Bravo! Vail’s artistic director performs Bach and Prokofiev in free concert Tuesday
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What: Anne-Marie McDermott solo recital.
Where: Vail Interfaith Chapel, 19 Vail Rd, Vail.
When: 1 p.m., Tuesday.
More information: Visit bravovail.org or call the Box Office: 877-812-5700.
VAIL — Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, Bravo! Vail’s artistic director, will give a free concert at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Vail Interfaith Chapel. McDermott’s solo recital features an afternoon of superbly crafted music: J.S. Bach’s “English Suite No. 2” in A minor and Prokofiev’s “Piano Sonata No. 6” in A major.
One of six English suites, whose name has never been fully explained, Bach’s “English Suite No. 2” is among some three dozen works of this type, many of them written when he was music director at the German court of Anhalt-Cothen from 1717 to 1723.
According to pianist and recording artist Angela Hewitt, “Bach was able to combine the grace and refinement of French dance music with concerto elements borrowed from the Italians, yet subjecting it all to the German predilection for polyphonic writing at which he was the supreme master. Nowhere is this more beautifully demonstrated that in his six English suites.”
ABOUT THE FREE CONCERT SERIES
This season, Bravo! Vail’s free concert series includes 15 chamber music concerts at the Vail Interfaith Chapel, The Chapel at Beaver Creek, Edwards Interfaith Chapel and locations in Gypsum and elsewhere throughout the valley.
The free concert series concludes with the critically-acclaimed Calder Quartet performing Schubert’s quartet in D minor, “Death and the Maiden,” at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Vail Interfaith Chapel.