Central City Opera Gala
April 28, 2017
Buy Before You Go!
THIS YEAR, Dream Events will be available for purchase prior to the Theatre of Dreams Gala. Starting APRIL 1, sign-up HERE or by phone at 303-292-6500.
Behind-the-scenes access to exclusive locations and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, only from Central City Opera. Share these unforgettable packages with all of your friends!
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Dream Event 1
Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, with Florence Müller
Hosted by Kristin and Jim Bender, Heather and Peter Brecl, Liz and Jon Clarke, & Lisa and Chris Curwen
Friday, May 19, 2017 | 5:30 pm | ART Hotel and Denver Art Museum
A private tour of Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s before Denver bids sayonara to this exhibition at the end of May!
Begin your evening with signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and stunning views of the city from the ART Hotel’s rooftop FIRE Lounge. Then, stroll around the corner to the Denver Art Museum for a personal tour of Shock Wave guided by Florence Müller, the DAM’s highly regarded Textile Art and Fashion Curator from Paris. The exhibit features works by Japanese designers, including Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, and Junya Watanabe, who together began a “fashion revolution” that continues to inspire today’s fabrics, designs and contemporary art. End the evening by receiving a gift of the exhibition catalog, Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s, signed by the author, Florence Müller. Catch the Shock Wave and challenge your ideas of fashion and art!
$125 per person • Limit: 30 Guests
Dream Event 2
Become a Gourmet Paella Chef at Sur La Table
Hosted by Margaret and Stan Baker, Karen and Andrew Ritz & Sandy and Gerald Wischmeyer
Thursday, June 8, 2017 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm | Sur La Table - Cherry Creek North
Join expert chefs in the Sur La Table kitchen for a delicious evening of Spanish food and wine. With the lm version of Carmen playing in the background, and sa ron- infused arroz simmering on the stove, treat yourself or gather a group for instruction in the art of gourmet paella preparation. Fine-tune your cooking skills and learn the chefs’ secrets while sipping Spanish wines selected to pair with your creations. Don’t miss this opportunity to perfect your own version of what some call the “national” dish of Spain. Olé!
$140 per person • Limit: 20 Guests
Dream Event 3
Carmen Followed by Dinner on the Central City Opera Stage
Donated by Central City Opera and your hosts: Betsy and Michael Huseby
Saturday, July 22, 2017 | 2:30 pm | Central City
Spanish heat and gypsy passion will unfold in front of your premiere seating for a matinée performance of Carmen. Afterwards, cross Eureka Street to the historic Johnson House for cocktails and lively conversation with the performance artists and Central City Opera Artistic Director, Pat Pearce. This post-matinée experience culminates with dinner by Chef Ryan Taylor on the Central City Opera House stage amidst the colorful sets of Carmen.
$225 per person • Limit: 14 Guests
Dream Event 4
Così fan tutte Followed by Al Fresco Dinner in Central City
Donated by Central City Opera and your hostesses: Melinda Couzens, Tolly Tate & Kathy Tyree
Saturday, July 29, 2017 | 2:30 pm | Central City
Up in Central City where the air is crystal and opera is cool, guests will join our hostesses for farm fresh fare in the Central City Opera House Gardens after the matinée performance of Così fan tutte.
$150 per person • Limit: 12 Guests
Dream Event 5
Evening Concert at Denver Botanic Gardens With VIP Seating and Gourmet Picnic Dinner
Donated and hosted by Denver Botanic Gardens
Summer 2017 Date TBD
With this ever-popular Dream Event, you will enjoy premium center stage seating under the reserved tent at the top of the UMB Amphitheater and gourmet picnic dinners (with wine) from Catering by Design. Enjoy the opportunity to enter the Gardens early (after 3:00 pm) and be part of the pre-concert VIP experience on the West Terrace. No need to tote your blankets or chairs to this special evening!
$200 per person • Limit: 8 Guests
Dream Event 6
Fragrance and Fashion - Inspire and Delight!
