Sheridan Arts Foundation: Winter Line-up Announced

Sheridan Arts Foundation: Winter Line-up Announced

Smokey Robinson, Jewel, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Judy Collins, Leftover Salmon, and more to play at Telluride’s historic Sheridan Opera House. Tickets here.


As aspens change colors and summer comes to an end, the Sheridan Arts Foundation (SAF), the non-profit that owns the historic Sheridan Opera House, is proud to announce stand-outs on its winter 2015-2016 schedule.

Located in the heart of Telluride, the Sheridan Opera House, Telluride’s Crown Jewel, was built in 1913 and has been the venue for entertainment in the town of Telluride for more than 101 years now. There is simply no better place to catch a live show than in the intimate Opera House.

This winter, the Sheridan Arts Foundation presents a fabulous variety of live music for fans including Motown and folk legends, a folk/pop star, and more to cheer.

The season begins December 4-6, 6 p.m. with the middle school Young People’s Theater production of “Shrek the Musical.”


The show is directed by Jennifer Julia with music direction by Ethan Hale. Starring 24 students, this theatrical extravaganza is based on the hit movie and includes all of the characters everyone has come to know and love. Featuring the lovable ogre Shrek, the beautiful Princess Fiona, the wise-cracking Donkey and a slew of familiar fairy tale characters.

Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for children 12 and under.

On December 11, the SAF partners with Black Tie Skies to present the annual ski film: Teton Gravity Research’s “Paradise Waits” screens at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Giving away great schwag and a pair of skis.

The 2015 Holiday Concert Series lineup is star-studded and wall-to-wall fun.

Every holiday season, the SAF hosts several concerts on the intimate Sheridan Opera House stage as a fundraiser for the Sheridan Arts Foundation, the non-profit which owns and operates the Sheridan Opera House.

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.

Tickets will be for sale individually, but for prime seating, and to become a Holiday Patron, call Executive Director Ronnie Palamar at 970-728-6363 ext. 1.

The Sheridan Arts Foundation kicks off  the series with Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers, Sunday, December 27, 8 p.m.

Amy Helm. Woodstock, New York, May, 2015 Photo by ©Jennifer S. Altman

Amy Helm. Woodstock, New York, May, 2015 Photo by ©Jennifer S. Altman

The daughter of Levon Helm, of The Band, Amy has been making music for most of her life.

The performer 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.

Tickets for this special night of Americana roots rock music are $45 and $55 reserved seating in advance and increase $5 day of the show.

Go here to listen to Amy in action:

One gem of a performer follows another. The Sheridan Arts Foundation and Project Clean Water welcomes back acclaimed singer-songwriter, actress, poet, and philanthropist Jewel for a rare winter performance at the historic Sheridan Opera House on Monday, Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. 

Jewel recently released her first studio album in five years, “Picking Up the Pieces” and her memoir “Never Broken.” Go here to listen to a wonderful interview with the star about her life and work, recently on NPR.



Tickets for this intimate solo acoustic evening are $125 and $200 reserved seats and all proceeds benefit both the Sheridan Arts Foundation, the non-profit that owns and operates the Sheridan Opera House and Jewel’s non-profit Project Clean Water. (A portion of each ticket is tax deductible, call for more information.)

Tickets for Jewel here.

And on December 29, the Sheridan Opera House welcomes back Motown legend Smokey Robinson, returning to town after eight years.

Once described by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet,” acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson’s career spans over four decades of non-stop hits.

After founding the Miracles in high school, Robinson penned such classics as “You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” and “Tears of a Clown” (co-written with Stevie Wonder). He eventually became the Vice President of Motown Records. With more than 4,000 songs to his credit, Smokey continues to thrill sold-out audiences with his high tenor voice, impeccable timing and memorable lyrics.

Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson

Tickets for this show are $200, $500, and $1,000 reserved seats. Holiday Patrons and the $1,000 ticketholders will be invited to an exclusive Holiday Cocktail Party with Smokey himself. (A portion of each ticket is tax deductible, call us for more information.)

