Music in the Vineyards - Chamber Music Festival - Wine Country, Napa Valley
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2018 Schedule

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Please see below for a listing by date of our 24th Festival Season Concerts and Events. All of our concerts are held indoors.


Thursday, August 2, 2018

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

FREE Open Rehearsal
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 3, 2018

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Frog's Leap Winery, 8815 Conn Creek Road, Rutherford  |  7:30 pm |

We open our 24th season in the iconic red barn at Frog’s Leap Winery with venerable favorites from Haydn and Brahms.
In the first of two programs featuring chamber music for guitar, David Leisner’s charming Dances in the Madhouse showcase his talents as guitarist and composer.

Program
Haydn: String Trio in G major
David Leisner: Dances in the Madhouse for violin and guitar
Manuel De Falla: 7 Canciones Populares Españolas for cello and guitar
Johannes Brahms: Sextet for strings in B flat, op. 18

Musicians
Violin: Adam Barnett-Hart, Danbi Um, Daria Adams
Viola: Pierre Lapointe, Rebecca Young
Cello: Brook Speltz, Jeremy Tai
Guitar: David Leisner

Saturday, August 4, 2018

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Chimney Rock, 5350 Silverado Trail, Napa  |  7:30 pm |

The rich, warm acoustics of the barrel room at Chimney Rock Winery provide the perfect place to hear Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s guitar quintet, inspired by Spanish guitar legend Andrés Segovia. Our Spanish theme continues as we open this concert with Luigi Boccherini’s cello quintet, penned in Madrid during his lifetime of service to the Spanish crown.

Program
Boccherini: Quintet for strings in C major
Beethoven: String Trio in G major, op. 9 no 1
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Quintet for guitar and strings

Musicians
Violin: Adam Barnett-Hart, Danbi Um, Daria Adams
Viola: Pierre Lapointe, Rebecca Young
Cello: Brook Speltz, Jeremy Tai
Guitar: David Leisnerr

Sunday, August 5, 2018

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2018 Esterhazy* Concert & Dinner, The Sara and Austin Hills Estate, Stag's Leap District | 5:00 pm |

Journey back in time to an exquisite salon where you and a select few patrons of MITV enjoy chamber music, presented in an intimate setting as it was originally intended to be heard.

Sara and Austin Hills welcome us to their estate in Box Canyon, and to their Italian Room, an exquisite 18th century interior formerly in the de Young Museum.  Hear the esteemed Escher Quartet play two masterpieces by Franz Schubert surrounding a gem written one hundred years later by Anton Webern.

After the concert, patrons will enjoy sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace, followed by a seated dinner prepared by Nash Cognetti of Tre Posti. Wines by Schramsberg and Grgich Hills.

Program
Schubert: Quartettsatz
Webern: Langsamer Satz in E flat
Schubert: String quartet in D minor, Death and the Maiden

Musicians
The Escher Quartet
Violin: Adam Barnett-Hart, Danbi Um
Viola: Pierre Lapointe
Cello: Brook Speltz

Space is limited to 50 guests, so interested patrons are urged to reserve their spaces soon.

Net proceeds from this Esterhazy Concert benefit the Gail and Harry Adams Resident Musicians’ Fund.

Tickets: $500 per person, of which $350 is tax deductible.

Sponsored by Anne and Matthew Golden & First Republic Bank.

*MITV’s Esterhazy Series is named after Prince Esterhazy, patron to the "father" of the string quartet, Franz Joseph Haydn.

 

 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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

Pacifica Quartet
Festival favorites for over 15 years, we welcome back the Pacifica Quartet—sporting two new members—in works by three composers who elevated the art form of the string quartet to unprecedented levels.

Program
6:30pm The Inside Story
The Path to Success: Daria T. Adams interviews two young musicians whose families went to dramatic lengths to develop their musical talents.

7:30pm
Beethoven: String Quartet op. 18, no. 6
Bartok: String Quartet no. 4
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in D op. 44, no. 1

Musicians
The Pacifica Quartet
Violin: Simin Ganatra, Austin Hartmann
Viola: Guy Ben-Ziony
Cello: Brandon Vamos

Thursday, August 9, 2018

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

FREE Open Rehearsal
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 10, 2018

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Robert Mondavi Winery, 7801 St. Helena Highway, Oakville  |  7:30 pm |








Two sides of Mozart showcase how he expressed himself when composing for the piano, rather than for strings alone. We welcome a new string quintet by violist Nokuthula (just call her ‘Tula) Ngwenyama, inspired by the “Arecibo Message” broadcast into deep space in 1974 as our species introduction to other life in the cosmos.

