Friday, July 15  |  6:30PM

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.

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

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Artists

Carlo Ponti
Carlo Ponti

Maestro Carlo Ponti is known for taking audiences on musical journeys of unique interpretive depth. Ponti is the founder and director of the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra, and he has served as Associate Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra and Music Director and Principal Conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony.
 

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Sophia Bacelar
Sophia Bacelar

Cuban-Chinese cellist and interdisciplinary artist Sophia Bacelar’s work has appeared at Carnegie Hall, La Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Alice Tully Hall, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Le Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and the Tonhalle Zürich. 

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Festival Orchestra Napa
Festival Orchestra Napa

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 Festival'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.

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Venue

Charles Krug

Napa Valley’s oldest winery, Charles Krug has been owned and operated by the Peter Mondavi, Sr. family for four generations.  The winery’s award winning newly restored Redwood Cellar Tasting Room and Hospitality Center is a warm, inviting space blending heritage with contemporary design. The National Historical Landmark, originally built in 1872, features reclaimed clear heart redwood from the family’s original wine tanks, stone and open beam construction, windows on the working Family Reserve cellar, and a large welcoming bar and lounge.
Charles Krug