Music in the Vineyards - Chamber Music Festival - Wine Country, Napa Valley
napa valley
chamber music
july 31 - august 25, 2019
string quartet
in the vineyards
25th anniversary

Bravissimo Live Auction

Purchase Tickets!

Please see below for a list of the unique luxury lots featured in our live Napa Valley auction on August 10 at Charles Krug. The auction is part of our Bravissimo! celebration, and all proceeds benefit Music in the Vineyards.




Sea Ranch | 4 guests | 7 nights


One-week stay in the award winning, ocean front Sea Ranch Lodge home of Greg & Anne Evans, recently featured in the New York Times article “Sea Ranch, California’s Modernist Utopia, Gets an Update.” It’s a five-minute walk to lovely Pebble Beach, and only a little further to the tide pools and seal watching area of the nature reserve. Two couples may share the two-bedroom, two bath home. Enjoy dinner and special wines prepared by Deborah & Raymond Tonella at their spectacular Anchor Bay home. All four guests will receive massages in the home.


4 guests | 7 nights


What better way to relax this winter than on a lounge chair on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Riviera Nayarit? A waiter comes by to serve you fresh fruit, cool water, drinks and canapés. The next day you play golf. These are two snapshots of your week at Marival Residences Luxury Resort in Nuevo Puerto Vallarta, sixteen miles north of Puerto Vallarta. You will stay in a two-bedroom, oceanside apartment – complete with kitchen, living room, and balcony. The winning bidder may choose from a wide range of dates.

 *All-inclusive fee of $110 per person per day covers all luxuries, food and drinks. (Christmas, New Years and Easter week are not available.)



2 guests | 7 nights



One week at Warren and Maritza Nelson’s house on the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. The three-bedroom house has Wi-Fi, a spacious lounge, and deck overlooking the bay. Considered the most beautiful part of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands abounds with outdoor activities: fishing, boating, swimming on pristine beaches, hiking in the ancient Kauri forest, exploring glowworm caves. It is also the center of Polynesian history, with cultural museums and events such as demonstrations of Polynesian song and dance. Included is lunch with Warren and Maritza to plan your trip. (Donors are willing to double)

 Terms: Availability is between April 1- December 7, 2020. April, May and early December are recommended. Must be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time for all parties.




Vail, Colorado US
2 guests | 4 nights | June 2020


Enjoy this acclaimed music festival in the beautiful mountains of Vail, Colorado. Bravo! Vail is under the artistic direction of the pianist Anne Marie McDermott, a favorite at MITV.

Included are:
- Tickets to three Chamber Orchestra of Europe concerts with Yuja Wang (June 25, 27, 28, 2020)
- Lodging for four nights at the Sonnenalp Hotel or similar Vail Valley resort
  (Thursday, June 25 – Monday, June 29, 2020)
- Gift certificates for three dinners at renowned Vail Valley restaurants
- Two-hour horseback riding adventure at Bearcat Stables
- Invitations to the Opening Night Pre-Concert Reception, Opening Night Post-Concert Reception,
   and On-Stage Champagne Toast with the orchestra



Your Home | 10 guests


Who wouldn’t love the opportunity to entertain friends at home with superb cuisine and service, yet not have to lift a finger? Make it Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or a special birthday! Invite up to eight guests to enjoy dinner provided by the culinary artists of Park Avenue Catering, who have provided tonight’s exquisite meal. Music in the Vineyards will help provide live music for the occasion, along with a 1.5-liter bottle of 2013 Peju Province Cabernet Sauvignon



Alpha Omega | 90 guests | $295 per person
June 20, 2020


Join us again next summer for an upscale, downhome evening of music, dancing and bar-b-que on the chic, cozy terrace at Alpha Omega Winery. The Silverado Pick-ups (or equivalent) country rock band will entertain us with their classic country rock music. Proprietors Michelle and Robin Baggett have donated their winery for this private event, and will provide the Baggett Ranch BBQ Team’s Almost World-Famous Ribs along with grilled sides and seasonal salads.



2 guests | 2 nights


--Two nights in The Bellaire Tower, a 1928 art deco building at the top of Russian Hill; enjoy a spacious twelfth floor apartment with Golden Gate View.

--Two Premium seats (orchestra or grand tier) to any Fall ’19 SF Opera of your choice: choose from Romeo & Juliet, Billy Budd, Marriage of Figaro or Manon Lescaut. Be welcomed into the exclusive Jeannik Mequet Littlefield Intermezzo Lounge at intermission for sparkling wine and hors d’ouevres.

--Enjoy contemporary, seasonal American fare and renowned wines at Chef Mark Dommen’s One Market Restaurant.

--Let fashion designer Babette Pinsky, of BP Jewelry, make you a one-of-kind necklace. She loves to recycle your orphaned earrings and other treasures you don’t wear, turning them into something new and wonderful.

--Enjoy drinks at the contemporary loft Babette shares with her husband Steve Pinsky, in the remake of the Clock Tower south of Market. Let them show you their fascinating contemporary art collection.    




Large oil created for MITV and Bravissimo!

Renowned local artist Ira Yaeger has created a painting specifically for Music in the Vineyards 25th Anniversary Gala, Bravissimo!  This is a unique opportunity to own a piece by one of California's foremost figurative artists.  Further details to follow.


 Fund A NeedGail and Harry Adams

The Gail and Harry Adams
Resident Artists Fund


All proceeds go to the Harry and Gail Adams Resident Artists’ Fund. The purpose of all our fundraising is to bridge the 70% gap between ticket revenue and the actual costs of running a four-week annual festival. You can help us keep the standard of excellence high:

Resident Quartets: each week we feature an established quartet with a national reputation. To be competitive, need to be able to pay top dollar for musicians the caliber of tonight’s resident quartet—the Pacifica.

Soloists who are first chairs in major orchestras or members of noted quartets. Virtuosi like you heard tonight.

Something new: The Apprentice String Quartet. Nationwide competition to award a scholarship to a promising young quartet. They will be in residence three weeks of four and will allow us to expand our education and community outreach:
- More performances at Boys and Girls Clubs, throughout Napa County
- More performances at retirement homes and assisted living places.
- Performances at Veterans Home of California, Yountville
- Performances at non-traditional venues such as cafés and galleries.

$5,000            Pays half of a resident ensemble’s fee for one week
$2,500            Pays performance fee and transportation for one virtuoso
$1,000            Pays for one week of free performances in the community of the Apprentice String
                     Quartet OR moving our Steinway grand piano to one winery concert venue.
$500               Pays transportation for one musician
$250               Pays for a Spanish speaking presenter at each free community concert for a week of the
                     Apprentice Quartet.
$100               Pays for a coordinator to organize and transport the Apprentice String Quartet to
                     one performance. OR nearly covers the cost of one tuning of the piano. (each concert)