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From Classic Film to Award Winning Theatre : Central City Opera and Denver Film Society Partner For a Screening of Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night Followed by A Little Night Music Preview
October 21, 2009

From Classic Film to Award Winning Theatre : Central City Opera and Denver Film Society Partner For a Screening of Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night Followed by A Little Night Music Preview

What: Film Screening of the 1955 Ingmar Bergman classic film, Smiles of a Summer Night, and a Preview of Central City Opera’s A Little Night Music

Who: Central City Opera and Denver Film Society

When: Thursday, May 7, 2009

Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00pm

Location: Starz FilmCenter, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Cost: $15 per person, $12 members of Denver Film Society

Program: Enjoy a screening of Ingmar Bergman’s enchanting comedy, Smiles of a Summer Night, followed by wine, hors d'oeuvres and a preview with live musical selections from A Little Night Music, one of Central City Opera’s 2009 Summer Festival offerings. Howie Movshovitz, Colorado Public Radio film critic, and Deborah Morrow, Central City Opera’s education and community programs director, will offer insights and entertain questions and discussion about the film and musical.

RSVP:              Call 303-595-3456 ext.250 or visit www.denverfilm.org. Space is limited.

Denver , Colo. — On May 7, Central City Opera and the Denver Film Society will present a screening of Ingmar Bergman’s 1955 classic comedy, Smiles of a Summer Night, followed by a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception and a preview with live musical selections from Central City Opera’s upcoming Festival production of A Little Night Music. The evening will offer audiences the opportunity to gain new perspective about an important theatrical work through the dynamic medium of film. Howie Movshovitz, Colorado Public Radio film critic, and Deborah Morrow, Central City Opera’s education and community programs director, will offer insights and entertain questions and discussion about the film and musical.

The Bergman film gained renewed attention in the 1970’s by inspiring Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award® winning musical, A Little Night Music. This collaboration between the two companies also celebrates the launch of the Denver Film Society’s Opera in Cinema Series, starting in May. “This collaboration is a wonderful opportunity to explore the relationship of great film to great theatre,” commented Central City Opera’s Marketing Director Deb Hruby. “We look forward to the Denver Film Society’s Opera in Cinema Series as an exciting vehicle to share the art form with our Colorado community.”

After almost a decade of directing films to mostly local and regional acclaim, Smiles of a Summer Night launched Ingmar Bergman’s international career in 1956 when it was nominated for the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or Award. Set at a midsummer country house party in Sweden in the early 20th century, this witty and ironic romantic comedy follows a group of mismatched lovers as they attempt to win the game of love, exposing their pretensions and insecurities along the way. The film inspired the 1973 Broadway hit, A Little Night Music, by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. Sondheim’s brilliant lyrics and music are a late 20 th century homage to turn-of-the-century operetta style, and the perfect compliment to Bergman’s richly realized characters and relationships.

The Denver Film Society and Emerging Pictures will be launching its Opera in Cinema Series in the month of May. As the exclusive presenter for the City of Denver, the Series will feature high-definition digital screenings of some of the most eye-catching and stunning operas recorded live at La Scala and other renowned European opera houses and festival venues. The first two feature presentations in this series will be Verdi’s tale of the cursed Rigoletto on May 13 and 17 and Berlioz’s rarely performed tale of the Florentine sculptor Benvenuto Cellini on May 27 and May 31. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.denverfilm.org or call 303-595-3456, ext. 250.

The Denver Film Society is a membership-based nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to cultivating community and transforming lives through film. Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society produces film events throughout the year, including the award winning Starz Denver Film Festival. The Denver Film Society's home theatre and cinematic education center, the Starz FilmCenter, presents film programs daily and is Denver's first and only year-round cinematheque, operated in partnership with the University of Colorado at Denver's College of Arts & Media, and with support from Starz Entertainment and the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Denver Film Society members support one-of-a-kind programs reaching more that 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training each year.

For the 2009 Summer Festival June 27 to August 2, Central City Opera will feature three new productions. The Festival includes Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, the popular Italian bel canto style opera about feuding families in Scotland and young Lucia’s forbidden love; Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, the Tony Award® winning musical that portrays the romantic lives of couples in Swedish society; George Frideric Handel’s Italian opera Rinaldo, a heroic story of battle and love set in the time of the  First Crusade. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

Celebrating its 77 th 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; 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.

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