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SARASOTA YOUTH OPERA RECEIVES GRANT FROM PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS CHARITIES 8TH YEAR IN A ROW!

July 23, 2011

Contact:  Samuel Lowry
              slowry@sarasotaopera.org 
              (941) 328-1322

Sarasota, FL – As part of its ongoing support of programs for youth, Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. has once again awarded the Sarasota Youth Opera program a grant in the amount of $7,500.  This award will help sustain Sarasota Opera’s commitment to community outreach and education projects, such as Youth Opera Choruses, Summer Workshops, and our Invitation to Opera program that engage young people’s creativity through exposure to opera.

High school senior and 10-year Youth Opera member Amanda Capps sums up her experience saying, “There are so many things I have been able to do as a member of Youth Opera.  I’ve sung amazing music, learned from talented teachers, visited a foreign country, appeared in professional operas, appeared in a world premiere as well as a U.S. premiere, made some of the best friends in my life, and had the amazing opportunity to share the music I love so much with my community. Studying opera hasn’t just taught me how to read music and how to sing – it’s taught me perseverance, discipline, patience, confidence, and how to juggle a busy schedule.”

Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. has been supporting Youth Opera programs for the past eight years, most recently by providing funds to help produce the May 2010 Youth Opera performances of Judith Weir’s The Black Spider.  Grant money has also enabled Sarasota Opera to provide tickets to school children to attend The Black Spider, most of whom would never otherwise have had the opportunity to see a live opera performance.

About Sarasota Youth Opera
A vital part of the mission of Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Youth Opera is a division of Sarasota Opera and provides a unique experience for young people in southwestern Florida. Established in 1984, it was one of the first programs of its kind in America. Members of the program participate in all aspects of opera production.

During the fall term, members form the Youth Opera Choruses, which perform throughout the community in formal concerts, as well as in hospitals, nursing homes and retirement centers. During the Winter Opera Festival many of them are selected to perform as the children's chorus and as supernumeraries in the main stage operas.  Every three years, the Sarasota Opera commissions an opera for the Youth Opera program.  In the fall of 2012, the Sarasota Youth Opera will present the World Premiere of Darren Hagen’s Little Nemo in Slumberland.  For more information on this exciting commission, visit us at www.sarasotaopera.org.

About Sarasota Opera
Based in Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast, Sarasota Opera just finished its 52nd season.  The 2011-2012 Season will feature Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in the fall. The 2012 Winter festival will include Bizet’s Carmen, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Verdi’s Otello, and Barber’s Vanessa. Subscriptions are on sale by calling (941) 328-1300 or visiting the Sarasota Opera Box Office. Single tickets will go on sale August 1 online (www.sarasotaopera.org) and September 1 at the Box Office.

Call the Box Office at (941) 328-1300; visit in-person at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236, in the building next to the Opera House, entrance under the green awning, or go online to www.sarasotaopera.org. Sarasota Opera is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Programs are supported in part by an award the Tourist Development Tax through the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Sarasota County Arts Council. Additional funding is provided by the City of Sarasota and the County of Sarasota.
 
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