Opera House: Annual Fundraiser, Holiday Concert Series

Sheridan Arts Foundation presents its annual fundraiser, the 2017 Holiday Concert Series. The event features Shawn Colvin, John McEuen, Purely Patsy, Elephant Revival, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Lez Zeppelin, all live at the Sheridan Opera House. Tickets and additional event information are available at sheridanoperahouse.com or 970.728.6363 x5.

The Sheridan Arts Foundation, the non-profit organization that owns and operates Telluride’s historic Sheridan Opera House, proudly presents its 2017 Holiday Concert Series with a variety of highly acclaimed artists performing over the holidays.

Founded as a 501(c) 3 non-profit in 1991, the SAF’s mission is to preserve the historic theater to provide quality music and entertainment to the Telluride community and to offer educational programs to regional and national youth. True to its mission, the SAF produces a Holiday Concert Series each year between Christmas and New Year’s Eve featuring diverse entertainment and an exciting New Year’s Eve Gala, a fun, festive evening in Telluride.

Revenue raised from the series is crucial in keeping the Opera House’s doors open and providing great programming to the Telluride community and beyond.

The Sheridan Opera House raises funds through its critical Holiday Patron fundraiser. A generous contribution of $8,500 entitles donors to two exclusive seats to each concert of the series plus a VIP balcony ticket to the New Year’s Eve Gala.  To learn more about becoming a Holiday Patron, please call 970.728.6363 ext. 1.

The Series began Dec. 22 with Shawn Colvin. Colvin is a multi-Grammy award winning singer-songwriter who has been a mainstay in contemporary folk music for close to three decades now.

Winning her first Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album with her debut, “Steady On” in 1989, she has since released 11 superlative albums and established herself as one of America’s greatest live performers. Colvin was recently recognized for her career accomplishments receiving the honor of Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award at the 2016 Americana Awards show just a few months ago. Tickets are $40-45 reserved seats for this show. The show begins at 8 p.m. with the new SHOW Bar and doors opening at 7 p.m.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s John McEuen and his String Wizards plays the historic Sheridan Opera House Wed., Dec. 27.

McEuen has assembled a unique cast for a special night to share the music and memories of the landmark “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” platinum album and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s incredible career. His multi-media show with archival photographs, film, Circle session photos (including 8mm footage from 1967) narrative and music of early NGDB takes us on their incredible 50-year journey – interwoven with Dirt Band favorites, hot bluegrass, rare early NGDB music. Tickets are $35, $40 & $45 reserved seats with a $4 ticketing fee that applies at all sales outlets.

On Thurs., Dec. 28, the SOH hosts Dinner with Purely Patsy, a festive fundraising event featuring a tribute to country legend Patsy Cline.

Break out your cowgirl/cowboy attire for night #3 of the annual Holiday Concert Series with Dinner with Purely Patsy, the Patsy Cline tribute show and a catered southern meal from our friends at the Sawpit Mercantile.

General admission tickets include a seat at a table for eight on the main floor and a delicious dinner with the show. Patsy Cline is BACK with a vengeance! Come have a chat with the legendary star and recording artist in the most intimate portrayal of her life thus far. Listen to the songs (and the stories behind them) that made her a star, and get to know the woman behind the western outfits like never before. Purely Patsy is what it says it is; her music, her life…. it’s Purely Patsy Cline at her best, her worst, her most personal moments. GA tickets are $65 and that includes dinner and a seat at a table on the main floor. Balcony seats ($25 & $35) do not include dinner.

Fri., Dec. 29, and Sat., Dec. 30, the SAF welcomes Elephant Revival to the Opera House.

Elephant Revival is a unique collection of multi-instrumentalists blending elements of gypsy, Celtic, Americana, and folk. Brought together by a unified sense of purpose, Elephant Revival communicates the importance of harmony among all living things and uses music to unite us in ways that no other medium can. Tickets are $40 GA on the floor and $55 reserved seats in the balcony.

Ring in 2018 at the Sheridan Opera House with Robert Randolph and the Family Band live in concert on Sun., Dec. 31.

The renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has been dazzling audiences with his steel guitar technique since the early 2000s and is revered by the likes of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Derek Trucks, all of whom have played with him and studied his technique. Forging his very own sound by fusing elements of rock, funk, soul, jazz and more, Randolph was named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by “Rolling Stone Magazine.” Tickets for this special New Year’s Eve party are $100 GA dancing on the floor and $250-$500 reserved seats in the balcony. A champagne toast will be served at midnight along with party favors and a balloon drop. Doors open at 9 p.m. with Robert Randolph playing at 10:30 p.m.

The Holiday Concert Series wraps up on Thurs., Jan. 4 with Lez Zeppelin, an all-female tribute band.

Founded in 2004 by New York guitarist, Steph Payne, the quartet has since gained unanimous critical acclaim as one of the most exciting live acts around, becoming the first female rock act to pay homage to Led Zeppelin and to garner rave reviews around the country. Lez Zeppelin stays true to the musically audacious spirit of the original, delivering the legendary rock band’s blistering arrangements and monstrous sound note-for-note at sold-out frenzied shows around the world.

In June 2013, Jimmy Page attended their show in London and said, “They played the Led Zeppelin music with an extraordinary sensuality and an energy and passion that highlighted their superb musicianship.”

Tickets for this show are $25 GA on the floor and $35 reserved seats in the balcony.

Note: There is a $4 ticketing fee on all tickets sold at all sales outlets.

The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community, to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education. The Sheridan Arts Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the Telluride Foundation and CCAASE.

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Susan Viebrock

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Susan is Telluride Inside… and Out’s founder and editor-in-chief, the visionary on the team, in charge of content, concept and development. For 19+ years, Susan has covered Telluride’s cultural economy, which includes non-profits and special events. Much of her writing features high-profile individuals in the arts, entertainment, business, and politics. She is a former Citibank executive specializing in strategic planning and new business development, and a certified Viniyoga instructor.

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