A message from It's A Grand Night For Singers
Artistic Director, Richard B. Evans:
To our dear Audience Members and Vocalists of IT'S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGERS,
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is with great sadness that we must announce the cessation of IT'S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGERS, the Jarvis Conservatory's long-running monthly series of concerts that have featured dedicated and talented singers of all styles, from opera and zarzuela to cabaret and Broadway, and of all levels, from aspiring high school students to amazing professional singers from many opera companies including the San Francisco Opera.
The world is now in the midst of a pandemic and no one knows for certain how this will play out. We know only that, for the near future, health professionals are advising us not to gather or sing in enclosed spaces. Therefore, out of our genuine concern for the health and safety of our beloved and loyal audience as well as our valued vocalists and supportive Conservatory staff, the Jarvis Conservatory is ceasing presentation of IT'S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGERS.
Debra and I extend our great personal gratitude to William and Leticia Jarvis for having envisioned and created their marvelous Conservatory 25 years ago. We shall miss, but always treasure, the many friendships - enthusiastic singers, dear and loyal audience members, Sheri Mignano and other talented musicians, and Jesse Petrick, General Manager of the Conservatory - with which we have been blessed during my two-and-a-half decades of GRAND NIGHT! Let us celebrate what we have enjoyed and thrilled to together!
With love and gratitude, always,
Richard B. Evans
Artistic Director, IT'S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGERS
Composer-pianist, music historian, and accompanist-coach Richard B. Evans inaugurated the Jarvis' IT'S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGERS series in 1995 and has served as its Artistic Director ever since except for his five years working in New York City beginning in 2000, during which San Francisco Conservatory's Kristin Pankonin ably took the helm. Evans was named "Statewide Outstanding Professor of the Year" for entire 23-campus California State University System before retiring to dedicate himself principally to his work as a composer.
THE JARVIS CONSERVATORY in Napa, California, offers a unique venue for Bay Area singers the first Saturday of every month -- IT'S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGERS.
These events are regularly hosted, by the IT'S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGERS Music Director, the internationally-known composer, coach, and pianist Richard B. Evans. Mr. Evans' musical ENCHANTED APRIL, A New Musical Romance, premiered at the Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre in Pleasanton during April 2016. For more information on Richard Evans, visit his website here.
Each program features wonderful and exciting professional vocalists as well as the most promising professional talent of tomorrow. Singers from all over the San Francisco Bay Area perform excerpts from opera, musical theatre, cabaret, and Zarzuela -- a panoply of well-loved musical favorites as well as delightful surprises from the lesser known repertoire.
IT S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGERS continues the first Saturday of every month at 7pm at the Jarvis Conservatory located at 1711 Main Street in historic downtown Napa. Tickets are $20 and available at the box office beginning at 6pm, with doors opening for General Seating at 6:30pm.
Every singer or vocal ensemble accepted to perform will receive a small honorarium. In addition, singers currently enrolled in a Music Program at a college, junior college, or university will be offered the opportunity to compete for the monthly cash Encouragement Prize offered by the Jarvis Conservatory.
One singer at each event might also have the opportunity to participate in a short on-stage Master Class coaching session with Maestro Evans, who was named California's Statewide Outstanding Professor before he left the California State University System to pursue his current career composing Broadway musicals.