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Yo-Yo Ma celebrates Vail arts education

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily/Stephen Danelian

VAIL – Vail Valley schoolchildren will share the stage with one of the world’s foremost classical performers this summer.

On June 26, cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform with the children of the First Notes, Celebrate the Beat and Bravo! Young Composers programs at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Dubbed “Imagination Celebration: Adventures in the Arts”, the free festivities take place from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“Imagination Celebration” will feature individual performances by third through fifth graders of Celebrate the Beat, the second grade First Notes orchestra and Bravo! Young Composers Ben West and Jeremiah Johnston. Ma and Bravo’s Artistic Director and flutist Eugenia Zukerman and percussionist Mark Trevino will accompany West and Johnston on their original composition titled “Coyoyote.”

Ma will also accompany second grade string and horn musicians for a lively rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and team up with freshman pianist Katherine Bellino for Camille Saint-Saens’ “The Swan.” The program concludes with Ma performing Bach as accompaniment to a dance finale featuring Celebrate the Beat student dancers.

“This unique event is a natural extension of Yo-Yo’s profound belief that the arts must be an integral part of every child’s education,” said Damian Woetzel, director of the Vail International Dance Festival and one of Ma’s collaborators.

Celebrate the Beat exposes elementary school students to dance education. First Notes, introduced at Avon Elementary School this past fall, introduces students to instrumental music and live performance. The Bravo! Young Composer Project gives students the opportunity to work directly with members of the New York Philharmonic to compose their own music.

For additional information, contact the Vail Valley Foundation at 970-949-1999 or the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival at 970-827-5700.

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