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Bravo! Vail announces reimagined season with outdoor concerts at Ford Amphitheater

Bravo! Vail announces a reimagined season, running from July 16 – Aug. 6, offering outdoor concerts in the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, a mobile performance stage presented by the Sturm Family and ANB Bank bringing music to local communities, and virtual educational and social offerings.

In May, Bravo! Vail canceled the summer 2020 festival as originally planned. As conditions in Eagle County improved, it became clear that many of the organization’s patrons were eager to return to live, in-person performances with a limited capacity and strong adherence to all health and safety guidance and precautions.  As a result, the Bravo! Vail board and staff worked to find new ways to fulfill Bravo’s mission of enriching people’s lives through the power of music.

“The health and safety of our musicians, patrons, staff, and community are our top priorities, and we will have a multitude of new safety measures in place at our concerts. Physical distancing and face coverings will be big parts of the experience, and all concerts will be outdoors,” said Executive Director Caitlin Murray. “Bravo! Vail is flexible, respectful, and dedicated, and we are honored to be able to present live music, even in a very limited way, this summer.”

Bravo! Vail is hosting concerts in the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater from July 16-Aug. 6 this summer.
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2020 also marks Anne-Marie McDermott’s 10th anniversary as Artistic Director.

“I cannot imagine a summer in Vail without the inspiring, healing, and exhilarating sounds of live music-making. I am deeply humbled and touched that Bravo has found a path forward to bring our extraordinary community together through world-class chamber music performances. My musical colleagues and I are all so honored and excited that we can embrace the power of music for audiences this summer. It will truly be a memorable journey that none of us will ever forget. I have held an image in my heart of what the first notes of live music would sound and feel like when they became possible, and what a privilege this will be,” she said.

Outdoor concerts

Bravo! Vail concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater will look quite different this summer, but they will be intimate and artistically fulfilling in new ways. With seven total performances at this location, programming highlights include the return of the Dover Quartet; violinist and Bravo! Vail Founding Artistic Director Ida Kavafian and current Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott performing the complete Beethoven Violin and Piano Sonatas; and world-renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman with Anne-Marie McDermott for a two-piano program.

The capacity for each concert will be extremely limited in accordance with Eagle County Public Health guidance. Within the amphitheater, audience seating arrangements will provide for ample physical distancing.

Mobile Performance Stage Concerts

In an exciting innovation, Bravo! Vail commissioned a custom-built mobile performance stage – the Bravo! Vail Music Box – that will bring chamber music throughout the Vail Valley with outdoor community concerts. The Music Box will enable community members to experience concerts presented to invited guests in their own communities or at their businesses at no cost.

Businesses, community groups, and individuals can apply or nominate concert hosts on the Bravo! Vail website. Bravo! Vail will work with the partner organizations to manage physical distancing, group size, and safety protocols. Applications received by July 17 will be given priority consideration, and concerts will take place July 24–Aug. 2.

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Virtual Education and Engagement Programs

Music education is a critical component of Bravo! Vail’s mission, and much of the regular programming will move online this summer. Inside the Music, which dives into repertoire and performances with an educational angle, will be available on Bravo! Vail’s website and social channels. Little Listeners at the Library will now be online, broadening its reach to communities everywhere. During these performances, Bravo! Vail’s youngest listeners explore a musical idea or term with the performing artists. Each concert is paired with books recommended by local librarians to continue exploration independently.

“This is not the summer we imagined, but in some ways, Bravo’s offerings fulfill our mission more than ever. Our goal is to serve this community in a safe and responsible way and emerge from this challenging time with more innovation, more community engagement, and more enthusiasm than ever,” said Board Chair Kathleen Eck. “Just imagine how excited we will all be to eventually welcome 2,500 people back to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. That will be a great day.”

Outdoor concert schedule

All concerts listed below take place at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Limited tickets will be sold to these performances to accommodate local public health guidelines, and all guests should bring masks.

July 16, 7 p.m.

Mozart: Quartet No. 1 for Piano, Violin and Cello in G minor, K. 478

  • Kerry McDermott, violin
  • Zoë Martin-Doike, viola
  • Brook Speltz, cello
  • Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Brahms: Sextet No. 1 for Two Violins, Two Violas and Two Cellos in B-flat Major, Op. 18

  • Dover Quartet
    • Joel Link, violin
    • Bryan Lee, violin
    • Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
    • Camden Shaw, cello
  • Paul Neubauer, viola
  • Brook Speltz, cello

July 23, 7 p.m.

Haydn: String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76, No. 2, “Quinten”

  • Dover Quartet
    • Joel Link, violin
    • Bryan Lee, violin
    • Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
    • Camden Shaw, cello

Bacewicz: Quartet (1949)

  • Kerry McDermott, violin
  • Oliver Neubauer, violin
  • Clara Neubauer, violin
  • Paul Neubauer, viola

Dohnányi: Quintet No. 1 for Two Violins, Viola, Cello and Piano in C minor, Op. 1

  • Dover Quartet
    • Joel Link, violin
    • Bryan Lee, violin
    • Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
    • Camden Shaw, cello
  • Amy Yang, piano

July 27, 11 a.m.

The Complete Beethoven Violin & Piano Sonatas, 1/3

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12, No. 2

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3

  • Ida Kavafian, violin
  • Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

July 28, 11 a.m.

The Complete Beethoven Violin & Piano Sonatas, 2/3

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, “Spring”

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2

  • Ida Kavafian, violin
  • Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

July 29, 11 a.m.

The Complete Beethoven Violin & Piano Sonatas, 3/3

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer”

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96

  • Ida Kavafian, violin
  • Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

July 30, 7 p.m.

Schubert: Sonata for Viola and Piano in A minor, D. 821, “Arpeggione”

  • Paul Neubauer, viola
  • Amy Yang, piano

Barber: Adagio for String Quartet

  • Dover Quartet
    • Joel Link, violin
    • Bryan Lee, violin
    • Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
    • Camden Shaw, cello

Mendelssohn: Octet for Four Violins, Two Violas and Two Cellos in E-flat Major, Op. 20

  • Dover Quartet
    • Joel Link, violin
    • Bryan Lee, violin
    • Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
    • Camden Shaw, cello
  • Oliver Neubauer, violin
  • Clara Neubauer, violin
  • Paul Neubauer, viola
  • Brook Speltz, cello

August 6, 7 p.m.

Schubert: Marche Militaire in D Major for Piano, Four Hands, D. 733, No. 1

Schubert: Fantasy in F minor for Piano, Four Hands, D. 934

Brahms: Sonata in F minor for Piano, Four Hands, Op. 34b

  • Yefim Bronfman, piano
  • Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

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