Festival Napa Valley closes its 16th Season with a concert featuring two beloved masterworks: Copland’s quintessentially American ballet score Rodeo and Rimsky-Korsakov’s evocative orchestral suite Scheherazade, sharing the bill with Blue Fire, a symphonic poem flavored with hints of Irish and Latin American popular music, by the late great American composer Daniel Brewbaker. Michelle Di Russo, recipient of the 2022 Joel Revzen Conducting Fellowship, leads Festival Orchestra Napa.
Daniel Brewbaker is the posthumous inaugural recipient of the Maria Manetti Shrem Daniel Brewbaker Composer Prize
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.
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.