Baritone John Brancy and pianist Robert Cassidy will perform their concert Love Lessons, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at St. Mark’s in-the-Valley, 901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos.
The opening night program in the Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series includes Gustav Mahler’s “Songs of a Wayfarer;” Maurice Ravel’s song cycle “Don Quichotte á Dulcinée;” selections by Frank Bridge and Reynaldo Hahn, and musical theater favorites.
Brancy will also be debuting as Escamillo in “Carmen” with MasterVoices at Jazz at Lincoln Center in a newly translated version by Sheldon Harnick, as well as originating the role of Franz in the world premiere “La beauté du monde” at Opéra du Montreal.
Cassidy, a pianist and collaborator, has been the artistic director of the SYV Concert Series since 2019. In addition to his performing career, Cassidy is an educator based at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where he teaches private piano lessons and chamber music.
Tickets are on sale at smitv.org/syv-concert-series. General admission tickets are $20, patron tickets are $35, and student tickets are free.
Other upcoming Santa Ynez Valley Series Performances include:
Jan. 13: LARQ – Los Angeles Reed Quintet
Feb. 19: Takács Quartet
March 1: Conor Hanick
May 13: Demarre McGill & Rodolfo Leonets
For more about St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, visit www.SMITV.org.