Yesterday, the Chamber of Colorado Springs and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) held their annual Business & Arts Luncheon, which recognizes individuals and businesses that have made outstanding contributions to the arts community.
The lunch named winners in three categories: Western Jubilee Recording Company for the Creative Workspace Award; Downtown Development Authority for the Philanthropy Award; and CJ Moore of Kaiser Permanente for the Business Leader in the Arts Awards.
Performances at the luncheon included a reading by Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Jim Ciletti, a performance by local musician Andy Tanner (who lent his talent to the piano for the acrobatic team Acrolusion's performance), as well as the Forté Handbell Quartet (an incredibly charming bunch with talent to match: they recently recorded with Yo Yo Ma).
Garnering a standing ovation for an annotated aria was Opera Theatre of the Rockies soprano Brittany Ann Robinson, who performed the Queen of the Night role in last season's The Magic Flute.
A touch of opera — and handbell ringing — with lunch should be mandated; transcendence does wonders for the workday.