Music in the Vineyards - Chamber Music Festival - Wine Country, Napa Valley
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2019 Schedule

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Please see below for a listing by date of our 25th Anniversary Festival Season Concerts and Events. All of our concerts are held indoors.


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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The Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco |  7:30 pm Concert  |
Tickets $60 - concert only (Early Bird $55) | $110 - coach travel and concert (Early Bird $105)

Join us for a trip to San Francisco and experience a private concert in an iconic family’s museum. We’ll whisk you from Napa in a luxury coach and treat you to a gourmet boxed supper with sparkling wine on board. On arrival join the Dover Quartet for an intimate performance inside the Museum. After the concert raise a glass of Silverado Vineyards wine to honor Music in the Vineyards donors and The Walt Disney Family Museum founders Ron and Diane Miller.

Program
Britten: Quartet No. 1
Brahms: String Quartet no. 3 ㉕

Dover Quartet
Joel Link, Violin | Bryan Lee, Violin | Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, Viola | Camden Shaw, Cello
Called “the young American string quartet of the moment”, the Dover Quartet’s rise to the top has been nothing short of meteoric. After a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Quartet Competition that launched their career, the Dover Quartet has recently been awarded the Cleveland Quartet Prize and the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant. Their performance of Brahms’ Third String Quartet kicks off our celebration of 25 for 25: 25 of our favorite works by our favorite composers, to mark our 25th anniversary season.

With many thanks to Joanna Miller, The Walt Disney Family Museum and Silverado Vineyards.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

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Napa Valley College, Lower Campus, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa |  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 2, 2019

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Merryvale Vineyards, 1000 Main Street, St. Helena  |  7:30 pm Concert  | Tickets $60 (Early Bird $55)

Haydn’s Piano Trio makes our 25 for 25 list because the affable ‘Papa’ Haydn first elevated this genre into an intelligent conversation for three players. Felix Mendelssohn’s credentials are renowned, precisely because of works such as this string quintet, the last work of chamber music he wrote before he died.

Program
Haydn: Piano Trio in C Major ㉕
Lowell Liebermann: Quartet for Piano and Strings
Mendelssohn: Quintet for Strings no. 2 ㉕

Musicians
Violin: Ara Gregorian, Hye-Jin Kim, Bryan Lee, Daria Adams
Viola: Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, Rebecca Young
Cello: Camden Shaw
Piano: Wei-Yi Yang

Saturday, August 3, 2019

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Competition Winners Showcase | Napa Valley College, Silvagni Recital Hall-2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa |  2:00 pm  |

Tickets to this concert are complimentary, however, due to limited seating we ask that you RSVP by using the ticket purchase page, by email to tickets@musicinthevineyards.org, or call the office (707)258-5559.

Featuring the 2nd Street Quartet, our 2019 Apprentice String Quartet, plus the winners of our 6th annual Solo Instrumental Competition.

2nd Street Quartet
Violin: Agatha Blevin, Gracie Carney
Viola: Mason Spencer
Cello: Adrian Golay

2019 is the second year of Music in the Vineyards String Quartet Apprentice Program, designed to identify and nurture an emerging ensemble. This year’s winner, chosen by national auditions, is Indiana University-based 2nd Street Quartet. To further Music in the Vineyards’ commitment to community engagement and to increase accessibility to chamber music, our Apprentice Quartet will perform free concerts throughout the valley as well as collaborate with Music in the Vineyards’ musicians. The full schedule of free performances can be found on our website.

Solo Instrumental Competition
Now in its 6th year, Music in the Vineyards’ Solo Instrumental Competition for high school musicians who are residents of California, awards cash prizes of $1000, $750 and $500 to three outstanding instrumentalists selected by competitive audition. Please join us in supporting these exceptional young musicians.

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Frog's Leap Winery, 8815 Conn Creek Road, Rutherford  |  7:30 pm Concert  | Tickets $60 (Early Bird $55)

The big red barn—one of our favorite venues—is perfect for our opening weekend with two works from our 25 for 25 list. Beethoven’s cello sonata, completed just after the fifth symphony, is a superb example of his mature instrumental style, giving equal voice to both instruments for the first time. The Dvořák Piano Quintet is full of his trademark lyricism, tuneful peasant dances and Czech spirit.

