Cedar Rapids är en stad i Linn County i den amerikanska delstaten Iowa med en yta av 166,8 km² och en befolkning, som uppgår till ca 123 000 invånare. Av befolkningen lever ca 7% under fattigdomsgränsen.
A flourishing center for arts and culture in Eastern Iowa, the city is home to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, the Paramount Theatre, Theatre Cedar Rapids, the African-American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa, and the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance. Cedar Rapids is an economic hub of the state, located in the core of the Interstate 380. Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor of Linn, Benton, Cedar, Jones, Johnson, and Washington counties. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city population was 126,326.
The estimated population of the three-county Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the nearby cities of Marion and Hiawatha, was 255,452 in 2008
Cedar Rapids has been residence to famous figures for the United States, including American Gothic painter Grant Wood, journalist and historian William L. Shirer, writer and photographer Carl Van Vechten, and aerodynamics pioneer Dr. Alexander Lippisch. In the 1990s and 2000s, Hollywood would feature several Cedar Rapidians including actors Bobby Driscoll, Ashton Kutcher, Elijah Wood, and Ron Livingston. The area has also produced a number of professional athletes such as Ryan Sweeney, Trent Green, Zach Johnson, and Kurt Warner, as well as Mark Walter, co-owner and chairman of baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers. The city is also the setting for a musical, The Pajama Game and the comedy film Cedar Rapids.
Cedar Rapids is nicknamed the “City of Five Seasons”, for the “fifth season”, which is time to enjoy the other four. The symbol of the five seasons is the Tree of Five Seasons sculpture in downtown along the north river bank. The name “Five Seasons” and representations of the sculpture appear throughout the city in many forms.
History – Operahouse
Founded in 1998 by conductor Daniel Kleinknecht, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre presents two to three operas each season as well as other opera-related events and programs. International artists as well as American artists are featured in the productions. Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre has presented standard repertoire, 21st century repertoire, and premiers.
An important part of the company, the Young Artist Program, offers college and university-trained singers an opportunity to sing smaller roles in mainstage performances and to participate in the opera chorus. Opera outreach performances are also offered by the Young Artists. Last year Cedar Rapids Opera, through mainstage and outreach productions, performed for over 7,000 audience members and community school students.
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre regularly collaborates with
- Iowa Public Radio
- Orchestra Iowa
- Theatre Cedar Rapids
- Cedar Rapids Community Schools
- Iowa Public Television
- Iowa Film Commission
- Coe College
- Mount Mercy University
- Kirkwood Community College
- Cornell College
- Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
- Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
- Legion Arts/CSPS
- Cedar Falls-Waterloo Schools
- Iowa City West High School
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre receives generous major support from
- National Endowment for the Arts
- Iowa Arts Council
- Iowa Community Cultural Grant
- City of Cedar Rapids—Hotel/Motel Fund
- Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
- Giacoletto Foundation
Long-time season sponsors include
- CRST International
- John & Dyan Smith
- Rockwell Collins
Key production sponsors include:
- Great America Leasing Corporation
- United Fire Group
- American Composers Forum
- Mark Zimmerman Ford
- Cedar Rapids Gazette
- KCRG-TV 9
- The Junior League of Cedar Rapids
- Iowa Glass
- RBC Wealth Management
- Wells Fargo
- Western Fraternal Life Insurance
- Divine Engineering
- Jared and Carol Hills Foundation
- Myron and Esther Wilson
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre has two endowed funds held at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.