Denver, Colo – Central City Opera (CCO) partners for the fourth year with the Junior Symphony Guild (JSG), now known as Inside the Orchestra (ISO) on their 2013 Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra program. CCO will bring opera to the 27th annual program, which takes place Jan. 20 through Feb. 15 at venues throughout the Denver metro area ranging from Boettcher Concert Hall to El Jebel Shrine (a complete list of performances is below and at www.insidetheorchestra.com).

A 45-minute performance, Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra engages, entertains and educates pre-school children six and under (but all ages are welcome). ISO’s adult professional orchestra surrounds the audience as they hear well-known repertoire ranging from “Looney Tunes” to “Star Wars” to Beethoven. Children and their parents are creatively engaged in theatre-of-the-mind activities as they stomp like giants and throw a temper tantrum during Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, grow with music from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and ride into the sunset with the “William Tell Overture.” And, back by popular demand, live opera music will be sung in alternating performances by local Central City Opera Ensemble ArtistsChad Reagan and Adam Ewing. The baritones will sing “Largo al factotum,” widely known as “The Figaro Aria,” that is performed by the main character in Rossini’s famous opera, The Barber of Seville. This opera is being presented in a new production during the 2013 Central City Opera Festival this summer.

On Feb. 4, Inside the Orchestra’s Conductor Tom Jensen will welcome Judi Wolf to the podium as a guest conductor during the 10:30 a.m. show at Boettcher Hall. Mrs. Wolf will conduct a piece from Carmen with a rose in her mouth. A tireless advocate of the arts, Judi’s numerous awards include the Colorado Fine Arts Foundation 2012 Citizen of the Arts Award, the Villager Newspaper Woman of the Year and Girl Scouts of America Woman of Distinction.

“For the fourth year, we’re thrilled to partner with Inside the Orchestra to provide a magical and interactive opportunity to expose young kids and their parents to classical music through this unique concept of placing the audience inside the performance,” says Central City Opera Education and Community Programs Director Deb Morrow.

Baritone Chad Reagan
A CCO Ensemble Artist, Denver-native 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 in Le Nozze di Figaro and the Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass.
Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Admission Information
Designed to bring orchestra music to underserved communities, Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra is the only music education program of its kind in the country and depends heavily on grants and donation. The cost of admission is a suggested 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 it is encouraged to purchase admissions promptly. To register for tickets, go to http://www.insidetheorchestra.com/event-registration/ and follow the registration and payment instructions. Patrons may also pay for admission at the door the day of the performance, but space is limited. Be sure to check the Inside the Orchestra website prior to the concert (www.insidetheorchestra.com). 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. Email info@insidetheorchestra.com with questions or if you are a member of the press and will be attending.

Inside the Orchestra
The mission of ISO 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. ISO is celebrating 50+ years in Denver supporting the orchestra and 27 years bringing professional live orchestra music to Denver’s youth. ISO hired Thomas H. Jensen (previously the conductor of the Colorado Ballet, as well as a radio broadcaster) as Music Director 27 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, ISO underwrites almost all performances through private and corporate contributions, grants and special events. Each season ISO programs are performed for 25,000 children in the Denver metro area at 30 elementary schools and seven different venues. For more information about ISO or for the concert schedule please visit www.insidetheorchestra.com.

Central City Opera’s Education and Community Engagement Programs
CCO’s year-round Education and Community Engagement 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 Engagement Programs, contact Education and Community Engagement Programs Director Deborah Morrow at 303-292-6500 or visit www.centralcityopera.org/education.

Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Performance Information
January 20 to February 15
Sunday, Jan. 20: 1:30 and 3:00 p.m., Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree, CO 80124

Monday, Feb. 4: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver, CO 80202

Tuesday, Feb. 5: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver, CO 80220 SOLD OUT

Wednesday, Feb. 6: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria, Parker, CO 80134

Wednesday, Feb. 13: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., El Jebel Shrine, 4625 W. 50th Ave., Denver, CO 80212

Friday, Feb. 15: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80226

Central City Opera 2013 Festival
Central City Opera House – June 29 to July 28
Rossini’s comic opera about a matchmaking barber, The Barber of Seville, opens the Festival in Central City on June 29 and runs through July 27. Ned Rorem’s operatic adaptation of Our Town, about life, love and loss in small town America, is the second offering opening July 6 and running at the Opera House through July 28.

Central City Opera Comes to Denver’s Buell Theatre – August 6 to 11
Central City Opera then comes down the hill to Denver for seven performances of Kern and Hammerstein’s Broadway classic musical, Show Boat featuring “Ol’ Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” at the Buell Theater in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Two and three pack subscriptions for the 2013 Festival are available now and offer the best discounts and seat selections with a savings of up to 30% off single ticket prices before May 1st. Subscriptions start at just $30. Single tickets, starting at $20, go on sale April 1. In addition to its slate of operas for 2013, CCO will continue to present innovative initiatives that will engage a broader audience. Attendees will again find exciting enhancements to their Central City experience. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

Celebrating its 81st 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.

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