Valerie Hamlin, Central City Opera Publicist/Associate Director of Marketing, 303-292-6500, ext. 108, vhamlin@centralcityopera.org
February 15, 2010




Denver, Colo. - Central City Opera (CCO) is pleased to announce new leadership for its Board of Trustees for 2010. The incoming slate of officers includes: Chairman – J. Landis Martin; President/CEO – Nancy Parker; Treasurer – Dr. Gordon E. von Stroh; Secretary – Michael Huseby.

J. Landis (Lanny) Martin will once again serve as Chairman of the Central City Opera Board in 2010, having previously held the position from 1987 to 1994. Mr. Martin will also continue his service in the coming year as President of the Central City Opera House Association Endowment Fund Board, a position he has held since the inception of the Endowment in 1997. 2010 marks the 25 th year of service for Mr. Martin, who joined the Central City Opera Board of Trustees in 1985. An extremely dedicated Board member during his tenure, in addition to his previous service as Chairman, he has also led the Board as President/CEO previously serving in the role from 1986 to 1988, in 2001, and again last year. Mr. Martin was also given the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus in 2002. An avid opera fan since his introduction to the art form in high school, Mr. Martin previously served as Chairman and President of the Houston Grand Opera. He and his wife Sharon, an active CCO Guild member for many years, also devote their time and service to other arts, cultural and educational organizations. Lanny Martin is the Founder and Managing Director of Platte River Ventures, a private equity firm focusing on small and middle market operating companies.

A Central City Opera Board member since 1987, Nancy S. Parker will return to the position of President/CEO. Having served in this role previously for more than ten years, from 1988 to 2001, Ms. Parker was named President Emeritus in 2001. Also a founding member of the Endowment Fund Board, she has served as the Fund’s Secretary/Treasurer since its inception and will continue to hold this office for 2010. A dedicated Central City Opera volunteer in many capacities, Ms. Parker was also President of the Central City Opera Guild for two years in 1986-87 and has chaired multiple fundraising events for the organization including last year’s successful “Music and Martinis.” Ms. Parker’s many other community service activities include the Denver Botanic Gardens, Historic Denver, Children’s Hospital and Graland Country Day School. For her tireless volunteer efforts, Nancy Parker was the recipient of the first Rex Morgan Community Service Award presented by the board of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District in 1998.

Dr. Gordon E. von Stroh returns for his second year as Central City Opera Board of Trustees Treasurer in 2010. An active Board member since 1981, during his tenure with the CCO Board, Dr. von Stroh has held the offices of president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary. A Professor of Management and Director of the Customized MBA program for the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, Gordon E. von Stroh has received many awards for his work at DU including the Daniels College of Business’ Diamond Teaching Award for “Excellence in Teaching,” an award for “Distinguished Service to the University” and most recently the DU faculty recognized him for his professional service with their “Outstanding Service for the Public Good Award” in 2009. He has consulted extensively in both the business and government sectors and has published more than 150 academic and trade journals and served as project leader for more than 50 major research and action-oriented studies. In addition to Central City Opera, Dr. von Stroh is an active member of the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Communities Corporation and the Board of the Cherokee Ranch and Castle Foundation.

A Board member since 1996, Michael Huseby will be serving as Board Secretary in 2010. During his tenure on the Central City Opera Board, Mr. Huseby has chaired the Development Committee and served on the Long Range Planning and Finance Committees. Mr. Huseby is a Denver native, having attended both the Colorado School of Mines and Western State College in his geology studies. With extensive experience in the oil and gas industries, he has worked for Thomasson Partner Associates, Black Hills Partners, Enserch Energy Corporation and Phillips Petroleum Company, to name a few. His professional affiliations include American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists and Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen, among others. An avid runner, Mr. Huseby is also the founder of Runners of the Rockies, Inc., a Colorado foundation which has awarded college scholarships for athletes each year since 1984.

New Central City Opera Board Members Elected

Central City Opera is also pleased to announce the addition of several new members elected to join the Central City Opera Board of Trustees in 2009 and at the first Board meeting of 2010. 2009 additions include: Elisabeth M. Armstrong, Joanne Field, Lizabeth A. Lynner, Bryan Pulte, Jodi Sorenson, Susan Stiff, Dr. Robert Coombe (Ex-Officio), and the Mayor of Central City, Honorable Ron Slinger, (Ex-Officio). Board members elected in February, 2010 include: Maureen K. Barker, Frederick (Rick) Poppe, Joanne Sender and Dr. James Herbert Williams. To view the full Central City Opera Board of Directors list click here.

Central City Opera’s 2010 Festival features three productions ranging from classic to contemporary, running from June 26 to Aug. 8. It kicks off with a staging of the popular 2005 CCO production of Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, the tragic tale of one woman betrayed by love and her ultimate sacrifice; followed by Orpheus in the Underworld, the satirical operetta based on the story of Orpheus from Greek mythology featuring the famous “Cancan” dance; and Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers, a modern chamber opera about the struggles of a famous actress and her two adult children. Tickets for the 2010 Festival are now on sale with subscriptions to see all three productions ranging from $90 to $237 and single tickets for each show from $38 to $99. For more information or to purchase tickets for the 2010 Festival, call 303-292-6700 or visit www.centralcityopera.org.

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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