Open to school groups only. Contact Festival Napa Valley's Education Department to confirm attendance.
Elementary and middle school groups are invited to discover what makes an orchestra so special. Ming Luke guest conducts Festival Orchestra Napa in a fun and informative concert of favorites by Beethoven, Mozart, Grieg, Marquez, Gershwin, and more, showcasing the full range of instruments in an orchestra while introducing young audience members to the various elements of music including dynamics, tempo, texture, and form.
Event will include a pre-concert Instrument "Petting Zoo" presented in collaboration with the Napa Valley College Music Department and Napa Valley Education Foundation's Music Connection program.
With the “energy, creativity and charisma not seen since Leonard Bernstein” and “vibrant,” “mind-blowing,” and “spectacular” conducting, Ming Luke is a versatile conductor that has excited audiences around the world. Highlights include conducting the Bolshoi Orchestra in Moscow, performances of Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella at the Kennedy Center, his English debut at Sadler’s Wells with Birmingham Royal, conducting Dvorak’s Requiem in Dvorak Hall in Prague, recording scores for a Coppola film, and over a hundred performances at the San Francisco War Memorial with San Francisco Ballet.
Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center
Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center is dedicated to theater and music instruction and performance. It offers professional quality theater in a college setting, featuring a five-show season as well as acting, music and production courses led by industry professionals. It is the official home of Festival Napa Valley's Blackburn Music Academy.