Bravo! Vail receives $1 million gift for Soiree Series, concerts
VAIL – Bravo! Vail announced Tuesday a $1 million gift from Board Chair Craig J. Foley to underwrite the festival’s long running Soiree Series and free and community engagement concerts.
The new Festival Recognition Award will be granted yearly by Foley to recipients chosen from staff, volunteers and donors to honor those who have demonstrated passion and commitment in achieving Bravo! Vail’s mission.
“I am delighted and honored to serve Bravo! Vail as its new board chair and to make this gift,” Foley said. “Bravo! Vail is such an extraordinary institution which provides the highest quality music for everyone in the valley. Our festival has such great momentum and I feel now is the time to ensure the continuance of the remarkable Soiree Series and expanded free community engagement performances. I’ve chosen Cookie Flaum and Jim Palermo in our first year as a wonderful way to launch this new effort.”
Consisting of four private concerts held in four homes throughout the Vail Valley, the Soiree Series offers guests a pre-concert cocktail reception, an intimate performance and a gourmet dinner prepared by one of the valley’s top chefs.
The summer 2014 Soiree Series saw a wide variety of interesting and compelling programs. On July 16, a String Trio Soiree featured members of the New York Philharmonic; and July 21 saw a popular evening with the conductor, pianist and musical raconteur Bramwell Tovey. The July 26 Haydn and Weber Soiree featured the Dover Quartet and guest clarinetist Stephen Williamson, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic at the time. The series concluded Aug. 1 with The French Impressionist, featuring members of the New York ensemble, Le Train Bleu, in works by Debussy, but also Bach, Bruce and D’Rivera.
Bravo! Vail has substantially increased the number of free and community engagement concerts throughout the valley during the past two seasons. The Bravo! Vail season offers free, hour-long chamber music concerts at the Vail Interfaith Chapel, The Chapel at Beaver Creek, Edwards Interfaith Chapel and locations in Gypsum and elsewhere throughout the valley.
Bravo! Vail celebrates its 28th season July 1 through Aug. 8 under the direction of Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott and Palermo, the executive director. The 2015 season features residencies by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. For more information about Bravo! Vail, visit bravovail.org or call 970-827-5700.