St. Croix Valley Opera, in partnership with Lead Sheep Productions and The Phipps Center for the Arts, is proud to announce our New Year's Eve Extravaganza—happening via livestream on December 31, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. CST! Join us for a special evening of music, laughter, and stories—in the comfort of your home. Featuring holiday standards, Broadway, pop, and even original compositions, there's a little something for everyone to help ring in 2021.

Headlining our concert are Phipps New Year's Eve regular Colleen Raye and new friends Anna Hashizume and Mark Billy, along with past At Home concert performer Jennifer Eckes. We'll also have special performances from local American Idol competitor Reed Grimm and MN Opera Resident Artist Allen Michael Jones. They'll be joined by a powerhouse group of instrumentalists, including Nathan Cicero, musical director, arranger, and pianist extraordinaire, as well as David Schmalengburger, Jake Baldwin, Gregory Hippin, Riley Helgeson, Larry Neumann, and Christopher Olson.

Tickets are $37.00 USD ($30 ticket plus $7 admin fee)

View our trailer for the event at https://youtu.be/AtU9_WetajQ.

For complete information, artist bios, and ticket sale link, please go to www.scvopera.org/nye-extravaganza.

For questions about the event, please email Anna Gwaltney, Arts Programming Associate for SCVO at anna@scvopera.org or call 612.404.9265.

More about St. Croix Valley Opera:

St. Croix Valley Opera (SCVO) produces high-quality musical art performances for the communities surrounding Stillwater, MN. Our mission is to provide educational, performance, and employment opportunities working in the arts alongside established professionals, granting valuable experience for local emerging performing artists to advance their careers. Our vision is to establish the St. Croix Valley as a regional music cultural center.

Performances, which include musical theater classics as well as operatic pieces, demonstrate the connective power of opera. SCVO desires opera to be accessible to all, regardless of their musical background. In 2019, nearly 500 people attended our inaugural “Opera on the River” (OOTR), headlined by Stillwater native and professional tenor, Jack Swanson. Over 400 people attended “Sing In the New Year®”, a festive holiday concert in December 2019. Due to COVID-19, “OOTR 2020” became a free, live online concert—“Opera on the Virtual River.” Over 500+ viewers from our area and beyond tuned in. SCVO hosts a monthly live-streamed “At Home” concert series.

In 2021, an expanded calendar will include new live-streamed/in-person events, focused on education. A master class will provide singers with a critique by a voice teacher and the audience with an opportunity to learn more about opera. During SCVO’s Summer Vocal Music Institute, post-college singers will receive professional-level opera instruction.

As SCVO has moved primarily online during 2020, our digital reach has expanded to nearly 10,000 unique views throughout our season, over social media channels and through our website. SCVO continues to innovate and strategically plan for the upcoming season, where more emerging artists can have opportunities for performance and education, and audiences can enjoy professional music in an accessible and engaging way.

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