Do you like chocolate? Wine? Singing? If you do, then come join the crowd this fall on Sunday afternoon, October 14th. We will be there from 4 until 6 o'clock or later, so come when you can and stay as long as you like! You can savor both sessions or just one.
We'll gather at Ordinaire Wine Shop & Wine Bar at 4:00 for some wine and mingling and then at 4:30, we'll head over to the gallery space at Panorama Framing on Grand Avenue in Oakland to hear singers entertain the audience in two sets of song. During the breaks, go next door and enjoy the handmade chocolates at Michael Mischer Chocolates as well as all the fine wines at Ordinaire Wine Shop & Wine Bar. Last year's event was such fun, we've decided to do it again.
Put October 14th on your calendar and plan to join the board of directors and friends of JTVA to hear the wonderful singers who will be singing their hearts out in support of JTVA!
Stay tuned for additional event details. See below for 2019 Masterclass teacher information.
JAKE HEGGIE: 2018 TIER I MASTER TEACHER
Jake Heggie is the composer of the operas Dead Man Walking, Moby-Dick, It’s A Wonderful Life, Great Scott, Three Decembers, Out of Darkness: Two Remain, and the choral opera, The Radio Hour, among others. He has also composed nearly 300 songs, as well as chamber, choral and orchestral works. The operas – most created with writers Terrence McNally or Gene Scheer – have been produced on five continents. Moby-Dick (Scheer) was telecast throughout the United States as part of Great Performances’ 40th Season and released on DVD (EuroArts). Dead Man Walking (McNally) has received 60 international productions and has been recorded twice. Three Decembers has received nearly two dozen international productions. The composer was recently awarded the Eddie Medora King prize from the UT Austin Butler School of Music, and the Champion Award from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. A Guggenheim Fellow, Heggie has served as a mentor for the Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative and is a frequent guest artist at universities, conservatories and festivals throughout the USA and Canada. He and Gene Scheer are currently at work on If I Were You, based on the Faustian story by Julian Green, for the Merola Opera Program’s 2019 season.
KIP CRANNA: 2018 TIER II MASTER TEACHER
Clifford (Kip) Cranna, Dramaturg at San Francisco Opera, has served on the staff since 1979 and was Director of Music Administration for over thirty years. In 2008 he was awarded the San Francisco Opera Medal, the company’s highest honor, and in 2012 he received the Bernard Osher Cultural Award for distinguished efforts to bring excellence to a cultural institution. He has served as vocal adjudicator for numerous groups including the Metropolitan Opera National Council. In 2014 he received the Star of Excellence Award for outstanding service to the programs of the San Francisco Opera Guild. He holds a B.A. in music from the University of North Dakota and a Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University. He lectures and writes frequently on music, teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory, the Fromm Institute at USF, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and moderates the SF Opera Guild “Insight” panel discussions. He was Dramaturg for the 2016 production of Wagner’s “Ring” at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.