Bravo! presents Midday Chamber Music at the Vail Interfaith Chapel
Celebrating its 17th season, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival announces its second annual Music at Midday, a two-concert program dedicated to Bravo!’s mission of providing chamber music to the Valley. As the name implies, both concerts in the series are presented midday, at 12:30 p.m. at the intimate Vail Interfaith Chapel, located in the Vail Village. Similar to Bravo!’s Chamber Music Classic Series, these intimate concerts bring the festival’s love for chamber music into Vail Village, where it can be enjoyed in the type of setting it was originally intended for. This season’s two concerts, Wednesday and Monday, Aug. 2, are perfect opportunities for passers-by, visitors, and lunching locals to enjoy a reprieve from the hot midday sun or a long day at work. In contrast to Bravo!’s evening orchestral performances in the magnificent Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, which might easily include as many as 100 musicians onstage and a crowd of 3000 plus, the festival’s Music at Midday concerts feature select artists in small ensembles, performing in a space with no more than 200 seats, fostering an intimate connection between the musicians and their audience.
Historically informal performances held in ‘chamber-sized’ rooms, chamber music is performed with one musician per part, as opposed to several per part in orchestral music. This emphasizes the ensemble as a whole. Chamber music composition has historically emphasized the subtleties and intimate expression of feeling that only a small ensemble of solo instrumentalists can communicate. Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival’s Music at Midday performances in the Vail Interfaith Chapel represent a rare opportunity for artists and audiences to enjoy the richness of chamber music composition and tradition. As chamber music continues old traditions and creates new ones, professional chamber music groups are constantly emerging, and Bravo! is thrilled to bring together established ensembles, returning festival favorites, and performers new to the festival.Both Music at Midday performances feature internationally acclaimed instrumentalists, coming together specifically for Bravo! On Wednesday, an all Baroque performance joining Jennifer Koh and Kathleen McIntosh for the Bach Sonata No. 4 happens 12:30 p.m., followed by another performance by Jennifer Koh along with Amadi Hummings with Bach Inventions arranged for violin and viola. The afternoon concludes with a performance of Vivaldi’s Sonata in A Minor for Flute, Bassoon, Cello and Harpsichord by Bravo!’s very own Artistic Director Eugenia Zukerman, along with Peter Kolkay, Raman Ramakrishnan, and Kathleen McIntosh.
On Monday, Aug. 2, Bravo! presents violinist Athena Kreston and Jason Duckles on cello for Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello, followed by Rossini’s Sonata No. 5 in E-flat Major for 2 Violins, Cello and Double Bass featuring Anthea Kreston, Gabriel Boyers, Benjamin Schwartz, and Peter Lloyd, respectively. The grand finale features the Rossetti String Quartet performing Haydn’s Quartet in F Minor for Strings. The Rossetti String Quartet, named after the 19th Century Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, is made up four world-class artists, Timothy Fain, Henry Gronnier, Thomas Diener, and Eriv Gaenslen, brought together through their love of string quartet literature and desire to present it in a natural and personal style. Each Music at Midday performance presents traditional works performed by present-day masters, filling Vail Interfaith Chapel with musical virtuosity that mirrors the brilliance of the majestic Vail Valley in which the Chapel is nestled.
To purchase tickets or for additional program details please visit our website at http://www.vailmusicfestival.org or call 877.812.5700.
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