The Sheridan Opera House remains one of the oldest standing buildings in the town of Telluride. Built in 1913, it’s no surprise that it is one of the best venues for music and theatre and has been for over a century. With greats like Dudley Moore and Carol Burnett, to Patrick Stewart and Frederica Von Stade, the Opera house still pulls in today’s top performers in support of the Sheridan Arts Foundation and its educational programs.
The events and shows at the Opera House are made possible by the Sheridan Arts Foundation, Telluride’s cherished non-profit for the arts. Founded in 1991, the foundation was created in an effort to save, resort, and preserve the Opera House itself. As one of the most successful programs to promote the arts, the Sheridan Arts Foundation plays a major role in all arts organizations and programs not only in Telluride, but in the San Juan region overall.
"The Sheridan Arts Foundation is one of Telluride's oldest arts organizations with a 25 year history dedicated to preserving the historic 102-year-old Sheridan Opera House and bringing quality arts and entertainment to Telluride,” said Kathrine Warren, the Marketing Director of the Sheridan Arts Foundation.
Often referred to as Telluride’s crown jewel, the venue hosts concerts, non-profit events, various film festivals, weddings, parties, and, of course, the beloved children’s theater. The Sheridan Opera House is the birthplace of the Annual Telluride Film Festival, now one of the most prestigious film festivals in the United States.
Warren emphasized, “We work year-round to produce and promote the arts in Telluride and also open our doors to other organizations for fundraisers and movie screenings at a discounted rental rate to make it affordable to the community. We truly are the living room of Telluride opening our doors for all sorts of events."
This month alone, the Opera House is featuring rock music royal Amy Helm, Motown legend Smokey Robinson, and New Orleans style boogie band, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. More details for each of these events can be found below. Stay tuned for other great events to come in 2016. If you’re itching to find out what’s next, take a look at our events page.
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Upcoming December Shows for the Holidays:
Amy Helm - December 27th - Amy Helm is part of rock music royalty with her father being Levon Helm from the Band. She's garnered widespread praise as a singer, songwriter and live performer first as a member of the celebrated alt-country collective Ollabelle and her extensive work with her father. Reserved seats for this special night of Americana roots rock music are $45 and $55 reserved seating in advance and increase $5 day of the show. She wowed audiences at the 2014 Telluride Blues and Brews Festival. Find tickets here.
Smokey Robinson - December 29th - SELLING OUT SOON - This probably goes without saying, but Smokey is a Motown legend, and we are so very excited to have him on our tiny stage. (The Sheridan Opera House holds 230 seated). The Sheridan Arts Foundation has produced Smokey Robinson a number of times (at the Palm and Apollo Theater) and we are so honored to finally have him on our intimate stage. Find tickets here.
New Year's Eve with New Orleans Legends Preservation Hall Jazz Band - December 31st - Ring in 2016 in style with Preservation Hall Jazz Band live in concert on Dec. 31, 2015. Our New Year’s Eve Gala will transport you down to the Big Easy for a high energy New Orleans dance party full of good music, champagne and more. Preservation Hall was founded in 1961 to promote traditional New Orleans jazz in all its authenticity. The house band is now an internationally known culture icon traveling worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Find tickets here.