What’s Happening: Festival Napa Valley announces 2018 summer lineup

Headline artists include superstar violinist Joshua Bell, 10-time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval, Broadway legend Lea Salonga, opera sensation Michael Fabiano, the San Francisco Ballet, and a rare appearance by Grupo Compay Segundo from Havana

Joshua Bell to perform at Festival Napa Valley
Joshua Bell Joshua Bell Photo credit: Marc Hom With a career spanning more than thirty years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era.

One of Stark Insider’s favorite events of the year has some news to share. Festival Napa Valley has taken the wraps off their 2018 summer lineup… and it looks like another smash.

Now in its 13th season, Festival Napa Valley is scheduled to run July 20-29, 2018.

Once again, look for world a wide range of musical performances, concerts alongside arts education programs.

Joshua Bell, Lea Salonga, Nadine Sierra, Bryan Hymel, Lisa Delan, and Morgan James are just a handful of artists scheduled to perform in iconic Napa Valley settings.

“With the introduction of three new concert series and a summer music camp, Festival Napa Valley 2018 is the most dynamic season we have presented to date,” said Richard Walker, President & CEO. “The range of music styles, venues and price options makes it possible for everyone to enjoy Festival Napa Valley.”

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July 20-29, 2018
Napa Valley

July 18 and 19 – Festival Live! Chamber Series debuts with twelve free concerts in locations throughout Napa Valley

July 20 – Soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor Bryan Hymel kick things off with a dazzling Opening Night celebration at Meadowood with the festival’s Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra under Joel Revzen

July 21– Grupo Compay Segundo from Havana, founded by members of the Buena Vista Social Club, celebrates Trefethen Family Vineyards’ 50th anniversary

July 22 – A special Sunday at the Symphony concert honoring first responders features the Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra conducted by Martin West and soprano Lisa Delan

July 23 – Broadway legend Lea Salonga performs in an intimate cabaret setting at Raymond Vineyards

July 23 and 24 – The highly anticipated Grand Cru Piano Series debuts with the 2017 Gold Medal winners of the Van Cliburn, Beethoven (Vienna), and Montreal International Piano Competitions

July 24, 26 and 28 – The Bouchaine Young Artist Series presents three admission-free concerts featuring classical stars of tomorrow

July 25 – 10-time Grammy winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, headlines Jazz @ the Castello

July 26 – World Premieres! Joshua Bell performs John Corigliano’s complete Academy Award-winning score to The Red Violin with the remastered film, live with symphony orchestra conducted by Michael Stern

July 27 – Festival Premieres series debuts with a new arrangement of John Corigliano’s Pied Piper Fantasy, with Maxim Rubtsov as soloist and members of the Russian National Orchestra and the San Francisco Ballet returns to Napa for the popular Dede Wilsey Dance Gala

July 28 – The festival celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with music from West Side Story and other Bernstein works, featuring tenor Michael Fabiano, soprano Larisa Martínez, and Festival Orchestra NAPA under Lawrence Foster

July 29 – The season closes with a private concert by singer-songwriter Morgan James at Alpha Omega, and a grand finale performance by the Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra conducted by Ming Luke at Napa Valley College

In keeping with Festival Napa Valley’s goal of making the arts accessible, over 6,000 tickets will be distributed free to seniors, veterans and families.

The complete schedule be found here on the Festival Napa Valley web site. Tickets for single concerts start at $39, with more encompassing “Patron Experiences” starting at $850.

Stark Insider hopes to see you in Napa Valley this summer!

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