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Bravo! thanks its patrons

Carolyn Pope
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VAIL – “Music is the language of kindness and goodness,” said Eugenia Zukerman, artistic director for Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival at donor appreciation party held Thursday at Donovan Pavilion. The remarks were particularly poignant the evening of the terrorist bombings in London. The festive evening had a subdued note in the aftermath of the attacks. I planned on running in and running out from the event after taking a few quick photos, but after seeing the program, which included one of my very favorite works – Barber’s “Adagio” from the “String Quartet, Op. 11” – I realized a quick exit wasn’t a possibility.

I was glad I stayed; all three selections were exceptional.Zukerman, Vail’s favorite flautist, performed Samuel Barber’s “Summer Music for Wind Quintet, Op. 31” with fellow musicians Stephen Taylor, Alan R. Kay, Stewart Rose and Peter Kolkay, all on wind instruments, and a delightful departure from the often string-dominated chamber music offering.

The Rossetti String Quartet followed with the haunting “Adagio” with both more precision and emotion than I had yet experienced. Thomas Diener, the violist, dedicated the group’s performance to the victims and families of the London bombing. The four young men are like quadruplets separated at birth and hence reunited, delighting in a shared love of music. Their performances are marked by an empathetic, perceptive harmony that makes their instruments fit together like a laser cut puzzle.

They followed up the provocative, longing melody with a substantially lighter “Tango Ballet” by Astor Piazzolla.John Giovando, executive director of Bravo! excitedly informed the audience that the New York Philharmonic has signed on to perform in the valley through 2008, and the Rochester and Dallas Symphonies are committed as well. Other prominent orchestras are also being courted.

“Our schedule speaks to how wonderfully the musical community views our festival in Vail,” said Zukerman. “It’s a coup for us to have them want to come.””We’ll have to decide who’s going to be the back-up band,” she joked.

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After the exceptional program, the guests were treated to dinner prepared and served by Mountain Catering. WestStar Bank generously underwrote the evening. “It’s an annual tradition to say thank you to the wonderful patrons who make this possible,” said Jeanne Reid, Bravo!’s development director.

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