Vilar Performing Arts Center Celebrates 25 Years of Abundance, Inclusivity + Accessibility

Located in Beaver Creek, the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) stands as a beacon of culture in the mountains. Since its founding, the venue has committed to offering a rich tapestry of artistic genres that are accessible to everyone.

“Like Beaver Creek itself, the Vilar Performing Arts Center is both luxurious and accessible,” says executive director Owen Hutchinson. “It’s an intimate theater where you’re up close and personal with the artists, which results in a sense of connection between the performer and the audience that a major stadium or a large theater doesn’t offer.”

As VPAC celebrates its 25th year, the importance of preserving the performing arts in mountain communities is under-scored. Hutchinson believes that the arts serve as a unifying force that transcends generations and brings communities together. “The 25th anniversary celebrates artistic excellence across genres and art forms, arts education and the role it plays for students, and the role the arts play in our community,” he says.

This winter season promises a stellar lineup, showcasing a diverse range of performances. Among the highlights is the dance company BODYTRAFFIC’s reimagining of “Bolero,” by Fernando Hernando Magadan, a bold and enigmatic interpretation of Ravel’s orchestral work commissioned in part by the VPAC. Broadway enthusiasts can look forward to the return of the beloved STOMP, featuring new surprises and routines that promise entertainment for the whole family. Renowned organist Cameron Carpenter will grace the stage, breathing new life into Bach’s classic organ works. The Colorado Symphony, under the baton of conductor Eun Sun Kim and featuring pianist Inon Barnatan, is set to return.

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Vilar Performing Arts Center. Photos courtesy of VPAC.

“Packing an entire symphony onto the VPAC stage is always a highlight of our season when the Colorado Symphony returns,” Hutchinson says. “And, we can’t forget Penn and Teller, set for March 12, 2024, which brings a legendary duo performing jaw-dropping magic and Marx Brothers-style comedy to our stage.”


VPAC has also undergone significant upgrades, including a cutting-edge sound system that ensures a custom immersive experience for every seat. The auditorium’s fresh color scheme, completed this past fall, further enhances the ambiance.

“The venue is committed to maintaining a low-ticket fee for patrons while delivering exceptional service, from ticket purchase to on-site theater experience,” Hutchinson shares.



The commitment to inclusivity and accessibility is palpable, with programs like Support The Arts Reaching Students (STARS) providing free matinee experiences for Eagle County students. This initiative, running for over 25 years, impacts over 8,000 students annually with approximately 20 shows a year, exposing them to a diverse range of performing arts genres.

“Imagine growing up in a culture and community where, from the earliest age, every single kid without exception from all of our local schools can enjoy the performing arts and share in the lessons and ideas generated by those performances,” says Tom Boyd, director of PR and communications for the Vail Valley Foundation, the nonprofit that operates the VPAC. “The positive, long-term ripple effects of this long-standing program are staggering.”

Hutchinson emphasizes the best way to honor the VPAC’s legacy is to continue the steady, upward trajectory, bringing some of the greatest artists in the world to its stage for locals and visitors alike.

“Our vision is to strive for diversity and excellence in providing abundant artistic, entertainment and educational activities,” he shares. “It’s something we take very seriously here and strive for every day.”

For more information and ticket purchases, visit or call 970.845.8497.