summer season

Wednesday, July 18

Festival Live! Chamber Series
Time: 6:00 PM
ConcertsFree
Festival Live! Chamber Series

The festival’s professional and academy musicians join together for a lively series of 12 admission-free chamber concerts around Napa Valley. These concerts will take place in intimate public venues, as well as at senior centers, the California Veteran’s Home, and social service agencies in Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga.

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Thursday, July 19

Festival Live! Chamber Series
Time: 6:00 PM
ConcertsFree
Festival Live! Chamber Series

The festival’s professional and academy musicians join together for a lively series of 12 admission-free chamber concerts around Napa Valley. These concerts will take place in intimate public venues, as well as at senior centers, the California Veteran’s Home, and social service agencies in Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga.

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Founders Dinner at Darioush
Time: 6:30 PM
Invitation Only
Founders Dinner at Darioush

Guests will join the Khaledis at their magnificent, Persepolis-inspired estate to kick off the season – a season that pays tribute to the first responders who bravely fought this past year’s Wine Country fires.

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Friday, July 20

Opening Night: Opera Under the Stars at Meadowood with Nadine Sierra and Bryan Hymel
Time: 6:30 PM
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Opening Night: Opera Under the Stars at Meadowood with Nadine Sierra and Bryan Hymel

Festival Napa Valley uncorks its 13th season at Meadowood Napa Valley with a dazzling alfresco celebration and a performance by two singing sensations: soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor Bryan Hymel.

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Saturday, July 21

Taste of Napa at Vista Collina Resort
Time: 11:00 AM - 02:30 PM
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Taste of Napa at Vista Collina Resort

Savor exceptional food, wine and music at Taste of Napa, the festival’s annual celebration featuring the best that the valley has to offer. This year’s gathering is at the stunning, brand new Vista Collina Resort.

Passes range from $99-$225.

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Patron Dinner at Trefethen Family Vineyards
Time: 6:00 PM
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Patron Dinner at Trefethen Family Vineyards

If there’s a word that describes why the Trefethen family is on its third thriving generation in the Napa Valley wine world, it’s passion: From the winery’s pioneering founders, Eugene and Catherine; to their son, John, whose winemaking prowess brought reputation-making accolades, and his wife, Janet; to their children, Loren and Hailey, now eagerly entering the family business.

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Trefethen Family Vineyards 50th Anniversary Celebration, featuring Grupo Compay Segundo
Time: 7:30 PM
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Trefethen Family Vineyards 50th Anniversary Celebration, featuring Grupo Compay Segundo

The evening kicks off with a festive reception featuring Napa-bounty bites from Marks the Spot and Trefethen’s sensational estate wines. Then comes the music! Trefethen hosts the exclusive engagement of legendary Cuban band Grupo Compay Segundo, who make their way to Napa direct from Havana.

Passes are $249.

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Sunday, July 22

Vintner's Luncheon at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
Time: 11:30 AM
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Vintner's Luncheon at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

It’s not every day you get to linger on the picturesque grounds of a legendary, award-winning winery—and this afternoon is just such a rare occasion. Renowned for its historic role in shaping Napa Valley’s reputation as a world-class wine region, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is a singular presence.

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Sunday at the Symphony: Tribute to First Responders
Time: 2:00 PM
ConcertsFree
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 Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra.  The program also features popular symphonic masterpieces deftly performed by the all-star Academy musicians.

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{Arts for All Gala} at HALL St. Helena
Time: 5:30 PM
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Arts for All Gala at HALL St. Helena

Raise your paddle high for the next generation at Festival Napa Valley’s Arts for All Gala, Wine Country’s biggest arts charity event. Proceeds from the evening provide free and affordable access to world-class performances. Funds raised also support public school arts education programs in Napa County, scholarships for emerging musicians, and the festival’s tuition-free Blackburn Music Academy. Through the generosity of Festival Napa Valley’s patrons and donors, more than $8 million has been raised to date.

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Monday, July 23

Vintner's Luncheon at B Cellars
Time: 11:30 AM
Invitation Only
Vintner's Luncheon at B Cellars

In Napa Valley, the letter B can bring to mind several evocative words: beauty, breathtaking, brix (the symbol of B Cellars). And barbecue  – which was where B Cellars’ founders Jim Borsack and Duffy Keys first met on a Fourth of July holiday back in 2002. 

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Concert for Kids: Grupo Compay Segundo
Time: 12:00 PM
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Concert for Kids: Grupo Compay Segundo

This concert for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley is bound to be a blast, with the great Cuban band Grupo Compay Segundo onstage and swinging.

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An Intimate and Private Evening with Joshua Bell at Solage
Time: 6:00 PM
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An Intimate and Private Evening with Joshua Bell at Solage

With the stunning surrounding vista of the Palisades mountains, there is no better spot to clink glasses than Solage, a Forbes Five-Star property within the Auberge Resorts collection of luxury destinations. There you will break bread with Joshua Bell, “the rock star of the classical music world.” One of the most celebrated violinists of his era, Bell’s restless curiosity, passion, and multifaceted musical interests are unparalleled in the world of classical music. 

