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Bravo! comes to a close

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyCellist Sophie Shao will perform J.S. Bachs Suite No. 5 for Solo Cello Thursday during Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festivals final concert.

Vail The 20th Anniversary season of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival will come to a close Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Vilar Center for the Arts with a Grand Baroque Finale. Tickets for this performance are $27.The Grand Baroque Finale, a hallmark concert for the Festival is a locals favorite. Featuring works by the greatest baroque composers, the concert reminds people of the roots of classical music and the beauty of the baroque era.The first half of the evening will feature four unique concertos. The concert will open with a rare but beautiful George Frederic Handel harp concerto featuring world-class harpist, Yolanda Kondonassis. Following this, bassoonist Peter Kolkay will take the stage for Antonio Vivaldis Bassoon Concerto in E Minor. Four violins will then follow with Telemanns Concerto in G Major. Two French Horns will then take the stage, played by Stewart Rose and Clark Matthews, for another Telemann piece: Concerto in E-flat Major for two Horns.

After the intermission, audiences will enjoy J.S. Bachs Suite No. 5 for Solo Cello. Performed by cellist Sophie Shao, this piece showcases the depth and beauty of one of the orchestras most moving instruments. Next on the program is Pleyels Quartet for five instruments: flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello. Finally, to close the evening, seven musicians will take the stage for one of J.S. Bachs celebrated Brandenburg concertos. This Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 was originally scored for two violas, two viole de gamba (Italian, leg-viol; a bowed string instrument with frets like a guitar that first appeared in the fifteenth century; it was held between the legs without resting on the floor like the modern cello), two cellos, violone (Baroque bass) and continuo (harpsichord). When the viole de gamba was no longer regularly used, the piece was rewritten to include one extra cello. With one of the hallmark pieces of Baroque music, by none other than the grandfather of Baroque music, the Bravo festival closes with a tribute to the golden age of music: the Baroque era.For more information call 827-5700 or visit

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