Program
Dohnányi: Serenade for String Trio
Beethoven: Cello Sonata op. 69 ㉕
Dvořák: Piano Quintet op. 81 ㉕

Musicians
Violin: Ara Gregorian, Hye-Jin Kim, Joel Link
Viola: Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, Rebecca Young
Cello: Oliver Herbert
Piano: Wei-Yi Yang

Sunday, August 4, 2019

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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, 5766 Silverado Trail, Napa | 5:00pm | Tickets $80 (Early Bird $75)

Dover Quartet and Friends
The only concert with three works from our 25 for 25 list, Beethoven and Bartók are recognized as two of the greatest composers of string quartets, each elevating the form to unparalleled levels of artistry. Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir, his sextet for strings, was inspired by Italy’s sunny climes.

Following the concert patrons are invited to mingle with the musicians in the stunning FAY Outlook & Visitors Center to take in beautiful panoramic views of the Stags Leap Palisades while tasting Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars wine and gourmet bites.

Program
Beethoven: String Quartet op. 18, no. 2 ㉕
Bartók: String Quartet no. 3 ㉕
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence

Musicians
Dover Quartet
Violin: Joel Link, Bryan Lee
Viola: Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt
Cello: Camden Shaw

Violin: Ara Gregorian, Hye-Jin Kim
Viola: Rebecca Young
Cello: Oliver Herbert

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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Domaine Carneros, 1240 Duhig Rd., Napa |  6:30 Pre-Concert Talk  |  7:30 pm Concert | Tickets $80 (Early Bird $75)

Tesla Quartet
Formed at The Juilliard School in 2008, the Tesla Quartet has established itself as one of the most promising young ensembles in the world. They’ll perform a signature work from Beethoven’s ‘middle’ period, and Tchaikovsky’s first go-round with chamber music, which resulted in the melancholic Andante Cantabile movement—now famous in its own right—based on a folk song whistled by a house painter!
Enjoy sparkling wine and appetizers as the sun goes down on the Domaine Carneros Terrace.

Program
6:30 pm: The Inside Story with Michael Adams
The Modern String Quartet and the Arduous Path to Success

7:30 pm
Beethoven: String Quartet op. 59, no. 2 ㉕
Karmanov: String quaREtet
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet no. 1 ㉕

Tesla Quartet
Violin: Ross Snyder, Michelle Lie
Viola: Edwin Kaplan
Cello: Serafim Smigelskiy

Thursday, August 8, 2019

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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 9, 2019

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Robert Mondavi Winery, 7801 St. Helena Highway, Oakville  |  7:30 pm | Tickets $60 (Early Bird $55)








Schubert’s celebrated ‘cello’ quintet, finished in the final months of his illness-shortened 31 years, is in a realm all its own, as if the composer had already glimpsed into the beyond to create this sublime work of art that is on everyone’s list of favorites.

Program
Rossini: Sonata for Two Violins, Cello and Double Bass
Ysaÿe: String Trio
Schubert: Quintet for Strings in C major ㉕

Musicians
Violin: Kristin Lee, Kerry McDermott, Violaine Melançon, Ross Snyder, Daria Adams
Viola: Roger Tapping
Cello: Natasha Brofsky, Adrian Golay, Serafim Smigelskiy
Bass: Scott Pingel

Saturday, August 10, 2019

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Charles Krug, 2800 Main Street, St. Helena | 5:00 pm | Tickets $275

Bravissimo! Our 25th Anniversary Gala celebrating the virtuosos in our midst.
Join us under the oaks at Charles Krug Winery Estate, where you will enjoy sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres and be serenaded by the winners of this year’s String Quartet Apprenticeship Program, the 2nd Street Quartet.
Enter the grand and historic Carriage House to hear a gala concert by festival musicians guaranteed to earn Bravissimos.
A three-course dinner with music by the Hot Club of San Francisco, and a live auction will follow. The evening will end with dancing in the moonlight and raising a glass to the next twenty-five years of Music in the Vineyards.

Musicians
Violin: Kristin Lee, Michelle Lie,
Kerry McDermott, Violaine Melançon,
Ross Snyder, Daria Adams
Viola: Edwin Kaplan, Paul Neubauer,
Roger Tapping
Cello: Natasha Brofsky, Serafim Smigelskiy
Bass: Scott Pingel

2nd Street Quartet
Violin: Agatha Blevin, Gracie Carney
Viola: Mason Spencer
Cello: Adrian Golay

The Hot Club of San Francisco

Sunday, August 11, 2019

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Chimney Rock, 5350 Silverado Trail, Napa  |  5:00 pm Concert  | Tickets $60 (Early Bird $55)

These two works from our 25 for 25 list were both composed in Vienna. Separated by little more than 100 years, the Viennese musical world of Mozart’s Quintet (1790) and Schoenberg’s Sextet (1899) could not be more different. Yet Vienna midwifed both Mozart, the paragon of classicism, and Schoenberg, the exemplar of romantic expressionism in the 20th century.

