Music in the Vineyards - Chamber Music Festival - Wine Country, Napa Valley
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Please see below for a listing by date of our 22nd Festival Season Concerts and Events or click here to download our festival calendar. All of our concerts are held indoors. For a more comprehensive look at our 2016 program, you can also download a .pdf of our brochure by clicking here or on the image of the brochure cover to the right.

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22nd Season | September, 2016:

We did it.

Our 22nd season was filled to the brim with consumate music, fine wine, and bonding with new and old friends. It was an action-packed month, kicking off with Mozart and Brahms at the beautiful Freemark Abbey, and culminating with the Beethoven Cycle - a pinnacle achievement of chamber music - by the talented Ariel Quartet. We are filled with gratitude for our concertgoers, supporters, donors, and all of the wonderful musicians who helped make our 22nd season such a success! Thanks to all of you who made it possible! We look forward to welcoming you back next year for our 23rd season in 2017.

 


 22nd Season | July, 2016:

Dear Friends,

It is with great pride that Music in the Vineyards announces our 22nd season of concerts, presented at 13 stunning winery venues around the Napa Valley featuring 35 musicians of international renown.

This year we welcome four ensembles-in-residence to Music in the Vineyards: the Escher, Jupiter and Ariel quartets and the San Francisco Piano Trio, a group that we are proud to say was formed from the bonds of friendship established in past summers at MITV. The Escher Quartet will be playing at this year’s new venue, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards which is hosting two concerts this season.

We open the season at Freemark Abbey Winery with the majestic Clarinet Quintet of Johannes Brahms featuring clarinet phenom Burt Hara of the L.A. Philharmonic. Burt will also be playing in the first of our two Esterhazy Society Concerts. This year rather than holding a big fundraising gala 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 private musical and culinary gatherings take place two beautiful estates in the Napa Valley. Click here for further details.

Other season highlights include this years’ winner of the Irving M. Klein International Competition, 17 year-old cellist Oliver Herbert, who will play Debussy’s Cello Sonata at Frog’s Leap Winery.

 There is a lot of excitement buzzing around a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. His setting of W.B. Yeats poetry, In At The Eye will be premiered at the picturesque Chimney Rock Winery.

 Silverado Vineyards is our home for three concerts featuring masterpieces by Haydn, Brahms, Smetana, Boccherini and Schumann with international viola soloist Paul Neubauer featured in Soul Garden by Derek Bermel.

 The final week of the 2016 festival culminates with the complete quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven, performed in five concerts on successive days by the Ariel Quartet. Hosting these concerts will be guest commentator Nuvi Mehta, the Artistic Director of the Ventura Music Festival who will share his insights on the Beethoven quartets.

 At our closing night party you can meet your favorite musicians at the beautiful Meadowood Resort, where we celebrate the season with a great meal, companionship of fellow music lovers and some Napa Valley fine wines!

 Get your tickets early as Music in the Vineyards concerts do sell out. We’ll look for you at intermission, enjoying a glass of Napa wine!

Michael and Daria Adams
Artistic Directors, Music in the Vineyards

 


Thursday, July 28, 2016

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FREE Open Rehearsal

2:00pm - 4:00pm Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr., Yountville.

This is an opportunity for music lovers of all ages to gain an insight into how the musicians prepare for their performances.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

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7:30 pm Freemark Abbey, 3022 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena

We raise the curtain with Mozart’s only completed string trio, “intended to offer something special in the way of art, invention, and good spirits” — according to biographer Alfred Einstein, who called it one of Mozart’s noblest works. Brahms’ signature work for clarinet and strings, which he was compelled to write after his official “retirement,” features festival favorite Burt Hara on clarinet.

Program
Mozart: Divertimento for String Trio
Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings

Musicians
The Escher Quartet

Violin: Adam Barnett-Hart
Violin: Aaron Boyd
Viola: Pierre Lapointe
Cello: Brook Speltz

Violin: Amy Schwartz Moretti
Cello: Anthony Ross
Clarinet: Burt Hara

 

 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

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THE ESTERHAZY SOCIETY
HILLS ESTATE CONCERT

5:00 pm 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.

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

Musicians:
The Escher Quartet

Violin: Adam Barnett-Hart
Violin: Aaron Boyd
Viola: Pierre Lapointe
Cello: Brook Speltz

Violin: Amy Schwartz Moretti, Daria Adams
Viola: Carla-Maria Rodrigues
Cello: Anthony Ross

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

Sunday, July 31, 2016

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5:00 pm Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, 1 Kirkland Ranch Road, American Canyon

Ravel’s singular string quartet opens a program that features two rarely heard gems by Glazunov and Weber. Mozart’s genius is on display in his penultimate work of chamber music.

