Tabor Opera House Season Opens May 25

        Vintage-American singer Eilen Jewell will kick off the summer season at the historic Tabor Opera House in Leadville, Colorado, on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 8 p.m.

        In a world where pop country music dominates the radio waves, Eilen goes back in time and uncovers a sound that is both warm and familiar, as well as fresh and new. She meshes the vibe of greats such as Loretta Lynn with classic blues, gospel, and contemporary folk music—and rolls it all up into her own sound. It’s slinky, fun, sexy, and a little dark.

        “It’s not an overstatement to say that Eilen Jewell is Johnny Cash reincarnate,” said Kate Everson in Country Standard Time. “Jewell packs a punch that doesn’t bruise until after the meaning of her work sets into listeners’ bones.” Jewell’s performance will be the first of the Tabor Opera House’s 140th anniversary year.

        Pickin’s Picks: Folk, Latin, Blues, Surf & More

        New to the Tabor Opera House this year are Curated Series Tickets, which enable music lovers to see more of their favorite genre. The Tabor’s talented curators have chosen four shows for each series, at one convenient ticket price. Jewell is the first of four “Pickin’s Picks shows selected by Rob Miller of Pickin’ Productions, featuring national and regional indie folk, newgrass, Latin influences, and more ($80 for four shows).

        Also appearing in Pickin’s Picks are

        • Chatham County Line, a North Carolina bluegrass band with stunning songwriters, in a double header with folk singer John Craigie, called a Bob Dylan of this generation (Friday, June 14, 8 p.m.).
        • Aaron Lee Tasjan and his band, who prove that rock and roll is alive and well, with music that is original, funny, powerful, approachable, and familiar (Saturday, July 6, 8 p.m.)
        • Dos Santos, which hails from Chicago and blends traditional Mexican folk, salsa, and cambia with jazz, soul, and R&B, bringing it into the modern world with themes of arts education and social justice (Saturday, July 27, 8 p.m.).

        High Notes: Music and Theatre in the Mountains

        Leadville curator Scott Carroll, the Tabor’s 2017 artistic director and Lake County High School choral and theatre director, presents opera, musicals, and national and community talent with High Notes: Music and Theatre in the Mountains ($75 for four shows).

        The High Notes series includes

        • A bilingual family-friendly matinee of En Mis Palabrasby Central City Opera (Saturday, June 15, 2 p.m.).
        • Nationally recognized opera performers Jill and Jake Gardner with Andrew Bisantz (Friday, July 5, 7:30 p.m.).
        • An exciting collaboration with the Lake County Civic Center Association, led by Carl Schaefer, which will be producing The Fantasticks”* under Scott Carroll’s direction (Fridays and Saturdays, July 12 & 13 and July 19 & 20, 7:30 p.m.).
        • The return of the Leadville Community Talent Show (Saturday, Aug. 3, 2 p.m.).

        Great Bands, Great Music

        The Tabor Opera House rounds out the season with a series of rousing patriotic marches, show tunes, pop, and jazz by three concert bands:

        Closing out the season is longtime Colorado favorite The Hazel Miller Band, pumping out blues, jazz, pop, and gospel charged with a primal dose of genuine soul (Saturday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.). Outreach volunteer Sara Edwards and board member John Nelson are also curating a series of summer youth activities.

        Buy Tickets

        Tickets range from $20-$30 for individual shows, with advance purchase discounts on select performances. VIP Lounge Passes, available with show tickets for evening shows, offer drinks and snacks at “The Jolly Cork,” the updated South Storefront, and early seating. (Single VIP Pass: $15 by May 24, $20 after; five VIP pass discount pack: $75).

        Buy tickets online or at the box office, 308 Harrison Avenue, Leadville. The box office is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June through August, as well as Saturday, May 11 and 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

        Tour the Tabor Opera House

        Make your trip to the Tabor Opera House even more special. Take a guided tour! Stand on the stage where Oscar Wilde and John Philip Sousa appeared and Harry Houdini disappeared. Learn about the spirited effort underway to revitalize this remnant of the wild West and the multi-year rehabilitation of this elegant building set to start this fall.

        Guided tours are offered June – August, Tuesday – Sunday, every half hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour cost is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, Veterans, and students; and free for children under age 10.


        *The Fantasticks is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. Book and lyrics by TOM JONES; music by HARVEY SCHMIDT.

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