Tonight’s Founders Dinner celebrates the festival’s benefactors and patrons – whose enthusiasm, vision and support launched Festival Napa Valley, as well as major supporters of the 2019 season.
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.
The brilliant British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year Award, makes his Bay Area debut in a recital accompanied by his sister, the equally celebrated pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason.
Savor exceptional food, wine and music at Taste of Napa, the festival’s annual celebration featuring the best that the valley has to offer. This year’s festivities are at Vista Collina, Napa’s newest lifestyle resort. With thoughtful, Tuscan-style décor, a Tasting Village, a locally-sourced, artisanal market, and a spacious community lawn for picnic, play and private concerts, Vista Collina is Napa at its finest.
What would a Duchess and a Prince dance to? Come hear for yourself during an evening of music fit for royal ears at Far Niente, one of the world’s great wine estates. Tonight’s celebration features the brilliant British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who drew raves performing at the 2018 royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The benchmark producer of luxury Napa Valley Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, Far Niente has hosted some of Festival Napa Valley’s most legendary events. Beth Nickel and Larry Maguire invite guests to a post-concert dinner in the Chardonnay Cellar, a glorious, historic space that is made available for only the most exclusive of events.
Proprietors Timothy and Sabrina Persson invite you to an afternoon of food, wine, and the unmatched contemporary art at the heart of The Hess Collection. Guests will get a glimpse into Donald Hess’ twin passions: collecting outstanding works of art, and finding the perfect sites for fine grape growing. A delicious lunch by Executive Chef Chad Hendrickson will feature the freshest ingredients available, many from the property’s abundant culinary gardens. This is an opportunity to unwind among the works of modern greats like Robert Motherwell, Magdalena Abakanowicz, and Francis Bacon—and, of course, pours from Hess’ renowned bottlings.
The two-time Grammy Award-winning jazz fusion band, The Yellowjackets, was hailed by JazzTimes as a “perfectly combustible electric-acoustic outfit whose smart, often challenging and unpredictable compositions draw from fusion, post-bop, and contemporary jazz.” Throughout their storied 35-year history, the Yellowjackets have recorded 22 albums, received 17 Grammy nominations, and performed numerous sold-out tours to worldwide critical acclaim. This July they bring their unique sound to Festival Napa Valley’s popular admission-free Sunday matinee.
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.
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.
Stand back, Napa. She’s a two-time Grammy Award-winner, two-time Tony Award-winner, and inductee to the American Theater Hall of Fame. Is there any Broadway actress more electric and transporting than Patti LuPone? In this once-in-a-lifetime Festival Napa Valley exclusive, LuPone will perform some of her most beloved songs, and even take requests from the audience. Held in the intimate wine cave of one of the world’s most luxurious resorts, the concert is followed by an alfresco adinner amidst acres of ancient oaks.
The brightest new star on the percussion scene, Mitya Nilov makes his Festival Napa Valley is the first percussionist in 15 years to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition (2018). Celebrated for his distinctive musical voice, sensitivity and dynamic stage presence, he has appeared in some of the world’s top concert halls, including the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall, and the New World Center in Miami.
The magical underground caves of Rombauer Vineyards will be the site of today’s Vintners Luncheon. Hosted by second-generation family member KR Rombauer, the event will begin with a stroll through Rombauer’s picturesque hillside garden, which features over 100 species of plants and whimsical works of art from the collection of Koerner Rombauer. Wine glasses in hand, guests will meander through Rombauer’s network of caves where the winery’s aromatic barreled-down vintages are stored. There they will be treated to a feast prepared by Calistoga Inn & Restaurant, featuring seasonal and farm-fresh foods paired with Rombauer’s critically-acclaimed wines. Selections will include wines from Rombauer’s Classic, Single Vineyard and Proprietor Selection Reserve portfolios as well as library wines. This is a rare opportunity to experience Rombauer Vineyards’ legendary hospitality and to share in the winery’s Joy of Wine.
