Introduction to chamber music
Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival presents an educational Introduction to Chamber Music Series. This series offers three interactive performances, complete with refreshments, where audience members can learn about chamber music from knowledgeable hosts and the performing musicians. These concerts provide an avenue to gain better understanding of the history and modern performance of chamber music.
The first performance in the series begins Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Brush Creek Pavilion at Eagle Ranch in Eagle. Hosted by Lynne Mazza, festival associate artistic director, the event will showcase The Rembrandt String Quartet and friends performing excerpts from the “Brahms Quintet in G Major for Strings,” the “Haydn Quartet in G Major for Strings,” the “Beethoven Quartet in C Major for Strings” and other works to highlight the magnificence of the string ensemble repertoire.The second Introduction to Chamber Music concert is titled “Who’s Afraid of Beethoven?” Monday, July 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the Lodge at Cordillera, featuring works by the great master of chamber music Ludwig Van Beethoven. Eugenia Zukerman, festival artistic director, will host the concert as well as perform on flute in the “Trio for Flute, Violin and Viola.” The Rossetti String Quartet will perform selections from Beethoven’s “Middle and Late String Quartets.” The evening promises to bridge the audiences into understanding the music of a master, and experience how Beethoven himself was able to bridge the music of Europe from the Classical era into the Romantic era.
The final Introduction to Chamber Music concert, titled “The Harpsichord, Then and Now,” takes place on Monday, Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Brush Creek Pavilion at Eagle Ranch in Eagle. Returning host Mazza, along with harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh, will educate audience members on the many sounds of the Baroque instrument. The program features harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh, flutist Eugenia Zukerman, oboist Stephen Taylor, violinist Jesse Holstein, violist Emily Rome, as well as the returning young and popular Rembrandt String Quartet. The performance includes traditional and modern chamber music compositions featuring the harpsichord.
“This series is an excellent way to experience chamber music,” said Mazza. “The concerts have an informal and intimate setting, allowing for audience members to learn more about the music and the artists.”For more information or tickets, call 877.812.5700 or visit the http://www.vailmusicfestival.org