VAIL — Blending the new and traditional, Bravo! Vail recently announced the details of Bravo! Vail After Dark, a concert series that emphasizes experiencing classical music in a whole new way. In its first season, the After Dark series features two free events: Third Coast Percussion at the Vail Ale House on July 19 and the Calder Quartet at the Crazy Mountain Brewing Company on July 26. The series, which removes the traditional barriers between artists and audiences, showcases performances by artists that fuse the energy of modern sounds with classical music — together with the perfect accompaniment: local handcrafted beers.
The objective of the After Dark series is to foster a spirit of collaboration and experimentation, bringing classical music to local settings that offer a comfortable ambiance. In essence, After Dark concerts feature classically-based music that is curated to match both the space and audience.
Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion explores and expands the extraordinary sonic possibilities of the percussion repertoire. Since its formation in 2005, Third Coast Percussion has gained national attention with concerts that meld the energy of rock music with the precision and nuance of classical chamber works. Third Coast Percussion enhances the performances it offers with new media, including free iPhone and iPad apps that allow audience members to create their own musical performances and take a deeper look at the music performed by Third Coast Percussion.
The Calder Quartet performs a broad range of repertoire, always striving to channel and fulfill the composer’s vision. The group’s distinctive approach is exemplified by a musical curiosity brought to everything they perform, whether it’s Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn or sold-out rock shows with bands like The National or The Airborne Toxic Event. Winners of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Calder Quartet is known for the discovery, commissioning, recording and mentoring of some of today’s best emerging composers (over 25 commissioned works to date).
The show details are:
• Bravo! Vail After Dark: Third Coast Percussion at Vail Ale House, West Vail, 8:30 p.m. July 19. Free.
• Calder Quartet at the Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, Edwards, 8 p.m. July 26. Free.
All tickets for the 27th season of Bravo! Vail are now on sale. Purchase tickets online at bravovail.org or by calling the box office at 877-812-5700.