415-558-0474 Archives for 2010 | Events Calendar

February 13th 8 pm | 2010

Denise Perrier 

Denise Perrier

Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with Denise Perrier’s rich, jazzy voice at the White Barn.

Born in New Orleans, Perrier moved with her family to the Bay Area as a child. As a teenager, Denise was part of a vocal quartet that Louis Armstrong liked so much that he added it to his tour. Denise Perrier has spent most of her thirty-year career performing in the San Francisco Bay Area and touring Europe, Latin America and Asia. With her latest CD, The Second Time Around, with guest Houston Person, she has moved to a higher level of artistry and popularity.

Perrier has a rich contralto voice and sings ballads and blues with equal artistry. With her welcoming straight-ahead style, she focuses on the standards and adds blues and Latin for variety. She has been called  “the voice with a heart” for her ability to connect with her audiences.

Perrier has also performed in many theatrical productions, including "Unforgettable," a tribute to Dinah Washington, which toured the US and Europe.

$35 - includes wine, coffee and delicious Valentine’s Day desserts at intermission.
Benefits Silverado Museum

March 7th 3 pm | 2010

International Womens’ Day Salon & Tea

The Earth Shakers: Women Who Changed the World

This year's salon program will focus on The Earth Shakers: Women who changed the world through their passionate work in the fields of science, history, literature, religion and the arts.

Join us in celebrating International Womens‘ Day as we explore the way in which the innovative ideas and actions of singular women evolved, ultimately changing the way humankind perceives itself.

The program is written and directed by Becca Smith, with salon readers Susan Garden, Theresa Whitehill, Sarah Forni, Jennifer Garden and Becca Smith. Film and photography producer is David Garden.

$20 - includes tea, sherry and delicious refreshments served at intermission
Benefits Napa Emergency Women’s Services

March 13th, 8 pm & 14th, 7 pm | 2010

Kith and Kin 

Kith & Kin

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Kith and Kin, a group of Napa Valley vocalists and musicians, have played traditional Irish music, lively blarney and vocal ballads to sold-out performances at the White Barn since the mid-1980s.

Kathi Brotemarkle, Ron Brunswick, Suzi Gilbert, Ann Gilleran, Linda Howard and Michael Waterson continue the Irish music “sung from the soul” of their founder, the late John Kelley. Former group member Paul Stokey will join them as a special guest for these two performances. The group’s CDs, from selections that they have performed both here and in Ireland, will be available at the performance.

Benefits St. Helena’s Rianda House

April 17th, 8 pm & 18th, 3 pm | 2010

Mark Taylor and Ensemble 

Mark Taylor and Ensemble

Taylor’s combined experience in classical and flamenco guitar makes him a strong and dynamic performer of the classical repertoire, while providing an approach to flamenco that is rhythmically vibrant, passionate and true to the essence of the many styles and forms he interprets. Mark studied flamenco guitar extensively in Spain over a period of 15 years learning the art of solo guitar as well as accompaniment of song and dance style. He has studied in Seville, Granada, Jerez, and Madrid with such great artists and teachers as Mario Escudero, Carlos Heredia (Seville), “El Carbonero” (Jerez), Roman Martin, and at the famous Amor de Dios dance studio (Madrid).

Accompanying Taylor will be Spanish-born flutist Chus Alonso and violinist Tregar Otton, who have both spent decades studying and performing Latin music.

Benefits Napa Valley State Parks Association

May 9th 3 pm | 2010

Georgia Tech Men’s Glee Club

Jerry Ulrich, Director

Georga Tech Men's Glee Club 
The Georgia Tech Glee Club is the oldest student organization on the Georgia Tech campus, the oldest Glee Club in the South, and one of the oldest such groups in the country. Founded in 1906, it has a rich tradition of singing that includes numerous national and international tours, as well as radio broadcasts and recordings. It was one of the first college organizations to record its fight song, making Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech one of the most famous college fight songs in the country. The group has appeared twice on the Ed Sullivan show and has entertained audiences around the world.

