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Bravo! presents free classical music education in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Free music and education events are available in Colorado’s Vail Valley through the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

Bravo presents its free outreach programs, Music Matters, throughout the Eagle Valley from July to August. These programs integrate the arts into the community by providing unique opportunities to discover music and the performing arts.

The free youth programs are designed to introduce children of all ages to the wonders of classical music. Instrument Petting Zoos and a traveling exhibit that gives children experience with real instruments give children the opportunity to try out many of the instruments they see on stage at Bravo! concerts.

“The smile that comes on a child’s face after they learn how to play an instrument is so rewarding,” said Liz Campbell, Bravo’s education director.

The Instrument Petting Zoos will be traveling all over the Vail Valley throughout the summer with stops at the Vail Farmers Market and the amphitheater. Bravo staff will help teach children how to play these instruments.

The Free Family Concert is Thursday, July 16, at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Gates open at 10 a.m., with an Instrument Petting Zoo, and the concert begins at 11 a.m. The National Repertory Orchestra will perform Fancy Fiddlin’ with family-friendly classical music selections. This concert is free for everyone.

Live at the Library performances feature Bravo soloists, orchestra musicians and chamber musicians in intimate settings where children will have the opportunity to get close to the musicians and their instruments.

Music Matters’ newest free youth program is the Young Composers Project, which introduces children and teachers to the art of music composition. This program is led by Jon Deak of the New York Philharmonic.

Music Matters also offers free educational events for adults – performances will be at different venues throughout the summer all over the Vail Valley.

Performance Preludes will also take place this summer at 5 p.m., prior to select Bravo! concerts. Featured speakers give pre-concert talks, providing an intimate perspective to the evening’s composers and repertoire.

Kids 12 and under receive free lawn admittance at all Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic performances at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Student passes to the Festival are $45.


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