Concerts For Kids are made possible by a generous gift from Deborah and Kenneth Novack.
Festival Napa Valley’s Concerts for Kids provide admission-free opportunities for students to attend a live concert in a professional performance setting. For many young people, this is a vital first step in cultivating a lifetime love for the performing arts.
In April, Festival Napa Valley hosted 150 students from Camille Creek Community School, whose mission is to empower Napa’s most disenfranchised youth toward a productive future. Cuban pianist Aldo López-Gavilán was joined by his brother, Ilmar Gavilán, on violin for an electrifying concert featuring Aldo’s original compositions. After the concert, the duo held a bilingual question and answer session with the students to discuss their musical journey and the role it has played in shaping their lives.
In July, Festival Napa Valley presented a Concert for Kids featuring Karen LeFrak’s Sleepover at the Museum, an evocative piece about a slumber party and scavenger hunt in a museum of natural history, and Saint-Saëns’s beloved classic, Carnival of the Animals. 1,200 students attending Festival Napa Valley’s six Arts for All Camps were transported via charter bus to the Lincoln Theater in Yountville to attend the concert.
Festival Napa Valley produces interactive curricula to accompany select Concert for Kids performances. The Summer 2019 presentation of Sleepover at the Museum and associated curriculum has been provided free of charge to the Napa County Office of Education and disseminated to all public schools in the county as part of the distance learning activities during the Covid-19 pandemic.