Lone Tree Arts Center's 2015 Holiday Shows Include The Nutcracker, John Denver Holiday Concert, Nat King Cole's Holiday Songbook and More

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LTAC brings nostalgia, musicianship, dancing, and acting to its main stage this holiday season.

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Marta Burton and the cast of Snow Glow

Lone Tree Arts Center’s holiday series includes a wide variety of holiday shows each year so that there’s a little something for everyone. Our shows are designed to convey a spirit of warmth and togetherness.

The Lone Tree Arts Center (LTAC) brings nostalgia, musicianship, dancing, and acting to its main stage this holiday season, continuing a tradition of partnering with the region’s outstanding artists and musical groups.

The holiday series kicks off with a special musical treat for families with Snow Glow: A Colorado Holiday Celebration, Sunday, November 22, 1:30pm and 7pm. Families will warm up with this cozy holiday tale filled with music and joy. The perfect way for families to kick-off the holiday season, Snow Glow tells the story of what made Denver the “Christmas Capital of the World” back in 1914. Classic and contemporary holiday songs will help ring in the season, complete with the big man himself and sing-alongs. A "ho-ho-holiday" steeped in tradition and wrapped by an elf, families won't want to miss this delightful family treat.

A Sensory Friendly performance of Snow Glow will be presented Sunday, November 22, 4:30pm. Click here for information about LTAC’s sensory friendly performances for audience members on the autism spectrum, with sensory sensitivities or intellectual or developmental disabilities.

“The talented performers in this cast bring such love and exuberance to the stage that each song feels like a beautifully wrapped gift,” says creator and director Marta Burton. “An inspired a cappella version of White Christmas, Chuck Berry's Run Rudolph Run, John Denver's Christmas for Cowboys, an Elvis-style Blue Christmas and a visit from Santa, who sings Harry Belafonte's radiant song Mary's Boy Child, will take audiences on a journey into the heart and soul of this holiday.”

Next on the schedule is Nat King Cole Christmas with Allan Harris, Sunday, November 29, 7:30pm. After two LTAC summer performances, jazz crooner Allan Harris returns with a holiday concert fit for Nat King Cole. A three-time winner of the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist,” Harris brings musical depth and elegance to the stage as he sings the holiday and jazz songbooks of Nat King Cole.

After a sold out run last season, LTAC presents Nutcracker with Classical Ballet of Colorado again this season, with multiple performances on December 4-6. This traditional holiday ballet is filled with sugar plum fairies, snowflakes, and dances from around the world. More than 80 professional and pre-professional dancers take the stage for a journey to the "land of sweets."

Tartan Terrors present a riotous, irreverent holiday concert, Wednesday, December 9, 7:30pm. Featuring traditional favorites including Pachelbel’s Canon performed on bagpipes, as well as Christmas in Kilarney, this show blends music, comedy and dance into a fun-filled night.

John Denver Holiday Concert, with multiple performances December 15-20, will transport the audience back in time to a place where life is simple, and sweet, and full of promise. Featuring modern and traditional Christmas carols as well as some of John Denver’s most memorable hits, the award-winning band members perform John Denver favorites Christmas for Cowboys, Aspenglow, Thank God I’m a Country Boy, and Back Home Again. Written and performed by Tony Award nominees Randy Myler and Dan Wheetman, a world-class picker and fiddler and former member of the John Denver band, the group includes Broadway veteran Jim Newman (The Who’s Tommy, Steel Pier, Sunset Blvd.) and acclaimed Nashville singer Gail Bliss.

Finishing off the 2015 holiday series at LTAC is Classical Holiday Featuring Handel’s Messiah with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Tuesday, December 22, 7:30pm. Fresh from their concert at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek, members of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will help audiences welcome the Christmas holiday with timeless songs of the season and excerpts from Handel’s stirring Messiah.

“Lone Tree Arts Center’s holiday series includes a wide variety of holiday shows each year so that there’s a little something for everyone,” said Lisa Rigsby Peterson. “All of our shows are designed to convey the spirit of warmth and togetherness that people want during the holiday season.”

Now in its fifth season, the Lone Tree Arts Center presents outstanding and engaging professional performances for audiences reaching beyond the south metro Denver location. More than 50,000 people attend performances each year, with ticket sales topping $1 million annually.

LTAC offers theatrical, musical and educational performances, and programs for all ages, including Arts in the Afternoon, featuring monthly professional concerts for seniors followed by refreshments, Q&A and meet-and-greets with the artists. Passport to Culture is for ages four through ten, and Seedlings is for children ages one to four. Sensory Friendly Family Tree features sensory friendly programs for individuals on the autism spectrum, with sensory sensitivities, or intellectual or developmental disabilities.

For tickets visit LoneTreeArtsCenter.org or call 720-509-1000.

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