CENTRAL CITY AND CENTRAL CITY OPERA HONOR J. LANDIS MARTIN
Denver, Colo. (June 30, 2011) - On June 25, Central City Opera celebrated the opening of its 2011 Festival, as well as J. Landis (Lanny) Martin for his support, dedication, generosity and loyal service to both Central City Opera and the City of Central.
Following the annual Flower Girl presentation, Central City Mayor Ron Engels proclaimed that the block of Eureka Street between Pine Street and Moriarty Lane now be known as Lanny Martin Block. This honor was for Lanny Martin's support as a leader, visionary, fundraiser and dedicated friend to Central City and Central City Opera for more than 25 years. The organization has benefited from his expertise in management, planning, innovation and overall support.
"This honor is well deserved recognition of Lanny's leadership, dedication and philanthropy to support Central City Opera and the City of Central, as well as the arts and historical preservation in Colorado," says Nancy Parker, Central City Opera's President/Chairman of the Board.
Lanny Martin became involved with Central City Opera in the early 1980s, and joined its Board of Directors in 1984. He became Board President in 1986, Chairman in 1987, and was named Chairman Emeritus in 2010. Lanny was instrumental in starting the Endowment Fund and serves as President of the Endowment Fund Board.
2011 Ticket and Festival Information
Running June 25 to Aug. 7, the 2011 Festival offers a wide range of selections with something for everyone, including a new production of Bizet's Carmen; the first fully-staged production in North America of Händel's Amadigi di Gaula; and a double bill of three one act operas: Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, The Breasts of Tiresias by Poulenc and Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins. 2011 Festival subscriptions, starting at just $42, are on sale now and include Carmen, Amadigi di Gaula and two of the one-acts. Packages are also available to see all five shows this summer. Single tickets, starting at $20, and tickets for individual one-act performances starting at just $10, are also on sale now. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.
OMG! Central City Opera Gets Festivalized
Beyond the2011 productions, CCOis unveiling a new feel, new activities and new ideas that align with its new brand. On select weekends of the Festival, food carts, chalk art, buskers and entertainers will enliven the quaint, historic streets of Central City. And, for the first time, CCO invites music lovers to explore the Fringe Festival, a collection of short performances, a 19th century weekend of history and modern fun, jazz, tours, and much more. Explorers of the Fringe Festival will experience local history, nature, culture, and of course, opera like never before. Visit www.centralcityopera.org/fringe for more information and tickets.
Celebrating its 79th 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 artistically excellent 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.