Seasons of Hope Concert + Patron Dinner at Odette – July 18th, 2023


Maestro Constantine Orbelian led Festival Orchestra Napa and a stellar lineup of soloists in Seasons of Hope, an evening of works featuring stories of courage, sacrifice, and hope. Cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper and vocal ensemble Volti performed Lera Auerbach’s Symphony No. 6, Vessels of Light, a piece dedicated to the extraordinary heroism of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Jewish refugees during World War II.

The program also featured three spellbinding choral works by esteemed composer Gordon Getty: Shenandoah with soprano Lisa Delan, the world premiere of Annie Laurie, and the monumental Joan and the Bells, a work honoring the life and martyrdom of Joan of Arc with baritone Lester Lynch and soprano Melody Moore.

Auerbach Symphony No. 6, Vessels of Light
Dedicated to Chiune Sugihara
Kristina Reiko Cooper, cello
Ronit Widmann-Levy, soprano
Rachmaninoff Vocalise
Getty vocal works
Shenandoah (Lisa Delan, soprano)
Annie Laurie (world premiere)
Joan and the Bells cantata Melody Moore, soprano  |  Lester Lynch, baritone

Patron Dinner at Odette Estate Winery

In literature, lore, and winemaking, Odette is a legend — a princess, a ruler, a preeminent figure in history. She is also the namesake of the Odette Estate Winery, where some of Napa Valley’s finest wines are produced, and the picturesque setting for tonight’s Patron Dinner.

Nestled off the Silverado Trail, Odette’s LEED Gold Certified winery sits on 45 magnificent acres of estate vineyard in Napa Valley’s iconic Stags Leap District. Odette wines are imbued with love and respect for the land and an emphasis on sustainability — the winery is both historic in its legacy and forward-thinking in its organic practices. But more than anything else, Odette is renowned for its spectacular wines — indeed, the winery and its Head Winemaker Jeff Owens made history when their inaugural vintage scored 100 points from The Wine Advocate.

For this quintessential Festival Napa Valley evening, guests at this festive dinner were treated to a gourmet meal under the stars, paired with Odette’s acclaimed wines and, of course, an unforgettable musical performance.

Kristina Reiko and Constantine Orbelian
Maria Manetti Shrem and LeMel Humes
Lester Lynch, Lisa Delan and Constantine Orbelian
Gordon Getty