Working for Bravo! Vail, I know that many people arrange their summer activities around our 19 orchestral concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. But we have a completely different, wonderfully exciting musical world just waiting to be experienced — Bravo! Vail’s long standing Chamber Music Series.
Chamber music offers audiences the opportunity to be in close proximity to the music and the musicians, and experience incredibly intimate, direct and personal music making at its best.
They don’t call chamber music “the music of friends” for nothing.
Later on, you’ll hear about the Silver Oak & Twomey Series, but today I’ll focus on a few other highlights.
CHAMBER MUSIC MEETS JAZZ
First, I am very excited that Jeff Tyzik, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s principal pops conductor, has assembled a small orchestra of his Dallas players to offer audiences “Gershwin and Joplin: Chamber Jazz” on July 1.
We don’t often think of chamber music and jazz “going together,” but Tyzik and his players will open our eyes to the familiar and popular sounds and sensations of the music we all love from several great American composers.
Titles like “Royal Garden Blues,” “Rags for Piano and Ensemble,” “Rialto Ripples” and “Jelly Roll Morton’s Tunes for Clarinet, Trombone and Ensemble” just might have you dancing in the aisles.
AN EVENING OF VIVALDI
Another real highlight for me personally is going to be Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” at Donovan Pavilion with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra on July 8. You hear these virtuosos on the Ford Amphitheater stage night after night, but it’ll be a rare treat to hear several of their most notable players take center stage in a work like the Vivaldi, which is considered one of the most “perfect” works of its kind ever written for the violin.
Concertmaster David Kim performs the fiendishly difficult and intoxicating solo violin part, here with an ensemble of fabulous Philadelphians much closer to the size you would have heard in the composer’s day.
Also on the program, Bravo! Vail Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott is featured in Bach’s Concerto in D Minor for Keyboard and Strings, BWV 1052. I love this program, and think you’ll also treasure every single note.
BAROQUE CLOSING CONCERT
For many years, Bravo! Vail had a tradition of closing every season with a program of Baroque music. After an absence, I am delighted to announce that the Chamber Music Series will again conclude on Aug. 2 with “Baroque Concertos and More,” featuring the talented instrumental ensemble Le Train Bleu, direct from New York, and its esteemed director Ransom Wilson.
So many of us love Baroque music. It has so many wonderful melodies, hummable tunes, fantastic rhythms and interweaving parts. It’s just delicious to listen to. Tune into classical music radio on Sunday mornings and you’ll hear a generous sampling of Baroque tunes. It’s not only pleasing to audiences, but fun to play for musicians, too.
The Aug. 2 program also includes Anne-Marie McDermott and the Calder Quartet in American composer John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons, plus Baroque masterpieces like J.S. Bach’s Concerto in C minor for Violin, Oboe, Strings and Continuo; Vivaldi’s Concerto in D major for Guitar and Strings, featuring guitarist James Moore; and Bach’s monumental Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major. Every piece is a gem, chosen especially for you, our audience.
I hope you’ll consider joining us this summer for Bravo! Vail’s Chamber Music Series. Anne-Marie and her team had a tremendous amount of fun crafting it to be entertaining, enriching and artistically gratifying. That’s an unbeatable combination. Come and enjoy. You won’t be sorry you did.
Jim Palermo is Bravo! Vail’s president and executive director. For more information, visit www.bravovail.org or call 970-827-5700.