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Bravo! focuses on family

Daily Staff Writer

VAIL – The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival offers a variety of interactive family activities throughout the summer. The festival strives to integrate the arts into every day family life.Through community partnerships and creative programming, the Bravo! Festival focuses on making art accessible to the Vail community. Music Matters, the festival’s education programs, are free and touch the lives of more than 10,000 children and adults annually. A complete schedule of family activities will be available in May at 12 and under are always free on the lawn at the festival’s orchestral concerts. Festival organizers attendees to relax on the grassy knoll and share a picnic with the entire family while enjoying the music and mountains.The festival boasts a popular Instrument Petting Zoo. Children have the opportunity to learn about and actually play string, percussion, woodwind and brass instruments in this portable instrument exhibit. The Instrument Petting Zoo appears at farmer’s markets, libraries, schools, concerts and community events throughout the Vail Valley. The Zoo is a hit with children and adults alike, said festival organizers.In addition to their professional appearances with the festival, a handful of world-class musicians provide informative performances at area libraries. Live @ the Library concerts are designed for the young, ages 3-7, and the young-at-heart.The festival’s young artists-in-residence perform free outdoor concerts throughout the Vail Valley in July. The concerts are a great way to introduce families to chamber music, organizers said. A free family concert is held each July featuring a professional orchestra.The Festival’s mascot, “Billy Bravo!,” makes several appearances at family events throughout the summer. Children are in awe of Billy Bravo, the oversized cello.For the summer of 2005, Bravo! presents aseason of music featuring the Rochester Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony and the New York Philharmonic with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop June 26 through August 4. For tickets or complete program details, call (877) 812-5700 or visit

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