As spring turns to summer, and the rain has finally passed, there’s no better time to awaken the sense and soak up the sun than during a leisurely sojourn through the verdant hills and vales of the wine country. This year, July 14-23, Festival Napa Valley returns for its 12th consecutive run. A summer affair that conjures the ultimate in wine, cuisine and vulture, it is one of the most coveted events of the season for those near and far.
With “New Worlds,” Mr. Murray is pushing further into surprise territory. The program has him singing Stephen Foster’s “Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair” and songs from “West Side Story,” and reading Whitman and Hemingway while Mr. Vogler’s trio — which includes Mira Wang, his wife, on violin, and Vanessa Perez at the piano — plays Schubert, Bach and Piazzolla. It will have its United States premiere at Festival Napa Valley in California on July 20, followed by a North American tour that will come to Carnegie Hall on Oct. 16. [Download PDF]
Festival Napa Valley introduces a tuition-free music academy for emerging professional musicians as part of its 2017 summer season. The Academy will welcome 60 musicians representing many of the country’s most esteemed conservatories and music schools.
If the image of actor Bill Murray reading aloud from Breakfast at Tiffany’s while accompanied by chamber music sounds like a delightful hallucination, then it’s time to wake up to the dreamy reality that is Festival Napa Valley. From July 14 through 23, the annual confluence of culture treats locals and visitors alike to a 10-day medley of fine dining, exclusive tastings, and memorable performances within California’s renowned winegrowing region.
Though each of the ten evening events at Festival 2016 was extraordinary, the one honoring Margrit Mondavi at the Far Niente Winery was to journalist Jeanne Lawrence the most extraordinary of all. [Download PDF]
"Like a fine wine, Sophia Loren just gets better with age! 'When you are 20 years old, you don't think you will turn 80, but when you do, you still can't believe it,' notes the timeless beauty, 81, who wowed guests when she attended a gala thrown at the Far Niente Winery in Oakville, Calif., on July 23."