July 22  |  2:00PM

Sunday at the Symphony: Tribute to First Responders Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra and Lisa Delan, soprano

Versatile San Francisco soprano Lisa Delan, who premiered Gordon Getty’s Four Dickinson Songs at the 2008 festival, sings Joseph Canteloube’s lovely Chants d’Auvergne – a group of folk songs from the French region of Auvergne, accompanied by conductor Martin West and the Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra.  The program also features popular symphonic masterpieces deftly performed by the all-star Academy musicians.

“It’s gratifying to find a singer involved so intimately and actively with the music of her time,” Opera News wrote of Delan’s 2016 recording, Out of the Shadows: Rediscovered American Art Song. She brings to the music “an almost evangelical commitment and appreciation, which makes the texts and vocal lines sometimes feel rediscovered, even newly minted.”

Performers

Lisa Delan
Lisa Delan

American soprano Lisa Delan has won acclaim as an interpreter of a vast range of repertoire and is recognized for her versatility and breadth of accomplishment in opera, song, and recording. She has performed on some of the world’s leading concert stages and collaborated with some of the world's leading composers.

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Martin West
Martin West

Martin West is one of the foremost conductors of ballet today and is the Musical Director and Principal Conductor of San Francisco Ballet. He has worked with many of the top companies in North America and Europe, including New York City Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, and the Royal Ballet.

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Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra
Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra

Musicians from over one hundred different schools and conservatories, from four dozen states and seven countries, competed for entry to the Blackburn Music Academy. Just one in five aspirants was ultimately accepted. Their performances are an integral part of the festival's 13th season.

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Venue

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center is dedicated to theater and music instruction and performance. It offers professional quality theater in a college setting, featuring a five-show season as well as acting, music and production courses led by industry professionals. It is the official home of the Blackburn Music Academy.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center