The Sheridan Arts Foundation Holiday 2021 Concert Series will continue with only a few minor changes. Instead of showing Warren Miller’s film “Winter Starts Now”, with co-sponsor Bootdoctors, the series kicks off with John Oates on Monday. The screening of “Winter Starts Now”, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed until February 2022, the opera reported this week. The postponement was due to recent staff shortages, according to Maggie Stevens, the opera’s director of public relations and marketing. Buck Smith, the regional manager of Bootdoctors and Christy Sports at Telluride, echoed Steven’s sentiment.
“We love being able to bring Warren Miller to Telluride every year. This holiday season we and many other businesses in the Telluride area are facing an unprecedented staff shortage. We think the right thing to do is focus on our store operations and wait until the end of the holiday season to relaunch the film, ”he said.
For the 2021 series, the opera has focused on the concerts, which will go as planned, Stevens explained.
Legendary John Oates of popular rock duo Hall & Oates kicks off the series on Monday. Oates is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He will perform stories and songs with Nashville guitarist Guthrie Trapp. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets for reserved seats are $ 60 to $ 75.
Tuesday night continues strong with local Grammy-nominated Telluride artist Jewel hosting two shows. The first show is at 5:30 pm, while the second is at 8:30 pm Concert tickets are $ 125 to $ 275 for reserved seats. Stevens looks forward to Jewel’s performances and praised her involvement with the Sheridan Arts Foundation and the city.
“She has been wonderful with us and is part of the community here,” Stevens said.
Emerging indie rock band Kiltro arrives on stage Wednesday for a slightly different vibe during the series. The group’s debut album “Creatures of Habit” put the Denver trio on the map.
“Seamless weaving ambient textures and looping guitars, Andean folk with flashes of shoegaze and lively percussion, Kiltro has created a fascinating world, somewhere both familiar and alien,” according to a press release from the ‘opera.
Tickets for reserved seats cost $ 40. At first, the show included standing, but this has since been replaced by seating only, Stevens explained.
The Fourth Night features the first performance of Yonder Mountain String Band. The Colorado-based progressive bluegrass band will perform songs from their latest album, “Get Yourself Outside”. The Thursday concert will start at 9 p.m. and the doors will open at 8 p.m.
On Friday night, the Yonder Mountain String Band returns for the Under the Sea New Years Eve Gala on December 31 to ring in 2022. There will be a balloon drop to the ground at midnight. Glasses of champagne will also be available. The evening will even include an aerial silk dancer performance.
Typically, the opera house does not offer bluegrass for New Years Eve.
“It was a fun development. We obviously love bluegrass, but it doesn’t always work on New Years Eve. It’s fun to have someone like Yonder, who is so loved in town, to be able to come. “Stevens said.
Tickets cost $ 100 for general admission standing on the ground floor. Balcony tickets are $ 250 to $ 500, which includes an all-night bar and reserved seating. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show begins at 10:30 p.m., with the band playing until midnight.
Each night will have its own party theme, all focused on “rising from the depths and under the sea,” Stevens explained. This year, the series has focused on attracting a wide range of awards and audiences, she added.
“We want lots of awards so that people can come, and we want different genres so that we can appeal to a lot of people,” she said.
The series is a fundraiser for the Sheridan Opera House Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. According to Stevens, it’s a great way to listen to amazing music and have fun while supporting a nonprofit.
Apart from tickets, people can also be a part of the Holiday Patron’s fundraiser.
“A generous contribution of $ 8,500 entitles donors to two exclusive seats for each concert in the series, as well as a VIP table on the balcony for New Year’s Eve,” according to the press release.
COVID precautions will be in place at every show. Stevens said the foundation is in constant contact with local public health officials regarding the protocols. Masks will be mandatory at all times, and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within the last 72 hours must be presented at the door. Molekule air purifiers and hand sanitizer stations will be scattered throughout the site.
To see the theme for each night and to purchase tickets, visit sheridanoperahouse.com or call 970-728-6363 ext 4.