Opera Colorado Celebrates With 2009 Gala

Concert stars Julian Gavin and Pamela Armstrong and features a tempting silent auction Special Guest Host: Lee Meriwether

DENVER, CO - Opera Colorado will celebrate an evening of opera and obsession with the 2009 Gala. The Gala takes place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House on Friday, November 20 beginning at 6 pm.

The evening includes cocktails, a silent auction, a private concert hosted by Lee Meriwether featuring the stars of The Tales of Hoffmann, soprano Pamela Armstrong and tenor Julian Gavin, along with the Opera Colorado Young Artists. The evening concludes with dinner prepared by Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House followed by dancing accompanied by the eight-piece ensemble, Sure Thing.

The “Indulge Your Obsession Silent Auction” will feature more than two dozen items such as travel opportunities, fashion accessories and other special indulgences, according to Gala Event Chair Merrill Shields. Items up for auction include a week’s stay at a pied-à-terre in Paris’ 15th arrondissement, a beautiful Hermès cashmere and silk shawl, a weekend at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, beautiful designer jewelry and many other handpicked unique items and experiences. Auction items are currently available for viewing, bidding and advance purchase online at OperaColorado.org.

Cocktails and concert-only packages are available for $150. Tickets for full Gala packages start at $350 per person and include the entire evening’s entertainment. Sales Committee Chair Robert Swift notes that table packages are available starting at $5,000. Purchasing a table for the Gala offers many benefits and makes an excellent corporate entertaining opportunity. At the $10,000 level and above, guests are also welcomed to the exclusive Gala Patron Party. Complete information about Gala tickets is available at the website, OperaColorado.org/get-involved/gala, or by calling 303.778.7086.

Proceeds from the Opera Colorado Gala benefit Opera Colorado’s Education and Community Programs that annually serve more than 30,000 school children and adults throughout Colorado. "We are extremely grateful to the dedicated members of the Gala Committee who work so hard on this special event every year," said Greg Carpenter, General Director of Opera Colorado. "The support provided by this event is vital to our mission of bringing opera and music education programs to schools and new audiences throughout our state and region. We appreciate everyone who supports this event."


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