Tickets for Smokey Robinson’s show here.

For a preview of Smokey’s show, go here.

Ring in 2016 with a New Orleans dance party. Preservation Hall Jazz Band live is in concert at the Opera House on Dec. 31, 2015. 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. Their music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit.

For a preview of Big Easy sounds on New Year’s Eve, watch and listen:

 Tickets are $100 GA on the floor and $250-$500 in the balcony. (All balcony tickets are on hold at this time for our Holiday Concert Series Patrons.Call 970-728-6363 ext. 1 to become a patron.)

To close out the 2015 Holiday Concert Series on Saturday and Sunday January 2 – 3, 2016, Bluegrass favorites Head for the Hills and Hot Buttered Rum play Opera House.

head for hill poster

These two bold and innovative string bands are so much more than bluegrass and make the perfect pairing to get folks dancing in the dead of winter. Hot Buttered Rum hails from northern California and their onstage chemistry fuels the lovefest that is a live HBR show. Head for the Hills hails from Fort Collins, CO and have a legion of fans far and wide who love the band for their bluegrass fused with jazz, hip-hop, indie rock and more.

Tickets are $30 GA on the floor and $40 reserved in the balcony
and increase by $5 the day of the show.

The following week on Wednesday, January 6, the Opera House welcomes Yale’s premiere a capella group, featuring a former Young People’s Theater alum, Robert Brown.

Baker’s Dozen

Baker’s Dozen


The end of January marks our annual high school Young People’s Theater musical with “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” January 29-31. (Tickets for this show will go on sale in December.)

Funny thing, forum


The Infamous Stringdusters return to the historic Sheridan Opera House for a two-night run February 8 and 9, 2016.

Infamous Stringdusters

Infamous Stringdusters

At the helm of today’s bluegrass advancement, the Stringdusters’ resume includes five studio albums, three IMBA awards, and a Grammy nomination. But their true brilliance lies in their passion for live performance.

Comprised of Andy Hall (dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass), this acoustic quintet combines a collective skill set seldom rivaled. Intricate harmonies, cleverly composed arrangements and their profound commitment to presentation gets traditionalists and newcomers stomping their feet on common ground.

Tickets are $30 GA floor and $40 reserved balcony plus a ticketing fee and will increase $5 day of the show. 

Over President’s Day weekend, February 11-14, The Opera House hosts the 17th annual Telluride Comedy Fest featuring Top Dog comedians.

comedy fest

Grammy-award winning folk legend Judy Collins returns to Telluride on February 18.

Judy Collins

Judy Collins

Judy has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism.

In the 1960s, Judy Collins evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work and take inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.

Now 76, Judy is as creatively vigorous as ever, writing, touring worldwide, and nurturing fresh talent.

She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.

Judy in action:

Tickets are $35 and $45 reserved seats and increase $5 day of show.

One of the hottest touring bands today, Nahko and Medicine for the People plays the Sheridan Opera House for a two-night run Feb. 19-20, 2016.


Nahko has toured with such acts as Michael Franti, Xavier Rudd, and Trevor Hall. His most recent album “Dark as Night,” released last year, blasted through the charts, debuting as the No. 6 Top Heat Seeker/New Artist Album and No. 4 Top Alternative New Artist Album.

Nahko and Medicine for the People strive to create and perform a sound completely their own with an underlying theme of social and political change woven throughout. The music has been described as “beautiful and stirring” and drawn comparisons to Bob Marley, proclaiming Nahko a “musical prophet.”

Tickets here.

Save the date for the 3rd annual Telluride Tribute Band Fest March 11-12. Lineup and tickets in the coming weeks.

Tribute Band

More dates are in the works and will be announced as they are confirmed.

Stay tuned for the 2015 Telluride Mountain Village Conference Center Winter Music Series announcement.

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