Saturday, July 13  |  7:00PM

Sheku Kanneh-Mason with the Havana Chamber Orchestra at Far Niente Daiana García, conductor

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. Kanneh-Mason performs some of the same pieces he played at the royal wedding, under the baton of renowned conductor Daiana García, and accompanied by the superb Havana Chamber Orchestra, who return to Festival Napa Valley by popular demand.

The festivities begin at Far Niente’s Cabernet Grill, where guests will enjoy Far Niente’s Chardonnay, as well as that of Russian River Pinot darling, EnRoute.

 

Havana Chamber Orchestra appearance made possible with generous support
from Lawrence and Gorretti Lui.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason's appears as part of the Bouchaine Young Artist Series

Special thanks to Westin Verasa Napa and Archer Hotel

 

Performers

Sheku Kanneh-Mason
Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, one of the brightest young stars on the classical music scene, became a household name worldwide in May 2018 after performing at the Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle, which was watched by nearly two billion people around the globe.

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Daiana García
Daiana García

Daiana García has conducted all of the symphony orchestras of Cuba, in the country’s most important venues. Since 2011, she has been music director of the Havana Chamber Orchestra, and since 2004, she has regularly conducted the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, for which she is now the assistant conductor.

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Havana Chamber Orchestra
Havana Chamber Orchestra

The Havana Chamber Orchestra is composed of young musicians who graduated from the Higher Institute of Art in Cuba. Since 2011, the HCO has been conducted by Daiana García. Festival Napa Valley is thrilled to welcome the HCO and García back to Napa following their exciting performances in 2017.

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Venue

Far Niente

Established in 1885, Napa Valley’s Far Niente winery prospered until the onset of Prohibition in 1919, when the winery ceased operation and the buildings and estate were abandoned. Sixty years later, in 1979, the old stone shell of a winery underwent a three-year renovation, which restored the building to its original, 19th century grandeur. During restoration the name, “Far Niente,” which romantically translated means “without a care,” was found carved in stone on the front of the building. Now on the National Register of Historic Places and 100 percent solar powered, Far Niente produces Napa Valley estate bottled Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines that are renowned for their consistent house style and ability to evolve with extended age.
 
Far Niente