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Napa Valley College Visual and Performing Arts 2015-16 Season Announced

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Dr. Cathryn Wilkinson, Dean of Arts and Humanities, office: 707/256-7502


2015-16 Visual and Performing Arts Season Announced at Napa Valley College

Broadway, Zombies, Haydn, Shakespeare, Photography, and More!

Napa, Calif. (September 28, 2015)
–Napa Valley College is pleased to announce its 2015-16 season featuring 14 productions by Napa Valley Conservatory Theater and Music Napa Valley, exhibits by the Visual Arts program and quarterly lectures in the PhotoEye@NVC series.  Representing a well-rounded palette of styles, tastes, and forms, the 2015-16 visual and performing arts season includes something for everyone and takes place in the college's state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center theaters and recital halls at the north end of campus, the Visual Arts Department's Gallery in the historic 3700 Building at the southern end of campus, and in the NVC Boardroom in the heart of the campus.

Napa Valley Conservatory Theater

The theater arts season begins with a wonderful collaboration of stage and song in a two-week run of Some Enchanted Evening® directed by Richard Rossi, featuring the timeless songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, October 16-25 in the NVC Performing Arts Center Main Theater.    

Shifting gears a bit, and with a nod to the Humans vs. Zombies craze hitting college campuses nationwide, Napa Valley Conservatory Theater presents the dramatic wit of Reed Martin, director of Improv Zombies from Hell, November 33-22.

Also directed by Martin in the spring will be Guys and Dolls:  A Musical Fable of Broadway, fully staged with musical direction by Eve-Anne Wilkes and choreography by Pam Rogers, March 4-20, 2016.

Napa Valley Conservatory Theater will stage Shakespeare's Pericles directed by Jennifer King, freshly returned from her sabbatical studying and directing theater in England, Germany, and Poland.  This tale of romance and adventure runs April 8-17, 2016 and includes special performances for school groups. 

Music Napa Valley

Music Napa Valley, under the direction of Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes, presents the Women's Men's & College Chorale with jazz percussionist Brian Simpson in A Little Jazz Mass (Pequeña Misa de Jazz) by noted British composer and conductor Bob Chilcott on November 22.  In the spring, the College Chorale with guest soloists presents the monumental Lord Nelson Mass (Missa in angustiis), a highlight of Franz Joseph Haydn's prolific output under the Austrian Empire on April 17.

The college's jazz ensemble, Stormwatch, directed by Brian Simpson, performs Stocking Full of Swing December 11 and Cool Jazz May 13, 2016.  Under the direction of Harry Cadelago, the North Bay Wind Ensemble is featured in two concerts:  WhirlWinds on December 6 and Timbres and Textures on April 24, 2016.  The Napa Valley College Orchestra's December 13 concert features flutist Jennifer Hunt as soloist, with Harry Cadelago conducting.  Also with Cadelago, the NVC Orchestra performs Symphonic Evolution May 15 to close out the season.  Other music events include the Fall and Spring Voice Recitals on December 5 and May 7, respectively.

NVC Visual Arts

The PhotoEye@NVC lecture series opened in September with a well-attended lecture, co-presented by di Rosa, by noted photographer Catherine Wagner. The series continues with photographer Robin Lasser, professor of art at San Jose State University on Thursday November 19.  Funded by a generous gift from the Janice E. and Bernard Charlup Endowment held by the Napa Valley College Foundation, the series continues with another co-presentation by di Rosa on February 18 with Lewis deSoto, professor of art at San Francisco State University, and concludes on April 21 with Geir and Kate Jorhahl of PhotoCentral in Hayward.

Art in various media is featured in the Napa Valley College Faculty Show, October 15-30, 2015.  Faculty artists will meet patrons at an opening reception on Thursday, October 22 at 4pm.  Faculty work will also be displayed in the Demo$ Art Sale, November 30 – December 3, with proceeds from all sales benefitting NVC art student scholarships awarded through the Napa Valley College Foundation.  The exhibit and sale closes with a festive silent auction and reception on December 3.  The Annual Student Art Show is set for May 9-20, 2016 including an opening reception for the public on May 12, 2016 in recognition of the students in NVC's Associate in Studio Arts and Photography programs.

All performances take place in the Napa Valley College's Performing Arts Center.  PhotoEye lectures take place in the College Boardroom, 1500 McPherson Building.  Visual Arts exhibits are installed in the Visual Arts Gallery of the 3700 Building, all at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway in Napa.

Visual arts exhibits and lectures are free.  Music and theater tickets are on sale now and at the door, $15 - $25.  Please visit or, or call the Box Office at 707-256-7500.   For more information on degrees and courses in the visual and performing arts, please call 707-256-7502 or visit