CENTRAL CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES THE PRISONS, COMPASSION AND REDEMPTION PROJECT, ENGAGEMENTS EXPLORING THE THEMES OF THE OPERA DEAD MAN WALKING

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Heather Brecl, Associate Director of Marketing

303-292-6500, ext. 105; hbrecl@centralcityopera.org

Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing

303-292-6500, ext. 108; vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Project Kicks Off with FREE Book Signing, Film Screening and Symposium

on the Death Penalty/Dead Man Walking
March 12 and 13 
Denver, Colo.—  Central City Opera (CCO) announces the Prisons, Compassion and Redemption ProjectThis series of thought-provoking engagements from a book signing, film screening and panel discussions in Denver to a cemetery crawl and historic tours in Central City, culminates in the main stage production of Jake Heggie’s opera, Dead Man Walking, at the Central City Opera House this summer.

To further explore the themes of the company’s 2014 production of Dead Man Walking,through the Prisons, Compassion and Redemption Project, CCO has partnered with the City of Glendale, the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, DU Constitutional Rights and Remedies, Jewish Community Center, Tattered Cover, Greek Orthodox Metropolis Cathedral, Colorado Springs Conservatory, the City of Central and Gilpin History to present happenings beginning in March and running through July.

CCO’s Prisons, Compassion and Redemption Project presents the community with a number of opportunities to engage in discussions about challenging topics such as the death penalty and are, therefore, intended for mature audiences (17+). The events kick off in Glendale and Denver in March and include:

Book Signing and Film Screening – Wednesday, March 12, 6:00-9:00 pm 
Wolf Theatre at the Jewish Community Center
Meet Sister Helen Prejean, author of the book Dead Man Walking, at a screening of the award-winning film by the same name starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, followed by a book signing hosted by the Tattered Cover. FREE admission. Bring your own book or buy one on site. The evening kicks off with a special preview performance of the operaDead Man Walking by Central City Opera Ensemble Artists. The event will take place in the Wolf Theatre at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center located at 350 S Dahlia St, Denver, CO 80246.

Death Penalty/Dead Man Walking Symposium – Thursday, March 13
3:30-5:30 pm – Symposium
5:30-6:30 pm – Reception

Greek Orthodox Metropolis Cathedral, Annunciation Room 
Join panelists Sister Helen Prejean, opera composer Jake Heggie, District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District George H. Brauchler, Defense Mitigation Specialist Greta Lindecrantz and victim survivor Dana Sampson for a symposium on the death penalty and other themes related to Dead Man Walking. The symposium is hosted by the University of Denver’s (DU) Constitutional Rights and Remedies Program and moderated by the Program’s Director, Professor Sam Kamin. FREE admission. 5:30-7:00 pm: VIP reception by invitation only. The venue is located at 4610 E Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80246. The City of Glendale and the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce have generously sponsored the Symposium.

Master Class with the Composer – Friday, March 14, 4:30-6:00 pm, 6 pm Central City Opera Performance, Colorado Springs Conservatory, Colorado Springs
Central City Opera partners with The Colorado Springs Conservatory on a special master class with opera composer Jake Heggie. Students, faculty and alumni from the Colorado Springs Conservatory, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College, and Colorado College will be selected to participate. The Master Class is open to the public and provides a unique opportunity to learn the magic behind creating a piece likeDead Man Walking. Jake Heggie will coach Dead Man Walking scenes with Central City Opera Ensemble Artists and a reception for attendees with the composer will be held following. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by March 13 to aschubauer@csconservatory.org or via phone at 719.577.4556. The Colorado Springs Conservatory is located at 415 S. Sahwatch Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

Interfaith Religious Round Table – Thursday, April 10, 6-8 pm
Sturm College of Law, University of Denver
Sponsored by and hosted at DU’s Sturm College of Law, this interfaith discussion on the death penalty will be led by leaders in the Catholic, Jewish, Greek Orthodox, Buddhist and Unitarian Universalist faiths. All are welcome and admission is FREE. The round table will be held in room 165 at DU’s Sturm College of Law located at 2255 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210.

Central City Days: Divas and Desperados – July 13 and 19, 11:30-1:30 pm
Followed by Dead Man Walking matinee at 2:30 pm, Central City

Adventurers are invited to head to the hills of Central City for an afternoon introduction to some of the county’s most infamous bad boys and naughty girls. After meeting at the entrance of the picturesque Central City Cemetery for a picnic lunch, event participants will be treated to graveside tales reenacted by costumed Gilpin History docents. The tours will continue from the historic Washington Hall jail across the street from the Opera House, relaying stories of the town’s most notorious characters. An old-fashioned outlaw gunfight tops off the event in front of Main Street’s Dostal Alley Brewpub & Casino. Tickets for Central City Days are only $15 and include a FREE drink at Dostal Alley Brewpub. Boxed lunches can be purchased in advance for $10. For $55, patrons can enjoy Central City Days and the matinee performance of the opera Dead Man Walking in the intimate Central City Opera House. The $55 ticket also includes a FREE drink in the Teller House’s Terrace Room during intermission of the opera. To purchase tickets or for more information visit CentralCityOpera.org/ccdays or call the Central City Opera Box Office at 303-292-6700.The City of Central has generously sponsored Central City Days.

Book Clubs
Readers are invited to join book clubs through the Tattered Cover in Denver in reading the book Dead Man Walking to explore the themes of this powerful true story. For more information about book clubs, visit www.tatteredcover.com/regionalcatalog/215909 or denverlibrary.org/content/dpl-book-clubs.

For more information about the Prisons, Compassion and Redemption Projectvisit www.CentralCityOpera.org/project or email Heather Brecl, Associate Director of Marketing, at hbrecl@centralcityopera.org

Central City Opera 2014 Festival
Central City Opera’s 2014 Festival runs June 28 through August 10 featuring Mozart’s beloved comic opera about the marriage of the famous barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro; Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking, based on the true story and famous book written by Sister Helen Prejean about her relationship with Louisiana death row inmate Joseph De Rocher which was also an award-winning movie; and Rodgers and Hammerstein II’s glorious family musical The Sound of Music performed in Denver at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Subscriptions to see all three shows in the 2014 Festival are available for purchase starting at just $56 and single tickets for each production are also now available starting at $20. For more information, visit www.centralcityopera.org/tickets or call the Box Office at 303-292-6700.
Celebrating its 82nd year in 2014, Central City Opera 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 its annual summer festival; to offer career-entry training to young singers; to produce education and community engagement programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.
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