Conrad performing at Santacroces

Yes, it’s true. For those loyal die-hard fans who didn’t get enough the first time, or for those unfortunates who just didn’t show, Santacroces’ is doing it again: another night of Italian opera music, where you can see “the diva” up close and personal, so to speak.

Plus, in honor of the season, some German music will be featured, to which you can weep into your “Octoberfest” beer (or whatever your drink of choice). Sorry, no oompa bands or accordions, but Wagner, Lehar, Mozart, Schumann, and more. The performance will take place on Saturday, October 11 at 8 p.m. There will be a $5 cover and no one under 21 allowed. Call 541-354-2511 for reservations.

“The diva” this time will again be Stevensonian, Jan Conrad with accompaniment by Portland pianist Tracy Ross. Ross is a native Californian who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of California, Berkeley and the Manhattan School of Music in New York where he received his Masters of Music degree. With music study starting at age 5, Ross went on to perform professionally on both piano and trumpet. He has toured with the Western Opera Theater throughout the United States and has also performed in Japan.

A lyric-coloratura born in Whittier, Calif., Conrad has performed some 20 operatic roles with New England Lyric Operetta, New Jersey State Repertory Opera, Amato Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Omaha, Regina Opera, and Long Island Opera. While in New York she did everything from singing telegrams to singing waitressing to caroling on the Letterman Show.

Locally, Conrad performs with the Hood River Sinfonietta, Northcoast Philharmonic, Sylvia’s Class Act Dinner Theatre (Portland), and was featured at the Hood River Center for the Arts “Art & Soul” fundraising gala. Awards include the Met auditions, the VOCE Competition and NATS. She teaches private voice lessons and also helps her boyfriend, Jim Bowery, run Columbia Street Wizards, a computer service in Stevenson, Wash.

Conrad will also be performing a similar “Evening at the Opera,” presented for free by the Stevenson Community Library in Stevenson, Wash., on Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m., with Gloria James on piano. James is a graduate of University of Redlands, with graduate studies at USC, University of Washington, & Seattle University. Also she was a music specialist at Seattle Public Schools for 34 years.


Another upcoming performance will be at the Hood River Harvest Fest on Oct. 19 at 12:30 p.m. with Charlene Brinster on piano. A “closet” classical pianist and triple-threat in her own right, Brinster also plays bass and sings in a local band, Blue Trick.

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