There are few things that go together as well as chamber music and fine wine, which is probably part of what makes Music in the Vineyards one of the world’s most highly acclaimed chamber music festivals. It is held in late summer each year throughout Napa Valley, hosting world famous artists-in-residence from throughout North America and Europe. With shows held throughout wine country at different vineyards, wineries and other memorable settings with breathtaking views of the Napa Valley, guests have the chance to see 40 musicians perform throughout the month of concerts. Music in the Vineyards is one of the area’s biggest draws and is the perfect excuse to take a vacation in this coveted Northern California destination.
Approaching its 21st season of hosting world-famous musicians for a series of unforgettable performances, Music in the Vineyards is a non-profit organization devoted to keeping chamber music central and celebrated throughout contemporary culture. Starting from their first year in 1994 when a handful of musicians, hosted in the homes of devoted residents, performed three programs throughout the Valley and growing to what it has become today, it is an event worth going out of your way to witness.
The 2015 festival will take place July 31st through August 23, and will as usual celebrate Napa Valley wines at the intermission of each show with complimentary tastings. This year the festival will celebrate the music of Franz Schubert, with one of his pieces in each of the 14 programs. Many artists will be having their debut at this year’s festival, from violinists and violists to cellists and pianists. Tickets can be purchased for individual shows online, by phone or by mail or fax. If you buy them before July 1st they are $55 apiece and jump to $60 thereafter. You can also buy season tickets by phone only, which come in both 14-concert series, as well as 8-concert series packs.
There are open rehearsals throughout the festival, which are free to the public at the Napa Valley college, with official performances kicking off on Friday, July 31 at Frog’s Leap Winery. Other renowned venues include the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, Black Stallion Winery, Beringer Vineyards, Robert Mondavi Winery, Clos Pegase, Chimney Rock, and Hess Collection. The closing night performance will take places at Silverado Vineyards, and a celebration following at the Meadowood Resort with a wine reception and buffet dinner under the stars. Click here to view the complete schedule of the festival.
Music in the Vineyards is not only an event you don’t want to miss, but it’s one of the best ways to explore the entire Napa Valley and to appreciate some of its most famous sites and taste its most delicious wines while enjoying world class performances. It’s a rare occasion, and one worth traveling for. If you’re looking for other things to do while visiting for the music, check out this free Napa Valley vacation guide for great ideas for what to see and do in the area, and of course, where to eat.