Wheeler Opera House announces lineup of events for 2022-23 season

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Aspen Laugh Festival returns February 21-25.
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Wheeler Opera House 2022-23 will feature familiar faces like rock legend John Oates and ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum Kevin Nealon, the Beijing acrobats with the Shanghai Circus and an evening of opera arias famous films directed by Damien Sneed, the venue announced on Monday.

Damien Sneed poses for a portrait backstage at Carnegie Hall in 2015.
Courtesy of Wheeler Opera

For the first time, the Wheeler will offer season passes, allowing customers to save money when selecting more performances. Savings range from 10% to 15%

“In announcing our season in mid-September, we want to reach residents first so they can access all the benefits of this new subscription model,” Wheeler Opera House Marketing Manager Nicole Leevsque wrote. in a press release.



Season passes go on sale at noon on Tuesday, September 13 at the Wheeler Opera House Box Office. Single tickets go on sale at noon on October 11.

“With this lineup, we renewed our commitment to exceptional audience experiences and our promise to diversify and include artists whose work will make us better,” Wheeler Chief Executive Lisa Rigsby Peterson said in a statement. Press release.



Programming

Los Chicos del 512: The Selena Experience

Sunday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m.

The members of Los Chicos del 512 have lived and performed to the music of the queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla, since 1995

Mount Mangart Mission

Wednesday, December 14, 7:30 p.m.

Written, directed, edited and produced by professional skier, documentary filmmaker and Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame inductee Chris Anthony, with original film music by composer Carlo Nicolau, this documentary delves into untold stories of the 10th Mountain Division .

Mission Mt. Mangart tells the story as a flashback of today while going back in time to follow the 10th from 1939 to June 3, 1945, with in-depth narration, as well as interviews with original soldiers of the 10th Division of Mountain.

Becky Robinson: Heavy Casting Tour

Saturday, December 17, 7:30 p.m.

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Becky Robinson is an LGBTQ+ LA comedian, writer, actress, and voice-over star. You might also know her for “Entitled Housewife,” the outspoken viral golf character Becky created. In addition to touring internationally as a stand-up comedian, Becky was named the new face of JFL Montreal comedy where her outstanding multi-character performance landed her a sketch development contract and a number of jobs. voice over with DreamWorks, Nickelodeon and Netflix.

Belly Up Aspen and Wheeler Opera House present An Evening with Kevin Nealon

Thursday, December 29, 7:30 p.m.

Best known for his nine-year stint as an NBC cast member Saturday Night Live and his critically acclaimed work in Weeds, comedian Kevin Nealon brings his stand-up comedy routine to The Wheeler. In his new book, “I EXAGGERATE, My Brushes With Fame,” Nealon shares original color caricatures and personal essays about his famous friends.

Justin Willman

Saturday, December 31, 6 p.m.

Magician and comedian Justin Willman is best known as the star and creator of the hit Netflix series magic for humansbut you might recognize him from one of his many television appearances on The show tonight, the show today, Ellen, Conan …or maybe you saw it on Unable to cook, cupcake wars, Halloween Wars, win, lose or draw …or maybe he’s the child magician you hired in suburban St. Louis in the 90s.

The Boy Band Project

Friday, January 20, 2023, 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Straight from Broadway, The Boy Band Project is a cover band that reinvents the sound, movement and energy of popular boy bands such as NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Hanson, One Direction, 98 Degrees, O-town, BoyzIIMen, Jonas Brothers.

Classic Albums Live Presents: Beatles: Let It Be

Saturday, January 21, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Live Classic Albums takes the greatest albums and recreates them live on stage note for note, cut for cut. This band plays over 100 shows a year across North America, and now Live Classic Albums brings Beatles music to the Wheeler. So be it is the 12th and final studio album by The Beatles, released on May 8, 1970, nearly a month after the group broke up.

Our Song, Our Story: The Next Generation of Black Voices with Musical
Directed by Damien Sneed

Wednesday January 25, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

A musical evening featuring some of the world’s best known opera arias, art songs and spirituals. Created and conducted by composer, conductor and multi-genre musician Damien Sneed, Our song, our story brings together Justin Austin and Janinah Burnett, accompanied by a string quartet and Damien Sneed on piano.


Beijing acrobats with the Shanghai Circus

Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

To the delight of fans of The Peking Acrobats, this brand new production now features performers from Shanghai Circus in a Chinese acrobatic extravaganza.

Peking Acrobats will perform on February 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Courtesy of Wheeler Opera

International guitar night

Sunday, February 12, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

Whether you’re a fan of jazz, Latin music or contemporary classical guitar, International Guitar Night, in its 23rd year of touring, has something for everyone.

Jocelyn Gould, Canadian jazz guitarist and singer, and winner of the Juno 2021 (Canadian Grammy) for jazz album of the year. Gould is passionate about the tradition of the jazz guitar, citing Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass as major influences on the instrument. Jesus Guerrero, Spanish flamenco master, started playing the guitar at age 11 with master teacher José Luis Balao. He is one of the most sought after figures on the current flamenco scene. Stephanie Jonescurrently based in Germany, is an active soloist and chamber musician. Olli Soikkelifrom Finland, started playing the guitar at age 12. After a few years of playing, Olli was introduced to the music of Django Reinhardt and gypsy jazz has been Olli’s main focus ever since.

Aspen Laughter Festival

From Tuesday 21 February to Saturday 25 February 2023

After a two-year hiatus due to, well, life not being a barrel of laughs, the festival will return to the Wheeler, with five days of comics on the main stage. You can purchase an Aspen Laugh Festival Knock Knock Pass at a great discount. Supplies will be limited. These passes will be available to Wheeler season subscribers on September 13 and on sale October 11 while supplies last.

An Evening of Songs and Stories with John Oates and Guthrie Trapp

Friday, March 10, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as a solo artist. Immersing himself in the sounds of the 60s, John has recorded seven solo albums, a memoir and a DVD docu-concert titled Another Good Road. Oates organized and produced the 7908 Aspen Songwriters Festival, held at Wheeler from 2010 to 2012 and featured artists including Allen Toussaint, Keb Mo, Kenny Loggins, Sam Bush, Shawn Colvin, Matt Nathanson and Bob Schneider .

Nashville native Guthrie Trapp explores country, blues, Latin, reggae, jazz, rock and experimental music through his guitar. Trapp has supported successful artists such as Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Tim O’Brien, Delbert McClinton, Randy Travis, George Jones, Alison Krauss, Sam Bush and Rosanne Cash.

DanceAspen: Winter Edition

Friday March 17 and Saturday March 18, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

DanceAspen has quickly established itself as a new voice and champion of new choreography in the dance world. This performance will feature a new creation about DanceAspen artists by choreographer Yin Yue.

Wheeler Opera House presents Bone Hill – The Concert

Friday, April 21, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

Bone Hill is a new musical work for the theater created and developed by librettists/composers Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby at Joe’s Pub and The Public Theatre. In its current iteration of the song cycle, Redbone becomes the characters of four generations of a family in the mining hills of Appalachia, and the musicians are the townspeople.