Grand Cru Classics

Saturday, July 13  |  6:30PM
Festival Napa Valley Stage at Charles Krug  |  St. Helena

 

Conductor Filippo Ciabatti leads Festival Orchestra Napa in a lively concert featuring two classical superstars. Ray Chen, hailed as “one of the finest violinists of his generation” (Los Angeles Times), performs Mendelssohn’s masterful Violin Concerto. Festival favorite Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue — a dynamic work combining elements of jazz, classical and popular music, and one of America’s most famous orchestral pieces — marking its 100th anniversary.

Food will be available for purchase at Festival Napa Valley's Culinary Garden at Charles Krug from Empress MHumphry Slocombe Ice Cream, and Ray Ray's Tacos. Wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and caviar from Calvisius Caviar Co. will be available for purchase from Charles Krug. 
 

General admission tickets are sold out.

Lawn tickets are available for $35 per guest.

 
 
 

Performers

Ray Chen
Ray Chen

Ray Chen is a violinist who redefines what it is to be a classical musician in the 21st century. With a media presence reaching millions, Ray Chen's remarkable musicianship transmits to a global audience, reflected in his engagements with the foremost orchestras and concert halls around the world. 

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Through elegant musicality and an insightful approach to contemporary and established repertoire, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has earned a reputation as one of the world’s finest pianists. He is especially known for his diverse interests beyond the classical world, including numerous collaborations in film, fashion, and visual art.

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Filippo Ciabatti
Filippo Ciabatti

Praised for his “sensitive and nuanced” musicianship and for delivering performances “with admirable sweep and tension,” Filippo Ciabatti is a dynamic and versatile conductor who enjoys a multifaceted career. A native of Florence, Italy, Ciabatti has appeared as a guest conductor with numerous orchestras in Europe and the Americas. 

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Festival Orchestra Napa
Festival Orchestra Napa

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.

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Venue

Festival Napa Valley Stage at Charles Krug
Festival Napa Valley Stage at Charles Krug
The Festival Napa Valley Stage at Charles Krug is located on the great lawn of Napa Valley’s oldest winery. Established in 1861, it is home of California’s first wine tasting room. Since its founding by Charles Krug, a pioneer and visionary, this winery has continued to contribute significantly to the world of wine.

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