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‘A Salute to Three Centuries’ set for the Vilar Center stage

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL ” Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival continues its chamber music series tuesday evening with “A Salute to Three Centuries” at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek. The performance will begin at 6 p.m., and all tickets are $27.

To start off an evening of chamber music from across the centuries, John Mackey, Bravo!’s 2004 composer-in-residence, will open with a work from the 21st century. “Wrong Mountain Stomp, Trio for Strings” is a three-movement bluegrass-inspired piece that will start the concert with a display of string virtuosity.

Next, the program moves to two 20th-century French composers, Francis Poulenc and Maurice Ravel. “The Sextet for Piano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Horn,” by Poulenc, is a composition that has maintained its popularity over time because of the circus-like second movement and the jazzy principal theme in the last movement. In contrast to Poulenc’s cheerful sextet, Ravel’s “Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet, and Strings” is more seductive. With the abundance of harp passages, the septet becomes more of a miniature harp concerto by showcasing the virtuosity of the harp.

To turn back the final page of time, the concert will conclude with a 19th-century work by Antonin Dvorak, “Serenade in E Major for Strings.”

For more information, call 827-5700 or visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org.

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