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Bringing the Magic of Opera to You!

Central City Opera 2013-2014 Education and Community Engagement

Central City Opera

Still making history... Built by Welsh and Cornish miners in 1878, the Opera House in Central City, Colorado is still making history today as the home for Central City Opera’s professional annual summer festival. The jewel-box theatre is a National Historic Landmark and one of the most unique and intimate venues anywhere – with the Rocky Mountains and the mining town of Central City as an unforgettable backdrop. In addition to the Opera House, Central City Opera owns more than 30 historic properties used as housing and performance venues each summer. The organization is also known for its nationally recognized young artist training program and year-round education and community engagement throughout the region. Touring programs reach as many as 100,000 student, family and senior patrons each year. Central City Opera offers a musical and theatrical experience unlike any other and has wowed audiences with world-class performances since 1932. The company’s artistic vision is boldly different from other regional companies in balancing traditional and progressive works, and taking opera programming for children and families into the broader community. With its combination of diverse repertory and unique theatre, Central City Opera attracts internationally recognized directors, conductors and artists who produce amazing, exciting and unforgettable Art. Central City Opera’s touring programs enhance existing curriculum for young students and lifelong learning for everyone. We work directly with educators, community leaders, students and parents to make these offerings relevant, educational and entertaining. The arts enrich lives and learning at every age.

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education and community engagement Central City Opera’s engagement programs are designed to come to you – we tour to all areas of Colorado and Wyoming.

For Children

Eureka Street The Great Opera Mix-up Mozart & Co. How the West was Sung Opera Alive! Music! Words! Opera! Residency

personnel

Director – Deborah Morrow Coordinator – Emily Murdock Production/Stage Manager – Erin Joy Swank 25 Ensemble and Teaching Artists

To Book a program

• CentralCityOpera.org/education Easy online reservations available • Education@CentralCityOpera.org • 303.331.7026

Scholarships

For Tweens and Teens

No student program request is ever refused because of inability to pay the stated fee. Scholarships, funded by generous foundations and individuals, are offered to qualified schools and organizations. Please call 303.331.7026 for more information.

How the West was Sung En Mis Palabras (In My Own Words) Performing Arts Intensive Opera Alive! Opera on the Go Music! Words! Opera! Residency

Take advantage of excellent in-school offerings from our partner organizations:

For Educators

Music! Words! Opera! Workshop Music! Words! Opera! Residency

For Families, Adults, Lifelong Learners Opera on the Go Speakers Regional Touring Festival Family Matinee

Colorado Children’s Chorale Childrenschorale.org Inside the Orchestra Insidetheorchestra.com The Alliance Project SCCollaborative.org Sponsored by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Photos by Mark Kiryluk and Erin Joy Swank.

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children, tweens & teens

Mozart & Co.

“A company specially organized to sing and play a little opera for YOU.” Mozart and fellow composers mined the riches of great literature and fairy tales to create comic masterworks with great appeal for children.

Eureka Street

“From lumberjacks to culture, singing and adventure; come to Central City where the singing is so pretty.” With funny and fascinating opera characters as your tour guides, discover Central City’s Eureka Street! You’ll meet prospectors, divas and lumberjacks from stories by Rossini, Shakespeare and other favorites.

Grades K-6 Available year round Performed by 3 singers and pianist $350 single/$450 double (back to back) Colorado Academic Standards: Music, Reading, Writing and Communicating, World Languages Resources and related lesson plans available online.

The Great Opera Mix-up

“To give your plot far more zest, add characters on a quest.” Learn that opera is musical storytelling – with plot, characters, conflict and resolution. This is great preparation for story writing units or reinforcement of literacy elements for all grades. All three of these fast-paced, imaginative and interactive programs are designed to support K-6 standards and curriculum. Children are invited on stage to help create scenes from stories originally envisioned by the likes of Shakespeare and the Brothers Grimm, and to learn about the magic of telling stories through song.

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For more information: centralcityopera.org/education education@centralcityopera.org 303.331.7026

How the West was Sung

“Along with dreams they brought their songs; that’s how the West was sung.” Western frontier history comes alive when seen through the eyes and music of Leadville Silver King, Horace Tabor, and his beautiful wife Baby Doe; Molly Brown, known as unsinkable; Clara Brown, freed slave and Colorado pioneer; and other assorted frontier characters. What did people do for entertainment before the iPad and Netflix?

Grades 3-8 Available year round Performed by 3 singers, narrator and pianist $450 single/$550 double (back to back) Colorado Academic Standards: Music, Reading, Writing and Communicating, Social Studies Resources and related lesson plans available online.

Opera Alive! Teaching Artists

Grades K-12

Producing opera requires knowledge and experience from many different fields. Augment your curriculum in STEM subjects, music, dance, theater and world languages with hands-on workshops, master classes or residencies led by Central City Opera’s proficient Teaching Artists. Students gain knowledge, confidence and technique in singing, composition, instrumental technique, stagecraft, movement or other related activities. Two popular STEM workshops are Science of Singing and Cooking and Fractions where students watch and experience how sound waves and harmonics are produced and manipulated by the human voice, or apply various math techniques to recipes and discover how bodies are instruments that need to be fueled.

Cost varies.

