Academy of St Martin in the Fields, led by Joshua Bell, returns to Bravo! Vail
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What: London’s Academy of St Martin in the Fields at Bravo! Vail.
When: June 22-25; 6 p.m.
Cost: Lawn tickets $28; pavilion seats: $44-$129.
More information: Visit http://www.bravovail.org or call 877-812-5700.
VAIL — After its sold-out debut concerts last season, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields — the first chamber orchestra and the first internationally based ensemble to perform at Bravo! Vail — returns for a three-concert residency today through Sunday.
Music director and Grammy Award–winning violinist Joshua Bell leads the orchestra in works that span the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras; plus the world premiere of a new work co-commissioned by Bravo! Vail and the Academy.
Today, the Academy opens Bravo! Vail’s 30th season with Bell performing one of the most popular works in the violin repertoire — Bruch’s timeless Violin Concerto No. 1 — followed by the world premiere of a new work by Bell’s longtime friend and collaborator, the category-defying composer and bassist Edgar Meyer. The concert concludes with Mendelssohn’s lushly melodic Symphony No. 3 (“Scottish”), which was inspired by Mendelssohn’s visit to Holyrood Palace, the former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert talk by Janice Dickensheets, of the University of Northern Colorado, about the music on the evening’s program.
For the orchestra’s second concert, on Saturday, cellist Steven Isserlis makes his Bravo! Vail debut as soloist in Dvorak’s soulful Silent Woods. The academy then performs Beethoven’s playful Symphony No. 1, followed by a rarely heard arrangement by Benjamin Britten of the second movement of Schumann’s Violin Concerto, featuring Bell as soloist. Bell then partners with Isserlis, his friend and colleague of 30 years, in the thrilling Double Concerto for Violin and Cello by Brahms.
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To conclude the academy’s residency on Sunday, Bell solos in J. S. Bach’s wonderfully sweet-sounding Violin Concerto in A minor, and Isserlis returns to perform the Cello Concerto in A major by one of Bach’s sons, C. P. E. Bach. Both the concert and the residency end with some of the most famous and beloved string music ever written: Mozart’s delightfully infectious Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Tchaikovsky’s elegant Serenade for Strings.
For more information, visit http://www.bravovail.org.