Annual 'Music in the Vineyards' Features Pacifica Quartet, Nobilis Trio
There’s no better accompaniment to Bartók’s Quartet No. 4 than a glass of pinot noir. That well-matched pair, among many others, will be presented at this year’s MUSIC IN THE VINEYARDS, the annual chamber music series held in Northern California’s wine-country region. Now in its third year, the concert series promises some music that has never been performed before, such as Salon Buenos Aires, commissioned by the festival and composed by MIGUEL DEL AGUILA, a piece the series’ artistic directors describe as a “singing sextet” with a distinctly Latin sound.
In honor of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, the series’ repertoire includes ten of Mozart’s most cherished works. Also on the bill is the humorous Gulliver’s Travels for two violins by Georg Philipp Telemann.
Organizers say Music in the Vineyards’ specialty is a varied selection of intimate chamber-music concerts on the grounds of various Napa Valley wineries, all paired with gourmet foods and fine wines. The series runs three weeks and will feature the PACIFICA QUARTET, pictured here, and the NOBILIS TRIO.
“We don’t want to be one of those festivals—I’ve heard the term parachute festival—where they drop into town and then shoot off,” says MICHAEL ADAMS, the co-artistic director of Music in the Vineyards.
Music in the Vineyards runs between August 9 and 27. Tickets range from $40 to $45, or guests can buy a season pass to attend all 12 concerts for $395. For more information, call (707) 258-5559 or visit napavalleymusic.org.