Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College announces new season

Thursday, July 5, 2018 1:49 PM
World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
Jessica Fichot
Iris DeMent

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College will once again bring the world to Durango, featuring an eclectic mix of performers from the far reaches of the globe as well as from across the United States during its up-coming 2018-2019 performing arts series. Tickets for confirmed shows are set to go on sale at noon on Friday, July 6, online at, by phone at 247-7657, or in person at the Ticket Office inside the Durango Welcome Center at Eighth Street and Main Avenue.

Get the Led OutThe American Led Zeppelin

7:30 p.m. Sept. 28


Back by popular demand. From the bombastic and epic, to the folksy and mystical, Get the Led Out (GTLO) has captured the essence of the recorded music of the renowned Led Zeppelin, bringing it to the concert stage. The band's accomplished musicians recreate Zeppelin's songs in all their depth, including the studio overdubs that Zeppelin never performed live. Whether it's the passion and fury with which GTLO delivers the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, or the delicate nature of the band's intimate, sit-down acoustic set, GTLO's attention to detail and nuance makes a Get The Led Out performance a truly awe-inspiring experience. The dance floor will be open.

Mandy Harvey7:30 p.m. Oct. 16


Mandy Harvey is an American jazz and pop singer/songwriter who is deaf. She took part in the 12th season of "America's Got Talent," where she earned 4th place using her ukulele while performing original songs. Though her hearing loss is profound, her timing, pitch and passion are perfect, and she has gone on to a rewarding music career and, during her live shows, takes audiences on a magical journey.

Jarabe Mexicano7:30 p.m.b Oct. 20


San Diego's breakout Latin band, Jarabe Mexicano honors the past while embracing the future, incorporating the members' unique mixture (jarabe) of traditional as well as popular genres. A six-member group ranging in age from 18 to 33, most Jarabe Mexicano members have grown up living, studying and working on both sides of the border - which has provided them an intimate understanding of the trans-border demands and the challenges facing millions who live cross-cultural lives.

Jazz on the HillFeaturing Storm Large and her Band

A fundraiser for the Russ & Bette Serzen Endowment Fund for Concert Hall Operations

6 p.m. dinner/7:30 p.m. show Oct. 27

$140 - Dinner/Show/"Afterglow"

Show only - $52/$42/$32/$25

The annual Jazz on the Hill fundraising event welcomes the return of Storm Large, a dynamic performer who has been called a "remarkably original singer with a pedigree that goes from rock to torch in a rueful heartbeat." The evening begins with a gourmet dinner in the Concert Hall Courtyard, followed by the performance with Storm Large and her band. The "Afterglow" includes dessert with the artists. (Show-only tickets are available).

The Capitol Steps7:30 p.m. Nov. 1


The Capitol Steps, the only comedy troupe in America that attempts to be funnier than the United States Congress, was founded by a group of current and former Congressional staffers during President Ronald Reagan's administration. With plans for a holiday party floundering, the founders dug into the headlines of the day, creating the song parodies and skits that have since come to trademark The Steps' unique brand of humor.

Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra7:30 p.m. Nov. 20


Compelling singer and elegant composer and lyricist grounded and nourished by his Cuban roots and worldly experience, Adonis Puentes' mission in life is to share his music. When the other players join in with their tight, multi-layered groove, it becomes clear that this is also a consummate and skilled bandleader. The dance floor will be open.

The Revelers7:30 p.m. Nov 17


Founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys - "unquestionably the two groups at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance" - have joined together to form a Louisiana supergroup that combines swamp-sop, Cajun, country, blues and zydeco into a powerful tonic of roots music that could only come from southwest Louisiana. The Revelers are musicians who aren't afraid of mixing up accordion, fiddles, saxophones and guitars." The dance floor will be open.

State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara"Nutcracker"Featuring the San Juan Symphony

2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-9


As is now tradition at the Community Concert Hall, the magical holiday ballet, "Nutcracker," performed by the highly-acclaimed State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, will usher in the holidays with two matinee and two evening performances.

Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee 20187:30 p.m. Dec. 13


Durango's much-beloved cowboy crooners come off the Bar D and return to the Community Concert Hall stage for their traditional cowboy Christmas show. Founded by Cy Scarborough in 1969, the Bar D Wranglers offer their own unique style of Western music, cowboy poetry and humor.

