July 26  |  6:00PM

World Premiere! Joshua Bell Performs The Red Violin with Live Orchestra

Arguably the world’s most famous violinist, Joshua Bell returns to Festival Napa Valley to perform the beautiful music he recorded for the Academy Award-winning 1998 film, The Red Violin. Audiences will enjoy a truly immersive experience: watching the gripping film on screen while, for the first time, Bell performs composer John Corigliano’s lush, Oscar-winning score in its entirety with orchestra.

The Red Violin follows a mysterious antique violin as it travels through four centuries, impacting all who come in contact with it — from its creation by a legendary violinmaker in 1681 Cremona, Italy — to a present-day auction house, where it draws the eye of an expert appraiser (played by Samuel L. Jackson). Festival Orchestra NAPA performs with Bell under the baton of esteemed conductor Michael Stern. Making tonight’s concert particularly special is the appearance of the film’s director, Canadian filmmaker François Girard, and Corigliano, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year.

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Performers

Joshua Bell
Joshua Bell

With a career spanning more than thirty years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era, and has frequently been a featured artist at Festival Napa Valley. 

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John Corigliano
John Corigliano

Winner of an Oscar for Best Original Music Score for The Red Violin and multiple Grammy Awards, John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work that any composer has created over the past forty years.

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Michael Stern
Michael Stern

Conductor Michael Stern is in his thirteenth season as Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony and eighteenth season as Founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the IRIS Orchestra, both of which have been hailed for their artistic ascent and original programming, and acclaimed recordings.

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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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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