Casual Classics comes to Beaver Creek Chapel |

Casual Classics comes to Beaver Creek Chapel

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Janette Beckman/Special to the Vail DailyBassoonist Peter Kolkay, along with several chamber artists, will perform Devienne's Quartet in C Major for Bassoon and Strings, presented by the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival presents a free concert in Beaver Creek Monday evening.

The 5:30 p.m. Casual Classics performance, the last one of the season, is at The Chapel at Beaver Creek. The performance is hosted by Bravo!’s Artistic Director Eugenia Zukerman, who will be conducting conversation and playing music with the several of Bravo’s chamber artists.

The program includes works by Devienee and Dvorak. This performance is free and tickets are not required. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

The concert opens with Deviennee’s Quartet in C Major for Bassoon and Strings. Devienne, a prolific Parisian composer, did much to popularize wind-instrument performances with his sonatas for wind soloists

“Devieene rarely involved himself with formal thematic development,” said Lynne Mazza, Bravo’s associate artistic director. “He’s highly respected and known for elegant and melodic lines.”

The second piece in the program is Dvorak’s Quintet in G Major for Two Violins, Viola, Cello and Double Bass. This work is somewhat exceptional for a chamber work, Mazza said, because it has unusual textures.

All summer long, Bravo! presents free music education events throughout the Eagle Valley as part of the festival’s community education program, Music Matters. The programs give people different opportunities to get involved with music.

“We offer these programs so that children of all ages, the young and young-at-heart, can get a little closer to the music and experience up close what it’s like to be a professional classical musician,” said Liz Campbell, Bravo’s education director.

Some events are specifically designed for kids to come in and get their hands on the music, such as Live @ the Library and Instrument Petting Zoos. Other Music Matters events have been programmed to serve the adult community, such as the free Casual Classics concert series, where performances are held in intimate educational settings, bringing the audience members directly into the world of the performers.

“You’re never too old to learn something new, especially when it comes to music. The musicians love these opportunities to share a bit about what they do with the audiences and open people’s eyes to the wonders of classical music,” said Campbell. “It’s important to continue the education of our communities so classical music can stay alive and prosper.”

For a complete schedule of Bravo’s free education events visit or call 877-812-5700

What: Bravo! Casual Classics concert

Where: The Chapel at Beaver Creek

When: 5:30 p.m., Monday

Cost: Free.

More information: Visit or call 877-812-5700

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