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Maximize your festival experience with a Quattro Allegro Pass. Enjoy premium seats and Allegro Lounge access at four consecutive nights of performances plus four exclusive After Parties at a special price. Allegro Passes are available individually, or go Quattro, and purchase all four at a special price.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
American Masters: Watts, Bernstein & Getty
With Festival Orchestra Napa, Volti Chorale, and Joel Revzen
First Republic Bank Stage at Lincoln Theater
6:00 PM
Legendary pianist André Watts, celebrated for his lyricism and mastery of classical and Romantic repertoire, joins conductor Joel Revzen, the Festival Orchestra NAPA, and the Festival Napa Valley Volti Chorale for a bountiful all-American night of music.

Watts gained international fame when he stepped in at 16 for an ailing Glenn Gould to play Liszt with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. Accompanied by maestro Revzen and a sterling orchestra comprised of musicians from New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and other top ensembles, Watts will perform Edward McDowell’s 1885 Piano Concerto No. 2, which Liszt championed.  

The program also features the Napa premiere of Gordon Getty’s powerful choral work, Young America and two thrilling Bernstein pieces – On the Town and the Candide Overture.

Festival Orchestra NAPA's appearance is made possible through a generous gift from Tatiana and Gerret Copeland, proprietors of Bouchaine Vineyards
Festival Napa Valley Volti Chorale appears as part of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series
Allegro After Party at Napa Valley Distillery
8:00 PM
You would be hard-pressed to find a better place to hold a speakeasy-themed party than the Napa Valley Distillery, the first in the valley to open its doors since Prohibition. Local jazz and soul band Jealous Zelig — known for mashing Bowie with Bach, Bud Powell, and the Beatles — will keep the mood at tonight’s Allegro Party adventurous and bold.
Sponsored by San Francisco Magazine

 

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends - New Worlds
From Hemingway to Bach
First Republic Bank Stage at Lincoln Theater
6:00 PM
In addition to being a fine actor and one of the funniest people on the planet, Bill Murray is a lover of poetry and superior prose. His passion for both, and his friendship with acclaimed cellist Jan Vogler, led to this singular evening of music and words.

Performing with a chamber trio, the irresistible Murray will read various texts – poems by Whitman, and passages from Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, and Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany's– interspersed with instrumental pieces by Bach, Ravel and Piazzolla and classic songs by the Gershwins, Bernstein, and Stephen Foster. New Worlds is a fascinating encounter between great music and great literature, starring masters of their art.

Bill Murray appears as part of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series
Allegro After Party at Groezinger Estate House
8:30 PM
The Groezinger Estate House hosts an exuberant After Party following the premiere of New Worlds, showcasing some of the best in Yountville food and wine. Open to Allegro Pass holders.
Sponsored by San Francisco Magazine

 

Friday, July 21, 2017
San Francisco Ballet at Lincoln Theater
First Republic Bank Stage at Lincoln Theater
6:00 PM
The festival is thrilled to bring back one of the world’s great dance companies, the San Francisco Ballet, at the annual Dance Gala.

America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet created the first American productions of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, and in recent decades has commissioned and premiered works by leading contemporary choreographers including Mark Morris, William Forsythe, and Christopher Wheeldon. Under Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s creative leadership, the company, which The New York Times called “one of the world’s most important vehicles for new ballet choreography,” has earned a reputation as among the ballet world’s finest. Accompanied by the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, led by maestro Martin West, it presents a rich mix of contemporary and classic works, performed with unfailing passion and grace.

This production is generously underwritten by Dede Wilsey
Allegro After Party at Kitchen Collective
8:30 PM
Inspired by the gastronomic societies in the Basque region of Spain, Napa’s new Kitchen Collective is America’s first private club for cooking enthusiasts. It is also the destination for this Friday night party. Add in live entertainment by Morris LeGrande, aka “the wine country guitarist,” and you have all the necessary ingredients to kick off the festival’s closing weekend in fine form.
Sponsored by San Francisco Magazine

 

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin
In concert starring Angel Blue and Lester Lynch. Conducted by Joel Revzen.
First Republic Bank Stage at Lincoln Theater
5:30 PM
Considered by many to be America’s greatest opera, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, a stirring 1935 work based on librettist DuBose Heyward’s novel about a disabled beggar in a poor African-American section of Charleston, brought forth such classic songs as "Summertime," "It Ain’t Necessarily So," "I Loves You," "Porgy and Bess," and "You Is My Woman Now." This captivating concert version features highlights led by Joel Revzen. The outstanding Festival Orchestra NAPA is joined by two sensational singers: dramatic baritone Lester Lynch, celebrated for his charismatic portrayals and commanding voice; and soprano Angel Blue, a protégé of Plácido Domingo recognized for her beautiful timbre. The artists are no strangers to Porgy and Bess: Lynch recently sang the role of Crown at Opéra de Montréal and with the Berlin Philharmonic, and Blue will star as Bess in an upcoming production at the Metropolitan Opera.

Festival Orchestra NAPA's appearance is made possible through a generous gift from Tatiana and Gerret Copeland, proprietors of Bouchaine Vineyards
Concert is part of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series
Eleven Eleven Allegro Wrap Party
Fashion Show by Alexandria von Bromssen presented by CLIQ Live Lounge
8:00 PM
Wine meets fashion at Eleven Eleven, when partners Ellie Anest and Aurelien Roulin throw open the winery’s doors to welcome designer and Project Runway alum (and Heidi Klum favorite) Alexandria von Bromssen. The theme is “Where the Wild Things Are.” Presented by Cliq, the evening will celebrate beauty, taste, and the avant-garde, on the penultimate night of the festival.
Sponsored by San Francisco Magazine

 

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