May 29: Lynn Harrell at the Napa Valley Symphony

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It happens to the best of us. You’re in a rush after the performance, you stash your $4 million cello in the back of a taxi. and, well, gosh-a-roonie, you forget the dang thing! Yo-Yo Ma and Philippe Quint have famously left their irreplaceable instruments in taxicabs, and cellist Lynn Harrell joined this club the hard way—is there any easy way?—by accidentally leaving behind his 1673 Stradivarius once owned by Jacqueline du Pré while the squat yellow automobile drove away down the New York City streets. Cellist and cello were soon reunited, and Harrell, recipient of the first Avery Fisher Prize in 1975, continued to tour the world, playing for the finest conductors and orchestras. He plays Dvorák’s Cello Concerto in a whimsical program including Stravinsky’s Jeu de Cartes and the overture to Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Napa Valley Symphony on Friday, May 29, at the Lincoln Theater. 100 California Drive, Yountville. 8pm. $30–$65. 707.226.8742.Gabe Meline

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