The McCallum Theatre presents Jim Curry in “A Tribute to John Denver” on Sunday, October 29, at 3:00pm.
The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer/songwriters ever to grace the stage.
Jim has performed Denver’s music in sold out shows throughout the country, and has emerged as today’s top performer of Denver’s vast legacy of multi-Platinum hits. Jim’s uncanny ability to mirror John’s voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine,” “Calypso,” and “Annie’s Song” topped the charts.
Jim Curry began his music career writing and performing the opening song, “The Time of Your Life,” for his senior play. The song was then voted to be the 1975 class song and Jim was awarded a Rotary Scholarship to study music in college. Even at this early stage in his life, Jim’s natural voice resembled that of singer/songwriter John Denver. Embracing the similarities, Jim continued to sing and specialize in John’s songs, sharing John’s positive messages of love, humanity and environmental awareness.
The untimely death of John Denver in 1997 was a tragedy that was felt the world over. Such a void in the musical world left John’s fans demanding that his music survive. CBS television responded by producing a made for TV movie, “Take Me Home: The John Denver Story.” Jim landed an off-camera role singing as the voice of John Denver, and this experience inspired Jim to produce full-length John Denver tribute concerts.
He’s not your usual Vegas style impersonator. In fact, he is not an impersonator at all. Jim sings, in his own natural voice, a tribute to the music in a way that has to be seen and heard to understand the pure honesty of his amazing performance. His looks and his voice are simply a pleasant coincidence that captures the true essence of John Denver’s music.
Jim believes that John Denver’s words still ring true in these difficult times. John Denver grew into a mega celebrity when the world was looking for hope in the late 60s. and his lyrics in songs like “Take Me Home, Country Roads” gave America a lift and people found pride in the earth’s natural wonders and love for John’s message of caring for our planet and each other. Jim delivers these songs in the same spirit. As the concerns of global warming and other environmental issues reach today’s youth, Jim sees a growing number of younger listeners. He says, “These songs blend the images of our natural earth with a love for each other as people. The care you give to someone you love is the best care. Making that connection to our earth and to each other is the goal.”
Jim has created the ultimate tribute experience and has emerged as the top performer of John Denver’s music today. His tribute was the first, and only, full-length John Denver tribute in a Las Vegas casino and was a regular sell-out favorite at the Silverton. Jim has taken his show on the road to performing arts centers and casinos in the U.S. and Canada, and out to sea as one of the most popular shows on Holland America Cruise Line.
Jim’s latest efforts are to take his tribute show to a new level by adding symphony orchestrations back into live performances of John Denver music. When John wanted to add a full orchestra to his live shows and recordings, he teamed up with Grammy Award winning arranger, composer and conductor Lee Holdridge. Lee’s symphony arrangements, along with John’s songs, became the trademark sound of many of John’s hits. Jim and Lee have now brought the rebirth of the timeless songs of America’s troubadour back in a full-length live concert of John Denver’s greatest works.
Whether Jim is performing with a symphony orchestra, with his talented band, or all by himself, his compelling voice, combined with dramatic images of nature is an unforgettable show that will truly fill up your senses.
Tickets for this performance of Jim Curry and “A Tribute to John Denver” on Sunday, October 29, at 3:00pm are priced at $57, $37, $27 and $22. Tickets are available at the Theatre’s website at www.mccallumtheatre.com or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-ARTS. The McCallum Theatre, located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert CA 92260, accepts payment by cash, personal check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. A Tribute To John Denver