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Only three concerts with New York left

Lynne Mazza
Vail, CO, Colorado

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

Tuesday at 6 p.m., Bravo Chamber Music returns to the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek with a fabulous mix of lovely tunes with an exciting group of musicians.

World-renowned violinist Jennifer Koh performs Stravinsky’s homage to the Baroque era, “Suite Italienne,” with pianist/husband Benjamin Hochman. You will hear the grand Dvorak “String Quintet, Op. 97” with the Rossetti String Quartet and Anthea Kreston on viola.



The Rossettis are a unique group of musicians, not to be missed. Timothy Fain, violinist from the Rossetti Quartet, will wow you with “Arches,” a virtuosic work for solo violin written by our 20th Anniversary Composer-in-Residence Kevin Puts.

The evening will also offer an audience favorite, Mozart’s “Piano Quartet in G Minor.” At 5 p.m., we serve an appetizer to our concert ” a Performance Prelude, pre-concert talk with artists hosted by festival Artistic director Eugenia Zukerman.



Wednesday-Friday at 6 p.m., the New York Philharmonic returns for the last three concerts of their fifth festival residency at the Ford Amphitheater.

Wednesday and Thursday, Maestro Bramwell Tovey leads the orchestra with works by Leonard Bernstein, Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss and Saint-Saëns’ delightful “Carnival of the Animals for Two Pianos and Orchestra,” with soloists Benjamin Hochman and Orion Weiss.

A highlight will be the Colorado premiere of the 2007 Bravo! Festival Co-Commission with the New York Philharmonic, “Two Mountain Scenes,” by Kevin Puts. On Thursday, the young and very talented pianist Joyce Yang joins the orchestra to play the popular Grieg “Piano Concerto.”



On Friday, Maestro Lorin Maazel, music director of the New York Philharmonic, returns to Vail to conduct their closing night ” featuring Beethoven’s “Coriolan Overture;” Elgar’s “Cello Concerto,” with the dynamic Alisa Weilerstein, and the dazzling “Symphony No. 4.” by Brhams.

On Monday, July 30, Bravo travels to Gypsum with an entertaining evening of Harp Happenings at Town Hall at 7 p.m. Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis will be joined by flutist Eugenia Zukerman, clarinetist Alan R. Kay, violinists Sarah Washburn and Jessica Meyer, violist Russell Wilson and cellist Jason Duckles. Along with the “harpfest,” the West End String Quartet, Bravo’s Young Ensemble-in-Residence, will offer the very beautiful Quartettsatz by Schubert.

Bravo continues through Aug. 2. For tickets and concert Information, call 877-812-5700.


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