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Napa Valley Festival del Sole, returning for its ninth season from July 11-20, has announced that The Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, the only all Black and Latino orchestra in the world, will play its first West Coast performances as the festival's orchestra in residence for the 2014 season.

The Sphinx Symphony Orchestra is from the progressive Sphinx Organization, a nonprofit founded in 1996 by MacArthur Fellow and violinist Dr. Aaron Dworkin, a member of the Obama National Arts Policy Committee and President Obama's First Appointee to the National Council on the Arts. It reaches more than 20,000 young people and 2 million more through its educational and artistic programming.

Opening night of this year’s arts, wine, food and wellness extravaganza is an evening with violinist Joshua Bell, performing in the courtyard of the Tuscan-inspired castle winery, Castello di Amorosa, followed by a patron dinner in the winery’s barrel room and an Allegro Part. Although Bell usually plays in grand performance halls, this rare performance will be for 400 VIP and Allegro Pass holders.

The festival’s signature Dance Gala this year features a cast of principal dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Berlin StaatsBallett and National Ballet of Canada. The cast includes superstar Polina Semionova, a principal at the American Ballet Theatre.

Tickets and passes will go on sale in mid-March. or more information or to purchase tickets, visit FestivalDelSole.org or call 888-337-6272.

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