Free, Public Roundtable on the Impact of the Arts on Education

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, March 5, 2012
Contact: Suzanne Calvin
214-443-1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT
“THE GENERAL DIRECTOR’S ROUNDTABLE” ON
“THE IMPORTANCE OF ARTS IN EDUCATION”
FEATURING LEANN BINFORD, DIRECTOR, CREATIVE LEARNING WORKFORCE AT BIG THOUGHT, INC., AND ZANNIE VOSS, PhD PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OF ARTS ADMINISTRATION, SMU’S COX SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND MEADOWS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
HOSTED BY
DALLAS OPERA GENERAL DIRECTOR & CEO KEITH CERNY
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FREE TO THE PUBLIC! RSVP AT 214.443.1044
MODERATED BY D MAGAZINE ARTS EDITOR PETER SIMEK
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TUESDAY, MARCH 27TH, 6:30 PM
NANCY B. HAMON HALL, THE MARGOT & BILL WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE AT THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH D MAGAZINE

DALLAS, MARCH 5, 2012 – The Dallas Opera is proud to present the fourth in a series of quarterly “General Director’s Roundtables,” featuring timely and in-depth discussion of issues affecting opera, contemporary audiences, and the greater performing arts community today. The brainchild of Dallas Opera General Director & CEO Keith Cerny, this series seeks to bring together the most knowledgeable voices in their fields in a genuine quest for answers.
The topic of this roundtable is “The Importance of Arts in Education,” presented in partnership with D magazine and thoughtfully moderated by D magazine Arts Editor Peter Simek at 6:30 PM, Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
The panelists, in addition to the multifaceted Mr. Cerny who hosts these events, will include LeAnn Binford, Director of Creative Learning Workforce at Big Thought, Inc. and Zannie Voss, PhD Professor and Chair of Arts Administration at SMU’s Cox School of Business and Meadows School of the Arts.

“My wife Jennifer and I are raising four boys and have always considered arts education an integral part of our family learning experience, from music-lessons to museum excursions,” explains Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. “I know, first-hand, how exposure to the arts touches the young and gives them insights into themselves and the world around them. Yet many questions remain: How do we measure the impact of the arts? How do we develop programs that are both appropriate and effective? How do we support arts education in schools, many of which are experiencing severe budget deficits? And most importantly,” Cerny adds, “how do we ensure that every child, regardless of background, has the opportunity for both artistic exposure and expression?
“These are just a few of the questions we will explore in our upcoming Roundtable.”

This General Director’s Roundtable will be held in the intimate salon setting of Nancy B. Hamon Hall, located within the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. On-site paid parking for the General Director’s Roundtable is available beneath the Winspear Opera House in the Lexus Red Parking Garage.
Please note: Seating is limited; however, this special edition of the roundtable will be free and open to the public. Reservations are required; just call 214.443.1044 and leave your name and the number in your party or reserve your seat for the Roundtable online anytime, 24/7, at rsvp@dallasopera.org.
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BIOS:

LeAnn Binford, Director, Program Operations at Big Thought, Inc. is an arts administrator with over 20 years of practical experience in performing arts management who has initiated, designed, and implemented new programming, enhanced traditional programs with innovative approaches, and served as an advocate for the arts in diverse environments. A creative leader and accomplished speaker who is articulate, highly organized, and an excellent writer, she combines a focus on education with the ability to build strong relationships with artists, volunteers, trustees, and administrators.

Zannie Giraud Voss Ph.D., Institut d’Administration des Entreprises, Aix-en-Provence) is Chair and Professor of Arts Administration in the Meadows School of the Arts and the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, and an Affiliate Professor at the Euromed School of Management in Marseille, France. Prior to joining the SMU faculty, she was a professor in the Department of Theater Studies and an adjunct professor in management in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where she also served as producing director of Theater Previews at Duke, a professional theater company dedicated to the development and co-production of new works.
Zannie has a worked as consultant on projects for the Irvine Foundation, Theatre Development Fund and Theatre Communications Group, co-authoring TCG’s Theatre Facts since 1998. She has published articles examining the strategic factors that influence organizational performance in nonprofit professional theatres in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Services Marketing, American Theatre, ArtsReach, and International Journal of Arts Management, for which she serves as an associate editor. She served as managing director of PlayMakers Repertory Company, associate manager of the Alley Theatre, assistant director of audience development at the Mark Taper Forum, and as a site visitor and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. She has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, the Aspen Institute, the Marketing Science Foundation, the American Marketing Association and the Sheth Foundation.