Program
Ravel: String Quartet
Glazunov: Oriental Reverie for Clarinet and String Quartet
Carl Maria von Weber: Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Strings
Mozart: Quintet for Strings in D

Musicians
The Escher Quartet:

Violin: Adam Barnett-Hart
Violin: Aaron Boyd
Viola: Pierre Lapointe
Cello: Brook Speltz

Violin: Amy Schwartz Moretti, Daria Adams
Viola: Carla-Maria Rodrigues
Cello: Anthony Ross
Clarinet: Burt Hara

 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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7:30 pm Domaine Carneros, 1240 Duhig Rd., Napa |  6:30 Pre-Concert Talk  |  7:30 pm Concert  | 

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The San Francisco Piano Trio

In their first-ever appearance at MITV as an ensemble, three familiar faces join forces in a program of classics for piano trio. Axel Strauss, Jean Michel-Fonteneau and Jeffrey Sykes share their love of making music together in this program of Schubert, Ravel and Piazzolla.

Program

6:30 pm: The Inside Story with Michael Adams
Musical Alchemy: How three musicians–who met at MITV–joined forces to form a new ensemble.

7:30 pm
Schubert: Piano Trio in B flat
Ravel: Piano Trio in A
Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango

Musicians
The San Francisco Piano Trio
Violin: Axel Strauss
Cello: Jean-Michel Fonteneau
Piano: Jeffrey Sykes

 

 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

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FREE Open Rehearsal

2:00pm - 4:00pm Napa Valley College, Upper Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena

This is an opportunity for music lovers of all ages to gain an insight into how the musicians prepare for their performances.

Tickets are not needed for open rehearsals, just show up and enjoy.

Friday, August 5, 2016

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Frog's Leap Winery, 8815 Conn Creek Road, Rutherford |  6:30 pm Pre-Concert Program  |  7:30 pm Concert

The winner of the 2015 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, 17 year-old cellist Oliver Herbert will dazzle in the Debussy Sonata while César Franck’s emotional piano quintet, composed while he was infatuated with one of his students, displays its heart-on-the-sleeve romanticism.
Arrive early to hear the winners of our Solo Instrumental Competition!

Program
6:30 pm Pre-Concert Recital by Solo Competition Winners
We present two winners of our third annual Solo Instrumental Competition featuring three of the area’s most talented high school musicians.

Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Bridge: Phantasy Quartet
Taffanel: Fantasy on Themes from the Opera Mignon for Flute and Piano
Franck: Quintet for Piano and Strings

Musicians
Violin: Ara Gregorian, Hye Jin Kim, Axel Strauss, Daria Adams
Viola: David Harding, Lawrence Neuman
Cello: Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Oliver Herbert, Tanya Tomkins
Piano: Rieko Aizawa, Jeffrey Sykes
Flute: Lorna McGhee

 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

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5:00 pm Concert at Clos Pegase, 1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga

The stunning acoustics of the Cave Theater at Clos Pegase add something special to any program, whether it’s in the warmth and brilliance of Lorna McGhee’s flute, or the rich textures and folksy charm of Dvořák’s string quintet.

Program
Amy Beach: Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet
Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Vivaldi: Variations on La Folia
Dvořák: Quintet for strings in E flat, American

Musicians
Violin: Ara Gregorian, Axel Strauss, Daria Adams
Viola: David Harding, Lawrence Neuman
Cello: Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Oliver Herbert, Tanya Tomkins
Flute: Lorna McGhee

Sunday, August 7, 2016

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5:00 pm Chimney Rock, 5350 Silverado Trail, Napa
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An MITV-commissioned work from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts highlights this program which includes Haydn’s tongue-in-cheek Master and the Pupil and Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, winner of the Stalin Prize in 1941.

Program
Haydn: String Quartet op. 50 no 5
Kevin Puts: In at the Eye for Baritone, Flute, Violin, Cello and Piano (W. B. Yeats text)
Haydn: The Master and the Pupil for Piano Four Hands
Shostakovich: Quintet for Piano and Strings

Musicians
Violin: Ara Gregorian, Hye-Jin Kim, Axel Strauss, Daria Adams
Viola: David Harding, Lawrence Neuman
Cello: Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Oliver Herbert, Tanya Tomkins
Piano: Rieko Aizawa, Jeffrey Sykes
Flute: Lorna McGhee
Baritone: Timothy Jones

 

 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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Markham Vineyards, 2812 St. Helena Hwy North, St. Helena  |  6:30 pm Pre-Concert Talk  |  7:30 pm Concert

The Jupiter Quartet:
This tightly-knit ensemble, consisting of two siblings and a married couple, has firmly established itself as an important voice in the world of chamber music. Winners of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and numerous competitions, the Jupiter Quartet is the Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, the position previously held by the Pacifica Quartet.