Program
Kodály: Serenade for Two Violins and Viola
Mozart: Quintet for Strings, K. 593 ㉕
Schoenberg: Transfigured Night for String Sextet ㉕

Musicians
Violin: Kristin Lee, Michelle Lie, Kerry McDermott, Violaine Melançon
Viola: Edwin Kaplan, Paul Neubauer, Mason Spencer, Roger Tapping
Cello: Natasha Brofsky, Adrian Golay, Serafim Smigelskiy

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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Markham Vineyards, 2812 St. Helena Highway North, St. Helena  |  6:30 Pre-Concert Talk  |  7:30 pm Concert |
Tickets $60 (Early Bird $55)

Pacifica Quartet
Returning for their 14th season at Music in the Vineyards, the Pacifica Quartet present two works from our 25 for 25 list. Shostakovich’s 15 quartets are a fascinating chronicle of his lifetime development and his 2nd Quartet comes at the halfway point of his life. Beethoven’s 16 quartets offer a similar insight into his psyche. His Quartet op. 59 no. 3 —nicknamed Hero— reflects its theme of triumph over adversity.

Program
6:30pm: The Inside Story with Michael Adams.
Beethoven and the Heroic Ideals of his Time.

7:30pm
Turina: The Bullfighter’s Prayer
Shostakovich: String Quartet no. 2 ㉕
Beethoven: String Quartet op. 59, no. 3, Hero

Musicians
Pacifica Quartet
Violin: Simin Ganatra, Austin Hartman
Viola: Mark Holloway
Cello: Brandon Vamos

Thursday, August 15, 2019

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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 16, 2019

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Silverado Vineyards, 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa  |  7:30pm | Tickets $60 (Early Bird $55)

J.S. Bach composed one of the most remarkable job applications ever, his six concertos dedicated to the Margrave of Brandenburg, who apparently never looked at the scores! Concerto no. 3 is a joyful, energetic romp, a perennial audience favorite. Brahms came out of his self-imposed retirement to write his elegiac clarinet quintet, modeled after Mozart’s earlier quintet.

Program
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no.3 ㉕
Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 14, K. 449
Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings ㉕

Musicians
Violin: Agatha Blevin, Francisco Fullana, Simin Ganatra, Austin Hartman, Axel Strauss, Daria Adams
Viola: Mark Holloway, Jonah Sirota, Mason Spencer
Cello: Adrian Golay, Anthony Ross, Brandon Vamos
Piano: William Wolfram
Clarinet: Burt Hara
Bass: Scott Pingel

Saturday, August 17, 2019

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Silverado Vineyards, 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa  |  5:00pm | Tickets $60 (Early Bird $55)

Tonigt we honor the legacy of Ron and Diane Disney Miller; whose foundational support was vital to the success of Music in the Vineyards. Schubert’s beloved Trout Quintet is so named because it contains variations on his song about a trout who outwits the proverbial fisherman. Music lovers can thank the wealthy patron and amateur cellist who commissioned it, for the song was his personal favorite.

Program
Schubert: Quintet for Piano and Strings, Trout
Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Massenet: “Meditation” from Thais
Enesco: Romanian Rhapsody no. 1

Musicians
Violin: Gracie Carney, Francisco Fullana, Simin Ganatra, Axel Strauss
Viola: Jonah Sirota
Cello: Anthony Ross, Brandon Vamos
Piano: William Wolfram
Clarinet: Burt Hara
Bass: Scott Pingel

Sunday, August 18, 2019

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Silverado Vineyards, 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa  |  5:00pm | Tickets $60 (Early Bird $55)

Any top 25 list must include Felix Mendelssohn’s brilliant Octet for strings. It was his coming out piece at age 16, a work so fresh, so inspired, that in one fell swoop it added Mendelssohn to the ranks of history’s great composers. That same youthful energy is present in the remaining works; one is whimsical, one is comical, one is just wild!

