Robert Redford will narrate Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” as part of an evening of music, food and wine July 21 that benefits the Redford Center, the Bay Area forum that aspires to unleash the transformative power of the arts to inspire social change.
The event is part of this year’s Festival del Sole, which takes place July 17-25 and features classical concerts, dinners and other activities.
The July 21 benefit begins at 6:30 p.m. with a concert at Castello di Amorosa, Dario Sattui’s Tuscan castle and winery. Chad Hoopes, a 14-year old wunderkind violinist and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas under the baton of Alondra de la Parra, will perform Vivaldi’s popular work.
The concert is followed by dinner under the stars with Agustin and Valeria Huneeus at their home on the grounds of Quintessa winery. The featured wines will be the 2008 Illumination sauvignon blanc and the 2006 Quintessa.
Each year, Napa Valley Festival del Sole dedicates a portion of the proceeds from performances to nonprofit causes. Previous beneficiaries include the Napa Valley Land Trust and Napa Valley Youth Symphony.
“Napa Valley Festival del Sole has found a great partner in the Redford Center,” said Festival Director Richard Walker. “The Festival lauds the Redford Center’s commitment to using the arts to address critical civil, environmental and social issues. We are pleased to have the opportunity to support this important mission.”
This year’s roster of artists for the fourth Festival del Sole includes Renée Fleming, Sarah Chang, Antonio Pappano, Conrad Tao, Alondra de la Parra, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Leif Ove Andsnes, Nina Kotova, Nikolaj Znaider, and Anoushirvan Rohani.
Participating wineries and venues include Dominus Estate, Palmaz Vineyards, Far Niente, Darioush, Quintessa, Rudd Vineyards and Winery, Napa Valley Reserve, Robert Mondavi Winery, Signorello Vineyards, Hall Napa Valley, Luna Vineyards, Round Pond Estate, Seven Stones Winery, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Clos Pegase, Avia Napa, Quent Cordair Fine Art and The Orchard at the Carneros inn.
A visual arts exhibition focusing on California art, history and culture from the collections of the Society of California Pioneers and the Napa Valley Museum will be on view at the Napa Valley Museum.
The Festival’s Bouchaine Young Artist Series provides performance opportunities for emerging musicians and musicians in training, and features free performances by young artists at Jarvis Conservatory and other venues throughout Napa Valley.
Festival del Sole
When: July 21
Tickets: From $75-$125, includes a reception, prime seats for the concert and the post-concert dinner at Quintessa, are $750.
Details: Call 888-FDS-NAPA (337-6272); or www.fdsnapa.org.