Opera guild offering jazz

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild will present “Hot Nights, Cool Jazz” from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Steubenville Country Club.

The four-person guild committee that includes Barb Wilinski, Joyce Orlando, Judi Gaynor and Teresa Kropka, are behind the event that transforms the country club “into an intimate jazz club where the room dims over candle-lit tables,” so the promotional material reads.

“Background sounds of a great jazz band play while accompanied by a vocalist singing hauntingly beautiful songs from an era that can never be duplicated.”

This will mark the fifth year for the guild to host an evening of jazz, an event that was the idea and passion of the late Nan Watzman, who was very involved in the opera guild.

“Nan implemented it,” Orlando said of the annual program known as Serendipity Cafe. “Jazz has always been the music I love, so it’s right up my alley.”

“It’s my favorite event – it’s upbeat, it’s a very happy enjoyable evening, and I love it. I really do,” Wilinski said.

It will feature the N-Motion Band with Howie Alexander on keyboards; Mark Lucas on guitar; Chuck Anderson, drummer; John Hall, bass and music director; and Jay Sylvester, saxophonist. The guild is bringing in a saxophone player for this event.

The N-Motion Band, which promotional material describes as “arguably the best contemporary jazz band in western Pennsylvania,” will be joined by a repeat guest vocalist the crowd enjoys – Steubenville’s own Teresa Kropka.

A medical technologist with UPMC Cancer Center at Trinity West, Kropka launched her professional singing career when she was invited to sing for NBC in Washington, D.C., for the Unity Festival after 911. She enjoys singing backup for a number of Christian artists and Innovation Studios and performs at many Pittsburgh clubs and at local benefits.

Tickets are $35 per person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres. There will be a full cash bar, valet parking and tables reserved upon request. The reservation deadline is Sept. 7

For tickets, contact Orlando at (740) 264-0292; Wilinski at (740) 282-2161; Gaynor at (304) 224-1319; or Kropka at (740) 317-3319.