Bravo! Vail Backstage Access column: Bravo! Vail goes international
As a full-time working mother with two daughters and a supportive and devoted husband, making the decision to relocate for a new job was not easy. Like most parents in this position, my husband, Chris, and I weighed many factors: the community, the schools, the recreation and extra-curricular opportunities. The decision to move to the Vail Valley meant all the boxes had to be checked and as you might expect, they absolutely were.
When my Sun Valley, Idaho, friends learned of my new position as executive director of Bravo! Vail, they had many questions. Some asked if I had my Epic Pass, others wanted to know how soon they could come visit but most of them wanted to know how my daughters felt about the change.
To be honest, Sonnet, 10, and Sage, 7, were apprehensive about making new friends and nervous about attending a new school, and the only exciting part about the move was getting to live in a house where their bedrooms were upstairs.
I am happy to report that the girls made friends instantly at Brush Creek Elementary and they still like having bedrooms upstairs. My husband and I have explored cross-country and hiking trails, and yes, we have ski passes. We are in constant awe of how the light changes as it bounces off the red rocks downvalley and the contrast of the brilliant lime green Aspen trees against the lodgepole pines in Vail.
Bravo! colleagues have been attempting to explain to me how spectacular this setting is for the glorious music that we are about to hear throughout the rest of the summer. Tonight, I will finally experience the festival that brought my family to Vail.
Tonight’s concert is unique. It is the first time the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields will perform in Vail, which sets Bravo! apart as the only festival in the nation with four resident orchestras, including an international chamber orchestra. Let me take this opportunity to officially welcome our London friends to Vail.
About the Academy
The Academy is a chamber orchestra, and they specialize in repertoire written for a more intimate ensemble of musicians. The Academy’s music director, Joshua Bell, leads the orchestra from the position of concertmaster. He also performs as a featured soloist in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4, which you will hear today. You will also notice that the Academy begins its concerts by making a grand entrance to the stage, a European style of starting an orchestra performance that we are embracing here in Vail.
After hearing Bell lead the Academy in performances of Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 last March at David Geffen Hall in New York, I can report that you are in for a real treat on Saturday. These delightful classical works bookend the rip-roaring Mendelssohn Double Concerto featuring Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk and Saint-Saens’ violin feature, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.
The Academy tops off its Bravo! Vail debut on Sunday with what is often referred to as the “Eight Seasons.” I have been told that in Vail, there are only two seasons — winter and construction — but on Sunday, we will hear all four seasons depicted once by Vivaldi and then again by the Argentinian tango specialist Astor Piazzolla.
Come and be a part of it!
Jennifer Teisinger is the executive director of Bravo! Vail. Bravo! Vail runs today through Aug. 6. For more information on the season and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.bravovail.org or call 970-827-5700.
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