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CENTRAL CITY OPERA AND JUNIOR SYMPHONY GUILD BRING OPERA TO CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES
Contact: Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing, Central City Opera
303-292-6500, ext. 108; vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Kelly Nelson, Public Relations Consultant, Citrus PR
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Sheila Gossen, Junior Symphony Guild
303-355-7855, Sheila@insidetheorchestra.com
January 14, 2011

CENTRAL CITY OPERA AND JUNIOR SYMPHONY GUILD BRING OPERA TO CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES

TINY TOTS INSIDE THE ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES 25 FABULOUS YEARS
JANUARY 25 TO FEBRUARY 9

Denver, Colo – Central City Opera (CCO) partners for the second time with the Junior Symphony Guild (JSG) on their 2011 Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra program. CCO will bring opera to the 25th annual program, which takes place Jan. 25 through Feb. 9 at venues throughout the Denver metro area ranging from Boettcher Concert Hall to the Wildlife Experience 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” and "Star Wars" to Beethoven. The children and their parents are creatively engaged in theatre-of-the-mind activities as they grow to the music, stomp like giants and gallop like horses to the William Tell Overture. And, back by popular demand, live opera music will be performed by local Central City Opera Ensemble Artist, Chad Reagan. He 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 Central City Opera Education and Community Programs Director Deb Morrow.

Baritone Chad Reagan
Hailing from Denver, baritone Chad Reagan has most recently performed with Indianapolis Opera in the productions of La Bohéme and The Pirates of Penzance. He has also been a part of Dicapo Opera’s Resident Artist roster. Mr. Reagan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Northern Colorado and earned a Master of Music at the University of Denver, where he appeared as Marcello in La Bohéme and Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’amore.

Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Ticket Information
Designed to bring symphonic music to underserved communities, tickets are priced at just $5 (complimentary tickets will be offered to those in need and children under one are free). Performances do sell out, so it is encouraged to purchase tickets promptly. To purchase, download an order form at www.insidetheorchestra.com and send a check to Sheila Gossen, Director of Development. Tickets are also available at the door the day of the performance. Music lovers can give the gift to music by becoming an Inside Sponsor (starting at $5), which provides free admission to children in need. Email Sheila Gossen at Sheila@insidetheorchestra.com or call her at (303) 355-7855.

Junior Symphony Guild
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 is celebrating 50+ years in Denver supporting the orchestra and 25 years bringing professional live orchestra music to Denver's youth. The JSG hired Thomas H. Jensen (previously the conductor of the Colorado Ballet as well as a radio broadcaster) as Music Director 25 years ago, challenging him to develop an engaging orchestra program that would both entertain and educate children, sparking their creativity and igniting a love of learning. Mr. Jensen created two unique award-winning programs: Inside the Orchestra 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 the JSG programs are performed for 25,000 children in the Denver metro area at 30 elementary schools and seven different venues. For more information about the JSG or for the concert schedule visit www.insidetheorchestra.com.

Central City Opera’s Education and Community Programs
Central City Opera’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. Central City Opera is one of the most active opera companies in the nation in education and community services. For more information on Central City Opera’s Education and Community Programs, contact Education and Community Programs Director Deborah Morrow at 303-292-6500 or visit www.centralcityopera.org/education.

Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Performance Information
January 25 to February 9

Performances take place at both 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on dates listed below.

Tuesday, January 25: El Jebel Shrine, 4625 W. 50th Ave., Denver, CO 80212

Wednesday January 26: The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria, Parker, CO 80134

Thursday, January 27: The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria, Parker, CO 80134

Monday, January 31: Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver, CO 80220

Tuesday, February 1: Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver, CO 80220

Wednesday, February 2: Mile Hi Church, 9079 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood, CO 80226

Monday, February 7: Boettcher Concert Hall, 14th & Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202

Tuesday, February 8: Temple Sinai, 3509 S. Glencoe St., Denver, CO 80237

Wednesday, February 9: Temple Sinai, 3509 S. Glencoe St., Denver, CO 80237


Celebrating its 78th 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. The 2011 Festival features Bizet's Carmen, the popular story of a Spanish gypsy; the North American premiere of Handel's "magic" opera, Amadigi di Gaula; and a double bill of three one act operas: Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, Les Mamelles de Tiresias by Poulenc and Weill's Seven Deadly Sins. 2011 Festival subscriptions are on sale now starting at just $42. For more information or to purchase tickets for 2011, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.
 

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