Festival Napa Valley's 16th season presented an artistically diverse range of concerts and raised over $3.9 million at the Arts for All Gala. In addition to the auction, the festival drew audiences to over 60 concerts, many of them free to the public.
Festival Napa Valley concluded its 16th summer season with record-setting audiences and an unprecedented 60 artistically diverse concerts, events and programs including 20 admission-free concerts, and raising $3.9 million at its Arts for All Gala headlined by multi-Grammy Award winner Trisha Yearwood.
Napa, CA (July 22, 2022) – Proceeds from the event provide free and affordable access to Festival concerts, inspiring educational programs and original programming for youth, and scholarships for talented young artists.
There was ample intoxication in downtown Napa on Saturday evening, in the spirits and sounds of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, as the group performed in the bucolic outdoor amphitheater of the Culinary Institute of America at Copia.
On July 17, Festival Napa Valley—one of wine country’s most anticipated events—held its annual Arts for All Gala on the grounds of Nickle & Nickle, just behind the winery’s historic 19th-century homestead. In support of the organizing association’s mission to make the arts accessible to everyone, and the expansion of its year-round educational programs in Napa County schools, the evening’s culinary experience—designed and executed by Tyler Florence—and live auction were followed up by an performance by Grammy-winning country music star Trisha Yearwood.
#28 Festival Napa Valley is a multievent behemoth, billed as “The 10 Best Days of Summer.” From July 15 through 24, patrons and ticketholders will traverse the valley amid a cultural marathon encompassing events that marry the sunny bounty of the region’s cuisine and primo vino with world-class symphonic concerts, opera, dance, chamber music, jazz, specialty dinners at exquisite wineries and even free concerts for young children.
Close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you. What images do you see? Or, perhaps more pointedly, what do you feel? Will your senses be different at 5 years old or 90? Does it change if you listen to classical music? These were questions posed by Lissa Gibbs, director, education and engagement for Festival Napa Valley, to elementary school students and those in senior centers.
Over the years, 50 talented performers have made their BYA debuts, with many having gone on to greater glory, like pianist and composer Conrad Tao, who participated in the first BYA season, and violinist Alexi Kenney, lauded by The New York Times for his recordings after premiering at Bouchaine at 15.
AloneTogether comprises spoken word, poetry, sculpture, video art, music, and film and features 500 YPC choristers, 15 composers and songwriters, and more.