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Bravo!celebrates week four

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Special to the Daily/Chris LeeBravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is in week No. 4 and celebrates with "Carmen" on Saturday at 4 p.m.

VAIL – The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival continues its summer of music with Maestro Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Ford Amphitheater at 6 p.m. on Friday. The evening includes Rossini’s “La Gazza Ladra,” Ives’ “Symphony No. 2” and Beethoven’s “Concerto in C Major for Piano, Violin and Cello.” The evening also features the Beaux Arts Trio. Pianist Menahem Pressler, violinist Daniel Hope and cellist Antonio Meneses have set the standard for the performance of piano trio literature. Hope was recently on the cover of BBC Music Magazine as “Britain’s Top Violinist.” Several renowned composers have written pieces exclusively for the trio. Rocky Mountain News music critic Marc Shulgold will host the free pre-concert talk at 5 p.m. at the Christiania Lodge for a Performance Prelude.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s residency culminates with “Carmen: Opera In Concert” by Georges Bizet on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheater. The opera was described by Bizet as “all clarity and vivacity, full of color and melody.” The performance features mezzo-soprano Angela Horn, bass-baritone Matthew Lau, baritone Stephen Powell, tenor Jay Hunter Morris and soprano Arianna Zukerman. Bravo’s Instrument Petting Zoo shares the sounds and sights of instruments with big and little kids alike Sunday at the Vail Farmers’ Market from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bravo! staff will be on hand to demonstrate various instruments such as the violin, trumpet, clarinet, cello, and more.

Eugenia Zukerman hosts on Monday at 5:30 p.m. will host an Introduction to Chamber Music at the Lodge at Cordillera. “String Sounds” features violinists Benny Kim, Daniel Hope and Melvin Chin, violists Toby Appel and James Arrowsmith and cellists Antonio Meneses, Sophie Shao, and Jonathan Brin. The chamber musicians will present Mozart’s “Duo in G Major for Violin and Viola,” featuring Kim and Appel, Schulhoff’s “Zingaresca from Duo for Violin and Cello” with Beaux Arts musicians Hope and Meneses, and Brahms’ “Sextet for Strings.” This interactive performance includes wine and cheese.Bravo’s Chamber Series continues in Beaver Creek at the Vilar Center for the Arts on Tuesday at 6 p.m. with Chamber Classics II. The Beaux Arts Trio commences the evening with “Ten Variations in G Major” by Beethoven. This is the final opportunity to hear the renowned Beaux Arts Trio on their 50th anniversary. Kim, Chen, Appel, and Shao present Shostakovich’s “String Quartet No. 8.” The Beaux Arts Trio concludes the evening with Dvorák’s “Trio in E Minor for Piano, Violin and Cello, Dumky” – Dvorák’s last work for this instrumental combination. Avon and Beaver Creek restaurants will feature specials.

The Music at Midday series will fill the Vail Interfaith Chapel with “Strings Attached” on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.The midday concert begins with Beethoven’s “Quartet in C Minor for Strings” with violinists Benny Kim and Melvin Chen, violist Toby Appel and cellist Sophie Shao. The only one of the six of Opus 18 written in a minor key, the quartet is an expressive piece of torment and rapture moving through a number of musical moods concluding with a Gypsy-flavored refrain. Written at age 16, Mendelssohn’s “Octet in E-flat Major for Strings” also follows a movement of emotions with inspiration from Goethe’s “Faust.” Mendelssohn has called his Octet “my favorite of all compositions.”For tickets or additional program details visit or call (877)812-5700.

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