Casual Classics concerts mark week 4 of Bravo!
VAIL – Dallas Symphony Orchestra closes out its last two days at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival with performances conducted by Arild Remmereit of Norway.
Bravo!s more informal concert series, the Casual Classics – Music and Conversation, begins Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle Ranch. Casual Classics are a series of free, interactive chamber music performances held in smaller venues throughout Eagle County. Barriers between performers and audiences are removed and dialogue is encouraged. Bravo’s! Associate Artistic Director Lynne Mazza will host the first evening, along with the Imani Winds, featuring works by Berio, Ligeti, Piazzolla/Arr. Jeff Scott.Chamber Classics series continues Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek. With a theme of “Masters: Past and Present,” musicians Eugenia Zukerman, Chee-Yun, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Alisa Weilerstein, Shai Wosner, Axel Strauss will perform works by Mozart, Chopin and Dvorak. A world premier created by Bravo!’s composer in residence Kenji Bunch will highlight the concert. Bunch’s festival commission is “Shout Chorus, Quintet for Winds” performed by the Imani Winds.
Before the concert, there will be a Performance Prelude – a pre-concert talk and reception at 5 p.m. in the Vilar Center lower lobby. Performance Preludes provide a chance to interact informally with Bunch and the Imani Winds. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Take a midday break with Music at Midday II “Winds and Strings of Wonder” Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Vail Interfaith Chapel in Vail. Chee-Yun will perform Bunch’s “Aria for Solo Violin.” Cellist Alisa Weilerstein will join Chee-Yun to perform Handel/Halvorsen “Passacaglia,” and the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds will perform works by Ligeti, Piazzolla and spirituals arranged by Valerie Coleman.For additional program details, visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org or call (877) 812-5700.