The informal side of Bravo!
VAIL – Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival hosts a trio of interactive performances where audience members can leaern about chamber music from hosts and musicians starting Monday.Its Casual Classics – Music and Conversation series provides an avenue to provide enhanced understanding of the history and modern performance of classical music.The first Casual Classics performance will be held at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle Ranch Monday at 7:30 p.m. Bravo’s Associate Artistic Director Lynne Mazza will host the first Casual Classic evening with works by Berio, Ligeti, Piazzolla/Arr. Jeff Scott and featuring the exquisite, distinctive and exciting sound of the Imani Winds. Praised by Gramophone and Essence Magazine for “taking the wind quintet where it rarely ventures,” Imani Winds’ gained notoreity from its 2005 breakthrough recording “The Classical Underground.”For the second Casual Classics on Monday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Parish in Minturn, Bravo! musicians present works by the great masters of chamber music: Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Debussy and Borodin. Eugenia Zukerman, festival artistic director and Lynne Mazza, associate artistic director, will host the concert. The performance will feature the Rossetti String Quartet and Hyperion String Quartet.
The final Casual Classics concert takes place on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Gypsum Town Hall. Returning host Eugenia Zukerman, along with chamber musicians, will showcase the many sounds of Mozart and Hoffmeister. A highlight will be Mozart’s “Quodlibet for Flute and Strings.” “This series is an excellent way to experience chamber music,” said Mazza. “The concerts have an informal and intimate setting, allowing for audience members to learn more about the music and the artists.” All performances are free and no tickets are necessary. For more information, call 877-812-5700 or visit the Bravo! Web site at http://www.vailmusicfestival.org.
MondayCasual Classics – Music and Conversation I, 7:30 p.m., Eagle Ranch Pavilion, Eagle, featuring Lynne Mazza (host) performing works by Berio, Ligeti, Piazzolla/arr. Jeff Scott This performance is free.July 24Casual classics – Music and Conversation II, 5:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s Parish, Minturn, featuring Eugenia Zukerman and Lynne Mazza (co-hosts) performing “Favorite String Quartet Melodies.” This performance is free.