The distinguished American composer and pianist John Musto, known for his songs, chamber music, operas, and Emmy Award-winning soundtracks, joins fellow pianist and opera director Michael Barrett and a cast of stellar singers in the beautiful courtyard of Castello di Amorosa.
Tonight’s dinner is set in an iconic Napa Valley venue. Patrons will dine on innovative, seasonal cuisine, paired with boutique wines.
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.
V. Sattui Winery, the stunning family-owned property located in the heart of the Napa Valley, hosts tonight’s exquisite evening of food and wine. Named after owner Dario Sattui’s great grandfather, who started the family business more than 130 years ago after making his way to the US from his home in Genoa, V. Sattui is a classic setting reminiscent of the age-old wineries of France and Italy. The sprawling estate is surrounded by manicured gardens, lawns, giant oak trees and 35 acres of vineyards.
Vines never lie. If the land is healthy and well cared for, so too will be the fruit borne of it. St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery believes in that vital truth of terroir. That’s why they have dedicated over 500 acres of their vinelands in Rutherford and Dollarhide Ranch, and the process of turning that fruit into wine, to Napa Valley Green certification. Each of St. Supéry’s bottles carries the Napa Green logo, signifying that they take good land stewardship and winemaking seriously.
“A long time ago…” (about 40 years), Star Wars: A New Hope changed the face of cinema and our culture, inspiring audiences around the world. Get ready for a thrilling sensory experience when Star Wars Live comes to the Lincoln Theater.
Today’s intimate luncheon is prepared by famed farm-to-table chef Chris Cosentino, well known to the Bay Area via his celebrated eatery Incanto and to the world for winning the mantel of Top Chef Master on the hit television show. Guests will dine on an unforgettable meal paired with exquisite wines, while perched on top of a hill, embraced by vineyards and a dancing creek.
The festival continues its focus on artistic exploration and discovery in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. The adventurous Los Angeles-based company, Diavolo | Architecture in Motion – renowned for combining contemporary dance with martial arts, acrobatics, hip hop and elaborate set design – performs two inspiring works: Voyage, about a trip to the moon, and Trajectoire, a voyage of destiny and destination.
The Terlato family, icons of the Napa winemaking scene for generations, acquired Chimney Rock Winery in 2004, and then took this jewel and polished it to shine – as only a winery with the good stock of the famed Stags Leap District AVA can.
It was over a few glasses of Cabernet Sauvignon, surrounded by the stunning scenery of Napa Valley, that founders founders Jim Borsack and Duffy Keys realized they had a shared goal: to create complex, perfectly balanced, artisanal wines. And, along with winemaker Kirk Venge (named “One of the Top 20 New Winemakers in the World” by Food & Wine magazine), they did just that. Guests at today’s Patron Dinner will experience B Cellars’ superb wines paired with a gourmet meal by estate chef Derick Kuntz, in the dramatic Grand Salon Wine Cave.
Silicon Valley’s sensational all-girls choir makes its Festival debut in this Bouchaine Young Artists concert. Winners of the 2018 Grand Prize at the Eighth International Robert Schumann Choral Competition, iSing is an ambitious choral program that trains local young female singers in musicianship as well as in community involvement and leadership – aiming to change the world through song.
The Castellucci family hosts today’s afternoon of elegant Italian hospitality at their beautiful home in Rutherford. Lunch will be prepared by the ace culinary team at Meadowood and will be complemented by Castellucci’s delicious single-vineyard wines, crafted by winemaking veteran Jac Cole.
The Festival’s closing concert reaches for the stars 50 years to the day after Apollo 11 landed on the moon and astronaut Neil Armstrong took “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
What better place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing than in front of Quintessa’s awe-inspiring, crescent-shaped winery? Nestled into the contours of the rustic hillside, Quintessa is a marvel of architectural design—effectively marrying form and function, and enhancing the natural beauty of the landscape.
Your feet won’t be able to stay still when YouTube sensation and star of Postmodern Jukebox, Robyn Adele Anderson, belts out her sassy interpretations of modern hits in this private concert that is the coda for Festival Napa Valley’s 2019 Season. What better way to end the 10 best days of summer?