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Enhance your music appreciation in Vail on Saturday

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Staffmug Mark Shulgold. December 13, 2006. (ELLEN JASKOL/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS)***

VAIL ” The 2008 summer season of Performance Preludes continues on Saturday at 5 p.m. when Marc Shulgold, music critic for the Rocky Mountain News, returns to the valley to help audience members connect to classical music. The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens make a dramatic backdrop for Shulgold’s compelling discussion of Berlioz, Shostakovich and Strauss.

Shulgold learned about the arts from working with Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Martin Bernheimer at the Los Angeles Times from 1957 to 1987. He then joined the staff of the Rocky Mountain News, and after more than 20 years Shulgold has proven himself as one of the most respected voices for classical music in the region. Shulgold has also contributed articles and reviews to Chamber Music, Opera News, Student Musician and other publications.

“Attending a performance prelude is a great way to learn about music appreciation,” said Fraidy Aber, executive director of the Vail Symposium. “The dramatic grandeur of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens complements these insightful pre-concert discussions. Collaborating with Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is a great way to unite our two missions of learning and cultural arts.”

The evening’s performance by the New York Philharmonic will be conducted by Alan Gilbert and feature Heinrich Schiff on the cello. Pieces include Berlioz’ “Roman Carnival Overture,” Shostakovich’s “Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 107,” and “Ein Heldenleben – a Hero’s Life, Tone Poem, Op. 40” by Strauss.

Partnering with the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, the Vail Symposium presents a free, summer arts discussion series: Performance Preludes. These free pre-concert discussions offer a unique chance to discover the stories behind the music and gain additional appreciation for the art of music. The talks are held at 5 p.m., and concerts begin at 6 p.m. Informal in structure, the Preludes provide background and insight about the composers, repertoire and orchestra of the evening. All talks are free. Visit http://www.vailsymposium.org for more information or call 970-476-0954.

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All Performance Preludes are free and begin at 5 p.m.


Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail

Marc Shulgold, Music Critic, Rocky Mountain News

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Vail Mountain School, Lobby

Artistic Director Eugenia Zukerman and artists Anne-Marie McDermott, piano; Nina Bodnar, violin; Peter Kolkay, bassoon

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