It’s opening week of Bravo! |

It’s opening week of Bravo!

Lynne Mazza
Vail, CO, Colorado
Lynne Mazza

Editor’s Note: Lynne Mazza is the associate artistic director of Bravo! Vail Valley Music Fesival. Each week, this column will share her personal upcoming concert favorites.

Bravo is back, celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Our exciting roster of artists comes from around the world, and we have programmed music that offers something to please everyone.

On Wednesday, pianist Olga Kern returns with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Rachmaninoff’s magnificent “Second Piano Concerto.” You will not want to miss Olga’s crowd-pleasing virtuosity, her celebrated musical charm and her unique interpretation of this very popular masterpiece. Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” will spike sweet memories from school days’ past and Beethoven’s “Seventh Symphony” will touch your heart and bring tears to your eyes.

On Friday, we put on our jazz shoes with a tribute to the great Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller. Special guest jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling and conductor Jeff Tyzik get the Rochester Philharmonic to swing. Your toes will be tapping out of control. Kenny Grant, principal clarinet with Rochester, will honor jazz history with a clarinet concerto by Alan Gilliland, “Dreaming of the Masters.” And, to add something new in celebration of these jazz greats, Tyzik wrote a “Jazz Suite for Juliana” (concert master of the Rochester Philharmonic). Juliana Athayde’s exuberance and irresistible energy will make you feel like only good things exist in the world.

On Saturday, Christopher Seaman and Anne-Marie McDermott offer Beethoven bookends with Dvorak’s imposing “New World Symphony” as the centerpiece. Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture” sets the stage for Dvorak’s Symphony. To close this powerful program, Anne-Marie McDermott performs Beethoven’s popular and colossal Emperor Piano Concerto. Anne-Marie’s energy is infectious and her musicianship incomparable … you will remember her performance long after you leave the Ford Amphitheater.

On Sunday, we have very special and unique happening. Founding artistic director Ida Kavafian and current artistic director Eugenia Zukerman and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott join Christopher Seaman and the Rochester Philharmonic for Bach’s lovely B”randenburg Concerto No. 5.” Emotions will be high and it will be a very special evening of music-making.

I look forward to seeing you at the Ford Amphitheater.

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