Bravo! Vail’s Education Director: Music Education Night an ‘immersive arts experience’ for youth

Aileen Pagán-Rohwer, Bravo! Vail Music Festival
Aileen Pagán-Rohwer is the Director of Education and Engagement for Bravo! Vail Music Festival.
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If you go... What: Music Education Night When: Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m. Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater More info:

In a world that may be hard for young people to process, the arts can play an important role in helping them cope, learn about themselves, and better understand their environment. It can also spark imagination and help connect them to others through their creative journey and work.

This is the basis for Bravo! Vail’s very first Music Education Night, taking place on Thursday, June 30, at 6 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will perform a magnificent program led by Music Director Fabio Luisi that includes Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique.”

This work is a musical depiction of a series of events that take place during a dream. Instead of just sharing the composer’s interpretation of “Symphonie Fantastique,” we will invite young people in the audience to create their own images and stories based on the music they hear.

The first 100 students to arrive at the concert will receive a free backpack that includes a watercolor painting kit purchased from Alpine Arts Center and a creative story writing booklet. These tools will guide our young participants in creating their own images and stories inspired by “Symphonie Fantastique.” Any student with advanced ticket reservations who would like to create an e-book can receive access to the online platform prior to the concert in order to preview the music and story-writing process. The platform will then stay open until July 15 for any participant who wants extra time to finish their book.  

Also participating in Music Education Night will be young string players from Aspen Music Festival and School, El Sistema Colorado, and Bravo! Vail’s very own Music Makers “Haciendo Música” students, following chamber music coaching by Dallas Symphony musicians and a fiddle workshop by Andy Reiner.

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In addition to our amateur artists, writers, and young musicians, local professional artist Margo Thomas will create a painting live during the concert based on her interpretation of “Symphonie Fantastique.” The resulting artwork will be auctioned off during Bravo! Vail’s Online Auction and Paddle Raise this summer, raising money for our Education and Engagement Programs. Ms. Thomas’s artwork, along with the stories and paintings created during Music Education Night, will be shared following the concert on Bravo! Vail’s website and social media platforms.

Why not bring the young people in your life to connect with other kids and talented artists to see where their imaginations take them? You might be surprised by the beautiful images and words inspired by the evening.

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