Hosted by Tammy and Tyler Kraemer, Kathy and Tom Tyree, Nancy Parker, Sally Scott and Kevin Kearney, Dorothy and Sandy Kraemer, Ericka and Eric McDaniel, Leonard and Christina Dinegar, Blocki Perfumes & BŌLDI Fashion
Friday, September 8, 2017 | 6:30 pm | Birdsall & Company - Denver
Experience an evening dedicated to the senses, exploring fragrance and fashion at the newly relocated Birdsall & Company. Over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres meet co- founders of Blocki Perfumes, Tyler and Tammy Kraemer. Known for having revived their family’s original American perfumery dating from 1865, they will share the history of fragrance creation, the Blocki Perfumes story, and their rst three 21st century perfumes, an inspiring blend of vintage and modern elements rarely found in today’s scent landscape. You will also delight in viewing the exciting fashions of BŌLDI, a new women’s apparel brand. Be part of this timeless American style revolution.
$125 per person • Limit: 50 Guests
Dream Event 7
Historic Evans Ranch Hike and Gourmet Lunch
Hosted by Michelle Dorman, Nora Heitmann & Kitty Koch
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 11:00 am | Evergreen
Don’t miss this special opportunity to hike and enjoy lunch on the historic Evans Ranch near Evergreen. Our luncheon hostess is Mag Hayden, close relative of Anne Evans, Colorado cultural pioneer and co-founder of the Central City Opera. Assisting Mag will be Evelyn Waldron, a local historian and author. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and presentation in Anne Evans’ summer home followed by an entertaining, relaxing hike through the beautiful, rustic landscape homesteaded by Anne’s father, second territorial Governor, John Evans. You will receive a complimentary copy of the Anne Evans biography, The Things that Last When Gold is Gone, autographed by co- author, Evelyn Waldron.
$100 per person • Limit: 15 Guests
Dream Event 8
Prost! Add a little “OOM-PAH” to your October at Oktoberfest!
Hosted by Riisa and Pany Dikeou & Jane and Lars Soderberg
Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 5:00 pm | Private Residence - Denver
Bring your friends to the Biergarten and meet new freunde, listen to the sound of music while enjoying Bavaria’s best Wursts, Brats, und Bier, Schnitzel und Strudel. Polka-ing is optional. There is no more special and spectacular setting to celebrate Oktoberfest this fall! German or casual attire for outside in the Biergarten, so wear your Loden jackets if you are wearing lederhosen.
$50 per person ($35 for 35 years & under) • All are willkommen!
Dream Event 9
Gerard’s Pool Hall - A Boutique Billiard Room
Hosted by Kevin Kearney and Sally Scott, Brooke and Chas Maloy & Nicole and Bart Bansbach
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 6:00 pm | Gerard’s Pool Hall - Denver
Visit a chic modern pool hall and speakeasy! Sneak in o the alley between 26th and 27th on Larimer Street to this new intimate venue featuring an industrial retro space with a Victorian twist and a tip to the hip. Enjoy cocktails, small bites, beer, and other beverages amid photos of Denver pool hall history in the library. Play pool in the lounge while receiving demonstrations and instruction from current pros and hustlers. Rack ‘em up!
$90 per person ($35 for 35 years & under) • Limit: 45 Guests
Dream Event 10
Bottle, Cork and Label “Central City Opera Vintage Wines” at Waters Edge
Hosted by Judy and Newell Grant & Jennifer and Chad Hulan, owners and vintners, Waters Edge Winery
Monday, November 6, 2017 | 6:30 pm | Centennial
Become a vintner with friends old and new. Gather at Waters Edge Winery to bottle your own red and white wines. This unique twist to wine education includes bottling, corking, labeling with customized Central City Opera labels, and adding to your private collection – two bottles of “Central City Opera Vintage Wines.” Gourmet hors d’oeuvres plus door prizes provided by Waters Edge, and a cash bar will also be part of this special evening.
$100 per person • Limit: 25 Guests
Dream Event 11 - BID TO WIN
Calling All Divas – Appear on Stage In Central City Opera’s Carmen!
Sponsored by Central City Opera
Summer 2017 Date TBD | Central City
Make your grand entrance for a once-in-a-lifetime cameo as a cast member of Central City Opera’s 2017 production of Carmen! Your experience includes rehearsals with the cast and a transformation via stage make-up and costuming culminating in your on-stage debut. If your dreams include a part in a world-class opera and theatre production, don’t wait. This unique Dream Event can be yours!
Awarded to the highest bidders. Bids starting at $2,500. Value: Priceless • Limit: 2 Guests. Winners will be notified on May 1.
Dream Event 12 - BID TO WIN
Red Rocks Amphitheatre – There is no better place to see the STARS
Sponsored by Jenny and Don Strasburg and AEG Live
These Three Events Sold Separately | Morrison
Norah Jones: Day Breaks World Tour
Wednesday, June 14 at 7:30 pm
Awarded to highest bidder. Value: $250 (two tickets – premium reserved seating). Winners will be notified on May 1.
