Bravo! presents Casual Classics in Minturn |

Bravo! presents Casual Classics in Minturn

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily/ Angela Jimenez

VAIL, Colorado –Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival presents Strings Attached, a complementary Casual Classics performance, at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the St. Patrick’s Church in Minturn. The evening’s performance is hosted by Bravo! Artistic Director Eugenia Zukerman, who will be leading a conversation with the audience and playing music.

Throughout the summer, Bravo! presents free events in the Eagle Valley as part of the festival’s community education program, Music Matters.

“We offer these programs so that children of all ages, the young and young-at-heart, can get a little closer to the music and experience up close what it’s like to be a professional classical musician,” said Liz Campbell, Bravo!’s director of education.

The Music Matters program includes many different opportunities for people to get involved in the music. Some events are specifically designed for kids to come in and get their hands on the music, such as Live @ the Library and Instrument Petting Zoos. Other Music Matters events have been programmed to serve the adult community, such as the free Casual Classics concert series. These Casual Classics performances remove barriers between performers and audience members in intimate educational settings, bringing the audience members directly into the world of the performers.

“You’re never too old to learn something new, especially when it comes to music. The musicians love these opportunities to share a bit about what they do with the audiences and open people’s eyes to the wonders of classical music,” said Campbell. “It’s important to continue the education of our communities so classical music can stay alive and prosper.”

The evening’s performance is sponsored by the Minturn Community Fund and features music by Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Bravo’s 2009 composer-in-residence, Marc Neikrug. The music will be Bravo’s favorite quartet and quintet movements.

The musicians performing tonight are playing chamber music legends Ida Kavafian, Anthea Kreston, Steven Tenenbom, Jason Duckles and Peter Lloyd, as well as Bravo’s 2009 young artists-in-residence, The Vuillaume String Quartet.

This performance is free and tickets are not required. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

For a complete festival lineup and to purchase tickets, visit or call 877-812-5700.

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