Bravo! finishes final week with chamber music and free shows
Vail CO, Colorado
VAIL ” The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival continues this week with a number of outdoor concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, as well as free educational events throughout the valley. Events include performances by the New York Philharmonic, chamber ensembles and free educational activities for children and adults.
Tonight is a farewell to the New York Philharmonic as they perform their last concert for the 2008 season, under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel. The orchestra will perform Barber’s “School for Scandal Overture.” Afterwards the orchestra will be joined by guest pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet for a performance of Gershwin’s “Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra.” Finally, the New York Philharmonic goes out with a bang, as they perform Stravinksy’s “The Rite of Spring.”
After the departure of the New York Philharmonic, Bravo’s Festival continues with its chamber music series. Concerts and free performances are scheduled throughout the valley.
A complimentary Casual Classics concert, “Winds in Harmony,” will be hosted by the festival’s Associate Artistic Director Lynne Mazza at 7 p.m. Monday. The program includes music and casual conversation, featuring works by Rossini, Gambaro and Crussell. This event will be held in the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle and tickets are not required.
Bountiful Baroque is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. The program features an assortment of performers and will include works by Vivaldi, Haydn and J.S. Bach.
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“Audience members can expect to hear intimate chamber music with world-class musicians,” Mazza said.
Mountain Serenade ” Harp, Winds and Strings will be held at the Vail Mountain School at 6 p.m. Thursday with a pre-concert talk at 5 p.m. This relaxing concert will include works by Debussy, Ravel and Tchaikovsky. The complimentary pre-concert talk provides perspective into the evening’s repertoire and will be led by Bravo’s Artistic Director Eugenia Zukerman and a few featured artists.
The final Casual Classics concert for the season is Winds in Harmony, Aug. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Cordillera. The program includes music and casual conversation, featuring works by Rossini, Gambaro and Crussell. Mazza will moderate the discussion between the artists and audience. This performance and discussion is complimentary and tickets are not required.
Bravo also hosts a number of complimentary concerts by their young artists-in-residence this week. The Hudson River Brass performs today at noon in the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and also at noon Monday at the Beaver Creek Ice Rink.
The Olympus String Quartet performs 10 a.m. Saturday at the Minturn Market and 6 p.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Church in Minturn.
For a complete artist roster, program details and ticketing information, call 877-812-5700 or http://www.vailmusicfestival.org.