VAIL — Bravo! Vail’s celebrated Silver Oak & Twomey series continues Wednesday and Thursday evening, pairing beautiful chamber music at Vail’s Donovan Pavilion with the award-winning Napa Valley wines of Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars. Now in its third season, the Silver Oak & Twomey series is designed to create a relaxed atmosphere for experiencing music. Seating is cabaret style, and each ticket purchase includes a gourmet selection of appetizers by Denver’s Three Tomatoes catering and two glasses of either Silver Oak or Twomey wine. Tickets are $50 and are on sale at bravovail.org.
“The Silver Oak & Twomey Series is one of my favorite parts of Bravo! Vail,” said James W. Palermo, president and executive director of Bravo! Vail. “Experiencing great masterpieces and newer, ‘out of the ordinary’ finds, in combination with great food and wine, all while surrounded by the beauty of nature at the Donovan Pavilion, makes for an unbeatable combination. It really is a special and unique series.”
At Silver Oak & Twomey concerts, Bravo! Vail Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott wants audiences to hear from the musicians how new and recent music is still connected to the past. The goal is to create an ongoing dialogue with the audiences to understand how great music from all eras connects with present day experiences.
Tonight, McDermott welcomes guitarist James Moore for an evening of solo works for piano and guitar. Performing on a National Resonator Guitar, Moore combines the sensitivity and lyricism from his classical training with a healthy dose of improvisation, theatrics and experimentation. Featured works include “Serenade for Frank Wigglesworth” and “Music for Bill and Me” by American composer Lou Silver Harrison, who passed away in 2003, as well as “The Book of Heads” by American avant-garde composer John Zorn. The resonator guitar, a favorite instrument of blues players, is also a staple of bluegrass and country music. Distinguished by its metallic, poignant tone, the resonator guitar’s unique sound results from the metal cone inside the body of the guitar. Before amplification — or even access to electricity — this is how the sound of the guitar was amplified to be heard above the ambient noise of a bar or street corner.
Also featured in this concert of contrasts is a newer work by Charles Wuorinen, written especially for McDermott. Wuorinen’s Fourth Piano Sonata received its world premiere in 2009.
Bravo! Vail’s Silver Oak & Twomey Series concludes Thursday with a rare American performance of contemporary Dutch composer Reinbert de Leeuw’s “Im Wunderschonen Monat Mai” (In the Wonderfully Beautiful Month of May). The series finale, which features McDermott, Le Train Bleu and members of the Calder Quartet, also includes Schubert’s Adagio and Rondo Concertante for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano in F major.