Gloria Estefan, Bill Murray, Joshua Bell, Stéphane Denève and André Watts and the Havana Chamber Orchestra are among the artists taking part in Festival Napa Valley on July 14–23.
The 2017 season will present nearly 60 entertainment, and food and wine events at 30 venues over 10 days.
Highlights of the upcoming festival include an Opening Night Gala at Meadowood Napa Valley with opera stars Danielle de Niese and Lucas Meachem and dinner paired with Napa Valley wines and A Taste of Napa, a festival signature event that showcases 80 local wineries, restaurants, chefs and products.
Seven-time Grammy Award winner Gloria Estefan will headline the Arts for All Gala at Hall St. Helena benefiting Napa County public school arts education and the festival’s free and affordable community programming.
Actor Bill Murray, making his first appearance at Festival Napa Valley, will join cellist Jan Vogler and friends for the U. S. premiere of “New Worlds,” an encounter between great music and great literature at the Lincoln Theater.
Violinist Joshua Bell returns to Napa to conduct the Havana Chamber Orchestra, pianist Aldo López-Gavilán, and other special guests in Seasons of Cuba, a special evening under the stars at Far Niente. López-Gavilán and friends will also perform at”Hot Havana Nights, an evening of Cuban jazz, food and wine at Blue Note Napa.
Pianist André Watts headlines a concert featuring music from Bernstein’s “On the Town” and the Napa premiere of Gordon Getty’s “Young America,” with Festival Orchestra Napa and Volti Chorus conducted by Joel Revzen.
The San Francisco Ballet will return to perform contemporary and classic works in the annual Dance Gala.
Lester Lynch and Angel Blue will sing highlights from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” accompanied by Festival Orchestra Napa under the baton of Joel Revzen. Festival Orchestra Napa, an ensemble of musicians from New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and other top orchestras, returns for a second season.
Free performances include Sunday at the Symphony, a multimedia concert at Lincoln Theater, and a performance at Napa Valley College by the Napa Regional Dance Company and the Bouchaine Young Artist Series, with concerts by the Havana Chamber Orchestra, guitarist Jiji and pianist Nikolay Khozyainov at the Jarvis Conservatory.
For the complete schedule and program details, visit festivalnapavalley.org.
The festival also includes the 5k and 10k SunRun through Yountville to support arts education in Napa County public schools. Individual registration is $35, and team registration starts at $250.
Festival Napa Valley offers a range of pass options.
— Free Performance Pass: Enjoy admission-free access to five performances—Sunday at the Symphony, the Community Concert featuring Napa Regional Dance Company, and the Bouchaine Young Artist Series at Jarvis Conservatory. Reservations are required.
— Lincoln Theater Concert Pass: For classical, opera, jazz and dance performances at the Lincoln Theater. Concert passes start at $45.
— Allegro Pass: Designed for young professionals and the young at heart, the Allegro Pass includes premium concert seating and Allegro Lounge access, and After Partie. Solo Allegro Pass (a la carte Lincoln Theater evenings) is $169. The Quattro Allegro Pass (all four Lincoln Theater evenings) is $549.
— Patron Pass: Whether for a single day, a weekend, or the entire festival, Patron Pass includes vintner’s luncheons, winery dinners and other events. Additional benefits include prime concert seating, valet parking, and concierge services. All Patron Passes include a tax-deductible donation. The evening patron pass starts at $850; all-day patron pass, $1,000; opening or closing weekend patron pass, $3,000; five-day super pass $5,500 and the all-access festival passport at $10,000.
To purchase passes, visit the website, festivalnapavalley.org, call 888-337-6272 or visit the Festival Box Office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, 1850 Soscol Ave., Suite 205, Napa.
Festival Napa Valley 2017 Event Hosts include Alpha Omega, Auberge du Soleil, B Cellars, Blue Note Napa, Bouchaine Vineyards, Castellucci, Calistoga Ranch, CIA at Copia, Darioush, Far Niente, Green Music Center, HALL St. Helena, Jarvis Conservatory, Lincoln Theater, Meadowood Napa Valley, Napa Valley College, Promontory, Quintessa, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Swanson Family Estate, Trefethen Family Vineyards, and Zakin Family Estate.