The Arvada Center will kick off its summer concert season and its 30th Anniversary celebration on Friday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. with a highly-anticipated performance by the Arvada Center Chorale and Musicians of the Musica Sacra Orchestra. A multitude of free, pre-show activities for kids and adults starting at 5:00 p.m. will also help mark the festivities.
This annual outdoor concert will take place in the Arvada Center’s amphitheater and feature such musical gems as the “Mozart Vespers” for chorus and orchestra, Mozart’s “Divertimento in D Major” for strings, Morten Lauridsen’s “Nocturnes” and a specially commissioned choral work titled “We are the Music Makers” in honor of the Center’s 30th Anniversary celebration.
“We are the Music Makers” was written by Keith J. Arnold, music director of the Arvada Center Chorale. The work is arranged for Chorus, Brass Quintet, Strings, Organ and Narrators and will be performed by nearly 100 singers and an orchestra of 20. It celebrates the ways in which all of the arts (music, visual art, dance and theater) improve our lives and “wash away from the soul the dust of everyday life” (Red Auerbach). Text is drawn from such literary luminaries as Arthur O’Shaughnessy, William Shakespeare and Helen Keller as well as legendary Boston Celtics basketball coach Red Auerbach. The piece is intended as a tribute to those who devote themselves to the enhancement of their community and the world through the arts.
Family-friendly activities begin at 5:00 p.m. and will include face painting, sidewalk chalk drawing with cartoonist David Sullivan, balloon animals and the opportunity to create original artwork for “A Work in Progress: Dog and Pony Art from the Community,” a continually expanding exhibition which will be on display in the Arvada Center’s Upper Gallery through November. Representatives from the City of Arvada Police K-9 Unit and Fire Department as well as other community organizations will also provide fun and informative activities for kids. Come with an appetite—the Center will be featuring $1 hot dogs throughout the evening!
Tickets for the concert are $15 for covered seats and $12 for general admission on the lawn. To purchase tickets, call the Arvada Center box office at (720) 898-7200 or visit http://www.arvadacenter.org/perform/concerts.php?newsid=1768. All pre-show activities are free.
Advocate Homes is the official 30th Anniversary Sponsor.