Olivia Decker Power of Music Series
Michelle Di Russo leads Festival Orchestra Napa in Ansel Adams: America, a sweeping symphonic work composed by the late jazz giant Dave Brubeck and his son Chris Brubeck. A tribute to the beloved American landscape photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams, this powerful multimedia work integrates over 100 photographs with music. Concluding the program is a performance by the dynamic Brubeck Brothers Quartet. Led by brothers Chris and Dan Brubeck, with Mike DeMicco on guitar and Chuck Lamb on piano, the quartet is celebrated for their music integrating funk, blues, and world music—and for their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture, technique, and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.
Michelle Di Russo is the 2022 recipient of Festival Napa Valley's Joel Revzen Conducting Fellowship.
This concert is presented as part of Festival Napa Valley's Olivia Decker Power of Music Series.
Michelle Di Russo’s appearance is sponsored in part by the Italian Cultural Institute
Argentinian-Italian conductor Michelle Di Russo is known for her compelling interpretations and championing of contemporary music. Recently appointed Interim Director of Orchestras at Cornell University and Assistant Conductor of North Carolina Symphony, Di Russo is a fellow in Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion program and at the Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute.
Grammy-nominated composer Chris Brubeck continues to distinguish himself as a multi-faceted performer and creative force. An award-winning writer, he is clearly tuned into the pulse of contemporary music. The respected music critic for The Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein calls Chris: “a composer with a real flair for lyrical melody--a 21st Century Lenny Bernstein.”
Chris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together practically all their lives. Drummer Dan and bassist, trombonist, and composer Chris cut their first record together in 1966— more than a half century ago. They’ve subsequently played a variety of styles in a number of different groups, as well as with their father, jazz giant Dave Brubeck, and with their own Brubeck Brothers Quartet.
Festival Orchestra Napa is an all-star ensemble that brings together principal players from major international orchestras and faculty from renowned colleges and conservatories, together with participants from the Frost School of Festival Napa Valley's Blackburn Music Academy. Centered around a core of Frost School of Music faculty, the orchestra also includes hand-picked musicians from ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony, MET Opera Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Atlanta Symphony, among others.