Featuring a “healthily irreverent” blend of music, drama, and vocal/visual performance antics, the Georgia Tech Glee Club sings entirely original arrangements of unaccompanied music, utilizing vocal percussion, movement, and technology. For two years, the Glee Club served as Ensemble-in-Residence in Honolulu at the 2006 and 2007 Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities. In 2006, the Glee Club released its first studio CD recording of all original arrangements and compositions. In 2008, the ensemble made a successful solo debut appearance in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and completed a successful ten-day concert tour of England, Scotland and Wales, garnering rave reviews for their performances. In 2009, the Glee Club performed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and in the Russell Senate Building.

In the past year, the Glee Club has performed live on the Weather Channel, Adult Swim cartoon network, and ESPN. This May the Glee Club will travel to California for a west coast concert tour.

Benefits St. Helena Community Food Pantry

August 20th & 21st, 6 pm & 22nd, 4 pm | 2010

Film Fest 2010 - Don't miss it! 

White Barn Film Festival

It's never to early to mark your calendars for the Semi Annual White Barn Film Fest going on this August 20th-22nd 2010 outside on the beautiful White Barn lawn and estate.

The White Barn Film Festival 2010 
The Lady Eve -1941
Director Preston Sturges
Classic Screwball Comedy
Featuring Henry Fonda & Barbara Stanwyck
     [ Read Synopsis ]

The Conversation - 1974
Director Francis Ford Coppola
Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Teri Garr, Frederic Forrest, Cindy Williams, Harrison Ford
"We'll be listening to you."
     [ Read Synopsis ]

Notorious - 1946
Director Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains
     [ Read Synopsis ]

Movies under the Stars, David Garden Jr., Director.

Gate Opens 6pm Friday and Saturday, 4pm Sunday.
Benefits White Barn Filmmaking Camp for Children

September 10th, 6 pm, 11th, 8 pm & 12th, 3 pm | 2010


Musical Moments to Remember

Operetta - Cole Porter - Kurt Weil
Stephen Soundheim - Noel Coward
Nancy Garden - Producer/Director
Pam Rogers - Choreographer
Michael Ross - Stage Director

September 10: 6pm - Dinner under the stars and concert / $75

September 11: 8pm - Music program and dessert intermission / $35
September 12: 3pm - Music program and dessert intermission / $35

1985 Nancy Garden officially opened the 1872 barn doors to the public with three sold-out performances, Parlor Grand, A Mandolin Orchestra; parlor songs and piano pieces of the 1920's with Judy Hubbell; and a Baroque concert featuring Phebe Craig, harpsichordist and Kathleen Kraft, flautist celebrating the 300th birthdays of Handel and Bach. Many eclectic seasons followed with Dancing Under the Stars, Jazz, Bluegrass, Classical and Ethnic music plus poetry readings, drama, opera, musical theater, children's theatre, hayrides & Halloween celebrations.

2010 Our goal is to offer an intimate space to nurture local, Bay area, and international talents and we have succeeded! The most unique aspect of the White Barn (with only 70 seats) has been the philanthropy. Over the 25 years we have given $250,000 to non-profits such as the Napa Valley Symphony, Aldea, Community Resources for Children, The American Red Cross, Sr. Helena and Calistoga Public Libraries, Napa Emergency Women's Services, Napa County Museum and many more.

Benefits White Barn Programs

October 9th, 8 pm & 10th, 3 pm | 2010

Chopin’s Music & Letters 

Chopin’s Music & Letters

As part of their 25th year of entertaining, St. Helena’s much-loved White Barn will celebrate the 200th birthday of world-renowned pianist and composer, Frederic Chopin. Join narrator, Jack Stuart, and pianist, Findlay Cockrell, as they musically guide us through Chopin’s life in letters from his family, friends and colleagues, as well as from his lover, George Sand.

