Backstage Access: Bravo! Vail’s chamber beginnings |

Backstage Access: Bravo! Vail’s chamber beginnings

Bravo! Vail brings chamber music to venues across the valley, including the Vail Ale House, Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. in Edwards and Bonfire Brewery in Eagle.
John-Ryan Lockman | Special to the Daily |

Prior to becoming more involved with Bravo! Vail, I knew of it as a festival of orchestral residencies. And, of course, it is very much about the orchestras.

Last week, we heard the engaging and magical Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and Wednesday night was the glorious “Carmina Burana” with the Dallas Symphony and Colorado Symphony Orchestra chorus. It all sets the stage for a month of fantastic orchestral concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.

But as I learned more about Bravo! Vail, I discovered that its roots are in chamber music. Not only that, but in true festival fashion, Bravo! Vail ventures outside of the amphitheater and makes a point of taking this music to the community. Many concerts are in venues up and down the valley. There are chamber music concerts in chapels in Vail, Edwards and Beaver Creek, plus a dramatic outdoor percussion performance in Maloit Park for the final free concert on Aug. 6.

That’s right — not everything Bravo! Vail requires a ticket. The midday chamber music concerts are all free.

That’s right — not everything Bravo! Vail requires a ticket. The midday chamber music concerts are all free.

I have had the pleasure of meeting many long-time Vail locals who were there at the beginning of Bravo! Vail, when the number of musicians on stage outnumbered the number of people in the audience. Bravo! Vail has never forgotten its chamber music beginnings, and now these concerts are woven throughout the orchestral residencies.

Bravo! Vail After Dark

Taking the music even closer to home, Bravo! Vail After Dark brings the music to neighborhood bars and restaurants. The feel of these concerts is what you would expect from the name — casual, welcoming and best of all, they are free. These are my favorite kinds of experiences — the ones you don’t have to plan for. Just show up and enjoy the beer, food and an awesome live performance.

The venues are up and down the valley so if, like me, you live in Eagle, you can hear a concert at Bonfire Brewery. These performances are also happening at the Vail Ale House and Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. in Edwards. The music is as wide ranging as the venues. You have your choice of the Aeolus String Quartet, Christopher O’Riley on piano, the Qwinda woodwind quintet or the venerable soul man Ellis Hall.

There is music everywhere — come and be a part of it!

Jennifer Teisinger is the executive director of Bravo! Vail. Bravo! Vail runs through Aug. 6. For more information on the season, please visit or call 970-827-5700.

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