Soiree hosts chamber music
The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival continues its celebration of 17 summers of music today with the Linda and Mitch Hart Soiree Series at the Ferguson residence in Mountain Star at 6 p.m. The evening begins with a cocktail hour, followed by a performance of Brahm’s “Trio in A Minor for Clarinet Cello and Piano,” Tartini’s “Devil’s Trill Sonata for Violin and Piano” and Mozart’s “Piano Quartet in G Minor.” Chamber music performed in the living room of a private residence is the way to experience chamber music as it originated. Dinner will be catered by Mirabelle at Beaver Creek. Tuesday marks the premiere of “Wrong-Mountain Stomp”Composer-in-residence John Mackey’s “Wrong-Mountain Stomp, Trio for Strings” premiers Tuesday. The piece was commissioned by the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. This never before heard work is a 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 a bit like a train.
The evening’s performance begins at 6 p.m. and will also include works by Beethoven, Mozart and Schumann performed by pianist Benjamin Hochman, flutist Eugenia Zukerman, bassoonist Peter Kolkay, clarinetist Bill Jackson, violinists James Ehnes and Jennifer Koh, violist Amadi Hummings and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan. Prior to the performance, the Vail Symposium and Bravo! host a pre-concert reception including wine, appetizers and concert trivia for $5 in the May Gallery at the Vilar Center. Afterthoughts, an opportunity for informal dialogues with the performers, follows the performance.Tuesday is also the opening night of the Chamber Classics Series at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek. Tickets are $27. Richard Kaufman conducts Broadway Pops WednesdayThe Dallas Symphony and conductor Richard Kaufman again take the stage at the Ford Amphitheater at 6 p.m. Wednesday with the Bravo! Broadway Pops performance. The Dallas Symphony will be joined by baritone Doug LaBrecque, tenor J. Mark McVey and soprano Jodi Benson, all well-known Broadway stars. Benson is best known for her performance as the voice of Ariel in Disney’s Academy Award winning film “The Little Mermaid.” The performance will include the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber, including music from “Oklahoma,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “South Pacific,” “Cinderella,” “The King and I,” “Cats,” “Starlight Express” and many other musicals, movies and Broadway shows.
Free family concert ThursdayLawrence Loh conducts the Dallas Symphony in a complimentary family concert, “Symphonic Voyage,” Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheater. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with learning activities, including the festival’s instrument petting zoo. Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs Franck’s ‘Le Chasseur Maudit’ FridayMusic director Andrew Litton will again lead the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Franck’s “Le Chasseur Maudit (The Accursed Huntsman)” and Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 1.” Friday at 6 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheater. “Le Chasseur Maudit” is a vivid narrative, brassy and full of verve, that piquantly contrast the galloping music of a huntsman’s ride with the holy chorale emanating from the local church. In his “Symphony No. 1,” Shostakovich establishes his eloquent and personal voice, saturated with vigor and freshness. Jon “Jackie” Kimura Parker joins the Dallas Symphony with a performance of one of Rachmaninoff’s masterpieces, “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for Piano and Orchestra.” Internationally acclaimed concert pianist “Jackie” Parker is a true Canadian ambassador of music, having received the Governor’ General’s Performing Arts Award and in 1999 invested with the Order of Canada his country’s highest honor.
Last night to see Dallas Sypmphony Orchestra SaturdayDallas Symphony Orchestra closes its residence in Vail Saturday with a production of Beethoven’s “Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra” and Beethoven’s “9th Symphony, Choral Symphony.” The Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus, choral director Duain Wolfe, pianist Adam Neiman, soprano Elizabeth Keusch, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Shammash, tenor Daniel Weeks and bass-baritone Derrick Parker will join music director Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony in a performance. Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” was the first time Beethoven united instrumental and vocal music. For additional program details visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org or call 877.812.5700.