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Zane Grey and the Western (Phoenix)

Western Cultural Festival
Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 11:00am (Phoenix)

Arizona Opera’s first world-premiere will kick-off with a state-wide celebration of our Western heritage. Celebrate and the West through art, film, story, and song and explore the land that shapes our past, present, and future.


Zane Grey’s “Riders of the Purple Sage,” which has been in print continuously since 1912, is perhaps the most popular western novel of all time. It significantly shaped the formula of westerns with its themes of revenge, love and morality and gave credence to the role of the gunman as anti-hero.

The novel spawned no fewer than five film versions of the epic saga. In addition, to the new opera! In this program, Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian Charlie LeSueur explores the various incarnations of the film adaptations of the novel and the overall impact the book had on the western genre.

The Western Cultural Festival is proudly sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield:


Western Spirit:Scottsdale's Museum of the West
3830 N. Marshall Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85251