Frederic Chopin was famous for his unique style in the Etudes, Mazurkas, Nocturnes and Waltzes he composed before and after he left his native Warsaw. He preferred to give private, intimate concerts to the rich and famous of the early 1800’s and his private piano lessons commanded high fees. His difficult relationship with the female novelist, Sand, was the stuff of stories. When Chopin died of tuberculosis in 1848, over 3,000 people, including Delacroix, Liszt, Victor Hugo, and other famous people, attended the funeral. George Sand, however, was notably absent.

Findlay Cockrell attended Harvard College ’57 and then the Juilliard School where he earned both Bachelors and Masters degrees. Now retired, he taught at University of Albany for 40 years, with multiple performances of recitals, chamber music, concertos, and orchestral conducting. He has been guest soloist with the Oakland, San Francisco, Albany and Schenectady Symphonies among others, once with Arthur Fiedler conducting, and has performed in Russia, and the Caribbean.

Jack Stuart graduated from Stanford in English and Creative Writing. He taught at Menlo Boys School, worked as a manuscript editor and copywriter, and attended U.C. Davis in the Master’s Program. He is a winemaker in Carmel Valley, worked 25 years with Silverado Winery, and he and tow partners own Trivium Wines.

Benefits Community Resources for Children

October 22nd &23rd, 8 pm | 2010

Halloween Hijinks at The White Barn, Oct. 22-23, 2010 

Halloween Hijinks

Tales of the Supernatural
Produced by David Garden Jr. and
Becca Smith

Come in costume! 
An evening of Gothic Tales, Camp Horror, Shadow-play and Film. Costumes are encouraged!

Come early to sip a glass of wine and view Day of the Dead altars in the lower gallery.

Benefits Cameo Cinema of St. Helena

November 5th &6th, 8 pm & 7th, 3 pm | 2010

Art ...plus Art Show 

ART …plus Art Show

Please join us for a celebration benefiting the Ira Wolk Memorial Scholarship at St. Helena High School, featuring a performance of the production “Art.” and live auctions of artwork by artists who were once represented by Wolk.

The award winning comedic play “Art,” written by French playwright Yasmina Reza, centers around themes of art appreciation and friendship. It is a one act performance featuring the talent of Tim Setzer, Dodds Delzell and Tim Kniffin.

Many favorites, including Anne Hunter Hamilton, Susan Friedman, Helen Berggruen, Thea Schrack, Sibylle Szaggars, Pamela Glasscock, Donna McGinnis and Marti Somers have gathered and donated a significant body of work that will be on display and available for auction. This collection of work by established artists honors Ira Wolk’s enduring legacy: belief in potential, an eye for beauty and a love of the creative process.

As a gallery director, Ira significantly guided and influenced the lives of artists and aficionados through his uncompromising standards, his refined taste and his encouragement of creative potential. His love of art and the artists who make it will live on in their creations.

Proceeds to benefit Ira Wolk Memorial Scholarship at St. Helena High School

November 19th, 5-8 pm & 20-21st, 11-4 pm | 2010

White Barn Winter Fair

The White Barn has decided to revive an old tradition and to once again hold its beloved White Barn Winter Fair.
The White Barn Winter Fair 2010 
A variety of talented local artisans and craftsmen will join together at the White Barn Winter Fair to benefit the Arts Council Napa Valley.

The event will feature a wide selection of unique handmade crafts and one-of-a-kind creations. Visitors will find everything from the unusual to the unique sure to fit every taste and budget. Shoppers may purchase beautiful handmade jewelry, cards, fine art originals and prints, wooden cutting boards, hand blown glass ware, holiday floral designs, textiles, ceramics, artisan food, potions, striking recycled items, and so much more!

Preview Night, Friday November 19th will run from 5-8pm and include wine, a winter soup, dessert and light music. Preview attendees will have the opportunity to purchase fine goods in advance of the general public while they enjoy a festive evening.

Just in time for holiday gift shopping, decorating and entertaining, you won’t want to miss this wonderful event! Visit the Fair on Saturday and Sunday November 20 & 21 from 11am to 4pm. Free admission and plenty of free parking.

November 19:5-8pm - Wine Reception Benefit / $15
November 20 & 21, 11am-4pm
Wine reception benefits Arts Council Napa Valley