Music Napa Valley at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center
Love and Other Winged Things
October 6, 2013
2013/2014 SEASON OPENER
The 2013/2014 season at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center kicks off with an Alumni Concert on October 6, 2013 at 3pm in the Loretta C. Silvagni Recital Hall. One of our very own, Shannon Latimer, coloratura soprano, graduated from Napa Valley College in 1997 with an Associate of Arts degree in Fine Arts & Humanities. Shannon will bring us an afternoon of literal and metaphorical use of birds and wings in both opera and contemporary literature, spanning from the baroque to the modern periods. She will be accompanied on the piano by Monroe Kanouse, M.A., a lecturer in music at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA. Encompassing the themes of love, longing, and liberty, the program features Handel's "Sweet Bird", Leonard Bernstein's "Glitter and Be Gay", as well as arias and songs by R. Strauss, Gabriel Fauré, Reynaldo Hahn, Frank Bridge, Ned Rorem, and Hector Berlioz.
A complimentary reception will follow the performance at approximately 4pm, along with a personalized guided tour of the NVC Performing Arts Center by Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes, Director of Vocal Studies at NVC.
This Alumni Concert is presented in association with the NVC Office of Institutional Advancement and will benefit the Judy Cochran Scholarship, an endowed scholarship fund established in 1996 with the NVC Foundation. Judy, who worked as the college’s first hired Accompanist and vocal coach for 18 years, was and still is a valued treasure to the music department at Napa Valley College. This scholarship fund was developed by the choral department students in the spring of 1996, and presented to Judy in May of that year. Several deserving NVC performing arts students have benefited from this scholarship over the last 17 years, helping them to realize their dreams of studying music at NVC and beyond.
Shannon was the first to receive the Judy Cochran Scholarship in both 1997 and 1998, which helped facilitate her continued pursuit of the Arts. An accomplished soprano, Shannon has been singing opera and classical music for nearly two decades. Her vocal agility and expressiveness make her an exceptional performer of coloratura and light lyric roles. Last May Shannon performed the soprano solo for the Napa Valley College Chorale and Orchestra’s performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria. In Holy Names University’s Opera Scenes production she played the roles of Carolina (Il Matrimonio Segreto), Ilia (Idomeneo), Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor), Galatea (Acis and Galatea), and Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann). She has sung with Open Opera’s Concert in the Park series and is a frequent performer at Jarvis Conservatory’s “It’s a Grand Night for Singers” performances. Shannon has performed a number of roles with Vallejo Music Theatre, and was the soprano soloist for its annual production of Handel’s Messiah for several years.
Shannon graduated from Napa Valley College, where she began her vocal studies with Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes and earned an Associate of Arts degree in Fine Arts and Humanities. She then earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Holy Names University, and has completed extensive graduate work in vocal performance, pedagogy, choral conducting, and Kodaly pedagogy. Shannon is a professional proposal writer for a transportation management firm and serves as choir director for Community Bible Church in Vallejo. She currently studies voice with Vicky Van Dewark and receives coaching from Monroe Kanouse.
Monroe Kanouse is well-known as an opera conductor, vocal coach, and concert accompanist. He was principal conductor of the Sacramento Opera Association from 1981-1998 and previously served in the same position with Oakland Opera. He has directed the Opera Scenes Program at Holy Names University since 1990. He was on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for 12 years, where he conducted the annual opera production. Over the past 20 years, Monroe has conducted many productions of Gilbert and Sullivan and other operettas for the Lamplighters of San Francisco. He led sixteen performances of The Mikado in the summer of 2012. He has composed a comic opera (Gambling Jones), an opera (Voices of Calafia), dealing with California’s mythic queen, and, most recently, a children’s opera (Coyote and the Human People), based on a Native American legend.
Admission to the event is free: however, seating is limited. The NVC Foundation will be offering a post-concert reception along with a tour of the Performing Arts Center for those in attendance. Please call the Napa Valley College Box Office at 707-256-7500 for reservations. Donations will be welcome and accepted to further opportunities for future students wishing to pursue a career in music. The Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center is located at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy. in Napa. Parking is also free.