2020 Ovations Performing Arts Series Begins Sunday

​Michela and the eight member band Cantamos will highlight their musical dexterity by flowing seamlessly between arias, traditional Latin songs, musical showstoppers, and contemporary favorites. Michela leads this eclectic band by singing in English, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Hawaiian or German. Sometimes she will even sing classical songs in Latin, having explored Baroque music exclusively for ten years before she expanded her singing world to the realms of jazz, pop, and Latin sounds.

Michela is backed by Ron Schaner on (Bass and vocals), Gunther Huse (Keyboards and Trumpet), Fred Treece (Guitars and vocals), Ray Price (Drums & percussion), Ras Beeken Dan (Sax, Clarinet, Flute & vocals), Matt Albright (Trombone & vocals) and Tonja Peterson (vocals & percussion).

Sunday, February 9 2020
​3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

For fiddler, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and Grammy-winner Laurie Lewis, the traditions of bluegrass and folk aren’t so much tools in her hands, but burning sources of inspiration that have driven her through a 30+ year career at the forefront of American roots music. A pioneering woman in bluegrass, Laurie has paved the way for many young women today, always guided by her own love of traditional music and the styles of her heroes that came before.

Since her debut in 1986, Laurie has recorded over 20 albums. She’s been a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band, twice been voted IBMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year, her classic rendition of Kate Long’s song, “Who Will Watch the Home Place?” won International Bluegrass Song of the Year, and her latest album with her band the Right Hands, The Hazel and Alice Sessions, was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy in 2017.

Laurie’s upcoming album, …and Laurie Lewis, is due out later this year and features intimate duets—among others—with Molly Tuttle, Mike Marshall, Nina Gerber, Tom Rozum, Tatiana Hargreaves, and Todd Phillips.