Bel Canto by Candlelight at Sunstone Vineyards

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Bel Canto by Candlelight at Sunstone Vineyards
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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 18:30

The Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community is thrilled to announce that “Bel Canto by Candlelight,” will return to Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, on Friday, November 10, 2017.  The only annual opera event in the area, Bel Canto will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Sunstone wines and delectable dishes prepared by local food maven Chef Pink, Chef Jeff Olsson of Industrial Eats, and New West Catering, and Chef Chris Joslyn of Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe. 

While guests visit with the Chefs and sample their food artistry, a silent auction will take place featuring fine art by local artists, including Seyburn Zorthian, fine art jewelry by Diane Dorsey Designs, as well as library wines and vacation packages; Christie Schaffer-Belle of Gypsy Studios will paint a.plein-air painting which will be auctioned at the end of the evening.

The musical program will feature Soprano Nichole Dechaine, Bass-Baritone Keith Colclough, Tenor Bryan Lane, with acclaimed accompanist Beverly Staples. The artists will perform popular musical numbers from opera, theatre and film, from Mozart and Verdi to Gershwin and Sondheim. “We put together a program of musical selections that everyone will recognize; we don’t want anyone to be intimidated by the fact the artists are opera singers. The program is designed for anyone who enjoys beautiful music,” said Dechaine.

“Bel Canto by Candlelight first started in 2009; I had just finished reading Ann Patchett’s book, Bel Canto, and I didn’t want the music of the book to end,” stated Pamela Brown, the Chair of the event, and Trustee of the Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community. “We’re so proud to showcase these Olympic-athletes of singing and are thrilled to feature the artistry of these remarkable, inspiring Chefs.”

“Bel Canto is a magical evening, the food, Sunstone’s wine, that spectacular setting, and the performance is beyond expectation,” commented Susie Margolis Pierson, President of  SYVJC. “There’s nothing like it anywhere! When the singers voices fill that magnificent and acoustically perfect cave, it is absolutely breathtaking.”

General admission tickets are $130, which includes the pre-performance reception with wine and food. Seating is limited and tickets can be purchased directly at or by calling 805-693-4243.

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