Music in the Vineyards hosts its benefit gala "Sommerfest," on Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena. In celebration of the festival's 21st season, the Viennese-inspired evening includes live music, dinner, an auction and dancing, like the Schubert-style concerts held in Austria in the 19th century.
The festivities begin with a terrace reception accompanied by the Joe Bajuk Tyrolean Trio. The evening continues with a formal indoor concert featuring three of Schubert's works including the "Wanderer Fantasy," "Nocturne," and the "Trout Quintet" for piano and strings.
“These days, we think of music as being either classical or popular, with the concert and dance hall as two separate realms, but Schubert thought differently,” said Anne Evans, vice president of the organization and chairwoman of the gala. “Like a good Viennese, he loved dances --waltzes and ländler in particular -- and composed many, performing them on the piano at these Schubertiades.”
Tickets to Sommerfest ($275) include a three-course dinner and wine in the barrel room, as well as a live auction featuring trips and cultural experiences in Bavaria, Santa Fe, and private wineries. The night concludes with professional Bavarian music and dancing with full costuming, and even guests are welcomed to wear Austrian-themed attire.
All proceeds benefit Music in the Vineyards, the Napa Valley chamber music festival hosting its 21st season this July 31 - Aug. 23. Tickets are limited, and can be purchased by calling (707) 258-5559 or by visiting www.musicinthevineyards.org.