Festival Napa Valley - Joshua Bell's Seasons of Cuba at Far Niente

Far Niente Winery

July 15, 2017
Hosted by: Festival Napa Valley
Time: 7:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Price: $248-1000

One of the great wine estates of the world, Far Niente hosts tonight’s celebration saluting the music and culture of Cuba. Headlining is the renowned violinist and conductor Joshua Bell – a Grammy Award-winning virtuoso of great breadth and the music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

The festivities begin at Far Niente’s Cabernet Grill, where Cuban and other culinary delights will be paired with Far Niente’s superlative vintages.

Then Bell leads the Havana Chamber Orchestra, pianist Aldo López-Gavilán, soprano Larisa Martínez and other special guests in a vibrant program that spans from Vivaldi classics to Piazzolla tangos and beyond. This artistic collaboration, which began in 2016 when Bell traveled to Havana as part of the US government’s inaugural cultural mission to Cuba under President Obama, illustrates cultural diplomacy at its very best.

A spirited after party, featuring the infectious rhythms of a live Latin band, Dolce-jitos (made with the winery’s “liquid gold” Dolce) and Cuba’s highly-prized cigars, caps off this celebratory evening.

Havana Chamber Orchestra appearance made possible with generous support from Claire and Steven Stull
Larisa Martínez appears as part of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series