SJDC arts hosts spring benefit showcase

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The Delta College Arts and Communication Division hosted “Primavera: A Musical Showcase” on Saturday, March 19.
Students, faculty, friends and family gathered at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Lodi for a variety of performances, which highlighted the talent and diversity of Delta College.

Delta Singer Sadaf Ahrari. PHOTO BY KIRSTIE HARUTA/THE COLLEGIAN

First on the program were solo performances by six applied music vocalists: first year students Aaron Berdahl, Yvette Quintana and Miguel Chicas and advanced students Zackery Alcover, Joel Scantling and Heather Anderson. Matt Baer accompanied the vocalists on piano.

Next were the Three Guitars, a collaboration between David Chapman, Guy Powell, and Travis Silvers, Directors of Guitar Studies at Modesto Junior College, Columbia College and Delta College, respectively. They played Scarlatti’s Fugue, Claude Gagnon’s “Alice in Wonderland” and Paulo Bellinati’s “Baiao de Gude.”

After a brief intermission, the SJDC Delta Singers and String Ensemble took the stage for the main performance, Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria. The prominent Baroque piece featured solos by Amanda Fleig, Jennifer Young and Sadaf Ahrari.

Tenor Aaron Berdahl. PHOTO BY KIRSTIE HARUTA/THE COLLEGIAN

Money from ticket sales will go to benefit scholarships for Delta’s applied music students.

The Delta Singers and String Ensemble performed together again last night in the Warren Atherton Auditorium, along with the Delta Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz, and Chavez High School Concert and Honors Show Choir.

Guitarist Travis Silvers. PHOTO BY KIRSTIE HARUTA/THE COLLEGIAN