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Tuesday, July 24

Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Sophia Bacelar, cello
Time: 11:00 AM
ConcertsFree
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.

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Vintner's Luncheon at St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery
Time: 11:30 AM
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Vintner's Luncheon at St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery

Vines never lie. If the land is healthy and well cared for, so too will be the fruit born of it. St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery believes in that vital truth of terroir. So much so, they committed their over 500 acres of vinelands in Rutherford and Dollarhide Ranch, and the process of turning that fruit into wine, to Napa Valley Green certification. Each of St. Supéry’s bottles carries the Napa Green logo, signifying that they take good land stewardship and winemaking seriously. 

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Vintner's Luncheon at Cliff Lede Vineyards
Time: 12:00 PM
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Vintner's Luncheon at Cliff Lede Vineyards

Guests will be treated to a sumptuous luncheon paired with award-winning wines on Cliff Lede’s wide-open flagstone patio, overlooking the breathtaking estate vineyards. 

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Grand Cru Piano Series: Concertos at Castello di Amorosa
Time: 6:30 PM
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Grand Cru Piano Series: Concertos at Castello di Amorosa

This evening is manna for lovers of piano music – a concert in the beautiful courtyard of Castello di Amorosa showcasing the Gold Medalists from three of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions, each playing a concerto with the Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra under the baton of Martin West.

Passes range from $95-$150.

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Patron Dinner at Las Alcobas
Time: 8:00 PM
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Patron Dinner at Las Alcobas

By the time guests leave Las Alcobas, one of Napa’s newest and most luxurious resorts, they feel like family. Located a stone’s throw from downtown St. Helena, this inspiring property refines the art of hospitality. 

Today’s dinner is prepared by famed chef Chris Cosentino, known to the world for winning the mantel of Top Chef Master on the hit television show. Guests will dine on an unforgettable meal paired with exquisite wines from St. Supéry. Heavenly. 

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Wednesday, July 25

Vintner's Luncheon at Carneros Resort & Spa
Time: 12:00 PM
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Vintner's Luncheon at Carneros Resort & Spa

Lots of resorts tout the surrounding landscape as just one of the many features offered — but at the chic Carneros Resort & Spa, it is the land that’s the main event, informing every luxurious, sigh-inducing aspect of your time here. From the breathtaking views of the lush, verdant hills and vineyards, to the winding garden paths on the property’s 27 acres of gorgeous grounds, to the farm-to-table dishes lovingly crafted by notable executive chef Aaron Meneghelli, the Carneros Resort & Spa feels at once like it’s honoring the past while remaining thoroughly, mindfully modern.

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Grand Cru Piano Series: Recital by Yekwon Sunwoo
Time: 6:00 PM
ConcertsFree
Grand Cru Piano Series: Recital by Yekwon Sunwoo

The Grand Cru Piano Series features the Gold Medalist of a major international piano competition, who takes the spotlight at this unprecedented event at Jarvis Conservatory. 

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Jazz @ the Castello with Arturo Sandoval
Time: 6:30 PM
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Jazz @ the Castello with Arturo Sandoval

Cuban-born jazz trumpeter and composer Arturo Sandoval, a 10-time Grammy Award-winner who plays with an unbeatable mix of fire, finesse, and feeling, wowed festival-goers a few years back. He returns this summer with his blazing sextet for an unforgettable evening of jazz at Castello di Amorosa.

Passes range from $95-$150.

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Grand Cru Piano Series: Recital by Rodolfo Leone
Time: 7:00 PM
ConcertsFree
Grand Cru Piano Series: Recital by Rodolfo Leone

The Grand Cru Piano Series features the Gold Medalist of a major international piano competition, who takes the spotlight at this unprecedented event at Jarvis Conservatory. 

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Grand Cru Piano Series: Recital by Zoltán Fejérvári
Time: 8:00 PM
ConcertsFree
Grand Cru Piano Series: Recital by Zoltán Fejérvári

The Grand Cru Piano Series features the Gold Medalist of a major international piano competition, who takes the spotlight at this unprecedented event at Jarvis Conservatory. 

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Patron Dinner at Frank Family Vineyards
Time: 8:30 PM
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Patron Dinner at Frank Family Vineyards

Greatness takes time—it’s something Frank Family Vineyards certainly understands. It’s part of every moment in barrel for their Napa Valley collection; every minute tending to the vines for their single vineyard reserve Cabernets; every year in the painstaking process of creating their outstanding traditional method sparkling.

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Thursday, July 26

Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Yoonah Kim, clarinet
Time: 11:00 AM
ConcertsFree
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.

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Vintner's Luncheon
Time: 12:00 PM
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Vintner's Luncheon

Today's luncheon will be hosted by one of the festival's valued winery partners to be announced.

