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Bravo! presents mountain serenade

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Mark Battrell/Special to the DailyYolanda Kondonassis plays theharp in tonight's Bravo concert, "Mountain Serenade - Harp, Wind and Strings." The performance is at 6 p.m. at the Vail Mountain School

VAIL”Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival presents a chamber music concert for

harp, winds, and strings tonight at the Vail Mountain School.

‘Tonights concert will literally have every string in Vail on stage,² said

Lynne Mazza, associate artistic director for Bravo.

‘Mountain Serenade ” Harp, Winds and Strings,² is Bravos first concert

housed at the school.

“We are thrille d to have another venue to showcase our chamber musicians,”

Mazza said.

The Rossetti String Quartet will feature Samuel Barbers famed ‘Adagio for Strings’ from his String Quartet No. 1. Audience members might recognize this tranquil, exquisitely beautiful piece from such films as ‘The Elephant Man’ and ‘Platoon.’

The quartet will also join harpist Yolanda Kondonassis for Claude Debussys

‘Danses Sacree et Danse Profane.’ This slow and ritualistic piece is among the most well-known and frequently performed works for harp in the concert repertoire.

Leos Janaceks “Concertino for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon” will stir the imaginations of the audience with its evocative nature. The work is unconventional in its use of sonorities and the unusual combination of instruments.

Next, the harp, flute, clarinet and strings will perform “Introduction and Allegro” by Maurice Ravel. Rather than being a septet, this work is actually a miniature harp concerto due to the musical focus on the harp.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovskys “Serenade in C Major for Strings, Op. 48” will close the program. The great composers brilliance is shown through the array of colors he draws from a limited ensemble of strings.

A complimentary pre-concert lecture is at 5 p.m. in the school lobby and is part of Bravos “Music Matters” program, which provides free educational activities for children and adults in the Vail Valley and surrounding areas.

The Bravo! festival continues its 21st season through Saturday. For a complete artist roster, program details and ticketing information, please call 970-827-5700 or visit

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