Cherry Poppin' Daddies"WWII Xmas Canteen"

7:30 p.m. Dec. 20


Coming from a swing, jazz, Great American Songbook and Tin Pan Alley tradition, the Daddies aspired to be worthy of carrying the torch, even as the band members simultaneously strive to create their own modern, iconoclastic version of music. Individuality and defiance have always been part of the band's DNA, which, in turn, reinforced the band's rebellious reputation.

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody7:30 p.m. Jan. 16


FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the comedic new musical that lovingly lampoons TV's "Friends" - celebrating the misadventures of everyone's favorite group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan. Recommended for mature audiences.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Montecarlo7:30 p.m. Jan. 22


Founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesti, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, has become a major dance phenomenon throughout the world. The Trocks, as affectionately referenced, are now known for the dancers' inspired blend of their loving knowledge of dance, their comic approach and the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces. The show is a unique performance not to be missed.

The Second City7:30 p.m. Jan. 24


The Second City is the celebrated and long-running improvisational comedy enterprise that originated in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood and spawned comedic greats including Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, John Belushi, Tina Fey and more. The Second City Touring Company, self-proclaimed "a mind explosion of political and social satire," promises to bring some much-needed comic relief to Durango.

Forever Tango7:30 p.m. Feb. 12


Revered as the greatest tango show in the world, Forever Tango features 14 world-class tango dancers, one vocalist and an on-stage 11-piece orchestra, including the instrument of the tango, the Bandoneon, in an evening that celebrates the passionate music and dance of Argentina. The show tells the story of the birth of tango in 19th century Argentina through today, when the tango may be Argentina's best known export.

Choir of Man7:30 p.m. Feb. 19


The Choir of Man is the runaway hit of the Edinburgh Fringe 2017, featuring a high-paced show of entertainment that combines live music and foot stomping choreography from nine "ordinary guys" who perform everything from sing-along classics to classic rock. Envision the greatest pub gig ever seen and multiply it by 10. Noted Broadway Baby, "A feast for the senses, Choir of Man will have you dancing down the aisles."

Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra7:30 p.m. Feb. 27


Trombonist and bandleader Delfeayo Marsalis' hard-swinging Uptown Jazz Orchestra is a mainstay in New Orleans jazz clubs. As a big band, the UJO emphasizes groove, riff playing, and the polyphonic improvisation of the New Orleans jazz tradition. UJO shows always promise a good time.

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy7:30 p.m. March 3


One of Durango's favorites, Natalie MacMaster, returns to Durango in a special show, Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond. MacMaster and Donnell Leahy have created a show that brings their fans the next chapter in their musical and personal journey. For the first time on stage, they'll feature their children alongside dancers and singers from the traditions of their hometowns of Cape Breton and Lakefield, Ontario.

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra7:30 p.m. March 23


The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all dance bandleaders back in the Swing Era of the 1930s and 1940s. Today, the 18-member ensemble continues in the tradition established by Miller, with the band now under the direction of Nick Hilscher. Expect all the classic swing hits of the era, as well as the distinctive theme song, a musical signature of Glenn Miller and His Orchestra,

Jessica Fichot7:30 p.m. April 11

$42 *All seats on stage

Accompanied by her accordion, toy piano, and fiery band, Los Angeles-based chanteuse and songwriter Jessica Fichot draws from her multi-ethnic French/Chinese/American heritage to create an intoxicating multilingual fusion of French chanson, Shanghai jazz, gypsy swing and international folk. This intimate concert will feature all seats on stage with Fichot.

Ranky Tanky7:30 p.m. April 24


The soulful songs of the Gullah culture are brought to life by this band of native South Carolinians who mix the low country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. The word "Gullah" comes from West Africa and means "a people blessed by God," and "Ranky Tanky" translates loosely as "Work It," or "Get Funky!" The musical roots of Charleston, S.C. are "rank" and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.

Iris Dement7:30 p.m. May 16


Grounded in hymns, early country songs, gospel and folk, Iris DeMent's work is treasured by those who know it for its insight and unabashed beauty. As noted by NPR, "Iris DeMent makes music that celebrates humanity's efforts toward salvation, while acknowledging that most of our time on Earth is spent reconciling with the fact that we don't feel so redeemed."

The Music of John Denver starring Jim Curry7:30 p.m. May 23


Tribute artist Jim Curry, whose voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, has performed John Denver's music in sold out shows throughout the country and emerged as today's top performer of Denver's vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. Curry takes audiences back to the time when "Rocky Mountain High," "Sunshine," "Calypso" and "Annie's Song" topped the charts.