Program
6:30 pm The Inside Story with Michael Adams: Why Bartok Matters: Bela Bartok’s six quartets, considered the most important contribution to the genre in the 20th century, are an intimate entree into the world of this withdrawn and enigmatic composer. Explore the essence of Bartok prior to a performance of his Quartet no. 5.

7:30 pm: The Jupiter Quartet
Wolff: Italian Serenade
Bartok: String Quartet No. 5
Dvořák: String Quartet in E flat, op. 51

Musicians
The Jupiter Quartet
Violin: Nelson Lee
Violin: Megan Freivogel
Viola: Liz Freivogel
Cello: Daniel McDonough

Thursday, August 11, 2016

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FREE Open Rehearsal

2:00pm - 4:00pm Napa Valley College, Upper Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena

This is an opportunity for music lovers of all ages to gain an insight into how the musicians prepare for their performances.

Tickets are not needed for open rehearsals, just show up and enjoy.

Friday, August 12, 2016

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Silverado Vineyards, 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa  |  6:30 pm Pre-Concert Program  |  7:30 pm Concert

Masterworks of Haydn and Brahms bookend Martinu’s Czech-flavored Madrigals, a brilliant musical conversation for violin and viola, and Jessie Montgomery’s Strum, which is “Turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life…” per The Washington Post. Arrive early to hear the winners of our Solo Instrumental Competition!

Program
6:30 pm Pre-Concert Recital by Solo Competition Winner
We present another winner of our third annual Solo Instrumental Competition featuring three of the area’s most talented high school musicians.

7:30 pm Concert
Haydn: Piano Trio no. 15 in G
Martinu: Madrigals for Violin and Viola
Jessie Montgomery: Strum for String Quartet
Brahms: String Quintet in F op. 88

Musicians
Violin: Megan Freivogel, Nelson Lee, Kerry McDermott, Kyoko Takezawa, Daria Adams
Viola: Liz Freivogel, Paul Neubauer, Roger Tapping
Cello: Nicholas Canellakis, Daniel McDonough
Piano: Eric Zivian

 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

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5:00 pm Silverado Vineyards, 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa

Derek Bermel’s Soul Garden is a remarkable mash-up; the solo viola brings the essence of gospel face-to-face with the European tradition. Boccherini’s cello quintet conjures the nightlife of Madrid and Ravel’s Violin Sonata pays tribute to the blues.

Program
Boccherini: Quintet for Strings, Night Music of Madrid
Bermel: Soul Garden for Viola and String Quintet
Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Bridge: Sextet for Strings

Musicians
Violin: Megan Freivogel, Nelson Lee, Kerry McDermott, Kyoko Takezawa, Daria Adams
Viola: Liz Freivogel, Paul Neubauer, Roger Tapping
Cello: Natasha Brofsky, Nicholas Canellakis, Daniel McDonough
Piano: Eric Zivian

 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

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THE ESTERHAZY SOCIETY
NIEMANN ESTATE CONCERT

11:00 am 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.

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

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

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

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5:00 pm Silverado Vineyards, 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa

The music of composer, conductor and pianist Johann Hummel—the remarkable triple threat of the post-Beethoven age, opens this program — followed by two cornerstone works of the repertoire: Smetana’s autobiographical quartet–written in total deafness, and Robert Schumann’s piano quintet.

Program
Hummel: Piano Trio no. 1
Smetana: String Quartet no. 1, From My Life
Schumann: Quintet for Piano and Strings

Musicians
Violin: Megan Freivogel, Nelson Lee, Kyoko Takezawa, Daria Adams
Viola: Liz Freivogel, Roger Tapping
Cello: Natasha Brofsky, Daniel McDonough
Piano: Michael Brown, Eric Zivian

 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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Beringer Vineyards, 2000 Main Street, St. Helena  |  6:30 Pre-Concert Talk  |  7:30 pm Concert  |  

This concert is now sold out - please contact us to go on a waiting list for returned tickets.

The Beethoven Cycle - The Ariel Quartet
The 16 String Quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven are considered the pinnacle achievement of the chamber music repertoire. Music in the Vineyards is proud to present the exciting, young and highly regarded Ariel Quartet, in this five night epic event.
Each concert will be hosted by guest commentator Nuvi Mehta, Artistic Director of the Ventura Music Festival. The LA Times says, “His old fashioned...charisma extends to an eloquent and theatrical way of speaking that is almost entirely lost today.”

