Bravo! Vail renews artistic director’s contract for additional three years
VAIL — Bravo! Vail has announced the contract renewal of Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott for an additional three years, through the 2016 season. McDermott, a concert pianist and recording artist who performs extensively worldwide, was appointed artistic director in 2011.
“I am so proud and privileged to be part of this spectacular organization,” McDermott said. “It is a thrill to be continuing in my role as artistic director, in collaboration with our extraordinarily supportive board, an administrative team second to none, led by our executive director James Palermo, a wonderfully enthusiastic audience, three of the finest orchestras in the world and a locale that exhilarates in its sheer beauty. My commitment is stronger than ever in continuing to make Bravo! Vail a magical experience through a combination of stimulating programming, musicians whose passion and quality inspire and one of the most sensational locations I know. I greatly look forward to the next three years!”
“Anne-Marie McDermott is recognized worldwide for her musical integrity and virtuosity, and in a relatively short time has elevated the profile of Bravo! Vail — not only building on the successes of our orchestral concerts, but expanding Bravo! Vail’s reach into the community through free events and the launch of the popular Silver Oak & Twomey Series,” said James W. Palermo, president and executive director of Bravo! Vail.
Bravo! Vail Performances
As a soloist and chamber musician, McDermott is highlighted during Bravo! Vail’s 27th season. McDermott performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595 with The Philadelphia Orchestra on July 7 at Vail’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. McDermott will also perform on several Bravo! Vail Chamber Music Series concerts including “McDermott and Members of the Philharmonic” on Tuesday at Vail’s Donovan Pavilion, and “Baroque Concertos and More” on Aug. 2 at Beaver Creek’s Vilar Performing Arts Center.
McDermott’s recent concert appearances include Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the New York Philharmonic and the Vancouver Symphony conducted by Bramwell Tovey and a performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Sao Paulo Symphony at the Cartagena Festival. In 2013, McDermott gave special performances of works by American composer Charles Wuorinen in New York and Washington in celebration of his 75th birthday. She has appeared in solo recitals throughout the U.S., and in duo recitals with longtime duo partner, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.
In addition to her role with Bravo! Vail, McDermott is curator for chamber music at the Mainly Mozart Festival. She also serves as artistic director of the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival in Florida, and The Avila Chamber Music Celebration in Curacao. McDermott studied at the Manhattan School of Music and was winner of both the Young Concert Artists auditions and an Avery Fisher Career Grant.