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Festival Napa Valley Announces 2024 Summer Season

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Lionel Richie, Pretty Yende, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Ray Chen and Time for Three Among More than 100 International Stars and Emerging Talent Featured in Festival Napa Valley’s 2024 Summer Season, July 6-21 

Highlights include tributes to Sophia Loren and Henry Mancini, opera, dance, jazz, film, classics, a grand tasting of food and wine, and more than 60 concerts and events at iconic venues throughout Napa Valley

Napa, California (March 13, 2024) – Festival Napa Valley, recognized for transforming California wine country into a cultural destination, has announced the lineup for its 2024 Summer Season, July 6 – 21. Featuring innovative classical, jazz, contemporary, opera, and dance productions paired with Napa Valley’s unparalleled food, wine, and hospitality, the 2024 lineup offers something for all budgets, ranging from daily admission-free concerts to the Festival’s renowned Patron experience.

“We present dazzling talent on spectacular stages surrounded by the incomparable beauty of Napa Valley,” said Festival President & CEO Richard Walker. “It’s a one-of-a-kind experience and a highlight of the year for guests and artists, both returning and new.”

“We welcome locals and visitors to enjoy the best days of summer,” added Robin Baggett, Chairman of the nonprofit Festival’s Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to provide exceptional programming and food and wine events that showcase the very best of Napa Valley.”

Festival Napa Valley 2024 Summer Season highlights (visit FestivalNapaValley.org to view the full schedule and purchase tickets or passes):

  • International superstar Lionel Richie headlines the Arts for All Gala, benefiting arts education and the Festival’s community programs, with an elegant dinner prepared by chef Elliot Bell paired with single vineyard wines provided by Nickel & Nickel Winery at their historic farmstead property 
  • Maria Manetti Celebrates La Dolce Vita honoring screen legend Sophia Loren, with a screening of her iconic films and a performance featuring Loren’s grandson Vittorio Ponti on piano in his festival debut and the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra conducted by Carlo Ponti
  • Mancini at 100 with Monica Mancini, Shelly Berg, Gregg Field and The Frost School of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra
  • Uytengsu Family Opening Night with Festival Orchestra Napa conducted by Carlo Montanaro, soprano Pretty Yende, tenor Jonathan Tetelman, and pianist Yang Bao in an Opus One Premieres performance 
  • Grand Cru Classics with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and violinist Ray Chen in an Olivia Decker Power of Music concert with Festival Orchestra Napa conducted by Filippo Ciabatti
  • GRAMMY-winning string and vocal ensemble Time for Three performing Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’ concerto, Contact.
  • High energy contemporary dance group BODYTRAFFIC returns to Festival Napa Valley for the annual Dance Gala
  • Vocal Fantastique featuring Manetti Shrem Summer Conservatory Vocalists in favorite opera scenes and composer Gordon Getty’s Old Man Trilogy featuring Volti Chorale, with Festival Orchestra Napa conducted by Ming Luke
  • Art song recital featuring soprano Lisa Delan, pianist Kevin Korth and clarinetist David Barnett, with a world premiere by composer Jake Heggie
  • An innovative Manetti Shrem Opera production of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio conducted by Carlo Montanaro and directed by Jean-Romain Vesperini, with soprano Brenda Rae, tenor Michele Angelini, Bass David Soar and Volti Chorale
  • Taste of Napa, Festival Napa Valley’s signature celebration of food, wine and music at The Meritage Resort and Spa
  • Young Original, bringing fresh energy to the Great American Songbook at CIA at Copia in a double bill performance with singer-songwriter Matt Costa, and at Alpha Omega
  • Daily admission-free Festival Live! concerts with participants from the Frost School of Music at Festival Napa Valley’s Blackburn Music Academy
  • Three Bouchaine Young Artist concerts featuring violinist Geneva Lewis, pianist Daniela Liebman, and harpist Alisa Sadikova 
  • Two admission-free, family-friendly Novack Concerts for Kids 
  • Upon a Day book release author event with composer and poet Gordon Getty
  • Kaiser Permanente Thrive Community Concerts presented on the Festival Napa Valley Stage at Charles Krug
  • Festival Napa Valley’s Official Jeweler, Pomellato, will present its 2024 High Jewelry Collection, with additional luxury brands showcased during Summer Season including a collection by St. John

Festival Napa Valley 2024 Venue and Event Hosts include ADAMVS, Alila Napa Valley, Alpha Omega, Antinori Napa Valley, Bella Union Winery, Bouchaine Vineyards, Castello di Amorosa, Charles Krug, Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia, Davis Estates, Del Dotto Estate Winery, The Donum Estate, Freemark Abbey Winery, HALL St. Helena, The Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa Valley College, Nickel & Nickel, ONEHOPE Winery, Raymond Vineyards, Spottswoode Winery, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Sterling Vineyards, Tamber Bey Vineyards, St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery, Tre Posti, and Turnbull Wine Cellars.

Performances take place on the Festival Napa Valley Stage at Charles Krug in St. Helena, the Ecolab Theatre and Jackson Family Wines Amphitheater at CIA at Copia in Napa, Nickel & Nickel in Oakville, and at wineries, resorts, and estates throughout Napa Valley. Concert tickets are priced from free to $35.  Taste of Napa general admission tickets range from $125 to $295. Patron Passes start at $1,550, with limited quantities available. 

Festival Napa Valley 2024 Premier sponsors are Bouchaine Vineyards, Kaiser Permanente/Thrive, Audi, Opus One, Pomellato, and The Meritage Resort and Spa. 2024 Performance partners include Charles Krug, the Culinary Institute of America at Copia, Frost School at Festival Napa Valley, Meyer Sound, and Napa Valley College.

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Festival Napa Valley celebrates music’s unmatched power to uplift and inspire. Napa Valley’s flagship festival presents international stars and emerging talent during the summer season in Napa and year-round on iconic stages in the Bay Area and beyond. With inspiring education programs for youth and seniors, tuition-free academies for vocalists and instrumentalists, and scholarships for talented students, Festival Napa Valley plays a vital part in creating a thriving, healthy, and engaged community. Visit www.festivalnapavalley.org.

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