Trisha Yearwood among the artists on the bill for the Napa Valley Festival’s 16th summer season

Maestro Carlo Ponti will perform at the Napa Valley Festival’s 2022 summer season opener. Photo: Leah Millis/The Chronicle

The Napa Valley Festival’s 2022 summer season returns with an eclectic lineup that features a mix of symphonic concerts, opera, dance, jazz, and family events, as well as wine tastings, art exhibits, and five star meal.

“Performances at the Napa Valley Festival this summer highlight the importance of the arts in today’s world,” festival co-founder Richard Walker said in a statement announcing the 16th season on Friday, March 25. “Our mission is more vital than ever.”

The theme for this year’s festival, scheduled for July 15-24, is “The Sounds of America,” said Robin Baggett, chairman of the festival’s board of directors. “From Copland and Bernstein to jazz, swing, Broadway, bluegrass and country, this is the music that celebrates our shared heritage.”

Trisha Yearwood Photo: Photo by Mickey Bernal/FilmMagic/FilmMagic,

The Napa Valley Festival opening concert is set to feature Carlo Ponti conducting Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide Overture” with the Festival Orchestra Napa, and Sophia Bacelar performing movements from Daniel Brewbaker’s “La Serenissima” Cello Concerto and Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” by Dvořák. ”

Two days later, on July 17, country star and Food Network personality Trisha Yearwood is due to perform at the Arts for All gala. The fundraiser provides scholarships to emerging musicians and free music education and cultural activities for Napa Valley students, veterans and seniors. Its summer music academy provides 95 college and conservatory musicians with hands-on performance experience during the festival.

The program also includes Bay Area violin prodigy Amaryn Olmeda on July 18, the jazzy Brubeck Brothers Quartet on July 19 and London recorder player Tabea Debus performing a children’s concert on July 21.

Violin prodigy Amaryn Olmeda. Photo: Courtesy of the SF Chamber Orchestra

Performances will take place outdoors on the Napa Valley Festival Stage at the Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, the Jackson Family Wines Amphitheater at the Culinary Institute of America in Copia in Napa, and through the cellars and concert halls of the region.

Concert tickets cost up to $35, with several free events throughout the week. A limited number of passes are available for special events, including the Arts for All Gala. Passes for Taste of Napa range from $150 to $295.

To view the full schedule and purchase tickets and passes, visit FestivalNapaValley.org.




  • Aidin Vaziri

    Aidin Vaziri is the pop music critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: avaziri@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @MusicSF

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