“My students are always so highly energized after your workshop! They work harder, they are more focused, and they sing better. I want this on my school calendar annually!” - Choral Director, Estes Park High School

For more information: centralcityopera.org/education education@centralcityopera.org 303.331.7026

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families, adults & lifelong learners

tweens & Teens Performing Arts Intensive Students who love to perform will dig deep to develop skills in acting, dance/movement, vocal technique and composition in this two-week summer workshop in residence in Colorado Springs and Central City. Master Teaching Artists from the Colorado Springs Conservatory and Central City Opera mentor students as they team-create a short opera; learn and perform scenes from opera and musical theater; attend performances and classes and perform their own work for audiences at the Central City Opera festival.

Ages 14-19 Auditions - Fall of 2013 Intensive - July of 2014

An original one-act bilingual opera, En Mis Palabras addresses the universal theme of adolescent development – finding your own voice and learning who you are amid parental expectations and peer influences. Fifteen-year-old Ana Maria feels stifled by her strict father just as he is bewildered by her wish to be herself. Her wise Abuela and brother Rodolfo try to help but both father and daughter must experience a crisis to learn tolerance and understanding. A bilingual resource guide explores cultural and family traditions, immigration and Latino history in Colorado and includes lesson plans in language arts and social studies.

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“I was very impressed with the talent, the selections, the narrative, the direction…I could go on and on.”

Available year round, region-wide Cost varies based on program and distance.

- Audience member, Smooth Operator, Lone Tree Arts Center

For more information: centralcityopera.org/ highschoolintensive or coloradospringsconservatory.org

En Mis Palabras (In My Own Words) “I’ll never be free unless I dare to be me.”

Opera on the Go

Grades 6-12 Available year round Performed by 4 singers, pianist, classical guitarist $650 single Colorado Academic Standards: Music, Reading, Writing and Communicating, World Language, Social Studies, Theater Resources and related lesson plans available online. (English and Spanish) For more information: centralcityopera.org/education education@centralcityopera.org 303.331.7026

Central City Opera Ensemble Artists make opera mobile. Enjoy the magic of opera any time, any place. From a lecture or one singer and pianist, up to a quartet in a 90-minute program of staged opera/ musical scenes, call on us to arrange a program just right for your needs. • • • •

Regional Tours (3-4 singers and pianist) 2-4-day tours anywhere in Colorado/Wyoming – community and school performances and master classes Love Notes, Smooth Operator, Saints and Sinners themed scene selections from opera and musical theater performed by 2-4 singers and pianist, 6090 minutes Opera on the Go programs designed exclusively for you (1-3 singers and pianist, we can even bring the keyboard) Powerpoint presentations and speakers for your club, service organization or group

Festival Family Matinees A special Festival matinee performance is perfect for those on a budget. The talented young artists of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program perform a full-length opera for a family audience. Introductions before each act and a meet-theartists session after the opera make this the perfect introduction to the magic of opera for children and opera newbies. e d u c a t i o n

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For more information: centralcityopera.org/operaonthego education@centralcityopera.org 303.331.7026

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro July 15, 2014, 2:30pm Students (ages 6-18) $15 Adults $20 Central City Opera House Opera Insider resource guide available online. For more information: centralcityopera.org/familymatinee

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educators (continued) Music! Words! Opera! Residency

Cost varies.

“The experience of building an opera and performing it was life changing for many of my fifth grade students.” - Music Teacher, Southmoor Elementary, Denver

educators Music! Words! Opera! Workshop Professional Development for Educators

Explore new worlds and unleash your creativity at Central City Opera’s annual professional development workshop. Master teaching artists will guide you through a process you can replicate and adapt with your own students, using opera to enhance core subjects while developing 21st century skills – communication, collaboration and creative thinking. Get ready to help students discover the magical connections between language arts, social studies, science, mathematics and fine arts though musical storytelling. Music! Words! Opera! methods and curriculum apply to all grade levels K-12.

July 2014 (TBA) University of Colorado, Boulder Workshop fee: $99 CU graduate credit fee: Add $180 (3 credits) (subject to change)

INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHOP: • 3 CU graduate credits (opt’l, additional fee applies) • Hands-on experience creating an original opera • Lesson plans and instruction in how to implement a project with students • Study materials for The Marriage of Figaro by W. A. Mozart • Tickets to a performance of The Marriage of Figaro at the Central City Opera House (opt’l for non-credit participants; small fee applies) • A week of some of the best fun you’ve ever had! • Central City Opera is committed to assist with the implementation of this program with your students This professional development workshop is for any educator – elementary classroom teacher to high school language arts teacher or music specialist – and is particularly effective for teaching teams.

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Nothing jumpstarts kids’ creative juices like the opportunity to write and perform their own musical story. The process of researching/scripting a story and writing/composing lyrics and music develops problem-solving and team skills while providing practical applications of core disciplines like math, reading/writing and social studies. Experienced teaching artists are available to assist in applying methods from Opera America’s Music! Words! Opera! curriculum.

For more information: centralcityopera.org/education

Sponsors Our thanks to the following foundation and corporate sponsors who so generously support Central City Opera Education and Community Engagement.

Ballantine Family Fund William Randolph Hearst Foundation The Virginia W. Hill Foundation Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation

The Kerr Foundation, Inc. J.K. Mullen Foundation Schramm Foundation Henry R. Schwier Charitable Fund

We also thank the many individuals whose gifts support the arts in education.

Education Partners

For more information/ to register: centralcityopera.org/ professionaldevelopment

Scientific and Cultural Collaborative Roger Ames, Composer in Residence

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CentralCityOpera.org/Education

303.331.7026 | education@centralcityopera.org

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Central City Opera's 2013-2014 Education & Community Engagement Brochure