“Festival Napa Valley” Returns for 17th Edition in July

California wine country’s “Festival Napa Valley” returns for its 17th season from July 8-23, 2023, with a range of music, food and wine events at venues throughout the region.

Admission to daytime concerts is free, including the daily “Festival Live!” series, the “Bouchaine Young Artist” series, and the family-friendly “Novack Concerts for Kids.” The festival will also offer two free pre-professional summer training programs: the Frost School at Festival Napa Valley’s Blackburn Music Academy for orchestral and chamber music, and the Manetti Shrem Opera Program for vocalists.

Festival Napa Valley 2023 highlights include:

  • Eight-time Grammy award-winner Carrie Underwood headlines the “Arts for All Gala” at Nickel and Nickel. Guests can enjoy dinner prepared by Michelin-star chef Charlie Palmer
  • Opening night with “Festival Orchestra Napa” features guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas, pianist Alexander Malofeev, and Yang Bao
  • Matteo Bocelli in concert with “Festival Orchestra Napa” conducted by Eugene Kohn, an “Olivia Decker Power of Music” concert
  • 2023 Grammy-winning trio Time for Three makes its “Festival Napa Valley” debut
  • “Festival Napa Valley Dance Gala” – “Reunited in Dance,” directed by Xander Parish, features Ukrainian and Russian ballet soloists displaced by the war
  • World premiere of Gordon Getty’s “Annie Laurie” and the presentation of his cantata “Joan and the Bells.” Screening of Getty’s feature-length opera film “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” at Cameo Cinema
  • Northern California premiere of Lera Auerbach’s “Symphony No. 6, Vessels of Light,” featuring cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, dedicated to Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Jewish refugees during WWII
  • Manetti Shrem Opera – Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” directed by Jean-Romain Vesperini, conducted by Constantine Orbelian
  • “Taste of Napa,” the festival’s signature celebration of food, wine and music at The Meritage Resort and Spa
  • “Jazz @ Charles Krug” featuring the Frost School of Music All-Stars performing at the Festival Napa Valley Stage at Charles Krug
  • “Women in the Arts Dinner” with celebrated flutist and professor Jennifer Grim at The Meritage Resort and Spa
  • Admission-free “Kaiser Permanente Thrive Community Concerts” at the Festival Napa Valley Stage
  • Daily “Festival Live!” concerts featuring participants from the Frost School of Music at Festival Napa Valley’s Blackburn Music Academy
  • Three “Bouchaine Young Artist Concerts” featuring siblings: violinists Hina and Fiona Khuong-Huu, twins Harper and Cole Randolph on viola and cello, and the Breshears String Quartet

Performances take place on the Festival Napa Valley Stage at Charles Krug in St. Helena, the Jackson Family Wines Amphitheater at CIA at Copia in Napa, Nickel & Nickel in Oakville, and at wineries, resorts and estates throughout Napa Valley. A limited number of patron passes are also available and provide access to special events including “Vintner’s Luncheons,” “Patron Dinners” and the “Arts for All Gala.” 

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