Saturday, July 20  |  5:30PM

Song to the Moon: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Landing at Lincoln Theater Andriana Chuchman, Festival Orchestra NAPA, Festival Napa Valley Volti Chorale, Joel Revzen, conductor

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.” This multimedia concert is hosted by esteemed NASA Astronaut Donald Pettit, a veteran of three spaceflights. With Pettit’s spectacular space photographs projected above them, Festival Orchestra Napa performs Gustav Holst’s captivating 1918 celestial masterpiece, The Planets, and accompanies Canadian soprano Andriana Chuchman in Antonin Dvorak’s aria, Song to the Moon. The program also features Gordon Getty’s beautiful choral piece, The Old Man in the Night and the opening of Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, immortalized in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Pettit will also participate in a pre-concert talk, where he will share his experiences traveling to space.

Festival Orchestra NAPA's appearance made possible through a generous gift from Tatiana and Gerret Copeland, proprietors of Bouchaine Vineyards

Andriana Chuchman and the Festival Napa Valley Volti Chorale both appear as part of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series

Sponsored by Twin Dolphin Los Cabos

Special thanks to Harvest Inn

Performers

Andriana Chuchman
Andriana Chuchman

Soprano Andriana Chuchman has appeared at countless international opera houses and concert halls. A graduate of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center and San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, her many accolades include the Opera Theater of St. Louis’s Mabel Dorn Reeder Award and a Sullivan Foundation Encouragement Award.

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Joel Revzen
Joel Revzen

Joel Revzen is an award-winning conductor who leads symphony and opera performances throughout North America and Europe and who recently made his Metropolitan Opera conducting debut, leading performances of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. He has served as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for Classical Tahoe since its founding in 2012.

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Festival Orchestra NAPA
Festival Orchestra NAPA

Centered around a core of musicians from New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra led by concertmaster Laura Hamilton and conductor Joel Revzen, Festival Orchestra NAPA includes hand-picked musicians from the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Dallas Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, among others.

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Festival Napa Valley Volti Chorale
Festival Napa Valley Volti Chorale

Festival Napa Valley Volti Chorale is a 36-member chorus made up primarily of singers from Volti, one of the leading professional vocal ensembles in the United States. Under the direction of Robert Geary since its founding in 1979, Volti has a primary purpose of performing contemporary American music, and has commissioned and premiered over 100 new works.

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Donald Pettit
Donald Pettit

Donald R. Pettit was selected by NASA in 1996. A veteran of three spaceflights, Pettit served as NASA Science Officer for Expedition 6 in 2003, operated the robotic arm for STS-126 in 2008 and served as a Flight Engineer for Expedition 30/31 in 2012, where he lived aboard the International Space Station for more than 6 months.

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Venue

First Republic Bank Stage at Lincoln Theater

The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater is a comprehensive performing arts center dedicated to the cultural and artistic wellbeing of the Napa Valley.  From presenting world-renowned artists and producing Symphony Napa Valley, to creating and sustaining arts education and access programs in schools and at our theater, the Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that nurtures the artists and audiences of tomorrow, while sustaining a more vibrant and engaged community today.
First Republic Bank Stage at Lincoln Theater