JUNIOR SYMPHONY GUILD AND CENTRAL CITY OPERA BRING CLASSICAL MUSIC AND OPERA TO CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH TINY TOTS INSIDE THE ORCHESTRA
OCTOBER 15, 17 AND 18
Denver, Colo - Central City Opera (CCO) partners for the third year with the Junior Symphony Guild (JSG) on their fall 2012 Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra program. CCO brings opera to the 27th annual program, taking place Oct. 15, 17 and 18 at venues throughout the Denver metro area, including The Wildlife Experience, Temple Sinai and Temple Emanuel (a complete list of performances is located at the bottom of this release and at www.insidetheorchestra.com). All performances take place at both 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
A 45-minute performance, Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra engages, entertains and educates pre-school children six and under (but all ages are welcome). JSG’s adult professional orchestra surrounds the audience as they hear well-known repertoire ranging from “Looney Tunes” to “Sleeping Beauty”. The children and their parents are creatively engaged in theatre-of-the-mind activities as they grow to the music, stomp like giants and throw a temper tantrum with the orchestra during Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet”. New repertoire will feature music that is “light as a feather” (Bartók’s “Romanian Dances”) and music from Mussorgsky’s “Great Gate of Kiev” that is “heavy as cement.” The audience will also be introduced to Ravel’s “Bolero,” the most famous rhythm and melody ever written that plays over and over for which the ONLY way to get it out of your head is to sing “Itsy Bitsy Spider.”
Back by popular demand, live opera music will be performed by local CCO Ensemble Artists, Chad Reagan and Adam Ewing. They 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 JSG’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 thrilled to once again partner with the JSG to provide an engaging and magical opportunity to be exposed to instrumental and vocal classical music through this unique concept of placing the audience inside the performance. Youngsters love stories and great music, and these performances will spark their love for the arts,” says CCO Education and Community Programs Director Deb Morrow.
Baritone Chad Reagan
A CCO Ensemble Artist, baritone Chad Reagan performs and teaches throughout the region for the company year-round. This year Chad will appear with Opera Theater of the Rockies in a production of Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief in addition to performing with Lamont Opera as the Father in Hansel and Gretel. Currently he is an adjunct faculty member in the music department at the Community College of Denver.
Baritone Adam Ewing
Baritone Adam Ewing is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Colorado-Boulder, under the instruction of Patrick Mason. An avid performer and teacher, Mr. Ewing was most recently the vocal coach for the Colorado Music Festival’s production of Brundibár, as well as singing the role of the Dog. Other favored roles include the Count inLe Nozze di Figaro, and the Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass.
Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Admission Information
Designed to bring symphonic music to underserved communities, the Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra programs depend heavily on grants and donations. The cost of admission is asuggested donation of $7.50/person. (Complimentary admission will be offered to those in need, and children under one are free.) Performances do sell out, so online reservations are encouraged. To see availability for performances, go online towww.insidetheorchestra.com/event-registration/, call 303-355-7855 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Patrons may also pay for admission at the door the day of the performance, but space is limited. Music lovers can give the gift to music by becoming an Inside Sponsor (starting at $7.50), which provides free admission to children in need. If you are a member of the press and will be attending a performance, please contact Kelly Nelson at email@example.com.
Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Performance Information
October 15, 17, 18
Performances take place at both 9:30 am and 10:30 am on dates listed below:
Monday, October 15: The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria, Parker, CO 80134
Wednesday, October 17: Temple Sinai, 3509 S. Glencoe St., Denver, CO 80237
Thursday, October 18: Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver, CO 80220
Junior Symphony Guild – Inside the Orchestra
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, led by conductor Thomas H. Jensen is celebrating 50+ years in Denver supporting the orchestra and 27 years bringing professional live orchestra music to Denver’s youth. Maestro Jensen created two unique award-winning programs: Inside the Orchestra for elementary school children and Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra. In 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 JSG programs are performed for 25,000 children in the Denver metro area.
Central City Opera’s Education and Community Programs
CCO’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 up to 100,000 people each year. CCO is one of the most active opera companies in the nation in education and community services. For more information on CCO’s Education and Community Programs, contact the Education and Community Programs department at 303-331-7026 or visit www.centralcityopera.org/education.
Celebrating its 80th year, 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 professional opera in its 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.
Central City Opera’s 2013 Festival runs June 29 to August 11, featuring Rossini’s comic opera about a matchmaking barber, THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, Ned Rorem’s operatic adaptation of OUR TOWN, about life, love and loss in small town America and Kern and Hammerstein’s Broadway classic musical, SHOW BOAT at the Buell Theater in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Subscriptions for the 2013 Festival will be available later this fall. Visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700 for more information.