Program
6:30 pm The Inside Story: A Revolutionary in Revolutionary Times: Beethoven’s Creations for String Quartet with Nuvi Mehta

7:30 pm

String Quartet op. 18 no. 1
String Quartet op. 95, Serioso
String Quartet op. 18 no. 2
String Quartet op. 135


Musicians

The Ariel Quartet
Violin: Gershon Gerchikov
Violin: Alexandra Kazovsky
Viola: Jan Grüning
Cello: Amit Even-Tov

 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

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12:00pm Nelson Estate, Napa
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This is Your Brain on Music

Maritza and Warren Nelson welcome you to their summer garden to a reception to begin with Michael Adams and Nuvi Mehta, followed by lunch on the terrace.  A gourmet Mexican menu is featured, paired with Napa Valley wines. Following lunch, MITV Artistic Director and talented raconteur, Michael Adams is joined in conversation with noted Musicologist, Nuvi Mehta to report from the frontiers of music and science. Depart with a new understanding of the relationship of the brain to music.


 

7:30 pm The Hess Collection, 4411 Redwood Road, Napa

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The Beethoven Cycle - The Ariel Quartet

The 16 String Quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven are considered the pinnacle achievement of the chamber music repertoire. Music in the Vineyards is proud to present the exciting, young and highly regarded Ariel Quartet, in this five night epic event.
Each concert will be hosted by guest commentator Nuvi Mehta, Artistic Director of the Ventura Music Festival. The LA Times says, “His old fashioned...charisma extends to an eloquent and theatrical way of speaking that is almost entirely lost today.”

Program
String Quartet op. 127
String Quartet op. 18 no. 6
String Quartet op. 59 no. 3


Musicians
The Ariel Quartet
Violin: Gershon Gerchikov
Violin: Alexandra Kazovsky
Viola: Jan Grüning
Cello: Amit Even-Tov

 

Friday, August 19, 2016

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7:30 pm Robert Mondavi Winery, 7801 St. Helena Highway, Oakville
This concert is now sold out - please contact us to go on a waiting list for returned tickets.

The Beethoven Cycle - The Ariel Quartet

The 16 String Quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven are considered the pinnacle achievement of the chamber music repertoire. Music in the Vineyards is proud to present the exciting, young and highly regarded Ariel Quartet, in this five night epic event.
Each concert will be hosted by guest commentator Nuvi Mehta, Artistic Director of the Ventura Music Festival. The LA Times says, “His old fashioned...charisma extends to an eloquent and theatrical way of speaking that is almost entirely lost today.”

Program Three
String Quartet op. 18 no. 5
String Quartet op. 59 no. 2
String Quartet op. 130


Musicians

The Ariel Quartet
Violin: Gershon Gerchikov
Violin: Alexandra Kazovsky
Viola: Jan Grüning
Cello: Amit Even-Tov

 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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5:00pm Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, 1 Kirkland Ranch Road, American Canyon

The Beethoven Cycle - The Ariel Quartet

The 16 String Quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven are considered the pinnacle achievement of the chamber music repertoire. Music in the Vineyards is proud to present the exciting, young and highly regarded Ariel Quartet, in this five night epic event.
Each concert will be hosted by guest commentator Nuvi Mehta, Artistic Director of the Ventura Music Festival. The LA Times says, “His old fashioned...charisma extends to an eloquent and theatrical way of speaking that is almost entirely lost today.”

Program Four
String Quartet op. 18 no. 3
String Quartet op. 59 no. 1
String Quartet op. 131


Musicians

The Ariel Quartet
Violin: Gershon Gerchikov
Violin: Alexandra Kazovsky
Viola: Jan Grüning
Cello: Amit Even-Tov

 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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5.00 pm Inglenook, 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford
This concert is now sold out - please contact us to go on a waiting list for returned tickets.

The Beethoven Cycle - The Ariel Quartet

The 16 String Quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven are considered the pinnacle achievement of the chamber music repertoire. Music in the Vineyards is proud to present the exciting, young and highly regarded Ariel Quartet, in this five night epic event.
Each concert will be hosted by guest commentator Nuvi Mehta, Artistic Director of the Ventura Music Festival. The LA Times says, “His old fashioned...charisma extends to an eloquent and theatrical way of speaking that is almost entirely lost today.”

Program
String Quartet op. 18 no. 4
String Quartet op. 74, Harp
String Quartet op. 132


Musicians

The Ariel Quartet
Violin: Gershon Gerchikov
Violin: Alexandra Kazovsky
Viola: Jan Grüning
Cello: Amit Even-Tov

 

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7:30 pm CLOSING NIGHT CELEBRATION!  Meadowood Resort
900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena

Artistic Directors Michael and Daria Adams invite you to join them for dinner to mark the end of our season. Mingle with our musicians under the moon at this celebration on the Meadowood Lawn with a premier wine reception and buffet dinner.

 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

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