spectrum, with sensory sensitivities, or intellectual or developmental disabilities. SPARK! programming, offered in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association, provides free monthly lively discussions, social engagement, and other hands-on multi-sensory activities using the genres of art, music, and poetry for people experiencing mild memory loss, early stage Alzheimer’s, or a related dementia, and their family, friends, and guests.
LTAC’s full 2019-2020 Main Stage season can be found below. Packages are available now to current subscribers. New subscriptions go on sale Monday, June 10. Tickets for individual performances go on sale Monday, July 1. 2019-2020 season sponsors include SCFD and the National Endowment for the Arts. Presenting Partners are Scott Leonhart and Maggie Eichenlaub, Janet and Joel Kaufman, and Betty A. and Don E. Winslow. For more information, visit www.LoneTreeArtsCenter.org or call 720-509-1000.