UPDATE: Nicholas Phan & Kelley O’Connor Headline Festival Napa Valley’s ‘Songs of Gratitude’By David Salazar
UPDATE: OperaWire was informed that due to the forest fires throughout California, the recording of this event was delayed. The online stream has now been postponed until Dec. 5, 2020. The article, as originally published, follows. The concert is also now called “Songs of Gratitude.”
Festival Napa Valley has announced an upcoming digital showcase entitled “Harvest of Gratitude” set for Nov. 21, 2020.
The event will feature mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor and tenor Nicholas Phan as well as the Friction String Quartet, cellist Starla Breshears, a traditional Mexican roots ensemble from Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts
Academy, Jookin dancer and ambassador Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles, jazz singer Lucinda Belle, a virtual ensemble featuring Napa County high school students, and pianist Audrey Vardanega.
“The arts have the power to convey our most powerful emotions, and our hopes and dreams for the
future,” said Richard Walker, President & CEO of Festival Napa Valley. “We’ve curated Harvest of Gratitude to be rich, intriguing, entertaining, thought-provoking, surprising, and joyful. This concert is envisioned as a way to connect us all, and to give thanks to our community and to those working hard behind the scenes during this extraordinary time.”
This performance comes on the heels of the Festival Napa Valley’s successful “One Night, Many Voices” virtual concert.