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CENTRAL CITY OPERA PARTNERS FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH THE JUNIOR SYMPHONY GUILD TO INTRODUCE OPERA TO TINY TOTS INSIDE THE ORCHESTRA
Valerie Hamlin, Central City Opera
303-292-6500, ext. 108 vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Heather Brecl, Junior Symphony Guild
303-683-5429
heather@brecl.com
January 14, 2010

CENTRAL CITY OPERA PARTNERS FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH THE JUNIOR SYMPHONY GUILD TO INTRODUCE OPERA TO TINY TOTS INSIDE THE ORCHESTRA

CENTRAL CITY OPERA PARTNERS FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH THE

JUNIOR SYMPHONY GUILD TO INTRODUCE OPERA TO

TINY TOTS INSIDE THE ORCHESTRA

JANUARY 25 TO FEBRUARY 10  

Denver, Colo – Central City Opera (CCO) partners for the first time with the Junior Symphony Guild (JSG) on their 2010 Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra program. CCO will bring opera to the 23rd annual program which takes place Jan. 25 through Feb. 10, 2010 at venues throughout the Denver metro area ranging from Boettcher Concert Hall to the Wildlife Experience and El Jebel Shrine (a complete list of performances is located at the bottom of this release and at www.jrsg.org). Performances take place at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on dates listed.    

A 45-minute performance, Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra engages, entertains and educates pre-school children six and under.  JSG’s adult professional orchestra surrounds the audience as they hear well-known repertoire ranging from “Looney Tunes” and "Star Wars" to Beethoven.  The children and their parents are creatively engaged in theatre-of-the-mind activities as they grow to the music, stomp like giants and gallop like horses to the William Tell Overture. For the first time in the history of the program, live opera music will also be performed by local Central City Opera Ensemble Artist Lukas Graf. He will sing “Largo al factotum,” widely known as “The Figaro Aria,” performed by the main character in Rossini’s famous opera, The Barber of Seville. Through the Junior Symphony Guild’s Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra program and the Inside the Orchestra program for elementary students, the JSG has introduced symphonic music to more than 25,000 children in the entire Front Range region ranging from inner city Denver to suburban areas.     

“We are happy to join with the JSG in offering an exciting early exposure to instrumental and vocal classical music through this unique concept of placing the audience inside the performance. Pre-schoolers love stories and great music sends their imaginations on magical journeys not soon forgotten”, commented Central City Opera Education and Community Programs Director Deb Morrow.

Baritone Lukas Graf

A graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder with two Masters Degrees in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting, baritone Lukas Graf has performed professionally throughout the region. Mr. Graf made his debut with Opera Colorado last November in The Tales of Hoffmann and has performed often with Colorado Light Opera, Intermountain Opera in Montana and Missoula Community Theatre in Montana. He is currently a member of Central City Opera’s Ensemble Artists, local artists who audition to serve as Education and Community performers and teaching artists year-round for Central City Opera.

Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Ticket Information

Designed to bring symphonic music to underserved communities, tickets are priced at just $5 (free for ages two and under) for Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra with scholarships available. To purchase tickets, download an order form here and send a check to Sheila Gossen.  For questions or information, e-mail sheilagossen@hotmail.com.  Tickets are also available at the door the day of the performance. For those interested in becoming an Inside Sponsor, with sponsorships starting at $5 to seat one child Inside the Orchestra, call Heather Brecl, Director of Development, at 303-683-5429 or send an email to heather@brecl.com

Junior Symphony Guild

The mission of the Junior Symphony Guild (JSG) is to bring orchestra music to young children in the greater Denver metropolitan community, cultivating music appreciation and enhancing their education through an engaging first-hand experience with the orchestra. The Junior Symphony Guild is celebrating 50+ years in Denver supporting the orchestra and 20+ years bringing professional live orchestra music to Denver's youth. The JSG hired Thomas H. Jensen (conductor of the Colorado Ballet and radio broadcaster) as Music Director 23 years ago, challenging him to develop an engaging orchestra program which would both entertain and educate children, sparking their creativity and igniting a love of learning. Mr. Jensen created two unique award-winning programs: Inside the Orchestra and Tiny Tots Inside the OrchestraIn an effort to make orchestra music accessible to all children, regardless of any socio-economic boundaries, and to ensure that the arts stay alive in education, the JSG underwrites almost all performances through private and corporate contributions, grants and Special Events. Each season the JSG programs are performed for 25,000 children in the Denver metro area at 30 elementary schools and 7 different venues. For more information about the JSG or for the concert schedule visit www.insidejsg.org.

Central City Opera’s Education and Community Programs

Central City Opera’s year-round Education and Community Programs strive to enhance existing curriculum for young students and lifelong learning for everyone with programs for all ages.  The company has visited over 100 communities across Colorado with these programs, entertaining and educating more than 100,000 people each year.  Central City Opera is one of the most active opera companies in the nation in education and community services. For more information on Central City Opera’s Education and Community Programs, contact Education and Community Programs Director Deborah Morrow at 303-292-6500 or visit www.centralcityopera.org.


Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Performance Information

January 25 to February 10

Performances take place at both 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on dates listed below.

Monday, January 25: Temple Sinai, 3509 S. Glencoe St., Denver, CO 80237

Tuesday, January 26: Temple Sinai, 3509 S. Glencoe St., Denver, CO 80237

Wednesday, January 27: The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria, Parker, CO 80134

Thursday, January 28: The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria, Parker, CO 80134

Wednesday, February 3: Mile Hi Church, 9079 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood, CO 80226

Thursday, February 4: El Jebel Shrine, 4625 W. 50th Ave., Denver, CO 80212

Monday, February 8: Boettcher Concert Hall, 14th & Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202

Tuesday, February 9: Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver, CO 80220

Wednesday, February 10: Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver, CO 80220

 

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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