Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Celebrates 28 Years
Denver, Colo – Central City Opera (CCO) partners for the fifth year with Inside the Orchestra (ISO) on ISO’s Winter Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra program. CCO will bring opera to the 28th annual program, which takes place Feb 5 through Feb 24 at venues throughout the Denver metro area ranging from the McNichols Building in Civic Center to the Commerce City Recreation Center. (Find a complete list of performances below and at www.insidetheorchestra.org).
A 45-minute performance, Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra engages, entertains and educates pre-school children six and under (but all ages are welcome). Kids can interact with the conductor and the musicians and learn about the instruments in the process. Audiences experience what it is like to be truly inside the orchestra as they are seated on the floor and surrounded by professional musicians. The conductor becomes the tour guide for the performance, with scripting designed to educate and entertain children. Children and their parents are creatively engaged in theatre-of-the-mind activities as they do activities like 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. This season, the theme of Tiny Tots is “Curiosity.” Kids can satisfy their curiosity about orchestra music when they are introduced to each family of instruments in the orchestra by the musicians and the conductor. And, back by popular demand, live opera music will be sung in alternating performances by local Central City Opera Ensemble Artists, Chad Reagan and Adam Ewing.
On February 22, Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra will also welcome special guest Curious George, who will help guest conduct one piece and be available to meet and greet with the audience after the show. Two shows, at 9:30 and 10:30 am, will give families an opportunity to step inside the orchestra and opera while enjoying the newly renovated McNichols Building in downtown Denver.
“For the fifth 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 Engagement Director Deb Morrow.
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 donations. The cost of admission is a suggested ticket price 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 www.insidetheorchestra.org/tiny-tots-events 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. Music lovers can give the gift of music by becoming an Inside Sponsor (starting at $7.50), which provides free admission to children in need. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 28 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. 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 performances through private and corporate contributions, grants and special events. Each season ISO programs are performed for an average of 20,000 children in the Denver metro area at 30 elementary schools and ten different venues. For more information about ISO or for the concert schedule please visit www.insidetheorchestra.org/tiny-tots-events.
Baritone Chad Reagan
A Central City Opera Ensemble Artist, Denver-native baritone Chad Reagan performs and teaches throughout the region for the company year-round. This year, Chad will appear with Boulder Opera in their production of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa as well as with the Central City Opera Ensemble in the premier of How Green Was My Valley. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member in the music department at the Community College of Denver.
Baritone Adam Ewing
Also a Central City Opera Ensemble Artist, baritone Adam Ewing is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, under the instruction of Patrick Mason. An avid performer and teacher, Ewing was most recently seen as Schaunard in the CU production of La Bohème and a featured soloist in Songs for a New World with the Reedy Studio. He is a frequent member of the Denver Early Music Consort and the Boulder Bach Festival. Favorite operatic roles include Gianni Schicchi, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass.
Central City Opera’s Education and Community Engagement
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, contact Director Deborah Morrow at 303-292-6500 or visit www.centralcityopera.org/education.
Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Performance Information
February 5 through February 24
Wednesday, February 5: 9:30 and 10:30 am, Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver, CO 80220
Monday, February 10: 9:30 and 10:30 am, McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Denver, CO 80202
Tuesday, February 11: 9:30 and 10:30 am, Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver, CO 80220
Wednesday, February 12: 9:30 and 10:30 am, Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80226
Monday, February 17: 9:30 and 10:30 am, Commerce City Rec Center, 6060 Parkway Dr, Commerce City, CO 80022
Saturday, February 22: 9:30 and 10:30 am, McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Denver, CO 80202
Monday, February 24: 9:30 and 10:30 am, The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria, Parker, CO 80134
Central City Opera 2014 Festival
Central City Opera’s 2014 Festival runs June 28 through August 10 featuring Mozart’s beloved comic opera about the marriage of the famous barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro; Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking, based on the true story and famous book written by Sister Helen Prejean about her relationship with Louisiana death row inmate Joseph De Rocher which was also an award-winning movie; and Rodgers and Hammerstein II’s glorious family musical The Sound of Music performed in Denver at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
Subscriptions to see all three shows in the 2014 Festival are available for purchase starting at just $56 and single tickets for each production are also now available starting at $20. For more information, visit www.centralcityopera.org/tickets or call the Box Office at 303-292-6700.
Celebrating its 82nd year in 2014, 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 engagement programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.