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Pianist Mark Osten & Percussionist Brian Simpson Perform in NVC Masters Series in September & October

Pianist, Vocalists, Percussionist Continue Masters Series at Napa Valley College

Local Artists Mark Osten, Eve-Anne Wilkes, Suzi Gilbert, and Brian Simpson

Fall Concert Series Continues in September and October


Napa, Calif. (September 15, 2015) – The 2015-16 Masters Series at Napa Valley College continues in the Loretta C. Silvagni Recital Hall of the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center this fall. On September 27, 2015 at 3 p.m. pianist Mark Osten, soprano Eve-Anne Wilkes, and jazz singer Suzi Gilbert will perform and on October 4, percussionist Brian Simpson presents a solo recital, also at 3 p.m.  All performances take place at the college located at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway in Napa.

In a delightful afternoon of repertoire for piano and voice, Mark Osten will perform Poems of the Sea, written in 1941 by the Swiss-American Ernest Bloch, on September 27.  Inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman, this piece depicts the rolling of waves with gentle and surging contrasts.

Mr. Osten will also perform in collaboration with soprano Eve-Anne Wilkes in a set of classical songs by women composers Clara Wieck Schumann, Libby Larsen, Isabella Colbran, and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, sister of the better known Felix Mendelssohn.  With noted vocalist Suzi Gilbert, Osten will perform Broadway and popular standards including "Are You Havin' Any Fun?" and "Not While I'm Around." All three artists join in a finale of duets from contemporary musical theater, including the passionate "A Boy Like That" from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.

Continuing the Masters Series' season, percussionist Brian Simpson will hit the stage as well as drums, timpani, marimba, and xylophone in a "hands-on" selection of music by J.S. Bach, Andres Philidor, Elliott Carter, George Hamilton Greene and Dudley Moore on October 4.  Simpson defies the popular opinion that percussion music is just booming, banging, crashing noise. Playing with a jazz piano trio, Simpson will conclude the program on drum set with music by Dudley Moore, the comedic actor who was also a classically trained pianist, organist, and composer.

Moving into the new year, the Napa Valley College 2015-16 Masters Series continues with award-winning guitarist Joe Galambos on February 21, also in the intimate Loretta C. Silvagni Recital Hall at 3 p.m. Additionally, Dr. Roberto Gonzalez and the Keith Saunders Jazz Trio present "One for My Baby: Frank Sinatra & the Art of the Saloon Song" on November 8 and "Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and the Cotton Club" on April 3, both at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theater of Napa Valley College's Performing Arts Center, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway.

Tickets are on sale now and at the door, $15 - $20.  Please visit or call the Box Office at 707-256-7500. Visit for more information on the Masters Series, Music Department performances, and degrees in the performing arts.