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Treasure to the west: The Lone Tree Arts Center
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Treasure to the west: The Lone Tree Arts Center

Only four miles west on Ridgegate Parkway, a true cultural treasure awaits the residents of Stepping Stone. The Lone Tree Arts Center provides a year-round roster of performances that range from Frozen sing-alongs for Elsa-crazed preschoolers to soul-stirring renditions of Beethoven’s Fifth by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

The Center’s inclusive repertoire of performances aligns with their purpose—to give the south metro audience access to wide-ranging works from both premier Colorado performing arts companies and international and national touring artists. Beyond providing top-flight performances, the Center offers arts education programs for children and seniors and is a key meeting site for local business, civic, and community arts groups.

The Center’s main stage theater seats 500 and is outfitted with an orchestra pit and impressive acoustics. More intimate performances take place in a 225-seat event hall, and a glass wall opens up to a 350-seat outdoor terrace theater, home of a summertime series of performances dubbed Tunes on the Terrace.

Photo courtesy of Lone Tree Arts Center Facebook page

Photo courtesy of Lone Tree Arts Center Facebook page

(Think picnics, great music, and cool Colorado evenings hanging with friends and family.)

And here’s a fun fact: The Center earned prestigious LEED certification for its environmentally savvy construction! Performance venues in the building have windows that let in natural light, eliminating the typical theater’s “black out” conditions and reducing the overall lighting energy needs. Acoustics in the main stage theater are aided by a silent air-handling system that circulates air through the theater from diffusers under the seats. Efficient lighting, heating, cooling, and water-use systems are also part of the building’s design.

So what’s on tap this month? On July 13, the Colorado Symphony’s Tribute to the Boston Pops 
will treat you to an evening that progresses from light classics to rousing John Phillip Sousa. (Always a sell-out. Get your tickets now.) Fans of the horn-driven power of Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago should reserve spots for a July 25 performance by Chased, a 1970s-style jazz/rock band that regularly sells out at Dazzle.

And on July 29 and 30, the Colorado Dance Center will present Dancing Mermaids, an underwater journey told through dance.

July 9, 2014

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