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Napa Valley Opera House Announces Summer 2010 Schedule

Napa Valley Opera House Summer 2010 Season Line Up - Tickets on sale NOW. A note from Artistic Director Evy Warshawski -This time of year is definitely one of my favorites. From May through Labor Day, I have the pleasure of sharing with you the eclectic arts puzzle that is the NVOH summer season.

This summer's puzzle pieces are comprised of shows and special events that are familiar, friendly, family oriented and most importantly, fun! We'll be throwing a few pre-show "foodie" parties on the newly opened Opera House Plaza and partnering with community organizations to provide great entertainment.
We are proud to again partner with the Robert Mondavi Winery this July to present a summer concert series, featuring everything from country favorites Court Yard Hounds (the sisters from the Dixie Chicks) to reggae legend Ziggy Marley.
We've also just announced two exciting shows - an evening with comedian Paula Poundstone on July 29 (now on sale) and a "Labor Day Luau" on September 4 with George Kahumoku and the Masters of Hawaiian Music.

Our current schedule is below, along with links to tickets and information and high-res images when available. We always looking for drop-in shows and exciting additions and we look forward to seeing you at the Opera House or on the lawn at the Robert Mondavi Winery this summer!

NVOH Box Office: 707.226.7372

Spotlight Productions - Presented by the Napa Valley Opera House

A Tribute to Harry Chapin featuring The Steve Chapin Band

with special guest Jessica Craven of The Chapin Sisters

Saturday June 5, 8:00 p.m.

$25 / $30

Spend an early summer evening with the songs of Harry Chapin as performed by the Steve Chapin Band. Harry's brother Steve and original band members Big John Wallace and Howard Fields will be performing Harry's most loved songs (Taxi, Cat's In The Cradle, Mr. Tanner, W.O.L.D.) and many more. Featured guest Jessica Craven (1/3 of the Chapin Sisters) will add her gorgeous voice to both Harry's and Steve's beautiful tunes. Steve and Big John's guitar playing boys (Jonathan & Clark) round out the band for what will undoubtedly be a charming musical performance and a true Chapin family event.

Papa Doo Run Run

Friday June 11, 8:00 p.m.

$30, Cafe Theatre

Formed in 1965, California band PAPA DOO RUN RUN quickly discovered their forte - they sounded like The Beach Boys! That sound led them to surf music icons, Jan & Dean, and from 1976-80 Papa toured North America with the duo. In the 80s Papa graduated from J&D to The Beach Boys, and toured and recorded with members of that band throughout the next two decades. The group also had an unprecedented 15-year run as the "Celebrity House Band" at Disneyland from 1975-90.

Their act encompasses all the great classic rock hits of the 60s and 70s, with a special emphasis on their award winning re-creation of the hits of The Beach Boys. Their best kept secret... Papa Doo Run Run is who The Beach Boys call when they need someone to fill in in their band. You can sit and listen or get up and dance at this fun-filled Café Theatre party.

Summer Beach Party
Sponsored in part by Annie & Dale Schwarzhoff

Friday June 11, 6:00 p.m. (on the Plaza behind the Opera House)

$85 per person Includes dinner and passed appetizers catered by Fumé Bistro PLUS ticket to 8:00pm

Papa Doo Run Run show

Does not include alcoholic beverages, please bring your own wine (no corkage)

Limited space, call 707.226.7372 to purchase tickets for the party & show

Sing-Along Wizard of Oz Movie

Saturday June 12, 2:00pm & 7:00 p.m.

$12 (regular); $8 (children 12 and under)


Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! This fun-filled sing-along promises to entertain even the grumpiest flying monkey. Dress up in your shiniest red shoes, pack Toto in his basket, comb your mane, fluff your hay, oil those joints and head on over to the Opera House to sing along to songs like: "Over the Rainbow," "The Lollipop Guild," "If I Only Had a Brain," "We're Off to See the Wizard" and "Ding, Dong The Witch is Dead!"

Don't worry... if you don't know the words, subtitles will be provided. And of course we'll have a costume contest!

Missoula Children's Theatre: Treasure Island


Auditions: Monday June 14, 10:00 a.m., Café Theatre

Rehearsals, June 14-19: 10 am - 2:30 pm

Children ages 5 - 18 are invited to audition for the production of Treasure Island. More information at

Performance: Saturday June 19, 3:00 p.m.

$15/adults, $12 kids (12 and under)

Returning for another summer, the ever-popular Missoula Children's Theatre takes pride in presenting Treasure Island, an original adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's epic novel, featuring local students.

David Grisman Quintet Plus One

Friday, June 18, 8:00 p.m.



For over 45 years, mandolinist/composer David Grisman has been busy creating "dawg" music, a blend of many stylistic influences (including folk, swing, bluegrass, Latin, jazz and gypsy) so unique he gave it its own name. In doing so, David has inspired a whole new genre of acoustic string instrumental music -with style and virtuosity, while creating a unique niche for himself in the world of contemporary music.

The Waifs

Tuesday June 22, 8:00 p.m.

