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Read up on music Vail Valley

Lynne Mazza
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado –Do you want to learn a bit more about music, Vail Valley, but don’t know where to start? May I suggest a few books that I think you will enjoy.

A must is Leonard Bernstein’s “The Joy of Music;” also check out Donald Grout’s “A History of Western Music” and “The Vintage Guide to Classical Music” by Jan Swafford.

For a touch of educated entertainment, try “The Book of Musical Anecdotes” edited by Norman Lebrecht, the “Virgil Thomson Reader” and the “Glenn Gould Reader,” all offering inside views to so much of music history. And for a more academic bent, a respected music reference collection is “The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians” (29 volumes), which is always a good place to begin fact checking, and it is available at all libraries, including Vail.

In preparation for our Baroque Bash Sunday at 6 p.m. at Vail Mountain School and our Baroque Soiree on Aug. 4, check out these fantastic reads: “Baroque Music” by Claude Palisca and “Renaissance and Baroque Music” by Friedrich Blume. Want more? Please check out the suggested reading list in the Bravo! Primer – available free at all concerts.

A reminder: tonight is your last chance to the New York Philharmonic at the Ford Amphitheater for this season. The orchestra performs at 6 p.m. Highlights are Mozart’s popular Jupiter Symphony, Beethoven’s glorious 7th Symphony and Berlioz’s mesmerizing and thrilling Symphonie Fantastique.

Looking for something free that delights both your hears and your wallet? Attend the two free ensembles. The next one is Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Patrick’s Church in Minturn. Hear the lovely and lyrical sounds of Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Marc Neikrug, Bravo’s 2009 composer-in-residence.

Another free concert is Aug. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Beaver Creek Chapel. This casual concert will feature music by Devienne and Dvorak. The Bravo 2009 season is near its final concert – share the music now!

For tickets and concert information, 877-812-5700 or

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