Bravo! Chamber Classics at Vail Mountain School
Vail CO, Colorado
Editor’s note: Lynne Mazza is the associate artistic director of Bravo! Vail
Valley Music Festival. Each week, this column will share her personal
upcoming concert favorites.
VAIL ” Bravo Chamber Classics will take place at a new and exciting venue,
the Vail Mountain School in East Vail. The featured work of the evening is
the magnificent Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ‘Serenade for Strings’ with every
string in the valley on stage.
Tchaikovsky envisioned this serenade as something between a symphony and a
string quintet. It reveals the composers orchestral and expressive mastery.
Tchaikovsky himself had a special fondness for this score. The intimate and
lush Samuel Barber ‘Adagio for Strings,’ constructed around one long and
sinuous theme, will open the evening.
The other works for piano, harp and strings by Claude Debussy, Sarah Mausolf 7/29/08 Janek and Maurice Ravel will make this concert a cornucopia of sounds from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Festival Artistic Director Eugenia Zukerman will host a Performance Prelude prior to the concert at 5 p.m. This informal discussion with some of our extraordinary chamber musicians is a perfect opportunity to ask questions and get to know festival musicians just a little better.
The intimacy of the Vail Mountain School will provide a perfect ambiance for the evening. Dont miss this distinctive musical occasion. Come, listen and enjoy.
Friday at 5:30 p.m. is Bravos final 2008 complimentary Casual Classics
evening at Cordillera: ³A Harmony of Winds² (flute, clarinet, horn and
bassoon). This combination of winds is a spectacular sound, highlighted by
the lovely Cordillera mountain vistas. Quartets for flute, clarinet, horn
and bassoon were composed in rapid succession at the end of the 18th century
and early 19th centuries (it was probably the most popular wind ensemble
before Anton Reicha superseded it with his trailblazing creation of the wind
³quintet.²) The opening Rossini Quartet, originally for strings, will set
the jovial tone for the evening. It is a very informal happening of music,
conversation, wine and nibbles.
Mark your Calendar: Bravo 2009 is just around the corner. The Columbus Jazz
Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the
New York Philharmonic and chamber music afternoons and evenings will grace
the Vail Valley throughout the 22nd season ending on Aug. 4, 2009.
For Bravo! tickets and concert information call 877-812-5700 or visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org.