Pink Martini with The Colorado Symphony and Rufus Wainwright
Thursday, July 6 at 7:30 pm
Awarded to the highest bidder. Value: $300 (two tickets – premium reserved seating). Winners will be notified on May 1.
Tuesday, July 25 at 8:00 pm
Awarded to the highest bidder. Value: $200 (two tickets – premium reserved seating). Winners will be notified on May 1.
Dream Event 13 - BID TO WIN
The 27th Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
Sponsored by Barbara Ferguson, Craig Ferguson, & Margaret and Stan Baker
August 18 through August 20, 2017 | Planet Bluegrass - Lyons
Travel to beautiful Lyons, Colorado, often called the “Nashville of the West,” on the mighty St. Vrain River. Share in the experience of The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, entering its 27th year, considered a “tastemaker” in the industry! Don’t miss the famous Folks Songwriter Showcase, which opens the festival with the most accomplished new songwriters in competition for coveted spots in the lineup of well- known performers. Enjoy three days of VIP seating and backstage dining along with rare access to the musicians performing at this world renowned event. Lodging and transportation not included.
Awarded to the highest bidders. Value: $400 per person • Limit: 4 Guests. Winners will be notified on May 1.
Dream Event 14 - BID TO WIN
The Garden of the Gods – One of the Natural Wonders of the World
Donated by the Garden of the Gods Club & Mike Ward Maserati
Dates TBD (April 2017 - April 2018) | Colorado Springs
From atop a mesa in northwest Colorado Springs, the views are among the most magni cent in the world! One lucky bidder will have the opportunity to savor these breathtaking views and superb amenities of a two-night stay at the legendary Garden of the Gods Club. Developed in the 1950s, the Club quickly became an exclusive retreat for Hollywood’s elite, captains of industry, and political and literary luminaries. Visitors have included Robert Mitchum, Claudette Colbert, Gene Autry, John Wayne, and Walt Disney. This “dream” weekend will include breakfast both days, one round of golf and spa services for two, and your “very own” Maserati to drive for the weekend! Dates TBD by sponsors and highest bidder.
Awarded to the highest bidder. Value: $2,000. Winner will be notified on May 1.
Live Dream Event
2017 Weekend Stay at Epoch Estate Wines’ York Mountain Farmhouse
Donated by Liz and Bill Armstrong
Paso Robles, California
Live Auction at Gala on Friday, April 28
Founded in 2004 by geologists and Denver locals, Bill and Liz Armstrong, Epoch Estate Wines has quickly developed a big reputation for handcrafted, small-production wines with abundant personalities from Paso Robles, CA. Located on the storied York Mountain, Epoch is an ultra-premium producer of wines from Rhone, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo varieties grown on their two west Paso Robles vineyards – Paderewski and Catapult. As the steward of both the historic York Mountain Winery property and the Paderewski Vineyard, Epoch is committed to the land it cherishes, the quality wines crafted, and the rich legacies now shared with the next generation of Epoch drinkers.
Experience the Armstrongs’ winemaking journey rsthand with this Epoch weekend package. This stay can accommodate three couples for a long weekend (four days and three nights) in the fully renovated 120-year-old York Mountain Farmhouse that the Armstrongs now cherish as their personal guest home. All three master-suites are beautifully restored, each boasting a king bed and a spacious, full bathroom. The Farmhouse will come stocked with amenities including breakfast items, snacks, and a case of Epoch wines.
During your stay, you are invited to visit Epoch’s new Tasting Room, located across from the Farmhouse, to enjoy a complimentary flight tasting and learn more about Epoch and the history Bill and Liz are preserving on the historic York Mountain property, home to the first bonded winery on the Central Coast. This unique and coveted experience also includes a private tour of their newly planted York Mountain Vineyard and a barrel tasting at Epoch’s state-of-the-art winery. The Epoch team will be happy to assist in recommending other great wineries and restaurants in the Paso area for you to enjoy during your visit. Finally, to put the winners in the mood for their trip to Paso, you will walk away from the evening at the Gala with a signed magnum of Epoch wine!
This package accommodates up to six people for three nights and does not include airfare, transportation, or meals. Dates must be mutually agreed upon by all parties.
Awarded to the highest bidder. Value: Priceless