Biographical information about Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny may be accessed online at http://www.dallasopera.org/the_company/general_director.php.

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Single tickets for the remaining main stage productions of the Dallas Opera’s “Tragic Obsessions” Season are on sale now, starting at just $25, through the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or online at www.dallasopera.org. Student Rush best-available tickets can be purchased at the lobby box office for $25 (one per valid Student I.D.) ninety minutes prior to each performance.
Secure your seats today for the remaining spring mainstage productions: La traviata, and The Magic Flute, as well as the Dallas Opera’s brand-new production of a haunting 1980 chamber opera: The Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies. Marking the operatic debut of director Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director of the Dallas Theater Center, this work will play to intimate audiences in the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre across the street from the Winspear.

THE DALLAS OPERA GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES
THE TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION,
PRESENTER OF THE 2011-2012 SEASON
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “GENERAL DIRECTOR’S ROUNDTABLE”
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

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THE DALLAS OPERA WISHES TO EXPRESS ITS GRATITUDE TO OUR EXCLUSIVE PARTNERS:

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THE DALLAS OPERA 2011-2012 SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Fifth International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in downtown Dallas. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees will begin at 2:00 p.m. English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance. Assistance is available for the hearing impaired.

THE LIGHTHOUSE by Peter Maxwell Davies
Inaugural production of the Dallas Opera Chamber Series
Presented in collaboration with the Dallas Theater Center
In the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center
March 16, 17 & 18(m), 2012
A chilling supernatural and psychological thriller!
Time: December 1900
Place: Edinburgh Court of Enquiry, Fladda Isle Lighthouse off the Scottish coast
Conductor: Nicole Paiement*
Stage Director: Kevin Moriarty* (opera directorial debut)
Scenic Design: Beowulf Boritt*
Costume Design: Claudia Stephens*
Starring: (in order of vocal appearance:) Andrew Bidlack* (Officer 1/Sandy), Robert Orth (Officer 2/Blazes), and Daniel Sumegi (Officer 3/Arthur/Voice of the Cards).

LA TRAVIATA by Giuseppe Verdi
April 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 & 29(m), 2012
Let’s Party Like It’s 1849!
An opera in three acts first performed in Venice at Teatro La Fenice, March 6, 1853
Text by Francesco Maria Piave, based on Alexandre Dumas’ play, La dame aux camélias
Time: 19th century
Place: Paris
Conductor: Marco Guidarini
Stage Director: Bliss Hebert
Production Design: Allen Charles Klein
Lighting Design: Thomas Hase
Choreographer: Rosa Mercedes*
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Myrtò Papatanasiu** (Violetta Valéry), James Valenti (Alfredo Germont), Laurent Naouri* (Giorgio Germont), Amanda Crider* (Flora Bervoix), Timothy Mix* (Baron Douphol), Mark McCrory (Marchese D’Obigny), Ethan Herschenfeld* (Doctor Grenvil), and Susan Nicely (Annina).

THE MAGIC FLUTE by W.A. Mozart
April 20, 22(m), 25, 28, May 4 & 6(m), 2012
Hearts Tested, Tried and True!
An opera in two acts first performed in Vienna, September 30, 1791.
Text by Emanuel Schikaneder.
Time: Legendary
Place: Mythological Egypt
Conductor: Graeme Jenkins
Production: August Everding
Stage Director: Matthew Lata
Scenic Design: Jörg Zimmermann*
Costume Design: Renate Kalanke*
Lighting Design: Duane Schuler
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotten
Starring: Ava Pine (Pamina), Shawn Mathey* (Tamina), Patrick Carfizzi (Papageno), L’ubica Vargicová* (The Queen of the Night), Raymond Aceto (Sarastro), Kevin Langan (The Speaker), David Cangelosi (Monostatos), Angela Mannino* (Papagena), Caitlin Lynch* (First Lady), Lauren McNeese* (Second Lady), Maya Lahyani* (Third Lady), Aaron Blake (First Man in Armour) and Darren K. Stokes* (Second Man in Armour).

* Dallas Opera Debut
** American Debut

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The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from: City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs; TACA; the Texas Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). American Airlines is the official airline of The Dallas Opera. Lexus is the official vehicle of The Dallas Opera. Cartier is the official jeweler and watchmaker of The Dallas Opera. Rosewood Crescent Hotel is the official hotel of The Dallas Opera. Advertising support from The Dallas Morning News. A special thanks to Mrs. William W. Winspear and the Elsa von Seggern Foundation for their continuing support.

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