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.
Sunday at the Symphony: Tribute to First Responders
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 Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra. The program also features popular symphonic masterpieces deftly performed by the Festival's all-star Academy musicians.
Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Sophia Bacelar, cello
The dynamic multinational cellist Sophia Bacelar, a Cuban-Chinese-American who studied at the Paris Conservatory, made her debut at the Berlin Philharmonie this season and has been booked for performances from New York to Geneva. She is one of the rising stars introduced to the festival audience through the Bouchaine Young Artists Series.
Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Yoonah Kim, clarinet
Napa audiences will have their first chance to hear the sterling young Korean-Canadian clarinetist Yoonah Kim, who made her debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall this year after becoming the first solo clarinetist in 30 years to win the prestigious Concert Artists Guild International Competition. A Juilliard graduate, she’s making a name for herself with orchestras and festivals around the U.S. and Canada.
Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Russian Renaissance
The captivating ensemble Russian Renaissance, a Moscow-based quartet that won last year’s $100,000 grand prize at the University of Michigan’s M-Prize chamber music competition, performs traditional Russian folk music filtered through a modern sensibility, playing fiery and lyrical music on balalaika, contrabass balalaika, button accordion and the lute-like domra.
Sunday at the Symphony: Romeo and Juliet
Revel in the sweep and beauty of celebrated symphonic repertoire in the final concert of the season. Ming Luke leads the Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra in a program featuring music inspired by the world’s most famous pair of star-crossed lovers, including symphonic suites from Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and orchestral music from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.