summer at the center

An Evening Under The Stars: The Colorado Ballet.

As we reach the end of summer, and the cold weather begins to break through accompanying with it the colors of fall, the many summer concert series within the Denver Metro Area are coming to a close. Which can be very disheartening to say the least as for many the concert series provides many activities to do within the warm months of the year.  

There is of course still a few performances left just before August ends. One in particular being a performance that is a perfect way to end this season. That being The Colorado Ballet: An Evening Under the Stars at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 

Having attended many of the Summer at the Center Concerts I have to say this upcoming performance is one I have been looking forward to since it was announced. The first time I ever saw the Colorado Ballet perform was actually almost a year ago with their performance of Dracula last October. And to say they blew my expectations out of the water is an understatement. The companies talent alone is worth purchasing a ticket for this performance that will be taking place on August 25th. 

The Arvada Center has continuously impressed with this concert series and ending it with the Colorado Ballet; one of Colorado’s best of the best in the artistic community, is providing something special for the citizens of Arvada. The performance features excerpts from both classical and contemporary favorites; with a performance of Brief Fling by choreographer Twyla Tharp. This performance incorporates a traditional Scottish dance and a short lived romance. Accompanied by Isaac Mizrahi’s tartan costumes that divide the dancers into clans of blue, red, green and off-white, one can only imagine what will be in store for audience members who will attend this event that is sure to leave some jaws on the ground. I am still feeling the slight looseness of my own jaw after seeing the Ballet last year. With a score by Michel Colombier intersperses Percy Grainger’s sunny interpretations of traditional melodies from the United Kingdom with an ominous electronic score,  the idea of sitting on the lawn at the Arvada Center while watching this performance is almost irrespirable. It also gives a sense of wonder to the lineup of this series. The Colorado Ballet’s work is something that one needs to see at least once in their lifetime. And for those that wish to see the ballet in a more casual setting have been given an amazing opportunity to see it at the Arvada Center. 

This performance also provides a view of the feet that the Summer at the Center Concert Series has achieved over the 2018 season. With performances ranging from Bluegrass, Jazz, Broadway, Rock, Country, and finally traditional and classical music, it has proven time and time again why spending many evenings within the amphitheater can provide a more global musical experience. With that being said I see this series becoming  a summer tradition for years to come for those who attend. 

The series of course still has another performance prior to the Colorado Ballet. Poco, Orleans, and Pure Prairie League plays on August 23rd at 7:30. 

Gates for food and drinks vendors open at 6pm with doors opening to the Amphitheater at 6:30pm prior to performance. For tickets and information please visit https://arvadacenter.org/summer-at-the-center-concert-series-2018 or call the box office at 720-898-7200

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

There are times where you might come across a song, or a multitude of songs in your life that stick out to you while you are out in about. Your brain somehow, though you still don’t know how exactly,  knows every word without having to think. You aren’t sure where you have heard the familiar tunes, but one thing is for sure. 

The songs will be stuck in your head for a while. This has often been the case with the music of the famous duo  Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. As some of their most popular anthems consist of, “Love is Battlefield,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.” and who could forget “We Belong,”?  The list of course could go on and on.  And whose to say many of their songs will not be sung by the guests that will be attending their one night only concert at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities on Tuesday July 31st. The Summer at the Center Concert Series has been heating up with some great performances as of late, and to have Pat Benatar accompanied by her long time  collaborator and husband Neil Giraldo takes the cake.

Benatar has become a household name over the years and one cannot think of her without Giraldo. Both have proven time and time again how their music has redefined the rock genre. Their long lasting partnership has spanned four decades, winning them many awards within the music industry such as multiple grammy’s and American Music Awards. 

It is unbelievable to see what talent the Arvada Center is drawing in. Benatar and Giraldo will be a feast for the ears and the soul. Both are known of course for the many award winning hits that hold such a memorable feel and sound. Anyone who has listened or heard their music can be a witness to this. 

  Myself included.

 These two performers are timeless, it doesn’t matter what age you may be, their music has s sound that can be understood and enjoy by so many. It is no wonder that they have continued to tour, produce and sing music. Throughout their successful careers the duo have always managed to find something new to say, adding their own flare of how they say it within both their music and lyrics. This being one of the key traits as to why they are so well known and how their music can withstand the test of time. It too is able to adapt  its meaning to current events and personal stories. This of course only adheres to both Benatar and Giraldo’s talent. 

  With the end of July coming to a close on a very high note, the concert will be taking place on July 31st at 7:30. Do not miss seeing these amazing legends as they share some of the best rock music, spanning decades for all to find stuck in their heads long after the lights go down. 

  Coming up next in the Concert Series are other great acts such as: 

 

 Sleep At the Wheel: August 2nd at 7:30 

 

Air Supply: August 5th at 7:30 

 

Poco, Orleans, and Pure Prairie League: August 23rd at 7:30 

 

And the Colorado Ballet: August 25th at 7:30 

 

Gates for food and drinks vendors open at 6pm with doors opening to the Amphitheater at 6:30pm prior to performance. For tickets and information please visit https://arvadacenter.org/summer-at-the-center-concert-series-2018 or call the box office at 720-898-7200