performers

Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra

Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra

Musicians from over one hundred different schools and conservatories, from four dozen states and seven countries, competed for entry to the The Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy. Just one in five aspirants was ultimately accepted. Their performances are an integral part of the festival's 13th season.

Performances

Sunday, July 14 | 5:30 PM
Arts for All Gala featuring SEAL at HALL Napa Valley

How can we make the arts accessible to everyone? This is one of Festival Napa Valley’s primary missions – and the purpose of tonight’s Arts for All Gala. Wine Country’s premier arts charity event, the Gala is one of the most meaningful nights of the Festival, and, with more than $8 million raised to date, possibly the biggest fundraiser for arts education in the West.

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Monday, July 15 | 2:00 PM
Concert for Kids: Sleepover at the Museum at Lincoln Theater

This free concert for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley, St. Helena and Calistoga features noted children’s book author and composer Karen LeFrak, and the symphonic music she wrote to accompany her latest book, Sleepover at the Museum.

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Wednesday, July 17 | 6:30 PM
Grand Cru Concertos: Sophia Bacelar, cello, Charlie Siem, violin, Mitya Nilov, percussion

A trio of rising classical music stars take the stage in the lovely courtyard of Castello di Amorosa. This showcase concert brings together three gifted young instrumentalists making a splash internationally: Cuban-Chinese-American cellist Sophia Bacelar, British violinist Charlie Siem, and the Belarus-born percussionist Mitya Nilov. Each performs a concerto with the Festival’s Blackburn Academy Orchestra, under Maestro Joel Revzen’s masterly baton.

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Friday, July 12 | 6:30 PM
Opening Night: Opera Under the Stars at Meadowood with Francesco Demuro and Nino Machaizde

Festival Napa Valley uncorks its 14th season with an evening of opera, delectable cuisine, and fine wines at Meadowood Napa Valley. Two of the world’s most exciting opera stars, soprano Nino Machaidze and tenor Francesco Demuro, perform operatic favorites with the Festival’s Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra on the estate’s elegant Redwood Fairway. Star power, a gourmet feast prepared by Meadowood’s exceptional culinary team, and Napa’s finest wines – Festival Napa Valley starts off with a bang.

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Sunday, July 21 | 3:00 PM
Sunday at the Symphony

Everyone is invited to today’s admission-free matinee. Featuring the Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra performing timeless masterpieces, Sunday at the Symphony provides an enriching experience for classical music novices and connoisseurs alike.

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