World premiere of Bravo!’s festival commission in Vail |

World premiere of Bravo!’s festival commission in Vail

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Special to the Vail DailyViolist Nokuthula Ngwenyama performs Tuesday evening at the Vail Mountain School as part of Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival's chamber music series. Be the first to see the 2009 Festival Commission World Premiere by Composer-in-Residence Marc Neikrug.

VAIL, Colorado – The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival’s Chamber Music Series continues Tuesday night with works by Haydn, Mozart, R. Strauss and a world premiere by the 2009 Composer-in-Residence, Marc Neikrug. The 6 p.m. concert takes place at the Vail Mountain School located in East Vail. Tickets are $27 and can be purchased at 877-812-5700 or

Neikrug, a unique and multi-faceted artist has had his pieces commissioned and performed by major festivals, orchestras and opera houses world wide. The piece for this evening is “Green Torso/Green Torso Too, Quartet for Piano and Strings.”

“The piece was inspired by a small bronze sculpture given to me by my friend Dan Namingha, a great Hopi artist,” Neikrug said. “I kept the statue near me while I wrote the piece. What was striking to me was the way a partial form could transmit such beauty and content. The torso is not an entire female body but implies completeness. Its asymmetrical limbs create perfect balance; so, likewise the attempt in my piece. It is written with phrases and structure which is not complete in itself but which ‘implies’ completeness. The moods are intense and also hypnotic at times. Its sound world is complete and balanced.”

“Bravo thinks commissions are important because we need to continue to have new music just like they did in the past centuries. If it wasn’t for commissions we wouldn’t have all this beautiful music by Mozart and Beethoven,” said Lynne Mazza, Bravo!’s associate artistic director.

Performing this evening is violinist Ida Kavafian, founding artistic director for the festival, along with chamber favorites Ani Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, Nokuthula Ngwenyama and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott.

Bravo’s Chamber Music Series continues through Aug. 4 with performances at the Vail Mountain School, Minturn and Gypsum. Complimentary Chamber Music will be performed at various venues throughout the Eagle Valley as well. These free performances, Casual Classics, are part of Bravo’s Music Matter’s program.

“Chamber Music started as the heart of the Bravo Festival and continues to remain so today,” Mazza said.

A performance prelude will take place at 5 p.m., prior to the concert. Artistic Director Eugenia Zukerman will be the guest speaker, along with Marc Neikrug, composer-in-residence, providing an intimate perspective to the evening’s composers and repertoire. The Vail Symposium co-presents the complimentary Performance Preludes.

For a complete festival lineup and to purchase tickets, visit

What: Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival’s Chamber Music Series; world premiere Bravo! piece by composer-in-residence Marc Neikrug

Where: Vail Mountain School, Vail

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday. A performance prelude with Eugenia Zukerman and Marc Neikrug, composer-in-residence, set for 5 p.m.

Cost: $27

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