Closing weekend begins on Thursday August 8th at 7PM, as the Festival presents a concert titled Bravo for Broadway featuring Katy Stephan, Soprano and Bobby Conte Thornton, Tenor, with the Festival orchestra… performing an enchanting mix of favorite classics and new Broadway selections.
About Katy Stephan- You might have heard her solo voice on ABC’s Hot Properties, Warner Bros. Catwoman, Dreamworks Time Machine and Sci-Fi’s EarthSea, a singing salad for Dole and more. She has been a soloist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony under Michael Morgan and won a Bay Area Critics Circle Award for her role as Luisa in The Fantasticks at San Francisco Playhouse. With the Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Stephan was a soloist on the Grammy-nominated Mass with the Deutsche Philharmonie under conductor Kent Nagano, and performed in the Meredith Monk 40th anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall.
About Bobby Conte Thornton—The charismatic and talented 2011 Bay Area Teen Idol winner is making his Bear Valley Music Festival debut.His credits include LES MISÉRABLES (Enjolras), THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Fabrizio) 8 THE PLAY (Spencer), EQUUS (Alan Strang) and DOG SEES GOD (Beethoven), THE WHO’S TOMMY (Tommy) and THE SECRET GARDEN (Dickon). Thorton has appeared at the Venetian Room, opening for Laura Benanti in a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, and debuting his solo concert at the Metropolitan Room in New York City. He made is Carnegie Hall debut with the American Honors Choir, is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan and will begin studying at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) in London.
The Cal Trans bus for this concert is half full and needs a few more riders from San Andreas, Murphys and Arnold to avoid cancellation. Please call the Festival office 209 753-2574 to reserve a round trip fare at $20.”
The Friday, August 9th 7PM Concert is titled Summer Memories and stars Shawnette Sulker, Soprano and the Festival Orchestra. Highlights include the works of Dvorak, Barber and Poulenc.
About Shawnette Sulker- she has been described as a singer …displaying a bright, superbly controlled soprano with perfectly placed coloratura” and “a firework of a coloratura.” On the operatic stage, Sulker has been a featured artist in San Francisco Opera productions of: Porgy and Bess, The Mother of Us All and Louise. She was also a part of the joint production of Dido and Aeneas between San Francisco Opera and the Crucible, singing the roles of Second Woman and Second Witch. She has sung leading roles with many other companies including Hawaii Opera Theatre, Internationale Opera Producties (The Netherlands), Festival Opera, Union Avenue Opera, Natchez Opera Festival, Mendocino Music Festival, West Bay Opera, Berkeley West Edge Opera and Livermore Valley Opera, to name a few.
The annual Gala and auction on Saturday, August 10th, titled Bollywood, has a handful of seats available and includes a themed catered dinner.
The Festival closes on Sunday, August 11th with a 12 noon concert titled, Mozart, Mozart, Mozart featuring Mat Krejci, Flute and Meredith Clark, Harp performing Symphony No.31 in D Major, K 297 “Paris.” Flute and Harp Concerto in C Major, K299 and Symphony no 41 in C Major, K551 “Jupiter.” A catered brunch is also available prior to the concert at the Festival tent.
For more information go to www.bearvalleymusicfestival.org or call 209 753-2574.