Program
Brett Dean: Some Birthday for Two Violas and Cello
Miguel Del Águila: Presto II for String Quartet
Derek Bermel: Language Instruction for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano
Mendelssohn: Octet for strings ㉕

Musicians
Violin: Agatha Blevin, Gracie Carney, Simin Ganatra, Austin Hartman, Axel Strauss, Daria Adams
Viola: Mark Holloway, Jonah Sirota, Mason Spencer
Cello: Adrian Golay, Anthony Ross, Brandon Vamos
Piano: William Wolfram
Clarinet: Burt Hara

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Hudson House, Beringer Vineyards, 2000 Main Street, St. Helena |  6:30 Pre-Concert Talk  |  7:30 pm Concert  |
Tickets $60 (Early Bird $55)

A 25 for 25 list would not be complete without a keyboard work of J.S. Bach. The Partita no. 4 is the point of departure for this program of distinctive solo works for violin, cello, flute and oboe.

Program
6:30pm The Inside Story with Michael Adams.
Going It Alone: The challenges of composing for a single instrument.

7:30pm
J.S. Bach: Partita no.4 in D major ㉕
John Corigliano: The Red Violin Caprices
Joshua Roman: Riding Light for Cello
Benjamin Britten: Six Metamorphoses After Ovid for Oboe
Robert Maggio: Elysian Fields for Flute

Musicians
Violin: Arnaud Sussmann
Cello: Joshua Roman
Piano: Michael Brown
Flute: Bart Feller
Oboe: Elizabeth Koch Tiscione

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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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 23, 2019

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The Hess Collection, 4411 Redwood Road, Napa  |  7:30 pm  | Tickets $60 (Early Bird $55)

Two Mozart masterworks from our 25 For 25 list bookend this program of works that includes a Music in the Vineyards commission from 2002. To Live in This World which brings to life three poems by Mary Oliver, is dedicated to the memory of MITV's Founding Executive Director Gail Adams.

Program
Mozart: Quartet for Flute and Strings, K. 285 ㉕
Andrew Norman: Light Screens for Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello
David Evan Thomas: To Live in This World for String Quartet and Soprano
Mozart: Divertimento for String Trio, K. 563 ㉕

Musicians
Violin: Mari Lee, Arnaud Sussmann, Daria Adams
Viola: Masumi Per Rostad, Jonathan Vinocour
Cello: Nicholas Canellakis, Joshua Roman
Flute: Bart Feller
Soprano: Tori Tedeschi Adams

Saturday, August 24, 2019

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Clos Pegase, 1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga  |  7:30 pm | Tickets $60 (Early Bird $55)

Join us in the only winery that has hosted Music in the Vineyards for every one of our twenty-five years. Brahms’ late viola sonata—written after his official “retirement”—proves a worthy benediction to his life’s work. Debussy’s early piano trio is uncharacteristically sweet and sentimental, verging on salon music.

Program
Madeline Dring: Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano
Brahms: Viola Sonata no. 2, op. 120 ㉕
Piazzolla: Oblivion for Oboe and Strings
Debussy: Piano Trio ㉕

Musicians
Violin: Mari Lee, Arnaud Sussmann, Daria Adams
Viola: Masumi Per Rostad, Jonathan Vinocour
Cello: Nicholas Canellakis, Joshua Roman
Piano: Michael Brown
Flute: Bart Feller
Oboe: Elizabeth Koch Tiscione

Sunday, August 25, 2019

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Inglenook, 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford  |  5:00 pm | Tickets $60 (Early Bird $55)

Composer TJ Cole was our unequivocal choice when we decided to commission a work for our 25th anniversary, because of her lyrical writing that will leave you breathless. Our final 25 For 25 choice, Brahms’ first Piano Quartet, is a fitting way to end our season, full of gypsy rhythms and passion.

Program
Marcello: Oboe Concerto
TJ Cole: String Sextet (25th Anniversary Commission)
Brahms: Piano Quartet no. 1, op.60 ㉕

Musicians
Violin: Mari Lee, Arnaud Sussmann, Daria Adams
Viola: Masumi Per Rostad, Jonathan Vinocour
Cello: Nicholas Canellakis, Joshua Roman
Piano: Michael Brown
Oboe: Elizabeth Koch Tiscione

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25th Birthday Party
Tre Posti
, 641 Main Street, St. Helena  |  7:30 pm  | Tickets $145

Join us on the last night of the festival for our 25th Birthday Party. Watch the sunset over the mountains and vineyards from Tre Posti’s picturesque Garden Grove with appetizers and sparkling wine, then join our musicians for a delicious 3 course buffet dinner prepared by chef Nash Cognetti paired with premier wines.