Lone Tree Arts Center books impressive season

Performances launch in September and run through next May

Posted 7/23/18

R&B, blues, ballet, “Bella Gaia: Beautiful Earth,” Barynya (Russian singing and dancing troupe) and more are included in the wide-ranging season’s programs at Lone Tree Arts Center from …

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Lone Tree Arts Center books impressive season

Performances launch in September and run through next May

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R&B, blues, ballet, “Bella Gaia: Beautiful Earth,” Barynya (Russian singing and dancing troupe) and more are included in the wide-ranging season’s programs at Lone Tree Arts Center from September 2018 through May 2019. “Arts in the Afternoon” programming seems expanded and the Lone Tree Symphony offers early ticket access to Lone Tree subscribers, who can choose programs now and enjoy early access to the best theatrical series tickets, as well. (Subscriber tickets are discounted 15 percent.)

A sampler from the more than three dozen programs scheduled now (more will probably be added):

Vocalist Lannie Counts, who starred in last season’s “Muscle Shoals — I’ll Take You There,” opens the season at 8 p.m. on Sept. 15, with a program of “The Greatest R&B Songs Ever Written,” accompanied by a six-piece band. And soon thereafter, on Sept. 29, audiences are invited to a “Sing-Along Grease” film showing and 1950s movie night that includes a costume contest, sock hop and more.

The holidays will bring Gail Bliss with “A Classic Country Christmas” on Nov. 28; “The Doo Wop Christmas Project” on Dec. 2; and a revisit of Lone Tree’s production, “Home for the Holidays,” Dec. 19-23, that includes a special guest appearance of that jolly gentleman.

The always popular “National Geographic Live!” programs include four appearances this season with live speakers and the astonishing images National Geo is known for:

• “Into the Arctic Kingdom” with Florian Schulz, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

• “When Women Ruled the World” with Kara Cooney on Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

• “Ocean Soul” with Brian Skerry on Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

• “My Wild Life” with Bertie Gregory on Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The 10-part Arts in the Afternoon programming includes three from the regular season, plus a variety of musical, instrumental, dance, folk and other performers. Each program is at 1:30 p.m. on a Wednesday, with the exception of the Bertie Gregory National Geographic program, “My Wild Life,” which is on Friday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m.

A Classic Albums Live band will perform “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” — the entire album, with no gimmicks or costumes, just those favorite numbers, at 8 p.m. on Jan. 19, and Shaun Booth’s “Unauthorized Biography Series” will honor Martin Luther King Jr. and other cultural icons on Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

The Mary Louise Lee Orchestra will appear with “Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin” at 8 p.m. on Feb. 2, performing Franklin’s best-known songs and some less-recognized numbers that show her amazing range.

Classical ballet lovers will be interested in the Russian National Ballet’s Feb. 2 performance of what probably is the most famous one: “Swan Lake,” at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 12. “Bella Gaia: Beautiful Earth” is an immersive, multi-media performance, with projections of NASA imagery from outer space, inspired by the astronauts. Onstage live music and dance from around the world accompanies these images.

On a different track: “Ranky Tanky” is a band of South Carolina musicians with a fresh brand of Americana, who appear at 8 p.m. April 26. “Snap,” declared the best magic show at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, is a Korean production with mystery, fantasy and illusion, at 1:30 and 7 p.m. on May 5, and Classic Albums Alive returns with Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Chronicle, Vol. 1” at 8 p.m. May 11, as the season nears its end.

Lone Tree Symphony’s concerts on Sept. 28, Dec. 7 and 8, March 1 and May 3 may be included in the season ticket purchases, as noted above.

Pick up a season brochure at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree, or see lonetreeartscenter.org to order — or call the box office at 720-509-1000. We are told this week that single tickets are also on sale, should one wish to be sure of a seat for a particular favorite — some do sell out in advance! Enjoy planning ahead for entertainment through the year.

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