Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Music of Bravo! Vail quintet delights Little Listeners
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When you think of a library, you usually think of a place where you need to be quiet, but when the Bravo! Vail Music Festival comes to town, the library is anything but silent.
We checked out the Little Listeners program at the Vail Public Library and were treated to the sounds of not only the Qwinda Woodwind Quintet, but also the sounds of kids playing a mini violin for the first time or making noise via a clarinet.
These kids, whose ages range between 3 and 7 years old, were having a ball experiencing music in this new way, and parents and other spectators were delighted with the actions and reactions of the kids and these instruments.
During the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, various artists take time out of their busy schedules to visit the libraries throughout the Vail Valley. The Qwinda Woodwind Quintet had just wrapped up a free performance at the Vail Chapel and then packed up their instruments and made their way to the Vail Library. The Quintet consisted of a flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn.
The members had a lot of fun sharing the particular noises that their instruments could produce with the kids, making them laugh when they would play tunes that sounded jovial and cartoon-like (think “Pink Panther”) and then eliciting a little fear when they played something more ominous-sounding (think the “Jaws” theme song).
This program is free to the public and has been a favorite activity for local families and those visiting the area. Who knows, this early introduction to the instruments that make these sounds may be the spark that ignites a love for music or a passion to play and maybe one day perform on stage like the Bravo! Vail musicians.
Don’t forget, Inuksuit has a free event with 66 percussionists playing in the woods at Maloit Park on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m.
By Christmas Eve Day 2017, when chairs 7, 10, 11, 14 and 26 still had not yet opened for the season on Vail Mountain, the resort knew something had to be done. Less than two years later Vail Mountain would be completing one of the most ambitious projects in the resort’s history.