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Bravo series concludes with works by contemporary composers

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VAIL – For the final evening of Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival’s Silver Oak Series, the Jasper String Quartet and the Calder String Quartet join violinist Robert McDuffie, electric guitarist and composer Steven Mackey, bassist David Grossman and Bravo’s artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott, playing synthesizer for this premiere event.

Mackey has a special connection to the high country, having been a professional skier in his early stages of adulthood.

When asked which non-musical influences have affected his music most in a 2007 interview with “Composition Today,” Mackey said “Between the ages of 18 and 20 I was a professional freestyle skier. My vision of perfection was to careen down the mountain, head over heels, arms and legs flailing, on-lookers gasping, and somehow end up at the bottom with a smile on my face as if it was all on purpose. I’m not sure if that was an influence or just another manifestation of a deeper sensibility that also shows up in my music. Having spent a lot of time at high altitude, the timelessness, aloofness, and austere beauty of the mountains are a constant influence.”

Additional highlights of the program include Schubert’s Quartet in C minor and Barber’s String Quartet performed by Jasper String Quartet. The Calder String Quartet and violinist Robert McDuffie play Philip Glass’ The American Four Seasons for Violin and String Quartet. Double bassist David Grossman will join both the Calder and Jasper Quartets for Golijov’s Last Round, Nonet for Two String Quartets and Double Bass.

The performance takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday night at the Donovan Pavilion in West Vail. At 7 p.m., there will be a break from the concert with wine, food and conversation with the performers and composers. The second set of music begins at 7:30 p.m.

This is the first year of the Silver Oaks Series. In addition to varied programs that juxtapose contemporary music with its roots in the older classical traditions, this series features appetizers provided by Left Bank restaurant and wine from Silver Oak and Twomey. To purchase tickets call 877-812-5700 or visit

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