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OLLI West Fall Speaker Series

Tuesdays, September 17 & 24, October 1 & 8, 2013
1:00- 3:00 pm

OLLI West
Jefferson Unitarian Church
14350 West 32nd Ave.
Golden, CO  80401

As part of OLLI West's Fall Speaker Series, Central City Opera's Director of Education & Community Engagement, Deborah Morrow, along with CCO Ensemble Artists, will present three lectures and one performance/lecture. 

Tickets:  Full OLLI members:  FREE.  Guests:  $15.00 per class.  For more information on full OLLI membership, please visit the OLLI West website.

September 17 - Opera Through the Centuries:  from mythology to Fallujah.  Deborah Morrow, Director of Education & Community Engagement at Central City Opera for 20 years, will give a guided tour of the development of western musical storytelling from the early 1600s up to today's dynamic output of new works.  Visual and audio samples will demonstrate the powerful drama that has kept us coming back to opera for over 400 years.

September 24 - Central City Opera:  the little opera company that could.  Central City Opera is 81 years young (and the opera house itself is 135).  How did this gem of an opera house and the company it houses come to be?  Its history is closely tied to the history of Colorado – the first gold rush in 1859 was precipitated by a major strike at Gregory Creek, only a mile from the opera house – and it just gets more interesting from there.  Presented by Deborah Morrow.

October 1 - Page to Stage:  great literature becomes opera.  Opera utilizes ALL of the arts (visual, written word, vocal and instrumental music) to bring storytelling to its most powerful level, but its basis is almost always a great play or book.  Central City Opera’s Education and Community Engagement team will compare and contrast examples both tragic and comic for your consideration.  We all know that the movie is never as good as the book - but sometimes the opera is even better.  You be the judge.  Presented by Deborah Morrow and Emily Murdock.

October 8 - Opera Alive!  A live performance of opera and musical theater favorites (plus a few lesser known works to pique your interest), interspersed with a discussion/demonstration of what happens BEHIND the curtain. As you will see, it takes a village to mount an opera.  No wonder it’s so expensive to produce!  Presented by Deborah Morrow and selected members of Central City Opera Ensemble Artists.  OLLI members are invited - no charge to attend - no RSVP necessary. Guest fee is $15.