The summer of 2023 will be memorable, thanks to the lineup Festival Napa Valley has announced. Some of the biggest names in music will perform during the Festival, which takes place from July 8 to July 23. These artists include Carrie Underwood, Matteo Bocelli, Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Lucas Meachem, and Time for Three.
The Festival offers two free summer training programs: the Frost School at Festival Napa Valley's Blackburn Music Academy, which focuses on orchestral and chamber music, and the Manetti Shrem Opera Program, which teaches singers.
Highlights of Festival Napa Valley 2023 include Eight-time GRAMMY® winner Carrie Underwood will perform at the Arts for All Gala, which raises money for arts education and the Festival's community programs at Nickel and Nickel. In addition, an elegant dinner prepared by Michelin-star chef Charlie Palmer will be served with fine wines from the Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel families.
The Festival Orchestra is playing on the first night. In Napa, guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas plays Joaquin Rodrigo's famous Concierto de Aranjuez, pianist Alexander Malofeev plays Piano Concerto No. 2 in honor of Rachmaninoff's 150th birthday, and this year's Maria Manetti Shrem performs. In addition, Yang Bao, who won the Daniel Brewbaker Composer Prize, is presenting a world performance.
Matteo Bocelli in a Power of Music shows with the Festival Orchestra Napa, led by Eugene Kohn.
The GRAMMY® winning group Time for Three will play its first Festival Napa Valley show in 2023.
Festival Napa Valley Dance Gala: Reunited in Dance is directed by Xander Parish and features Ukrainian and Russian dance soloists forced to leave their homes because of the war.
Gordon Getty's Annie Laurie and his massive cantata Joan and the Bells were played for the first time worldwide. Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Getty's famous full-length opera film, will be shown at Cameo Cinema.
Lera Auerbach's Symphony No. 6, Vessels of Light, was played for the first time in Northern California by cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper. It was dedicated to Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese official who saved thousands of Jewish refugees during WWII.
Donizetti's Don Pasquale will be performed at the Manetti Shrem Opera in 2023. It will be directed by Jean-Romain Vesperini and conducted by Constantine Orbelian. It will feature baritones Lucas Meachem and Alexey Lavrov, soprano Serena Sáenz, tenor Xabier Anduaga, and Manetti Shrem Summer Vocal Conservatory students.
Taste of Napa is the most extensive food, wine, and music festival in Napa Valley. It takes place at The Meritage Resort and Spa.
The Frost School of Music All-Stars will play music by Mancini and Gershwin at the Festival Napa Valley Stage at Charles Krug.
Join renowned flutist Jennifer Grim in conversation as she shares her inspiring life story following a four-course gourmet dinner paired with a specially curated selection of wines.
Kaiser Permanente Thrive Community Concerts at the Festival Napa Valley Stage at Charles Krug Winery are free to attend.
Festival Live! is free to get into every day. In addition, festival Napa Valley's Blackburn Music Academy will have concerts with people from the Frost School of Music.
Festival Napa Valley 2023 will be held at ADAMVS, Alpha Omega, B Cellars, Beringer Vineyards, Bouchaine Vineyards, Cameo Cinema, Castello di Amorosa, Charles Krug, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia, Dana Estates, Darioush, Duckhorn Vineyards, Frank Family Vineyards, HALL St. Helena, The Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa Valley College, Nickel & Nickel.
Performances occur 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 wineries, resorts, and estates all over Napa Valley. In addition, a limited number of Patron Passes give access to special events. Taste of Napa tickets cost $150 for general entry and $295 to enter the reserve salon.
Visit www.festivalnapavalley.org to see the complete list of events and buy tickets or passes.
About Festival Napa Valley
Festival Napa Valley celebrates the power of music to enrich, uplift, and inspire in ways that nothing else can. For 17 years, Napa's biggest Festival has brought international stars and up-and-coming artists to Napa Valley's most famous venues for free or cheap concerts that people have seen worldwide. Festival Napa Valley builds a strong, healthy, and involved community through inspiring education programs for kids, families, and seniors, two tuition-free summer academies for vocalists and instrumentalists, and scholarships for talented students. www.festivalnapavalley.org