Music in the Vineyards Artistic Philosophy
Music in the Vineyards is a nationally-acclaimed chamber music festival held each August in the world famous wine growing region of the Napa Valley, California. The festival showcases nearly 40 world-class artists-in-residence from the U.S., Europe and Canada performing new and classic chamber music repertoire in stunning winery settings. Each concert is hosted by a different Napa Valley winery in barrel rooms, caves and event spaces. With complimentary wine tastings at each intermission and breathtaking views of the wine valley, this unique combination of wine country ambiance and world class talent allows artists and audiences alike to experience chamber music in an intimate setting as it was intended to be performed.
The artistic philosophy of Music in the Vineyards is central to how the festival developed. From the beginning, Artistic Directors, Daria and Michael Adams, vowed to avoid the pitfalls of too many concerts, with too little rehearsal time. They vowed not to become a “brown-n-serve” festival, where musicians sweep into town for a minimum of rehearsals, play a few concerts and leave. The goal is to ensure that there would be ample rehearsal time to get to know not only the music, but their fellow musicians, the local community and the beautiful surroundings of the valley. To that end, they insist that musicians remain “in residence” for at least a week at a time. There are four different programs per week with repertoire selected by the artistic directors. Ensembles who attend the festival give one concert of their own program and then stay on to participate as individuals in the remaining three programs. An environment has been created that is both serious, yet relaxed, and has been integral to Music in the Vineyard’s success. When musicians are well rehearsed and well taken care of, they can’t help but play beautifully!
You can view videos and hear sound recordings from the festival here.
We have an extensive community outreach program taking live chamber music performances to retirement homes, Boys' and Girls' Clubs and alternative venues throughout the Napa Valley. We are a non-profit organization and host various fundraising events throughout the year, some of which are during the festival and involve festival musicians. 2021 marks our 27th Season!
If you are interested in participating in the festival please send your details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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