Visual arts

Save the Date for the Tim Sullivan Family Scholarship Concert

Photo courtesy Carole Howard
Singer-songwriter Tim Sullivan and his family will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in a cabaret-style benefit concert at the DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom in Durango, showcasing the impressive musical skills of three family members, plus two other special guests: left to right, Jon Weber on piano, KT Sullivan, Tim Sullivan, Elizabeth Sullivan and Natalie Douglas. All proceeds will go to the Jim and Elizabeth Sullivan Foundation for the Arts to provide scholarships to deserving local youth with a talent for music, dance, or the visual arts in Archuleta and La Plata counties . Several young people from Pagosa Springs have won these scholarships.

By Carole Howard | Special for PREVIEW

Fans of country singer-songwriter Tim Sullivan and his hugely talented musical family will want to save the November 5 date for a cabaret-style benefit concert in Durango showcasing the musical talents of three family members, as well as two other special guests. The theme of the event is “Broadway in the Rockies”.

All proceeds from the concert go to the Jim and Elizabeth Sullivan Foundation for the Arts to provide scholarships to deserving local youth with a talent for music, dance, or visual arts in Archuleta and La Plata.

The event will take place in the Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel at 7:30 p.m.

After the concert, there will be an informal reception with a jam session at the Animas River Lounge at DoubleTree. All participants are welcome.

Local scholarship winners

Several young people from Pagosa Springs have benefited from scholarships from the Sullivan Foundation.

They include members of the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir, Jovanka Ponce de Leon, piano student of Kathleen Isberg, Gustavo Palma, voice student of Venita Burch, Mark Holladay, piano student, and Regina Sikes, voice and piano student.

concert performers

Tim’s sister, KT Sullivan, will return to Durango from New York to perform as the concert’s headliner. She is the star of numerous Broadway productions and an internationally renowned singer and recording artist.

KT has performed at several venues in the United States, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival, and Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as well as in London, China, and Australia. Her theater credits include Broadway, where she starred as Loralei’s Marilyn Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” She also interpreted and danced the tango with Sting in “Threepenny Opera”.

Tim is well known in Pagosa Springs for his many local performances where the dance floor is packed with people doing the Texas two-step and line dances to his music, both original and covers of big names such as George Jones and the Eagles. Tim Sullivan has performed in seven countries. He has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and at Carnegie Hall, and was a featured performer with country stars such as Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Glen Campbell and Tammy Wynette.

In addition to Tim and KT, their mother, Elizabeth Sullivan, will return to Durango from Oklahoma to perform. A brilliant singer, composer and pianist, Elizabeth is the matriarch of this accomplished musical family. When they were young, her eight children formed the Sullivan Family Gospel Singers with their mother, from whom they learned classical piano and voice in their youth.

Tim and his family have performed four times in concert at Carnegie Hall. Their latest performance was featured on NBC’s “Today Show” and “NBC Nightly News.”

Also on stage will be award-winning singer and artist Natalie Douglas and jazz pianist and composer Jon Weber, former host of NPR’s “Piano Jazz.” Both Douglas and Weber have impressive credits in the United States and abroad and have wowed Durango fans at previous Sullivan Family benefit concerts.

Tickets and

November 5 marks the ninth Sullivan Family Scholarship Concert. Table sponsorships with premium seating are available now by calling Tim at (970) 749-5531.

The remaining tickets will go on sale October 3 for $100 each. All the places are reserved. They are available through the Sullivan Foundation at [email protected] or by contacting Claudine McAnelly at (505) 259-5079 or [email protected]

Seating is cabaret style and a cash bar is available.

Master classes available

While there, the talented New York musicians will follow their past tradition of hosting a vocal performance masterclass for local high school and college artists who want to tap into their knowledge and experience.

Sessions will take place at Stillwater Music’s new performance space at 1316 Main Ave., Suite C, in Durango on November 4 from 2-5 p.m. and November 5 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The cost is $25 and scholarships are available through the Sullivan Foundation at [email protected]

One of the masterclass participants will be chosen to receive a Sullivan Foundation scholarship to perform next year in New York. Two talented youngsters from Pagosa have won this prestigious honor – Gustavo Palma and Allora Leonard. Both sang at the International Cabaret Convention at Lincoln Center and also performed at the Birdland Jazz Club in New York.