Dear Friends and Music Lovers,
Music in the Vineyards is thrilled to announce our 24th season with four weeks of concerts this August in stunning settings around the Napa Valley. Joining our roster of internationally-renowned musicians will be four ensembles-in-residence, one to anchor each week of the festival. Two are venerable audience favorites—The Escher Quartet and Pacifica Quartet—while the other two are making their MITV debuts: the renowned Miró Quartet and the Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio, three award-winning soloists who bring a distinctive fusion of authority, energy and passion to every performance.
Among the highlights: the premiere of an MITV commission from the pianist and big band leader Maria Schneider, two concerts featuring chamber music with guitar, andrare gems by Gustav Mahler and Franz Liszt. We’ll feature some great “enders”, like Schumann’s piano quintet, a piano quartet by Brahms (his “love letter” to Clara!) and the earthy string sextet by a young Dvorak. We will once again feature our own musicians’ compositions with works by guitarist David Leisner, violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama and pianist Michael Brown.
Musicians will overflow the stage in three works requiring large forces: Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro requires 13(!) musicians; Gran Turismo by Andrew Norman employs 8 violinists depicting a wild car race, and two cellists are in the driver’s seat of the ensemble in Violoncelles Vibrez! by Giovanni Sollima.
It is our privilege every year to present the winner of the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, held annually in San Francisco. The 2017 winner is 17-year old cellist Jeremy Tai, currently a senior at St. Francis High School in Mountain View who studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division.
There will be a wealth of great music to be enjoyed this August so come join us! Tickets and more concert details are available at our website: www.musicinthe vineyards.org
Michael and Daria Adams
Artistic Directors – Music in the Vineyards
PS: We’ve made a big upgrade that you will notice at every concert. MITV has invested in new and improved chairs, that will set the standard for comfort in a folding chair! They will be making their debut appearance with us in August.
Dates: Music in the Vineyards 2018, August 3 - 26, 2018
Tickets go on sale on May 1st, 2018. Check our 2018 Schedule for full program details!