Opening Night with Festival Orchestra Napa + Patron Dinner at Castello di Amorosa – July 14th, 2023

Opening Night with Festival Orchestra Napa

Festival Napa Valley kicked off its 17th season with a celebratory evening featuring two beloved masterpieces and one world premiere. The concert opened with a new work by rising young composer Yang Bao. Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas took center stage for Joaquín Rodrigo’s iconic Concierto de Aranjuez. The evening culminated with pianist Alexander Malofeev performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s lush Piano Concerto No. 2 – a fitting tribute to one of the world’s greatest composers on his 150th Anniversary. Kyle Dickson, 2023 recipient of the Joel Revzen Conducting Fellowship, led Festival Orchestra Napa.

A selection of artwork created by students and seniors in the Festival’s How I See Music workshops was projected during the performance.

Patron Dinner at Castello di Amorosa

Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, Castello di Amorosa is a winery unlike any other. A vast estate with a 121,000-square-foot, 13th-century-style Tuscan castle at its heart, the winery boasts sprawling vineyards and breathtaking views. The realized dream of proprietor Dario Sattui, it’s also a real-life fairy tale and a place where memories are made.

Castello di Amorosa hosted the Opening Night dinner in its enchanting open-air courtyard. Guests dined under the moon on a sumptuous meal paired with Castello di Amorosa’s award-winning Italian-style wines – a magical evening that will be remembered for years to come.

Julie Husic and Frank Husic
Peter Mondavi, Katie Mondavi, Rica Mondavi and Lucio Mondavi
Steph Busch, Rick Walker, Tim Busch and Joe Leinacker
Pablo Sainz Villegas
Yang Bao