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Central City Opera Names Foundry Rehearsal Center in Honor of Lanny and Sharon Martin
July 17, 2007

Central City Opera Names Foundry Rehearsal Center in Honor of Lanny and Sharon Martin

Central City Opera Names Foundry Rehearsal Center in Honor of Lanny and Sharon Martin

Jul 17, 2007
4:21pm

Denver, Co. - Central City Opera is pleased to announce that its Foundry Rehearsal Center has been renamed the Lanny and Sharon Martin Foundry Rehearsal Center in honor of the couple’s long history of giving and commitment to the organization. The announcement was made and a new sign for the Foundry was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Martin on the evening of the world premiere of Poet Li Bai, July 7, 2007.

“Central City Opera is truly grateful to be the beneficiary of Lanny and Sharon Martin’s support and dedication,” states General/Artistic Director Pat Pearce. “We felt that it was only fitting to name our rehearsal center, where our opera productions are formed, after these wonderful, generous people who have so shaped our organization over the last decades.”

J. “Landis” Martin was introduced to opera as a law student and quickly became a lifelong fan. Sharon Martin came to her appreciation of the art form as a pianist, enjoying an early acquaintance with classical music. When Mr. Martin’s legal and corporate career brought the family to Denver in 1981, they quickly became involved with Central City Opera House Association. Lanny Martin succeeded At Gilman as Board president and also served as Chairman from 1987 to 1994. Lanny was determined to maintain the prevailing policy of operating with balanced budgets, and his effective partnership with Artistic Director John Moriarty led to increases in audiences and revenue. Sharon was equally active with the CCOHA Guild, serving as president in 1990. After the introduction of gaming to Central City, Mr. Martin again rose to the occasion, working with Nancy Parker to negotiate a lease of the Teller House that resulted in much-needed renovations to the hotel and funds to establish an endowment. An Endowment Board has since been formed, of which Lanny Martin is chairman. Lanny and Sharon have generously shared their good fortune through their support and devotion to Central City Opera over the years.

“The intimate feel of the historic Opera House, and the youth and vitality of the apprentices and principal singers make the organization unique,” commented Lanny and Sharon Martin. “Central City Opera has a rich history and has touched the lives of many people. We’re interested in seeing the company continue to carry out its mission.”

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For tickets or additional information visit www.centralcityopera.org or call (303) 292-6700

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Currently in its 75th year, the 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 pursue its four-part mission to present artistically excellent professional opera; 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. The 2007 75th Anniversary Festival includes Verdi's La Traviata, the world premiere of Guo Wenjing's Poet Li Bai, Massenet's Cinderella and Menotti's The Saint of Bleecker Street. For tickets and information call (303) 292-6700, (800) 851-8175 or visit www.centralcityopera.org..

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