Private Work-in-Progress Film Screening, followed by a live performance
With Ilmar Gavilán, violin and Aldo López-Gavilán, piano
Festival Napa Valley hosts a private preview of Los Hermanos/The Brothers, a powerful upcoming public television documentary about brothers Ilmar Gavilán and Aldo López-Gavilán. Violinist Ilmar was a teenager when he left Cuba in the 1980s to perform with orchestras in Moscow, Spain, Los Angeles, and finally New York. His younger brother Aldo, a child prodigy and virtuoso classical and jazz pianist, chose to make his life on the island nation he loved. Both men soared in their careers. Restrained by embargoes, travel bans, and finances, the brothers rarely saw each other and shelved their aspirations of playing together professionally. Then in 2015 a diplomatic thaw made their dream a reality.
The Brothers tracks Ilmar and Aldo’s parallel lives, heartfelt reunion, and momentous performances together on stages in Cuba and across the U.S. This documentary film – part road movie, part family drama, part musical, offers a nuanced, often startling view of estranged nations through the lens of music, and an intensely moving, personal perspective on an unending geopolitical conflict whose next stage remains unknown.
This invitation-only screening is followed by a performance featuring the film’s two stars: Aldo and Ilmar, a Q&A with directors Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider of PatchWorks Films, and an elegant reception at Silverado Resort and Spa.
Silverado Resort and Spa
Silverado Resort and Spa is a luxury resort in the heart of Napa Valley Wine Country. The soothing, full-service spa sets the stage for relaxing comfort, offering massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and more. But there’s more to Silverado Resort and Spa than just soothing stays. Two PGA championship golf courses, overseen by World Golf Hall of Fame member, lead golf analyst for NBC Sports, and resort co-owner Johnny Miller; 13 lighted tennis courts; and biking and hiking trails on-site ensure excitement at every corner. The fine and casual dining within the resort’s restaurants pair nicely with local wines. The elegant styling and picturesque Northern California views make it one of the most sought after wedding venue destinations as well.