$25 / $30 / $35


The Waifs possess sheer instrumental virtuosity. Whether it's acoustic guitar, mandolin or dobro, their performances on these strummed instruments are a delight. The road looms large and long in the Waifs' inspirational tale of self-determined international success. It intersected for sisters Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn and guitarist Josh Cunningham in a remote corner of the Western Australian desert 17 years ago. Their mobile cottage industry of campfire-crafted songs and independently recorded gold-selling CDs slowly reached critical mass first in their native Australia and then the U.S.

Ziggy Marley: Family Time

Friday, July 16, 11:00 a.m.



In the wake of his 2006 album Love Is My Religion, which earned his fourth Grammy Award, Ziggy Marley shares his musical love with families - his own and the extended human family with this performance of tunes from his third solo release, Family Time.

Riders in the Sky

Thursday, July 22, 8:00 p.m.

$25 / $30 / $35


For thirty years, the Grammy Award-winning group Riders In The Sky has been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life "The Cowboy Way!"

An Evening with Paula Poundstone

Thursday, July 29, 8:00 p.m.

$35 / $40


One of Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, Paula Poundstone is a frequent panelist on the National Public Radio news quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! and a regular guest on A Prairie Home Companion. She has provided humor and commentary for the Emmy and Oscar Awards, and served as "official correspondent" for The Tonight Show during the ‘92 Presidential race as well as on The Rosie O'Donnell Show for the ‘96 campaign. She's earned two Cable ACE Awards, an Emmy and the American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up. In addition to a short-lived ABC variety show, she was a regular on Hollywood Squares and To Tell The Truth, and voiced Judge Stone on ABC's Science Court. Her most recent release is 2009's I Heart Jokes.

The Best of Gilbert & Sullivan

Saturday, July 31, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 1, 2:00 p.m.

$25 / $30 / $35


On February 13, 1880, the Grand Opening of the Napa Valley Opera House featured Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore. To celebrate our 130th Anniversary, we are pleased to present a concert of Gilbert & Sullivan's greatest hits, produced by award-winning East Bay theatre director Daren A.C. Carollo, featuring eight of the best voices in the Bay Area performing from the most popular "G&S" operettas: H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and more. Don't miss this fast-paced performance, filled with laughter, romance and some of the most memorable music ever written.

Jim Messina

Friday, August 6, 8:00 p.m.

$40 / $45


As a singer, writer, guitarist, producer and engineer, Jim Messina has performed with such rock bands as Buffalo Springfield, Poco and Loggins & Messina, performing everything from country to pop and rock.

Labor Day Luau -with- George Kahumoku and the Masters of Hawaiian Music

Saturday, September 4, 8:00 p.m.

$35 / $40


Four Grammy-winning artists come together for one amazing evening. Featuring George Kahumoku, Jr. and Dennis Kamakahi, both on slack key guitar and vocals; Uncle Richard Ho'opi'i on ukulele and vocals; and Bobby Ingano on slide steel guitar.

ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY and Napa Valley Opera House


Tickets & Information:

Concerts held at the Robert Mondavi Winery

Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Fireworks

Saturday, July 3, 7pm

$60 (general) / $90 (reserved lawn) / $190 (dinner seating)

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter, founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. The band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, this music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Under the auspices of current director, Ben Jaffe, the son of founders Allan and Sandra, Preservation Hall continues with a deep reverence and consciousness of its greatest attributes in the modern day as a venue, band, and record label.

The Court Yard Hounds
Featuring Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks.

Saturday, July 10, 7pm

$75 (general) / $105 (reserved lawn) / $205 (dinner seating)

As the mainstays of the Dixie Chicks since they formed the group in 1989, sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison have been familiar faces to many millions of fans. "Chicks" fans couldn't help but hear those ever-present harmonies and wonder if Emily and Martie might ever come out from hiding in plain sight. That's just what they've done in their newly hatched incarnation as Court Yard Hounds, with a debut album that has the siblings sounding like they've been fearless frontwomen all their lives.

Ziggy Marley

Friday, July 16, 7pm

$85 (general) / $115 (reserved lawn) / $215 (dinner seating)

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Ziggy first sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob, when he was ten years old. Joining with his three siblings to become The Melody Makers, Ziggy crafted his own soulful sound blending blues, R&B, hip-hop and reggae. After two decades as the driving creative force behind the three-time Grammy-winning act, Ziggy released his debut solo album, Dragonfly, in 2003 and Love Is My Religion in 2006, which earned his fourth Grammy Award. With his third solo release, Family Time, Ziggy shares his musical love with families - his own and the extended human family. In addition to his skills as a singer, songwriter and producer, Ziggy founded U.R.G.E. (Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment), a non-profit organization that benefits a wide range of charitable children's causes in Jamaica, Ethiopia and other developing nations.

Juan de Marcos & the Afro-Cuban All Stars

Saturday, July 17, 7pm

$60 (general) / $90 (reserved lawn) / $190 (dinner seating)

Cuban bandleader, producer, and impresario extraordinaire Juan de Marcos has a mission to show the world the wealth, diversity and vitality of Cuban music. His work with the Afro-Cuban All Stars, the Buena Vista Social Club, Rubén González, Ibrahim Ferrer, Sierra Maestra and others has made an extraordinary contribution to raising the profile of Cuban music throughout the world. He has maintained the Afro-Cuban All Stars as an active touring band, performing to ecstatic audiences around the globe.