Program

Mozart: String Quartet in D minor K. 421
Nokothula Ngwenyama: Primal Message
Giovanni Sollima: “Violoncelles Vibrez!
Mozart: Piano Quartet in E-flat, K. 493

Musicians

Violin: Francisco Fullana, Simin Ganatra, Austin Hartman, Mari Lee, Daria Adams
Viola: Guy Ben-Ziony, Dimitri Murrath, Nokuthula Ngwenyama
Cello: Sophie Applbaum, Tanya Tomkins, Brandon Vamos
Bass: Robert Ashley
Piano: Anne-Marie McDermott

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

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Clos Pegase, 1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga  |  7:30 pm |

Mahler and Shostakovich, titans of the 20th century known for their monumental symphonies, reveal their more intimate sides in this program. We begin with Mozart’s anguished and desperate G minor viola quintet—in the key he often associates with tragedy or death—a work affected by his father’s death.

Program
Mozart: String Quintet in G minor, K. 516
Mahler: Piano Quartet
Shostakovich: Piano Trio no. 2

Musicians
Violin: Francisco Fullana, Austin Hartman, Mari Lee, Daria Adams
Viola: Guy Ben-Ziony, Dimitri Murrath
Cello: Joshua Roman, Tanya Tomkins
Piano: Anne-Marie McDermott

Sunday, August 12, 2018

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Charles Krug, 2800 Main Street, St. Helena | 5:00 pm |

Belgian Eugène Ysaÿe, known for his fiendishly difficult violin works, delivers in this Sonata for two violins. Young and old juxtapose in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s youthful string sextet and Max Bruch’s robust final work. Composed at age 82, the String Octet shows his gift for melody and flawless craftsmanship.

Program
Eugène Ysaÿe: Sonata for two violins
Rimsky-Korsakov: String Sextet
Max Bruch: String Octet

Musicians
Violin: Francisco Fullana, Simin Ganatra, Austin Hartman, Mari Lee, Greta Myatieva, Victoria Pan
Viola: Guy Ben-Ziony, Dimitri Murrath, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Mira Williams
Cello: Joshua Roman, Tanya Tomkins, Brandon Vamos
Bass: Robert Ashley

 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, 5200 Sonoma (Carneros) Highway, Napa  |  6:30 Pre-Concert Talk  |  7:30 pm Concert  |

New Venue for 2018

The Miró Quartet
The MITV debut of the Miró Quartet, with masterworks by Haydn and Beethoven will illuminate the artistry that has garnered accolades from critics & audiences alike for over 20 years. The Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Texas at Austin, the Miró Quartet takes its name from the Spanish artist, Joan Miró, whose surrealist works are some of the most original of the 20th century.

Program
6:30pm
The Inside Story, with Stephen Hinton, the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, Professor of Music.

7:30pm
Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat, op. 71, no. 3
Kevin Puts: Credo
Beethoven: String Quartet in A minor, op. 132

Musicians
The Miró Quartet
Violin: Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer
Viola: John Largess
Cello: Joshua Gindele

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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

FREE Open Rehearsal
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 17, 2018

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Silverado Vineyards, 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa  |  6:00 pm Winners Recital  |  7:30 pm Concert |

This evening is focused on emerging talent, beginning with the 6:00 recital of our Solo Instrumental Competition winners. At 7:30 hear our inaugural Apprenticeship Quartet award-winner—Boston-based Highland Street—in their Music in the Vineyards debut playing Brahms. Anchoring this program is the soulful piano trio of Russian composer Anton Arensky, teacher of Rachmaninov.

Program
6:00pm Recital
The winners of our fifth annual Solo Instrumental Competition featuring the area’s most talented high school musicians.

7:30pm
Sibelius: String Trio
Brahms: String Quartet op. 51, no.2
Arensky: Piano Trio

Musicians
Highland Street

Violin: Greta Myatieva,Victoria Pan
Viola: Mira Williams
Cello: Sophie Applbaum

Violin: Ara Gregorian
Cello: Joshua Roman
Piano: William Wolfram

Saturday, August 18, 2018

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

Inspired by a car-racing video game, Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo is a work of blazing virtuosity, while Arvo Pärt’s music seeks the simple and serene. Sir Edward Elgar’s noble piano quintet conjures nostalgia for the Edwardian Era, that golden period of unbridled optimism when the sun never set on the British empire!

Program
Andrew Norman: Gran Turismo
Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
Astor Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango
Elgar: Quintet for piano and string quartet

Musicians
Violin: Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, Ara Gregorian, Dawn Harms, Hye Jin Kim, Greta Myatieva, Victoria Pan, Daria Adams
Viola: John Largess, Jonah Sirota
Cello: Sophie Applbaum, Joshua Roman
Piano: William Wolfram

 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

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

One of Dvořák’s earliest successes was this earthy, tuneful sextet, bursting with Bohemian dances and rustic charm.
The stage will overflow with string players for Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, a one-of-a-kind piece that features the Miró Quartet in the solo role.

