After years of singing with world-famous orchestras and opera companies in the US and Europe, Sylvia McNair faced a turning point.

Two stacks of music sat on the piano before her. One, a pile of towering opera roles she needed to master. Next to it, tunes from the classic American Songbook.

“The choice was easy,” she says. “The switch to a different genre, which I dearly loved, would be a clearer way to sing my heart.”

Sylvia has made a bright second career out of these beloved and historic American songs, and continues to perform them across the nation. Here she sings a standard, Gershwin’s “Summertime.”


Join us October 6 & 7 for a grand old time with Sylvia McNair, Gershwin piano master Kevin Cole, and the New West Symphony! Buy your tickets now!