Opening Night with Festival Orchestra Napa at Charles Krug

Festival Napa Valley opens its 16th season with a concert celebrating the sounds of America. Conductor Carlo Ponti kicks off the festivities leading Festival Orchestra Napa in Leonard Bernstein’s exuberant Candide Overture. Festival favorite Sophia Bacelar performs movements from American composer Daniel Brewbaker’s sublime cello concerto La Serenissima. The program concludes with Dvoƙák’s lush and soul-stirring Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”, one of the most treasured orchestral works of all time, written while he lived in America in the 1890s. A selection of artwork created by participants in the Festival's How I See Music workshops will be projected during the performance.

Daniel Brewbaker is the posthumous inaugural recipient of the Maria Manetti Shrem Daniel Brewbaker Composer Prize.