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Mozart celebrated in Vail Valley

Kris Sabel
Director's Chair
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily/Steven ShermanVan Cliburn Medalist, Benedetto Lupo joins the Colorado Symphony Orchestra on stage for a Mozart celebration at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Monday in Colorado's Vail Valley
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VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Monday’s concert at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Colorado’s Vail Valley promises to be a truly special evening of live performance. The Beaver Creek concert, a Mozart celebration, features Chaconne from Idomeneo, Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major, Overture to La Clemenza di Tito and Symphony No. 40 in G minor.

Here’s just some of what the evening has to offer:

Great music: Mozart is not only one of the greatest and most prolific classical composers, but his music appeals to a variety of audiences, from hard core purists to novice listeners, and everyone in between. You’ll like this music the first time you hear it, which in some ways makes it pop classical music. But for the real music lovers, the complexity and cleverness of Mozart’s compositions provide plenty of depth for repeated listening.

Great orchestra: The Colorado Symphony Orchestra is one of the region’s premiere performing arts organizations. Under Music Director Laureate Marin Alsop’s leadership over a span of 12 years, the orchestra gained recognition on the regional level.

Great guest conductor: Bernard Labadie has established himself worldwide as one of the leading conductors of the Baroque and Classical repertoire which makes him an ideal choice to lead Monday evening’s Mozart celebration. Labadie has become a sought-after guest conductor with major North American orchestras, including the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Great soloist: Italian pianist Benedetto Lupo won the bronze medal at the 1989 Van Cliburn international piano competition. An accomplished soloist, Lupo has performed with major orchestras and companies around the world including: the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and at the Mostly Mozart Festival.

Great hall: The incredible acoustics, combined with the intimacy and beauty of the auditorium make it the perfect place to experience the subtleties of a live classical performance. Many of Mozart’s works were originally performed in intimate court theaters and I often compare seeing a performance at the Vilar to having the musicians play in your living room – the works should translate beautifully.


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