Silver Circuit Revived in Colorado to Help Support Tabor Opera House

July 22, 2016 by Jenny Buddenborg

The Silver Circuit has returned to Colorado. In the late 1880s, Peter McCourt established the circuit as a way for acts to travel the region and perform in various opera houses and theaters. McCourt was the manager of the Tabor Opera House in Leadville, assistant manager of the (now demolished) Tabor Grand Opera House in Denver, and Baby Doe’s (Horace Tabor’s second wife) older brother. The original Silver Circuit ran from 1890 to 1944.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Creative Industries are keen to see the Silver Circuit revived as a way to showcase the excellent musical talent and amazing venues in Colorado—the state with the highest concentration of music venues, musicians and independent radio stations in the country. 2016 is the pilot year for the Silver Circuit, with tour stops in Leadville on the stage of the famous Tabor Opera House, Trinidad and Steamboat Springs at the Chief Theater.

The Silver Circuit will serve as a fundraiser with proceeds going toward the historic theaters involved that are in the throes of renovations to once again become cultural centers for their communities.

Colorado band King Cardinal is piloting the tour. They have a strong following in the state and are extremely proud of their Colorado roots. The Silver Circuit Summer Tour will get jumpstarted at Leadville’s Tabor Opera House on Saturday, July 23. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Support a vibrant new future for the Tabor Opera House by attending this event and others supported by the Silver Circuit!

Join us for PastForward Online 2022, the historic preservation event of the year. Registration is open!

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