Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House announces a new line-up of performances and films for the historic venue’s December programming. The “A Wheeler Wonderland” series will feature performances by iconic rock band Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, the legendary Del McCoury Band, two performances of the family musical “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and much more. The roster of performances announced for December are in addition to the previously announced New Year’s Eve show with The Infamous Stringdusters. Single tickets will be available October 19 at the Wheeler Opera House Box Office (970.920.5770/ aspenshowtix.com). The Wheeler Opera House is located at 320 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen, CO.
Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gena Buhler states, “The performances we will present in December set the tone for the remainder of the winter series which we will announce in mid-November. We have a lot more music, theater, comedy and films coming!” She continutes, “The holiday season is always special in Aspen. We are proud to offer a variety of entertainment options for locals and visitors to enjoy this December.”
A WHEELER WONDERLAND – December 2017
The Del McCoury Band (co-presented with Wheeler Associates)
December 6, 7:30 PM; $40
For fifty years, Del McCoury’s music has defined authenticity for hardcore bluegrass fans as well as a growing number of fans among those only vaguely familiar with the genre. McCoury has built a songbook filled with classics remade in his own image and a growing number of originals-songs like “High On A Mountain,” “Are You Teasing Me,” “Dark Hollow,” “Bluest Man In Town,” “Rain And Snow,” “Good Man Like Me, “Rain Please Go Away” and more.
Mountainfilm in Aspen presents
On the Wall Shorts – An Evening of Climbing Adventure
December 12, 6:30 PM; $15
Featuring award-winning short films “Brette,” “Young Guns,” “Boys in the Bugs” and “Lunag Ri,” On the Wall Shorts takes you higher than ever with a series of films focusing on the wild spirit of rock climbing. Special guest, professional climber Matt Segal, from the film “Boys and Bugs” will do a Q&A following the film.
Aspen Choral Society presents Handel’s Messiah
December 16, 7:00 PM; $15 in advance/$20 at the door
One of four performances of The Messiah that the Aspen Choral Society will present throughout the Roaring Fork Valley this holiday season, Handel’s masterpiece is a staple of classic Christmas music.
Aspen Laugh Festival presents Heather McDonald
December 17, 7:30 PM; $45
Funny gal Heather McDonald doesn’t hold back on anything. She is one of the most in-demand touring stand-up comics as well as an actress, and accomplished writer. Her top rated podcast “Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald” is downloaded over one million times per month. She recently debuted her first Showtime Stand-up Special “I Don’t Mean to Brag.” She was staff writer, story producer and regular on E!’s top rated show “Chelsea Lately” for its entire seven year run. Her last performance in Aspen was in 2016 as part of the Aspen Laugh Festival.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage
December 23, 3:30 PM & 6:30 PM; $35 child/$55 adult
Your favorite Peanuts characters come to life in this all-new touring stage adaptation of Charles M. Schulz’s classic Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning animated television special – all set to Vince Guaraldi’s unforgettable music. Join the gang as they put on their own Christmas play and discover the true meaning of the season. A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage is a present the whole family can enjoy!
Neil Berg’s Broadway Holiday!
December 25, 6:30 PM; $60
Direct from New York, five of Broadway’s brightest stars will take audiences on a journey through Broadway history with classic shows such as “My Fair Lady” and “South Pacific,” through ground breakers like “West Side Story” and “Chicago,” to current blockbusters like “Jersey Boys,” and “Wicked.” The show will also feature much-loved holiday tunes.
Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
December 28, 7:30 PM; $88
Mickey Thomas’s soaring voice propelled Starship through the decades of the 80’s and 90’s establishing him as one of rock music’s most recognizable stars. Best known for their chart-topping hits “We Built This City” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us,” Starship enjoys four decades of touring. Each of their albums released since 1979 has gone Gold, Platinum, or Multi-Platinum.
Jason Latimer: Curator of Impossible Science
December 30, 4:00 PM & 6:30 PM; $32 child/$42 adult
Jason Latimer’s performances are unprecedented with seventeen consecutive championship titles and awards for his work, including the highest honor the world of magic can bestow on an individual, the title of “The Grand Prix ‘Best Overall’ World Champion of Magic,” and the title of series champion of the BBC One’s six live specials, “The Magicians.” His unique background in science has made Latimer “one of magic’s most gifted creators” (Genii Magazine). On SyFy channel’s hit series “Wizard Wars,” Latimer sat along with the legendary magicians Penn and Teller as one of three judges on innovation and creativity.
New Years Eve Celebration featuring The Infamous Stringdusters (co-presented with Belly Up Aspen)
December 31, 9:30 PM; $95-$150 (prices increase on December 15)
Letting the past inform and the present propel, the Stringdusters’ style and substance are uniquely Infamous. Since 2007, the band’s ever-evolving artistry and boldly creative collaborations — including Ryan Adams, Joss Stone, Bruce Hornsby, Joan Osborne, and Lee Ann Womack — have pushed them past the edges of traditional acoustic music and carved out a musical niche all their own in the hearts of fans and critics, alike. Over the past couple of years, they released 2015’s “Undercover,” a covers EP, followed by 2016’s “Ladies & Gentlemen,” an album featuring multiple female guest vocalists.
Doors open at 7:45 PM with an open bar (wine and beer) as well as light appetizers until the concert. A complimentary champagne toast at midnight will follow the concert.
For more information about these events, please visit www.wheeleroperahouse.com.