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Vail music festival names new artistic director

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Special to the Vail DailyAnne-Marie McDermott is no stranger to the Vail Valley and the Bravo! Festival. She has performed at numerous Bravo! festivals during the last 23 years as a soloist with several of Bravo's resident orchestras
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VAIL – Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott will become The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival’s artistic director. McDermott takes over in October, succeeding Eugenia Zukerman, who held the position for 13 years.”Having often performed with Anne-Marie, I know that her musical insights and creative ideas will be great assets to Bravo!,” says Zukerman.McDermott is no stranger to the Vail Valley and the Bravo! Festival. She has performed at numerous Bravo! festivals during the last 23 years as a soloist with several of Bravo’s resident orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in many of Bravo’s chamber music concerts and soirees. McDermott performs more than 100 concerts a year in a combination of solo recitals, concerts and chamber music. Her repertoire choices range from Bach and Haydn to Prokofiev and Scriabin to Kernis, Hartke, Tower and Wuorinen. McDermott is a member of the piano quartet Opus One and has been the artistic director of the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival in Key Largo, Fla., for the last four seasons and artistic director of the Avila Chamber Music Celebration in Curacao for the last five seasons. As a soloist, McDermott has recorded the complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas, Bach English Suites and Partitas, and most recently, Gershwin Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra with the Dallas Symphony and Justin Brown. “Not only do I feel humbled to carry the torch of my great colleagues and predecessors, I also feel a sense of duty to inspire Bravo’s music-loving public with a continued commitment to excellence and a bold look at the future,” says McDermott. “Music has the power and the depth to shed light on our present, past and future. I am thrilled to add this new facet to my musical journey and I greatly look forward to this new adventure.” The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival celebrates its 23rd season this summer from June 25 through Aug. 3 opening with a recital by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott. For a Festival lineup and to purchase tickets visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org or call 970-827-5700


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