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January 10, 2020

Guest Blog Spot: Sherrill Milnes Turns 85. A Tribute.

“This week we celebrate the eighty-fifth birthday of the legendary operatic baritone Sherrill Milnes. Born on January 10, 1935 in Downers Grove, Illinois, Sherrill lived his early life on a dairy farm. His mother was the music director of the Methodist church, where Sherrill gleaned his early music education; singing hymns and playing several instruments. His father was the minister. From this grounded place, Sherrill grew up to become the most celebrated and the most recorded American opera singer of his time. To me, he is family.“

I had the awesome privilege of writing a tribute to my dear friend, Sherrill Milnes, in honor of his eighty-fifth birthday this week. A big thank you to WXXI and Mona Seghatoleslami, for giving me the opportunity to write this piece.

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December 31, 2019

New Year's Eve with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra! Jessica sings, "Broadway Through The Ages!"

Jessica is thrilled to join an excellent cast of Broadway vets as they sing 'Broadway Through The Ages,' with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.

For more information: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/westfield/articles/broadway-stars-dancers-from-dance-theatre-of-harlem-join-njfo-for-nye-in-westfield

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December 1, 2019

Jessica performs at Birdland!

On Tuesday, November 26th, 2019, Jessica performed at  The Birdland Theater! Click on the link below to watch Jessica sing from Carmen! Jessica was a featured artist in Susan Mosher's hit variety show, The Lineup! She looks forward to returning in 2020!

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October 31, 2019

Best sings title role of Angelina in Rossini's La Cenerentola this summer with the Savannah Opera!

"Gioachino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella) is an operatic drama performed in two acts. Based on the famous fairy tale Cendrillon, it was written by Charles Perrault and was first performed in Rome’s Teatro Valle on January 25, 1817. Sung in Italian with English supertitles, the title role will be sung by SVF’s own Jessica Ann Best and conducted by Andrew Bisantz."

Jessica is thrilled to join an excellent cast of Broadway vets as they sing 'Broadway Through The Ages,' with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.

For more information: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/westfield/articles/broadway-stars-dancers-from-dance-theatre-of-harlem-join-njfo-for-nye-in-westfield

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September 30, 2019

For Your Grammy Consideration: Louis Karchin's Naxos Recording, "Jane Eyre."

Jessica is featured on Louis Karchin's new opera recording release of Jane Eyre, playing the roles of Bessie and Mary Rivers. The album was recorded in 2017 on the Naxos Label.

Jessica is thrilled to join an excellent cast of Broadway vets as they sing 'Broadway Through The Ages,' with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.

For more information: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/westfield/articles/broadway-stars-dancers-from-dance-theatre-of-harlem-join-njfo-for-nye-in-westfield

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August 28, 2019

Jessica is featured as Bessie and Mary Rivers in the new Naxos recording of Jane Eyre, by Louis Karchin!

Jessica is thrilled to be featured on Jane Eyre, by Louis Karchin on the Naxos label!

Jessica began her journey as the roles of Bessie and Mary Rivers in Louis Karchin's Jane Eyre with The Center for Contemporary Opera in New York City. Portraying the two roles was much fun and she is delighted to be featured on the Naxos recording! The recording is available for purchase on Amazon. Please follow this link to purchase the opera:https://www.amazon.com/Jan-Eyre-VARIOUS-ARTISTS/dp/B07T3JPPPV/#

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