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CENTRAL CITY OPERA AND COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY PRESENT “THE WORTH OF A MAN,” AN ORIGINAL ONE ACT OPERA COMPOSED BY STUDENTS OF THE 2009 SUMMER PERFORMING ARTS INTENSIVE
Valerie Hamlin, Central City Opera, 303-292-6500, ext. 108, vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Linda L. Weise, Colorado Springs Conservatory Executive Director, 719-577-4556
February 17, 2010

CENTRAL CITY OPERA AND COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY PRESENT “THE WORTH OF A MAN,” AN ORIGINAL ONE ACT OPERA COMPOSED BY STUDENTS OF THE 2009 SUMMER PERFORMING ARTS INTENSIVE

CENTRAL CITY OPERA AND COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY PRESENT

“THE WORTH OF A MAN,” AN ORIGINAL ONE ACT OPERA COMPOSED BY STUDENTS OF

THE 2009 SUMMER PERFORMING ARTS INTENSIVE

Public Performance February 27 in Colorado Springs

Denver, Colo. - The students from the Central City Opera (CCO)/Colorado Springs Conservatory (CSC) 2009 Summer Performing Arts Intensive will be reviving their original opera, “The Worth of a Man,” about the life of Winfield Scott Stratton for a public performance on Saturday, Feb. 27. The performance will take place at 2 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum located at 215 S. Tejon St. in Colorado Springs.

Last summer, CCO and CSC partnered for the sixth year on the two-week Summer Performing Arts Intensive program for high school students ages 14 to 19 selected by audition. For the first time in 2009, participants came from not only Colorado, but also from several other states. Students collaborated under the mentorship of Roger Ames, internationally renowned composer and educator, and five additional professional teaching artists. The 2009 theme for the students’ study and performance was “Rags to Riches” in collaboration with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and its exhibit on the 150 th anniversary of the Pikes Peak gold rush.

Based on this theme, the 20 member student team explored the life of Winfield Scott Stratton, an extraordinary man who was critical in the development of the City of Colorado Springs. The opera brings Stratton and many other historical personalities to life while coming to terms with the larger question of “legacy” and what it means.

“We are proud to revive this significant and meaningful opera about Winfield Scott Stratton,” states Linda L. Weise, Colorado Springs Conservatory Executive Director. “It has provided an incredible learning experience for the students and they hope to share the lessons of his life with those who come to see the work.”

Ticket Information for “The Worth of a Man”

Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for families of three or more. Doors open at Noon for family activities at the Museum. To purchase tickets, call the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum at 719-385-5990 in advance or visit the Museum Store. Tickets are also available at the door the day of the performance. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. The Museum requests that attendees bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Care and Share. For more information, visit www.cspm.org.

Performing Arts Intensive

The CSC and CCO have offered this unique summer program since 2002. In 2010, students will room and board at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) and may receive college credit for the learning experience. While at UCCS, students will participate in daily theater, dance, and music classes and workshops as they relate to musical theater, opera, and drama. A scenes program is created from these classes and includes material that coincides with the annual theme. Material from the various mediums is explored, rehearsed and performed. The students also spend four days in residence with the Central City Opera.  During this process, they study with faculty from the Colorado Springs Conservatory, prestigious visiting teaching artists and Central City Opera artistic personnel. Alongside the scenes program are workshops where students collaborate and compose their original opera, which in 2009 included work with composer-in-residence, Roger Ames. Both the scenes program and the original opera are performed for the public in Colorado Springs and in Central City each summer. For more information on this program and the upcoming summer program log on to: www.coloradospringsconservatory.org or www.centralcityopera.org

Colorado Springs Conservatory

The Colorado Springs Conservatory seeks to inspire, motivate and challenge all students to aspire to their highest potential as artists and human beings through arts immersion studies and community arts advocacy.  The school encourages students to challenge their approach to learning through a commitment to the arts.  In addition to the Summer Performing Arts Intensive, special programs include opera productions, a jazz program, “WAM” (What Art Means), theater and musical theater, pre-school and outreach recital programs.

Central City Opera’s Education and Community Programs

The Summer Performing Arts Intensive is one of Central City Opera’s year-round Education and Community Programs that strive to enhance existing curriculum for young students and lifelong learning for everyone.  The company has visited over 100 communities across Colorado with these programs, entertaining and educating approximately 80,000 people each year.  Central City Opera is one of the most active opera companies in the nation in education and community services.

Central City Opera House Association is the nation’s fifth-oldest opera company, located just 35 miles west of Denver in one of Colorado’s official National Landmark Historic Districts. The company continues to present artistically excellent professional opera in an annual summer festival; to offer career-entry training to young singers; to produce education and community service programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties. For more information or to purchase tickets to the Central City Opera, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

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