Chris Botti

Presented by Festival del Sole

Saturday, July 24, 7pm

$65 (general) / $95 (reserved lawn) / $195 (dinner seating)

Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 Jazz Albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum & Grammy Awards.

Partnered Productions

Garage Band 101: Music of the 1980s

Presented by the Napa School of Music

May 21 & 22, 7:00 p.m.; $12 in advance; $15 at the door

Napa School of Music presents its Garage Band 101 concert featuring music from the 1980s. GB101 is an 11-week program in which the experienced instructors from the Napa School of Music teach students as young as seven to play in their own rock band. The concert presented here is the culmination of these intensive rehearsals. A great event for the whole family!

Film Screening: The Most Dangerous Man in America
(2010 Academy Award-nominated Best Documentary)

Followed by an on-stage conversation with Mr. Daniel Ellsberg, moderated by the film's director Ms. Judith Ehrlich.

Presented in association with the Founders/Producers of the Napa Valley Film Festival (premiering 2011).

Wednesday, May 26, 6:30 p.m., $15

Maestro's Surprise: Eroica and Aranjuez together!

Pacific Chamber Symphony presents a program of lyric Romanticism with a Spanish twist

Sunday May 23, 2:00 p.m.; $32 / $40

Pacific Chamber Symphony welcomes world-renowned Grammy Award nominated guitarist Paul Galbraith as a solo guest artist. Known for his "exceptional artistry" (The New Yorker), Galbraith is "worth traveling long distances to hear" (The Guardian, U.K.). Don't miss this zesty season finale as Maestro Lawrence Kohl adds a dash of Spanish flair in Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" and lyric Romanticism in Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony. The surprising combination will warm the heart.

La Vie Parisienne by Jacques Offenbach

Presented by Pocket Opera

Sunday June 6, 2:00 p.m.; $30 / $35

As a very young man, Offenbach arrived in Paris from a small town in Germany and promptly fell in love with the city -- a love affair that lasted a lifetime and culminated in this magnificent, mischievous, joyful paean to his adopted city. He was but one of the thousands of visitors that pour into Paris each day from all parts of the world to view the splendors of the city of light, to seek adventure, excitement and thrills, and get a brief, succulent taste of La Vie Parisienne.

Alice in Wonderland

Presented by Napa Regional Dance Company

Saturday June 26, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; $20

Alice in Wonderland returns! Don't miss Napa Regional Dance Company's full-length ballet. Local artists will showcase themed-related work in the Opera House Café.

Bash: Three Plays by Neil LaBute
Presented by Thrift Shop Theater
Sponsored by Wandering Rose

July 7, 8 & 9, $20

Where does violence come from? What is the difference between a random act of violence and pre-meditated brutality? Neil LaBute raises these questions and more in his trilogy of one-act plays. Join Napa's own Thrift Shop Theater for their flagship production as they attempt to bring a new kind of theater to the Napa Valley. Come immerse yourself in a world of theater inspired by the Corporeal Mime Technique of Etienne Decroux, which focuses the actor's whole body into an expressive vehicle of thought and emotion.

NOTE: Contains adult situations and language. Not suitable for audiences under 12 years of age.

Festival del Sole Napa Valley 2010 Opening Night Concert
Friday, July 16, 6:30 p.m.
$35 - $75

Featuring Conrad Tao, piano
Members of the Russian National Orchestra
Mozart Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 414

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

Presented by Pocket Opera

Sunday, July 18, 2pm, $30/$35

At first glance, it would seem that we have entered the sparkling make believe land of operetta: Parisian glamour and glitter, a party in progress, champagne, elegant people, animated conversation, a rousing drinking song, followed by dance music. But cracks in the brittle surface are soon exposed. A pleasure-loving lady of questionable morality is transformed when she unexpectedly finds true love, with tragic yet glorious consequences, for which the world of opera will be eternally grateful.

Battle of the Bands

Presented by Wandering Rose

Saturday August 7, 7:00 p.m.; $10 in advance, $12 at the door show night

Wandering Rose presents its second-annual Battle of the Bands! Bands from around the Napa Valley will come together to perform on one stage. Last year's sold-out show shed some light on the type of talent that can be found in our own backyard. This year, selected bands will have the opportunity to play on the Opera House main stage, and it will be up to the audience to decide the winner. Buy your tickets soon! This is definitely a concert you do not want to miss!

We Live Here: Celebrating Music Made in Napa

Friday August 13, 8:00 p.m., $20

Featuring: The Juliane Band, The Threshold Singers, The Napa Valley Barbershop Chorus and special guests

Garage Band 101: Summer of Love

Presented by the Napa School of Music

Saturday August 14, 7:00 p.m.; $12 in advance; $15 at the door

Napa School of Music presents its Garage Band 101 concert featuring hippie rock from the summer of love. GB101 is an 11-week program in which the experienced instructors from the Napa School of Music teach students as young as seven to play in their own rock band. The concert presented here is the culmination of these intensive rehearsals. A great event for the whole family!

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