Bravo! introduces prelude series
Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival introduces its new pre-concert discussion series beginning Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Children’s Garden.Performance Preludes is a three-part series, new to Bravo!’s education program. Guest speakers with expertise in classical music will lead the discussions. The discussions are designed to enlighten audiences and provide an interesting perspective for the evening’s featured composers and repertoire.Known for her 17 years in on-air classical broadcasting at KVOD, KCFR, and KCME, Betsy Schwarm will open the prelude series Wednesday. Schwarm currently serves on the music faculty of Metropolitan State College of Denver, produces and hosts the KCME weekly program Classically Colorado. She also teaches a series of general interest music education programs for St. Anthony’s Senior Programs in Denver.Jeanna Wearing, general manager of KCME “A Voice for the Arts,” will conduct the July 17, Performance Prelude. Prior to joining KCME in 1995, Wearing was host of Masters of Music at KPOF in Denver. She has been awarded critical praise for her concert narrations and lectures. She also has performed Walton’s Façade with the Academy in the Wilderness Chamber Orchestra and the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra.Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of Colorado at Boulder Steven Bruns will lead his Performance Prelude July 29. Bruns has authored numerous publications and papers. As part of his musical ambitions Bruns is currently writing a book on the music of American composer George Crumb. His other research interests are 19th century music (in particular Schubert, Brahms, and Gustav and Alma Mahler), Schenkerian theory, and theory pedagogy.”Performance Preludes will enhance the enjoyment and understanding of the evening’s program,” said Liz Campbell, Bravo! education and marketing coordinator. “We are delighted to partner with the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens to host these informing talks in the natural, outdoor setting of the Children’s Garden.”All Performance Preludes will be held at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Children’s Garden, located directly across form the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre. Each discussion is free and open to the public.To purchas e tickets or for additional program details please visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org, or call 827-5700.
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