Music in the Vineyards - Chamber Music Festival - Wine Country, Napa Valley
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august 4 - 27, 2017
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Esterhazy Society

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The Esterhazy Society Concerts

For the past several years, a good part of the annual support for Music in the Vineyards has come from a major fundraising event, or gala, replete with live auction. This year we asked ourselves might there be a better way? Could we offer our donors an opportunity more in keeping with our mission — which is to present great chamber music in intimate Napa Valley settings.

These concerts are our answer. By joining The Esterhazy Society (named after Haydn’s great patron), you will receive admission to exclusive Estate Concerts. These private musical and culinary gatherings take place during our season in two beautiful estates in the Napa Valley. Here is your chance to be treated like royalty while ensuring the future success of Music in the Vineyards. We look forward to seeing you there.

Membership of the Society starts at $500 per person for each concert. For support levels, please give us a call at (707) 258-5559, or see the image at the bottom of the page.



Saturday, July 30th  |  5:00pm  |  The Hills Estate

The Sara and Austin Hills Estate, Box Canyon, Stag's Leap District

Usher in a beautiful summer evening by enjoying a classical Italian-themed concert. Charm, lightness, and optimism describe both the music on this program and the playing of the fabulous Escher Quartet, on display in this sunny quartet of Mendelssohn.  Presented in an exquisite 18th century paneled and painted European salon, purchased by the Hills from the De Young Museum.


Pugnani: Duo for Two Violins
Boccherini: Quintet for Strings in C
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in D, op. 44 no. 1

The Escher Quartet
Violin: Adam Barnett-Hart, Aaron Boyd
Viola: Pierre Lapointe
Cello: Brook Speltz
Violin: Amy Schwartz Moretti
Cello: Anthony Ross
Clarinet: Burt Hara

A buffet dinner follows on the lawn looking out on the red and ochre volcanic walls of Box Canyon. Wines by Grgich Hills.


Sunday, August 14th  |  11:00am  |  The Niemann Estate

The Barbara and Donald Niemann Estate at Lake Hennessey

Greet the morning in this contemporary limestone-faced home, designed by the late Andrew Batey. In this concert a cello sonata by a young Samuel Barber, composed as he was finishing his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, is paired with Schumann’s masterful piano quartet, written at the height of his compositional genius. Both pieces feature the Niemann’s exceptional Bösendorfer piano.

Barber: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Schumann: Quartet for Piano and Strings
Mark O’Connor: F.C.’s Jig


Violin: Kerry McDermott
Viola: Paul Neubauer
Cello: Nicholas Canellakis
Piano: Michael Brown

Following the concert, a brunch featuring sparkling wines from Domaine Carneros will be served on a terrace overlooking the pool and lake.




Net proceeds to benefit the Gail and Harry Adams Resident Artists Fund