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Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 in News | 0 comments


Denver, Colo – Starting this Sunday, July 17 and running each Sunday through July 31, music lovers will have the unique opportunity to experience exquisite instrumental and vocal works in one of Colorado’s oldest churches, St. James Methodist, located across from the Opera House in Central City.

The Sundays at St. James Chamber Music Series features three very different intimate performances:

The July 17th performance will feature vocal music by baritone Robert Gardner, one of the stars of Central City Opera’s 2011 main stage productions of The Seven Deadly Sins and The Breasts of Tiresias this summer. The concert also showcases members of the Central City Opera Orchestra in solo performances with a clarinet sonata by Poulenc and a Dvořák piano quartet.

On July 24,concert goers will be able to get up close and personal with the artists of Handel’s “magic” opera featured at Central City Opera this summer, Amadigi di Gaula. Reminiscent of an evening at a London tavern, British maestro Matthew Halls, as well as guest instrumentalists and principal artists from this summer’s Handel production will perform the music of Henry Purcell.

The final performance on July 31 will feature the popular male classical vocal quartet, New York Polyphony. Praised for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts” (National Public Radio), the four men deliver dynamic performances in a wide range of styles. From austere medieval melodies to cutting edge contemporary works, New York Polyphony balances refined musicianship with a uniquely modern sensibility. Two of the members — baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert and bass Craig Phillips — were participants in CCO’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program.

The Sundays at St. James Chamber Music concerts start at 7:30pm, and will be held at St. James Methodist Church in Central City (123 Eureka St.). Tickets are $32 per concert, or $68 for all three. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (303) 292-6700.

OMG! Central City Opera Gets Festivalized

Beyond the 2011 productions, CCO is unveiling a new feel, new activities and new ideas that align with its new brand. CCO invites music lovers to explore the Fringe Festival, a collection of short performances, a 19th century weekend of history and modern fun, jazz, tours, and much more that will enliven the quaint, historic streets of Central City. Explore the Fringe Festival and experience local history, nature, culture, and of course, opera like never before. The Sundays at St. James Chamber Music Series is part of CCO’s new Fringe Festival for 2011.

2011 Festival Tickets on Sale Now! Running June 25 to Aug. 7, the Festival offers a wide range of selections with something for everyone, including a new production of Bizet’s Carmen; the first fully-staged production in North America of Händel’s Amadigi di Gaula; and a double bill of three one act operas: Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, The Breasts of Tiresias by Poulenc and Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins. 2011 Festival subscriptions, starting at just $42, are on sale now and include Carmen, Amadigi di Gaula and two of the one-acts. Packages are also available to see all five shows this summer. Single tickets, starting at $20, and tickets for individual one-act performances starting at just $10, are also on sale now. For more information or to purchase tickets for 2011, visit or call 303-292-6700.

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