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World Premiere! Joshua Bell Performs {The Red Violin} with Live Orchestra
Time: 6:00 PM
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World Premiere! Joshua Bell Performs The Red Violin with Live Orchestra

Arguably the world’s most famous violinist, Joshua Bell returns to Festival Napa Valley to perform the beautiful music he recorded for the Academy Award-winning 1998 film, The Red Violin. Audiences will enjoy a truly immersive experience: watching the gripping film on screen while, for the first time, Bell performs composer John Corigliano’s lush, Oscar-winning score in its entirety with orchestra.

Passes range from $69-$99.

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Patron Dinner at Silverado Resort & Spa
Time: 8:00 PM
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Patron Dinner at Silverado Resort & Spa

Where will you be when the sun sets on July 26? If you’re among the very lucky, you’ll be sitting beneath ancient oak trees and gazing at the rolling green hills surrounding The Grove at the Silverado Resort – one of the most exclusive respites in all of Napa Valley.

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Friday, July 27

Festival Premieres: {Pied Piper Fantasy} featuring Maxim Rubtsov
Time: 11:00 AM
ConcertsFree
Festival Premieres: Pied Piper Fantasy featuring Maxim Rubtsov

American composer John Corigliano will be here when the formidable Russian flutist Maxim Rubtsov premieres a new arrangement of Corigliano’s Pied Piper Fantasy with members of the Russian National Orchestra. This beguiling 1993 concerto is based partly on Robert Browning’s classic tale, “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.” 

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Vintner's Luncheon at Trinchero Family Estates
Time: 12:00 PM
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Vintner's Luncheon at Trinchero Family Estates

Since 1948, the Trinchero family has been part of the fabric of Napa Valley, playing a central role in the region becoming known as one of the wine capitals of the world. Through their diverse brands – their exquisite Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, their Heritage Collection celebrating the family’s seven decades as one of wine country’s finest, and their portfolio of more than 45 global wine and spirits brands – the Trinchero family has become an enduring symbol of the America Dream.

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Vintner's Luncheon at RiverHouse by Bespoke Collection
Time: 12:00 PM
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Vintner's Luncheon at RiverHouse by Bespoke Collection

Bespoke Collection Founder Michael Polenske hosts today’s luncheon at RiverHouse, Bespoke’s popular meet-up spot in chic downtown Napa. Part tasting room, part keenly curated antiques and ephemera, this site for a splendid riverfront luncheon is as unique as the pairings planned.

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Dance Gala: San Francisco Ballet
Time: 6:00 PM
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Dance Gala: San Francisco Ballet

One of the world’s great dance companies, the San Francisco Ballet, returns to Napa Valley for the annual Dance Gala, an event that invariably ranks among the festival highlights. America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet created the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, and over the decades has commissioned and premiered ballets by some of the world’s top choreographers, among them William Forsythe, Mark Morris and Christopher Wheeldon. Shaped by Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson since 1985, the company has become what The New York Times called “one of the world’s most important vehicles for new ballet choreography,” performing new and classic works with unerring finesse and passion. 

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Patron Dinner
Time: 8:30 PM
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Patron Dinner

Tonight's dinner will be hosted by one of the festival's valued winery partners. Location to be announced.

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Saturday, July 28

Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Russian Renaissance
Time: 11:00 AM
ConcertsFree
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.

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Vintner's Luncheon hosted by Anne and Roger Walther
Time: 12:00 PM
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Vintner's Luncheon hosted by Anne and Roger Walther

Anne and Roger Walther have spent a lifetime giving, and their enthusiasm and energy is paralleled only by their deep commitment to the Napa community. The Walther family invites festival patrons to join them for a private peek at their turbo-charged collection of exotic and classic cars, followed by an afternoon of elegant food and beautiful music set among the stunning beauty of St. Helena’s Sage Canyon vineyards.

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Bernstein Centennial: Selections from {West Side Story}, featuring Michael Fabiano & Larisa Martínez
Time: 6:00 PM
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Bernstein Centennial: Selections from West Side Story, featuring Michael Fabiano & Larisa Martínez

The festival celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with music from one of the American master’s signature works: West Side Story, the 1957 musical that gave birth to such beautiful songs as “Maria,” “Tonight,” and “Somewhere.”

Passes range from $69-$99.

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Patron Dinner at Far Niente
Time: 7:30 PM
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Patron Dinner at Far Niente

To experience Far Niente is to experience some of the region’s most precious history. Guests tonight will do just that, with cocktails in the restored Carriage House followed by a sumptuous dinner by estate chef Sarah Walz. The evening culminates with a musical performance among the sigh-inducing vistas on Far Niente’s private Hilltop site.

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Sunday, July 29

Season Finale at Alpha Omega featuring Morgan James
Time: 11:30 AM
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Season Finale at Alpha Omega featuring Morgan James

How do you bid adieu to the 10 best days of summer? With a private concert by a Broadway star and a heavenly barbecue hosted by one of Napa’s most gracious couples: Robin and Michelle Baggett.

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Sunday at the Symphony with Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra
Time: 3:00 PM
ConcertsFree
Sunday at the Symphony with Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra

Revel in the sweep and beauty of celebrated symphonic repertoire in a grand finale concert performed by the gifted young musicians of the Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra. 

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