Music Napa Valley Announces 2012–2013 Concert Season
Napa, CA - Music Napa Valley at Napa Valley College announces the 2012-13 season of vocal and instrumental music, a thirteen-concert series with something to delight every musical taste.
The season begins on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m., with Unforgettable Hits from Nat King Cole, featuring crooner Dr. Roberto-Juan González and the magnificent Michael Parsons Jazz Trio as they explore the deep treasure chest of hits from Nat King Cole.
Following Unforgettable on October 21 at 3 p.m. is Low Life and High Art: Songs of Delight, Despair and Depravity. Using the lofty art of song, soprano Vicky Van Dewark journeys from lowly beginnings in the French countryside to Paris, Germany and Rotterdam. At last, in New York, expression is found in the witty, world-weary wisdom of Dorothy Parker. There has been a search for love in all the wrong places. Will it finally be found? Ms Van Dewark is joined by pianist Daniel Lockert and former Napa Poet Laureate, Gary Silva.
Three glorious music events are offered to brighten the holiday season at Napa Valley College. Kicking off the winter festivities on Dec. 2 at 3 p.m., is La Fiesta de la Posada. At the center of this varied holiday concert is well-known jazz performer/composer Dave Brubeck’s rendition of “la posada”, a musical depiction of the holy family’s journey, ending in the birth of Jesus in a manger. A true family event, the concert features the Napa Valley College Chorale, joined by the Napa Valley Children’s Chorus. The afternoon culminates in a joyous celebration in the Paul Ash lobby. The second of the holiday concert series is Big Band Swing, presented by the Napa Valley College Jazz Ensemble on December 14 at 8 p.m. Directed by Bill Gantt, this is a concert to get your toes tapping and fingers snapping. Dancing in the aisles? That’s your call. The third and final event in the Holiday Series is Instrumental Alchemy on December 16 at 3 p.m. when the NVC Orchestra and North Bay Wind Ensemble turn wood and metal into golden music. Harry Cadelago conducts.
Moving into February, singer Dr. Roberto-Juan González and the Michael Parsons Jazz Trio are back swinging timeless standards with My Funny Valentine: Love Songs Old and New. Performing on February 10 at 7:30 p.m., this is the perfect time to take your Valentine’s hand and settle in for a truly romantic evening of music. Following on February 24 at 3 p.m. is A Study in Brass. Encompassing a number of periods and styles, North Bay Brass presents music of the great composers for trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba.
March brings An Evening at the Cabaret, an annual favorite that has become a much anticipated event in the Napa Valley. Featuring the remarkable talents of the Napa Valley College Vocal Music Students, the selections include blues, show tunes, pop music and more. Catch the show on March 1 at 7 p.m. Also in March is Strings Attached, an intimate, gem-like concert focusing on the work of composers Mazdak Khamda and S.M. Clark as performed by varied and accomplished string artists. March 17 at 3 p.m.
The season finishes up in May with concerts as varied as they are engaging. On May 5, at 3 p.m., audiences will relish Vivaldi’s Gloria as the NVC College Chorale teams up with the NVC Orchestra to bring this stirring composition to life! The Gloria will be sung as the main attraction in a concert that includes several smaller works.
Switching it up, on May 10 at 8 p.m. is Smooth Jazz. The Napa Valley College Jazz Ensemble plays favorite jazz standards, old and new. Bill Gantt directs. Then, capping the season with a flourish, Harry Cadelago conducts the marvelous NVC Orchestra and North Bay Wind Ensemble in Winds and Strings Fantasia. This concert of breathtaking beauty takes place on May 19, at 3 p.m.
All concerts are in the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy. in Napa. Tickets may be purchased online at www.musicnapavalley.org or by phone at 707-256-7500. Tickets are also available at the door beginning one hour prior to performances. Space is limited, so availability of “at the door” tickets is not guaranteed. Prices range from $10-$20. All tickets for An Evening at the Cabaret are $35.00.