The Institute for Young Dramatic Voices (IYDV) and the American Wagner Project held their gala Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at 6 PM in the Nightingale Concert Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno, and what a gala it indeed was. It was the performance that capped 3 weeks of intensive vocal training in operatic voice technique. It was performed by 29 beautiful young rising opera stars to show off what they have learned. It was their chance to strut their stuff.
Shelea” performed to a full house last Thursday night at Hawkins Amphitheater. This is the second artist in the last couple of weeks that just blew me away with their songwriting and their incredible voices. It’s not too often that I can be amazed by the talent that we have out there in the world today. Especially in the traditional pop, jazz, R/B and soul area of music. When you have seen as many artists as I have over my lifetime. This woman will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck without a problem. I waited for her after the show so I could tell her what a beautiful singer she was and how her voice got under my skin. (In a Good Way). I didn’t want to wait till she got mobbed by all her fans waiting outside to meet her.
The opening of this year’s Artown was non-other than the great songwriter Paul Thorn. He played to a packed Park at Wingfield Park. He started out with an apology for not being able to be here last year when he was to perform with The Blind Boys of Alabama do to the passing of his sister. He did not disappoint the crowd one bit with his performance.
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