Bravo! brings Music at Midday to the Vail Chapel
VAIL – Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival announces the third year of its Music at Midday series, the festival’s chamber music series. Starting this Wednesday and continuing on July 20 in Vail Village at the Interfaith Chapel, these intimate chamber concerts will begin at 12:30 p.m., an opportunity for visitors and locals alike to take a lunch break and enjoy what Bravo! has to offer Whereas Bravo!’s orchestral performances in the Ford Amphitheater might include as many as 100 musicians onstage and a crowd of 3,600, the festival’s Music at Midday concerts will feature select artists in small ensembles of no more than 15, performing in a space with no more than 200 seats, fostering an intimate connection between the musicians and their audience.
The Rossetti String Quartet will perform for the first in the series at 12:30 p.m. at the Vail Interfaith Chapel. This Music at Midday event features works by Handel, J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, and Telemann. Handel’s “Trio Sonata in B-flat Major for 2 Violins and Continuo” is a beautiful showcase for the strings masters. Kathleen McIntosh will perform Bach’s “Italian Concerto for Solo Harpsichord,” considered the “perfect model of a well-designed solo concerto.” The exceptional composition of Vivaldi is presented in his “Concerto in G Minor for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon and Continuo,” featuring flutist Eugenia Zukerman. The afternoon performance closes with “Concerto in D Major for Horn, Strings and Continuo,” a horn piece by Telemann.The Music at Midday series will fill the Vail Interfaith Chapel again with “Strings Attached” on Wednesday, July 20, at 12:30 p.m. The midday concert begins with Beethoven’s “Quartet in C Minor for String” with violinists Benny Kim and Melvin Chen, violist Toby Appel and cellist Sophie Shao. The only one of the six written in a minor key, Op. 18, No. 4 is an expressive piece of torment and rapture moving through a number of musical moods concluding with a Gypsy-flavored refrain. Written at age 16, Mendelssohn’s “Octet in E-flat Major for Strings” also follows a movement of emotions with inspiration from Goethe’s Faust. Mendelssohn has called his Octet “my favorite of all compositions.”For tickets or additional Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival program details, visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org or call (877)812-5700.
Chamber classicsMusic at Midday12:30 p.m. Wednesday
Vail Interfaith ChapelVail, Colorado