SUMMER 2021 SEASON

performers

Nia Imani Franklin

Nia Imani Franklin

As stated by Lindsay Bierman, former chancellor of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Nia Imani Franklin is "a remarkable young woman who embodies the power of the arts to enrich and transform lives." As a composer, Franklin has had her music performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Friction Quartet, and Jonathan Levin, among others. In addition to creating new, compelling works of art, Franklin is dedicated to empowering women in music, a mission upheld by "Compose Her," an organization that Franklin founded in 2019. 

Franklin was a recipient of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education, following which she earned the jobs of Miss New York 2018 and Miss America 2019. At a post-crowning press conference, five-time Grammy-nominated recording artist Carnie Wilson said, “The minute Nia opened her mouth, I was like, 'That’s Miss America 2019'... she's poised, she's intelligent, she's relatable... she's a fantastic human being."

Franklin holds a bachelor’s degree in music composition and theory from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

Performances

Thursday, July 15 | 1:00 PM
Novack Concert for Kids: Nia Imani Franklin

Nia Imani Franklin, composer, vocalist, and 2019 Miss America, performs songs ranging from opera to pop, her new single EarthSun, and other works in this free Concert for Kids. This performance is followed by a Q&A session with Franklin.

All attendees must be accompanied by a child.

 

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Saturday, July 17 | 6:00 PM
Saturday at the Symphony

Program includes the West Coast premiere of Nia Imani Franklin's Chrysalis Extended and Emporium for solo piano and orchestra by Aldo López Gavilán, with the composer as soloist.

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Saturday, July 17 | 8:00 PM
Saturday at the Symphony

Program includes the West Coast premiere of Nia Imani Franklin's Chrysalis Extended and Emporium for solo piano and orchestra by Aldo López Gavilán, with the composer as soloist.

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Monday, July 19 | 11:00 AM
Festival Live! Chamber Series

Program will include Blackburn Music Academy musicians in the world premiere of chamber works and songs by Nia Imani Franklin.

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Tuesday, July 20 | 6:30 PM
The Four Seasons of Napa Valley

GRAMMY-nominated cellist Matt Haimovitz and brilliant young violinist Chad Hoopes bring their talents to the outdoor stage at Charles Krug.

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Wednesday, July 21 | 6:30 PM
A Tribute to Tony Bennett

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Festival Napa Valley presents a very special tribute to music icon Tony Bennett, the preeminent master of the Great American Songbook. With millions of records sold worldwide and platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett has received nineteen Grammy® Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award). No one in American popular music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence as Bennett.

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