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CENTRAL CITY OPERA PARTNERS WITH THE COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL STUDENT SUMMER PERFORMING ARTS INTENSIVE
July 07, 2009

CENTRAL CITY OPERA PARTNERS WITH THE COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL STUDENT SUMMER PERFORMING ARTS INTENSIVE

Denver, Colo – Central City Opera partners for its 6th year with the Colorado Springs Conservatory on the Summer Performing Arts Intensive. This two-week program for high school students culminates in two FREE public performances of scenes from drama, musical theater and opera, plus a short student-composed original opera on Thursday, July 17, at 8:00p.m. and Sunday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. This year’s theme for the students’ study and performance is “Rags to Riches”, a program collaboration with the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum and its exhibit on the 150th anniversary of the Pikes Peak gold rush. Both performances will take place at Williams Stables located across from the Opera House on Eureka St. in Central City.  No advance tickets are needed and seating is based on availability.

“By joining forces with the Conservatory, we are able to offer these students a transformative experience at a crucial point in their young lives.  Not only are they instructed in voice, drama, movement and composition by the finest teaching artists, they also explore new avenues of creativity by writing and performing an original short opera, AND they observe and are mentored by CCO performing artists who are at the peak of their form”, commented Central City Opera Education and Community Programs Director Deb Morrow.

Students, aged 14-19, are selected through audition to participate in this unique educational experience.  This year 20 young adults were selected from as far as New York and Oregon to engage in two weeks of immersion studies in music, theater, composition and related disciplines. The students spend 10 days in residence at Colorado College and 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.

A major component of the program is the process of creating an original short opera based on the “Rags to Riches” theme, led by composer-in-residence Roger Ames.   Mr. Ames composed the Latin-inspired music for Central City Opera’s one-act Spanish/English bilingual opera, En Mis Palabras (In My Own Words). Commissioned by the company to be performed for family and student audiences, the opera tells the story of a teenage Latina’s journey into adulthood through the relationships with her family. Mr. Ames is known for his operas, musicals and choral pieces including The End of Forever, an opera he recently composed about the Native American experience in Indiana; and the choral piece In Memoriam, Warsaw 1943, which deals with the subject of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943.

Prior to their residency in Central City, the students will perform twice in Colorado Springs. On Thursday, July 9, a vocal recital will be held at 7:00p.m. in Studio A of the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College. A dessert reception will follow. Tickets are available for $15 and will be sold in advance of the performance. On Tuesday, July 14, and Wednesday, July 15, the “Rags to Riches” Scenes Program will be presented at the same location. The program will consist of well-known scenes from drama, musical theater, and opera as well as scenes from the students’ original piece. Tickets will be available at the door for $5.

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, programs include opera productions, a jazz program, “WAM” (What Art Means), theater and musical theater, pre-school and outreach recital programs. For more information, visit www.coloradospringsconservatory.org

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 more than 60,000 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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