Musical odyssey continues at Bravo! festival chamber series
The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival’s celebrated Chamber Classics Series begins today at 6 p.m. at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek. The festival originally began as a two-week chamber music festival, and this series at the Vilar Center highlights the festival’s continued devotion to chamber music.Tonight also marks the world premiere of composer-in residence John Mackey’s “Wrong-Mountain Stomp, Trio for Strings.” His new work, never heard before is a fun three-movement bluegrass fiddling piece. It is the tale of a young woman moving from Appalachia to Vail. The first movement is sassy, the middle movement is really a waltz, and the final movement sounds like a moving train. The evening’s performance begins at 6:00 p.m. and will also include works by Beethoven, Mozart and Schumann performed by pianist Benjamin Hochman, flutist Eugenia Zukerman, bassoonist Peter Kolkay, clarinetist Bil Jackson, violinists James Ehnes and Jennifer Koh, violist Amadi Hummings and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan.Tuesday, July 20 is the second Chamber Classics performance at 6 p.m. at the Vilar Center for the Arts. Many talented chamber musicians will come together to share the beautiful music of Mozart, Moszkowski, Stravinsky and Shostakovich with the audience. Festival Artistic Director and flutist Eugenia Zukerman, violinist Colin Jacobsen, cellist Max Mandel, cellist Alisa Weilerstein will perform Mozart’s D Major Quartet for Flute and Strings.This quartet has been referred to as “perhaps the most beautiful accompanied solo written for flute.” Moszkowski’s Suite for Two Violins and Piano will be performed by violinists Chee-Yun and Colin Jacobsen, along with pianist Adam Neiman. This suite possesses a sentimental personality, exhibiting graceful and tender musical moments.
Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne will be performed by cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Adam Neiman. The performance will be completed with one of Shostokovich’s most popular works – Quintet in G Minor for Piano and Strings. Pianist Adam Neiman, violinists Colin Jacobsen and Chee-Yun, violist Max Mandel and cellist Alisa Weilerstein will come together for this final work of the evening.Chamber Classics III will be presented Tuesday, July 27, 6 p.m. at the Vilar Center for the Arts. Again, Many acclaimed musicians will come together to present a delightful evening filled with the works of Schumann, Brahms and Mozart. Cellist Daniel Müller-Schott and pianist Jonathan Biss will perform Schumann’s Fantasiestücke. Pianist Jonathan Biss, Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow of the New York Philharmonic and cellist Daniel Müller-Schott will perform Brahms’ Piano Trio, Op. 8, the first chamber work that Brahms allowed to be published. Philip Myers, principal horn of the New York Philharmonic, will be joined by the Rossetti Quartet for his lovely arrangement of Mozart’s Quintet for Horn and Strings.The Rossetti Quartet will bring the performance to a joyous climax with a performance of Schumann’s Quartet for Strings.
The Rossetti Quartet will be joined by Stephen Taylor, Oboe, Jonathan Biss, Piano Emily Rome, Viola, Anthea Kreston, Violin and Peter Lloyd on Sunday, August 1, 6 p.m. at the Vilar Center. Double Bass for the fourth in the Chamber Classics series. Oboist Stephen Taylor and pianist Jonathan Biss will perform Poulenc’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano, his last work of importance.Violist Emily Rome will join the Rossetti Quartet in a performance of Dvoák’s richly textured Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello. Schubert’s cheerful Quintet for Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass and Piano will be performed by Anthea Kreston, Thomas Diener, Jason Duckles, Peter Lloyd and Jonathan Biss, respectively.The festival’s popular Baroque Evening and grand finale on Wednesday, August 4.The music of the baroque period conveys a sense of drama, movement and tension. Many exceptional musicians will combine their talents to present this beautiful concert.
The evening will begin with a performance of Vivaldi’s Concerto No. 1 from The Four Seasons, descriptive pieces in which Vivaldi was able to establish in sound pictures the general spirit of the seasons in eighteenth-century Italy.The performance will also include works by Corelli, Handel, LeClair and J.C. Bach. Vivaldi’s Concerto No. 2, also from The Four Seasons will complete the final evening of Bravo’s 17th Season!Afterthoughts – informal dialogues with the performers – are scheduled for July 13, July 20 and August 1. This is an opportunity for concertgoers not only to learn more about the music but also to also meet these world-class artists in person and have a dialogue with them.On Afterthoughts evenings, there is also a pre-concert reception presented in conjunction with the Vail Symposium at the May Gallery in the Vilar Center for the Arts at 5 p.m. The reception includes wine, cheese and Bravo Trivia for only $5 at the door.This summer Bravo! brings another spectacular season of music featuring the Rochester Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony and the New York Philharmonic with the magnificent Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, June 27 through August 4, 2004.Again, relish the artistic excellence of the festival and its fantastic musicians in the reserved seating sections or relax on the lawn with friends, family, a picnic basket, and wine at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion. Enjoy the exquisite sounds of chamber music at the intimate Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek and other Festival venues throughout the Vail Valley. Ticket prices are $20 to $77.For additional program details, please visit our Website at http://www.vailmusicfestival.org, or call (877) 812-5700.