FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2005

Schumer Announces $45,000 for Glimmerglass Opera

National Endowment For The Arts Grant Will Support Production Of “Jenufa” And Increase Access Programs For High School Students

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced two grants of $22,500 for Cooperstown’s Glimmerglass Opera. The federal money was awarded through the National Endowment for the Art’s (NEA) Access to Artistic Excellence program. This program aims to foster and preserve excellence in the arts and increase access to the arts.

"This is great news for Cooperstown," Schumer said. “An investment in the arts is an investment in Cooperstown’s future as a tourist destination and as a vibrant place to live. I will continue to fight hard for programs that support artistic growth and appreciation.”

The Glimmerglass Opera will use $22,500 to support a new production of “Jenufa” by Leos Janacek. The remaining $22,500 will be used to support a consortium project comprising a series of access programs. In partnership with the New York City Opera, the series will include a Summer Seminar Weekend featuring co-productions of “Jenufa” and “Cosi fan tutte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Young Artist Spring Tour and workshops for high school students.

The Glimmerglass Opera was founded in 1975 and offers 43 performances of four operas, all in new productions, each season. The company performs in the Alice Busch Opera Theater, located along the shores of Otsego Lake, the "Glimmerglass" of James Fenimore Cooper's Leather-Stocking Tales.

Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the NEA is dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts and bringing the arts to all Americans. Over 120,000 grants have brought art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities and military bases and have generated an average of seven dollars for each dollar awarded. Grants provided during FY 2006 will help support projects that involve the creation and presentation of artistically excellent work.

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