Program
Röntgen: String Trio no. 1
Elgar: Introduction and Allegro
Dvořák: String Sextet

Musicians
Violin: Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, Ara Gregorian, Dawn Harms, Hye Jin Kim, Greta Myatieva, Victoria Pan, Daria Adams
Viola: John Largess, Jonah Sirota, Mira Williams
Cello: Sophie Applbaum, Joshua Gindele, Joshua Roman
Bass: Scott Pingel

 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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

Trio Machiavelli
We are excited to present Trio Machiavelli in their American debut! These three renowned soloists join together in this program of piano trio favorites.

Program
6:30pm The Inside Story
Michael Adams explores Tchaikovsky through his chamber music.

7:30pm
Haydn: Piano Trio in D major
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor

Musicians
Trio Machiavelli
Violin: Solenne Païdassi
Cello: Tristan Cornut
Piano: Claire Huangci

Thursday, August 23, 2018

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

FREE Open Rehearsal
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.

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Up Close with five-time Grammy winner, Maria Schneider  | 5:00 pm |

Venue: Lark Room, Larkmead Vineyards, 1100 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga

Maria Schneider
 Photograph by Whit-Lane

Join composer Maria Schneider as she talks about her musical life as a jazz arranger, leader of her own big band and composer.  This five-time Grammy award winner has had a fascinating multi-faceted musical career.

Maria will share insights into her transition from jazz to classical composition and play examples of her work.  The intimate setting will afford you the chance to get up close and personal with this singular musical powerhouse.

Social hour following the talk with wine and appetizers.

"Maria Schneider is a national treasure" - NPR

Tickets: $150
Limited to 30 guests

This event is co-sponsored by Music in the Vineyards and Napa Valley Jazz Society.
Net proceeds benefit the Gail and Harry Adams Resident Musicians’ Fund.

A special Tables in the Vineyards event

Friday, August 24, 2018

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

Franz Liszt’s virtuosic writing is on display in his striking Duo Sonata for violin and piano, which was only discovered in the 1950’s. In a program of unique pairings, Michael Brown plays his own Prelude and Dance, while Dvořák solves the problem of what a string quartet plays when their cellist goes AWOL.

Program
Dvořák: Terzetto for two violins and viola
Michael Brown: Prelude and Dance for cello and piano
Saint-Saëns: Tarantella for flute, clarinet, piano
Chopin: Mazurka in C sharp minor op. 6, no. 2
Liszt: Duo Sonata for violin and piano

Musicians
Violin: Violaine Melançon, Solenne Païdassi, Axel Strauss
Viola: Masumi Per Rostad
Cello: Nicholas Canellakis
Flute: Tara Helen O’Connor
Clarinet: Bixby Kennedy
Piano: Michael Brown, Claire Huangci

Saturday, August 25, 2018

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St. Helena Performing Arts Center,  1401 Grayson Avenue, St. Helena  |  5:00 pm |

Beethoven arranged dozens of traditional English folksongs for voice and piano trio with delightful results and received a tidy income for years from the wealthy Scottish industrialist who hired him. Composer David Newman—who can be found in the credits of countless movies since 1984—pens a work performed here by his daughter, soprano Diana Newman.

Program
Beethoven: Folk Songs for voice and piano trio
David Newman: Evolutionary Hymn for soprano, clarinet and piano
Mozart: Viola Quintet C minor, K. 406    
Brahms: Piano Quartet in C minor, op. 60

Musicians
Violin: Violaine Melançon, Solenne Païdassi, Axel Strauss, Daria Adams
Viola: Masumi Per Rostad, Matthew Young
Cello: Nicholas Canellakis, Tristan Cornut
Clarinet: Bixby Kennedy
Piano: Michael Brown, Claire Huangci
Soprano: Diana Newman

Sunday, August 26, 2018

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Inglenook, 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford  |  5:00 pm |

Our 24th season finale is capped by Schumann’s glorious Piano Quintet. We are also proud to present the premier of an MITV commission by jazz pianist and composer Maria Schneider. Her music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous and beyond categorization”.

Program
Boccherini: Quintet for flute and strings
Maria Schneider Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories
Schumann: Piano Quintet op. 44

Musicians
Violin: Violaine Melançon, Solenne Païdassi, Axel Strauss, Daria Adams
Viola: Masumi Per Rostad, Matthew Young
Cello: Nicholas Canellakis, Tristan Cornut
Flute: Tara Helen O’Connor
Clarinet: Bixby Kennedy
Piano: Michael Brown
Soprano: Diana Newman

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Tre Posti, 641 Main Street, St. Helena  |  7:30 pm  |

Festival Finalé 
Join the Music in the Vineyards family of musicians, patrons and supporters for a festival finalé. Help us celebrate another season of fabulous concerts, toast our musicians and raise a glass to next year’s twenty fifth anniversary. Watch the sunset over the mountains and vineyards from Tre Posti’s picturesque Garden Grove, sit down with our musicians to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner prepared by chef Nash Cognetti paired with premier wines to celebrate Music in the Vineyards.

Tickets: $155