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November 1, 2012
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Jazz diva to open Carson Valley Arts Council concert series

Award-winning jazz vocalist Connye Florance and husband jazz pianist Kevin Madill will open the Carson Valley Arts Council's 2012-2013 concert season Nov. 9 at the CVIC Hall.

The concert is 7 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a no-host bar featuring beer, wine, water, and non-alcoholic beverages provided by the Tahoe Ridge Winery and Bistro.

Florance won Jazz Discovery's "Vocalist of the Year" in 2000, just after her 1999 independent release, "Turn My Heart," won a Nashville Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. Her music has gained international attention from jazz fans and adult contemporary listeners alike.

Florance has appeared in nightclub and theater performances on and off Broadway - to headline and featured appearances at area jazz festivals and venues with jazz pianist Beegie Adair, master trumpet player Randy Brecker, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, and the Modern Jazz Tuba Project.

In addition to the concert Friday night, Florance and Madill will be making a presentation on jazz to the students in the Carson Valley Middle School choir on Friday afternoon. The presentation is funded by the Nevada Arts Council's Educational Outreach Grant.

For tickets and information about the concert go online to or call the CVAC office at 782-8207. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door.

The CVAC is selling season subscriptions for its six-concert season. They are $75 with a $25 minimum membership or $100 for nonmembers. For the first time this year the CVAC is also offering a three-pack of concerts. They are $45 with the membership, and $55 without membership.

The Carson Valley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; donations may be tax deductible as allowed by law. Federal Tax ID No. 84-1653859.

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