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Announcing Wheeler's "Winter Wonderland in Aspen" Series



Aspen, CO (October 3, 16): It will be a winter wonderland of exciting events for the whole family at the Wheeler Opera House this holiday season. The Wheeler is pleased to announce a diverse and exciting line-up of artists to perform this December. Performances include The Beach Boys, The Ten Tenors, The Blind Boys of Alabama and comedian Kevin Smith. Ticket prices vary by artist (Wheeler Wins pricing available) and will go on sale Wednesday, 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, “We approached the programming of our December performances as if we were creating a mini-series. Our goal for the series was to make it a ‘December to Remember’ with comedy, concerts, theater, magic and illusion. Of course, I’m excited for all of these performances, especially The Ten Tenors on Christmas night. As a booking agent, I had the pleasure of representing The Ten Tenors. They always slay audiences with their exciting, high-octane performances. I can’t wait to welcome these talented Australians to our Wheeler Opera House and Aspen community.”

 The line-up of shows coming to the Winter Wonderland in Aspen series this December follows:



December 3 at 7:30 PM | Tickets $25 (VIP $75 includes Meet & Greet)

Singer, songwriter and actress Crystal Bowersox has made it her mission to live life and her music to the fullest. The 2010 American Idol runner-up, Bowersox's voice has been described as “bluesy and soulful.” Her rich amalgam of blues, country, folk and rock makes her one of the most dynamic young voices in music to come along in years. She has performed alongside everyone from Harry Connick Jr., Joe Cocker, and Alanis Morrisette, to Michael Franti, John Popper and BB King. 


December 16 at 7:30 PM |
Tickets $55

The Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognized around the world as both living legends and modern-day innovators. They are not just gospel singers borrowing from old traditions; the group helped to define those traditions in 20th century and almost single-handedly created a new gospel sound for the 21st.  Since the original members first sang together as kids at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s (including Jimmy Carter, who leads the group today), the band has persevered through seven decades to become one of the most recognized and decorated roots music groups in the world. The Blind Boys' live shows are roof-raising musical events that appeal to audiences of all cultures, as evidenced by an international itinerary that has taken them to virtually every continent.


December 17 at 7:30 PM |
Tickets $45

A writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State & Tusk; Creator of AMC’s Comic Book Men; authored Silent Bob Speaks, Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, My Boring-Ass Life and most recently Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good. He can be heard daily at Smodcast.com, a vast network of podcasts. This evening is a chance to get up close and personal with Kevin Smith. 



December 23 at 6:30 PM | Tickets are $38 child, $58 adult.

Celebrate the true Spirit of Christmas with a brand new adaptation of Dickens’ ever-popular classic, A Christmas Carol! This powerful and festive story, filled with haunting special effects and heartfelt sentiment, has enchanted audiences the world over with its humble message of holiday joy. God Bless Us, everyone!


December 25 at 6:30 PM |
Tickets are $40 child and $65 adult.

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to celebrate the holiday season than with international singing sensation The Ten Tenors? Home for the Holidays is a magical experience for the whole family that will dazzle, delight and captivate. Join Australia’s rock stars of the opera as they amaze and enthrall with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites.

December 28 at 3:30 & 7:30pm |
Tickets $98-$150

A staple of the 1960’s surf sound era of music, the Grammy Award-winning group The Beach Boys is known for such legendary hits as “Good Vibrations,” “I Get Around” and “Surfin’ U.S.A.” The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut over 50 years ago.

December 29 at 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM |
Tickets are $32 child and $42 adult.

Broadway and TV star Adam Trent exemplifies a new generation of magic. Described as Justin Timberlake meet David Copperfield, his audience interactive performances are part magic, part concert, and part stand up comedy, with a fast paced variety necessary for today’s theatre audience.

New Year’s Eve at the Wheeler featuring THE DOO WOP PROJECT

December 31 at 8:00 PM | Tickets start at $89 (General Admission) & $99 (Reserved).

All tickets are $125 after December 15.

Featuring current and former stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, and their hot band, The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate — and in some cases entirely reimagine — some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history. A perfect way to ring in the New Year!

For more information about these events, please visit www.wheeleroperahouse.com

In addition to the Winter Wonderland Series, the Wheeler is also proud to be host several days of Aspen Film’s 2016 Academy Screenings, as well as Christmas Eve Services with Crossroads Church.


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Since 1889, the Wheeler Opera House has been Aspen’s community performance venue and has become the Roaring Fork Valley’s premiere site for concerts, movies, festivals, lectures, community events, opera, and more. In recent years, the Wheeler has been a leader in producing exceptional festivals in Aspen, celebrating the comedy arts, global issues, and the craft of songwriting.

4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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