Napa Valley Festival Del Sole

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Napa Valley Festival del Sole, one of the world's most distinctive summer festivals, announces its fourth season in California's beautiful wine country, July 17-25, 2009.
 
With performances every day, music is the centerpiece of a festival hailed by The New York Times as a "feast for the senses," featuring the finest cuisine, wine and hospitality the Napa Valley has to offer. The weeklong schedule includes world-class concerts, exclusive receptions, lunches and dinners, wine tastings, art exhibitions, free community concerts showcasing talented young performers, and more.

Some of the world's most renowned artists travel to Napa Valley each year to perform at Festival del Sole, and to wine, dine and celebrate the "art of life" with Festival guests.
This year's Festival kicks off with an Opening Night Concert July 18 at the Napa Valley Opera House featuring three remarkable young artists - violinist Sarah Chang with pianist Andrew von Oeyen, and 14-year old pianist Conrad Tao. The concert is followed by a twilight dinner on the terrace overlooking Napa Valley at Palmaz Vineyards, a new Festival Partner Winery.

Chang performs again on July 19 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas under the baton of its conductor and director, Alondra de la Parra. Founded in 2004 to promote the work of talented young soloists and composers, the New York-based Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas has since performed around the world to critical acclaim. The evening's program includes Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Historic Far Niente Winery opens its doors for a dinner following the concert, featuring a special private performance.

On July 20, Darioush winery welcomes guests for an "Evening of Persian Hospitality," a night of Persian cuisine and music that is fast becoming a favorite Festival del Sole tradition. Anoushirvan Rohani, one of Iran's finest composers and pianists, performs.

Festival del Sole teams up with Robert Redford for a concert benefiting the Redford Center on July 21. The benefit concert takes place at Castello di Amorosa, vintner Dario Sattui's dramatic medieval-style Tuscan castle and winery. Patrons and artists will be treated to a post-concert dinner at Agustin and Valeria Huneeus' home on the grounds of Quintessa winery.

On July 22, Alondra de la Parra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas perform at Castello di Amorosa with violinist Nikolaj Znaider, followed by dinner in the caves at Rudd Vineyards & Winery.

Renowned soprano Renée Fleming makes her Festival del Sole debut on July 23, in a recital at Castello di Amorosa. Festival del Sole's star power continues throughout the evening, with pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Antonio Pappano, cellist Nina Kotova, and violinist Nikolaj Znaider performing. Following the performance, a dinner honoring Ms. Fleming takes place at The Napa Valley Reserve. Proceeds from this evening benefit Napa Valley performing arts organizations.

On July 24, Festival del Sole guests will be treated to an intimate jazz performance at the Robert Mondavi Winery, along with dinner in their historic vineyards.

On July 25 Antonio Pappano, in a rare North American appearance, conducts the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and cellist Nina Kotova in Mozart's Magic Flute Overture, Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Mozart's 31st Symphony. The concert takes place at Lincoln Theater, followed by the Festival's closing night dinner on Signorello Vineyards' dramatic terrace overlooking Napa Valley.

"For the fourth year running, Napa Valley Festival del Sole offers an exceptional blend of world-class artistry, five-star cuisine, fine wines and exceptional hospitality," said festival co-founder and director Richard Walker. "Artists and audiences are coming from all over the world to participate in this one-of-a-kind summer festival."

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