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CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S MUSIC & MARTINIS STIRS UP AN EVENING OF COCKTAILS, DINNER AND PERFORMANCES BY OPERA STARS OF TOMORROW
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April 30, 2012

CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S MUSIC & MARTINIS STIRS UP AN EVENING OF COCKTAILS, DINNER AND PERFORMANCES BY OPERA STARS OF TOMORROW

Denver, Colo.- Central City Opera will shake it up and stir a packed house at its 4th annual Music & Martinis fundraising event. The “Colorado Casual” evening, chaired by Central City Opera Board Chairman & President, Nancy Parker, benefits the Festival Season and other programs of Central City Opera (CCO). The event begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at the Cable Center on the University of Denver campus, located at 2000 Buchtel Blvd. in Denver.

Music & Martinis kicks off with cocktail hour at 6 p.m. featuring a martini bar sponsored by Boulder's own organic craft distillery, Vodka 14, and a first time offering of a craft spirits tasting by Denver's heralded Leopold Brothers Distillery. A silent auction during cocktails will feature an array of irresistible options for “shopping.” This will be followed by a formal dinner highlighted by musical performances and an exciting live auction at which it is rumored that one of the evening's emcees, CCO General/Artistic Director Pelham “Pat” Pearce, will be compelled to sing for his supper, belting out a tune or two for the right bidder. The live auction will be led by veteran charity auctioneer of nearly 28 years, Gary Corbett. Patrons will have an opportunity to bid on an African Safari for two, a week-long getaway to England for a stay in a 500-year-old cottage, and other adventure destination trips.

As CCO’s exclusive pre-season Denver event, Music & Martinis patrons will meet some of the talented young artists chosen by audition from almost 1,000 applicants nationwide to participate in the Company’s celebrated Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. These promising stars of tomorrow will perform musical selections from opera favorites to Broadway classics.

Central City Opera General/Artistic Director, Pelham “Pat” Pearce, along with Curt Olds, who plays Will Parker in this year’s production of Oklahoma!, and Artistic Director Emeritus, John Moriarty, will serve as Co-Masters of Ceremonies for the evening’s festivities.

During the evening, CCO will officially introduce Marc Astafan as John Moriarty's successor to administer the nationally renowned Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. Mr. Astafan is a respected stage director, educator, mentor and coach who has worked often with Mr. Moriarty at Central City Opera and elsewhere. CCO will also recognize Michael Baitzer, who is the new Principal Coach for the Program.

Proceeds from Music & Martinis will support Central City Opera’s programs including its annual Summer Festival, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, and its education and community programs, which serve more than 100,000 people each year through performances in elementary and secondary schools, community centers, senior residences and theaters.

The 2012 Music & Martinis event is made possible by First Western Trust, the evening’s signature sponsor, along with the special support of the following patron sponsors: Joanne Field, Jeannie and John Fuller; Judy and Newell Grant; Gregg Kvistad and Amy Oaks; Lanny and Sharon Martin; Nancy Parker; and Bryan Pulte.

Music & Martinis tickets are $150 per person. Patron level tickets are available for $250 and include preferred seating with one of the artists for the evening. Young professionals (ages 21-40) can purchase tickets for $75. Individual tables for eight are also available for $1,200 with special patron tables available for $2,000. To purchase tickets call Alicia Holt at 303-331-7014.

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