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Beyond the sporting lifestyle

Cassie Pence

If Johann Sebastian Bach were alive today, he would be 319 years old. It’s no wonder, then, why classical music doesn’t conjure up images of youth.Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival organizers are trying to change that. In an effort to spark interest in classical music within the younger demographic in the valley, Bravo! has developed Bach on the Rocks. “Last year Bach on Rocks was founded to provide the young people in our community another social outlet besides the bar scene,” Liana Carlson, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival’s director of marketing, said.Bach on the Rocks is a young professionals organization. Members receive lawn tickets for all the Bravo! shows at the Ford Amphitheater, but what’s special about the organization, Carlson said, is the social events and networking opportunities.Bach on the Rocks hosts more than one social event per week surrounding the concerts in the summer. There is one event per month the rest of the year. Events range from pre- or post-concert parties at local restaurants, where the establishment usually offers drink specials and appetizers, to wine and cheese pairings at a local art gallery.”Our young demographic can meet at this event and actually go to the concert with these people and sit on the lawn with their peers,” Carlson said.A diverse mix of people belong, Tricia Swenson said. Swenson, a host on TV8’s “Good Morning Vail,” is an original member and helped to organize the club. “It gives you something different to do beyond the sporting lifestyle. We all enjoy outdoor activities and everything we can do outside, but we also have a lot of culture in the Vail Valley, and you need to reach out and grab it. You need to take advantage of it,” Swenson said.Bach on the Rocks allows members to learn more about classical music in a casual setting from those who are better versed. Swenson said she didn’t know much about classical music before joining the group. She joined for the social aspects. But after being exposed to Bravo!, she began to recognize a few tunes.”When you can hear that kind of music in the Gerald Ford Amphitheater and look up and see the sky and the mountains – it’s a lot better than seeing it in some theater or orchestra hall,” Swenson said.Bach on the Rock’s allure is catching on. Last year the group had about 55 members. This year, Carlson said, Bravo! is anticipating about 150 members.For more information on how to join Bach on the Rocks, contact Allison Krausen at 827-4307.Bach on the Rocks scheduleWednesday

Yoga in the ParkWhen: 5:30-7 p.m.Where: Donovan Pavilion, West VailCost: $5 members/$10 nonmembers Information: Taught by Rutherford Maule. Immediately following, everyone is invited to the Tap Room, where Bach on the Rocks members can enjoy the following specials: 2-for-1 appetizers, $5 house wines and $5 Esson Vodka Martinis Rain date: Thursday, June 10Sunday, June 27 Bach, Beethoven and BrahmsWhen: 4:30-5:30 p.m.Where: Lord Gore, Manor VailInformation: Wine and appetizers preceding the concert.Wednesday, June 30Post-concert

Where: Bogart’s Bar and Bistro, Vail VillageInformation: Martini Night ($3 Martinis)Friday, July 9Music & MastersWhen: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Where: Masters Gallery, Vail VillageInformation: Wine and cheese reception and tour of Masters Gallery preceding the concert.Tuesday, July 13Chamber ClassicsWhen: 5 p.m. Where: Vilar Center for the Arts, Beaver CreekInformation: Pre-concert reception in the May Gallery, including wine, cheese and trivia.



Saturday, July 17 DeMott and the DSOWhen: 4:30-5:30 p.m.Where: DeMott Gallery, VailInformation: Wine and cheese reception and tour of DeMott Gallery, preceding the concert.Sunday, July 25World Classics & TapasWhen: 4:30-5:50 p.m.Where: Blue Tiger, Cascade Village, Price TBAFriday, July 30Music & Masters IIWhen: 4:30-5:30 p.m.Where: Masters Gallery, Vail Village

Wine and cheese reception and tour of Masters Gallery preceding the concert.Bach on the Rocks Regular Specials:Vail Myriad, Inc: $10 off any bottle of wine at Bravo! concerts at main bar. Restrictions may apply.Tap Room on Friday Nights: 2-for-1 appetizers, $5 House Wines and $5 Esson Vodka MartinisBogart’s Bar & Bistro on Thursday Nights: 20 percent off food and $3 wells and house wine Bully Ranch and Ludwig’s: 15 percent off entire billRestaurants offering concert night specials:Bagali’s 479-9242Bogart’s 476-7800Bullcrab’s 477-2722Blue Tiger 476-1115Larkspur 479-8050Mezzaluna 477-4410


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