Ouray County Performing Arts Guild is a well respected non-profit that was first established in Ouray in 1983. Since then, the mission has been to bring the best possible entertainment to the county's citizens, visitors and youth. Our events include many genres of music - classical, jazz, folk, instrumental and vocal. We also present dance and poetry performances.
Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Wright Opera House (472 Main Street, Ouray). $20 adults, $5 students
Shake off the winter chills with a hot night of music and dancing as one of the foremost tango ensembles in the country performs a cabaret-style concert at the Wright Opera House.
Saturday, May 26, 7:30 p.m. Wright Opera House (472 Main Street, Ouray). $25 adults, $5 students
Discover the signature sound and groove of the New West Guitar Group, a groundbreaking ensemble combining acoustic and electric guitars performing classic pop covers, jazz standards and exciting originals.
Friday, June 8, 7:30 p.m. Wright Opera House (472 Main Street, Ouray). $25 adults, $5 students
In 19th-century Europe, long before LPs, CDs or mp3s, there were only two ways to listen to the latest Beethoven symphony: either you were lucky enough to hear it performed at the local concert hall, or you played it at home yourself. Not with a full orchestra of course, but in a piano transcription.
Thursday, August 16, 7:30 p.m. at the 4H Center (22739 US 550, Ridgway). $25 adults, $5 students (18 and under)
The traditional “café style” concert introduces classical music to the audience with shorter pieces from a variety of composers and lots of friendly “chatter” about the music. Audience members can sit at café tables and sip their selected beverages while enjoying the music. This is an excellent beginner course that will make you want to enjoy more! This concert is part of the Dave and Mary Wood Classical Concert series.
Saturday, August 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Wright Opera House (472 Main St., Ouray). $35 adults (Concert Only $25), $5 students (18 and under)
This special concert will celebrate 35 years of classical music in Ouray County by recognizing past Board Members and featuring favorite music from past programs. This is the fourth concert of the Dave and Mary Wood Classical Concert Series. The evening will conclude with a Champagne Reception.
Sunday, August 19, 3:00 p.m., private home in Montrose. Adults $70
After a very successful introduction of an afternoon salon in Montrose in 2017, we will again offer this intimate event of fine music, choice wines and select finger foods to a limited audience. Reservations must be made by calling 970-626-2970.
Monday, August 20, 10:00 a.m., location TBA. Free
This is a free event to the young people of our community to introduce classical music and instruments. This is a free event to enjoy some beautiful music, meet talented musicians and learn something about their music.
Tuesday, August 21, 5:00 p.m., private home in Ridgway. Adults $95
This is a favorite tradition since 2005 to be guests at one of he most beautiful homes in the county as the sun sets behind the mountain and we enjoy the final event of the SJCMF. Following the enchanting concert, guests enjoy a gourmet meal on the patio, conversing with friends and musicians alike. Reservations must be made by calling 970-626-2970.
Saturday, September 8, 7:30 p.m. at the Wright Opera House (472 Main Street, Ouray) | $25 adults, $5 students
Pianist Kara Huber is back by popular demand at the Wright Opera House for an encore solo piano concert on Saturday, Sept. 8, bringing the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild’s third annual Dave and Mary Wood Classical Concert Series to a spectacular conclusion.
Sunday, September 30, 2:00 p.m. at the Wright Opera House (472 Main Street, Ouray). $25 adults, $5 students (18 and under)
The Zikr Dance Ensemble will present “Runes” on the stage of the Wright Opera House. This year’s program is a focus on the ancient magical northern European alphabet as it was used in its symbolic form for divination and prophecy. This stunning work will feature the use of a cyr wheel, along with a breathtaking set of monolithic structures.
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PO Box 14
Ouray, CO 81427
...connect local youth with the performing arts. We have given over $17,000 in scholarships over the past seven years to deserving students pursuing advanced training in music and theater, and we sponsor a variety of master classes, in-school performances featuring visiting artists, and children’s programs.
We are one of the founding members of the Alpenglow Arts Alliance and as such, we work with other arts-related organizations to support each other’s mission. We serve as partner supporters for the Open Bard Poetry Series and the Ouray Community Chorus.
We are governed by a Board of Directors, consisting of nine volunteers and one-part time administrator. The organization has approximately 125 member units supporting our efforts with annual membership dues. These dues help to underwrite all of our programs, thus reducing ticket costs. We also are funded by generous grants from national and local entities as well as sponsorships from local businesses. The Carol T. Rieger Fund is an endowment fund established with the Western Colorado Community Foundation.
Our flagship event is our annual chamber music festival held each summer. Now titled the San Juan Chamber MusicFest, the Artistic Director Max Levinson brings a superb program of enjoyable classical music events performed by a selection of renown musicians and presented in a variety of local venues.
This year is also the 3rd season for the Dave and Mary Wood Classical Concert Series. The five events of the series bring exceptional music to entertain audiences from throughout the country and incorporate two of the concerts from the annual San Juan Chamber MusicFest.
OCPAG frequently brings performing arts into the local schools and has provided scholarships to local youth attending summer music programs or college programs.
We are proud of our 35 year history of enriching the lives individuals and families in Ouray County through the performing arts.