With just a few weeks to go until the extraordinary 30th season opens, now is a great time to plan your own personal Bravo! Vail adventure… in listening! We invite you to take what is guaranteed to be a wholly unique and very exciting journey this summer, with some of the most imaginative voices in today’s modern classical era, paired with works that once were new—even radical—and are now known as vital and influential musical masterpieces.
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5
July 30 | Dallas Symphony Orchestra
This irrepressible work was so popular that in 1945, within months of its American premiere, Prokofiev was featured on the cover of Time magazine. A tremendous hit at home and abroad, it was seen as a musical celebration of the Allied victory over fascism, and also a brilliant example of musical eclecticism in and of itself, “glorifying the grandeur of the human spirit.” It also had what might be one of the most dramatic premieres in history, when the performance was delayed due to gunfire in the streets outside the Moscow Conservatory. (Muscovites were celebrating the Russian troops crossing the Vistula, a decisive victory that signaled the beginning of the end of World War II.)
Rite of Spring
July 1 | Dallas Symphony Orchestra
At possibly the most notorious premiere in musical history, doctors were called to attend to the near-riot of scandalized audience members. In addition to the outrageous costumes, unusual choreography and bizarre story of pagan sacrifice, Stravinsky's musical innovations shattered expectations. But like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the Rite’s primitive passion and magnificent barbarism marked an explosive shift in the art world, from the ordered harmonies and comfort of traditional composition to brand-new ways of making, defining, and thinking about music. Though written over a century ago, Rite of Spring—one of the defining works of the classical canon—sounds just as thrilling today.
• A full-scale riot broke out at the premiere
• Walt Disney used this piece as the soundtrack to an epic animated dinosaur battle.
Mason Bates: Alternative Energy
July 15 | The Philadelphia Orchestra
Composer-in-residence at The Kennedy Center and “most performed composer of his generation” by day, electronica artist and DJ by night, Mason Bates dissolves the boundaries between classical music and, well, pretty much anything you can imagine. His music draws on imaginative narrative forms, the harmonies of jazz, the rhythms of techno, and a unique integration of electronic sounds, offering an exciting new take on the classical listening experience.
The Ultimate Adventure
Classically Uncorked presented by Arietta Wine
Thirty years of Bravo! Vail’s chamber music legacy culminates in an unforgettable series unlike any other. Highlights include:
• Three of today’s most enterprising young string quartets sharing a single stage
• Beloved masterworks from Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert in innovative pairings with modern masters like Philip Glass and Steve Reich
• The world premiere of Pangaea by David Ludwig for Anne-Marie McDermott and string ensemble (part of the New Works Project)
New Works Project
Bravo!’s flagship venture for the extraordinary 30th season is the creation of a New Works Fund, which has a two-pronged mission: First, to nurture the creation of new music by today’s most innovative composers, and also the present the incredible wealth of venerated music by the leading composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Here, we introduce you to the five composers who will inaugurate this new venture, each one of whom has written a brand-new piece that will be performed for the first time at Bravo! Vail this summer, and showcase two landmark 20th century masterworks.
Edgar Meyer: Overture for Violin and Orchestra
June 22 | Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Equally at home in the worlds of bluegrass and classical, eclectic bass virtuoso and Grammy-winning composer Edgar Meyer writes music that swings and sighs, offering category-defying ruminations on what America sounds like, brimming with foot-tapping energy that is both folksy and stunningly virtuosic.
Roberto Sierra: Dos piezas para orquesta
June 30 | Dallas Symphony Orchestra
One of the world’s finest orchestral colorists, Puerto Rican-born composer Roberto Sierra’s lively and idiosyncratic music infuses vibrant Latino eruptions into time-honored classical forms. From fandango to calypso, lush string textures to sassy, brassy percussion breaks, this is melting-pot music of the highest order.
Guillaume Connesson: Le Tombeau des Regrets
July 9 | The Philadelphia Orchestra
At just 47 years old, Connesson brings together the imaginatively diverse range of influences you might expect from a child of the 70s and 80s, from the rich musical traditions of his native France to the movie music of Bernard Hermann and John Williams, innovators like John Adams and Steve Reich, even the get-down funk of James Brown. As Gramophone magazine noted, his “retro, razzle-dazzle eclecticism knows no bounds.”
Julia Adolphe: White Stone
July 26 | New York Philharmonic
In a 2013 interview, Julia Adolphe noted, “in the music industry there’s a strict divide between pop and classical music, but they can be fused in the right way for a perfect combination on the stage.” Still not yet 30 years old, White Stone is the second work that Adolphe has been commissioned to write for the New York Philharmonic. Her music is thoughtful, sophisticated, and full of complex layers, yet infused with a luminous clarity.
David Ludwig: Pangaea
August 3 | Classically Uncorked presented by Arietta Wine
David Ludwig has an illustrious pedigree, coming from several generations of eminent musicians. (His uncle is pianist Peter Serkin, his grandfather was the pianist Rudolf Serkin, and his great-grandfather was the violinist/composer Adolf Busch.) According to Fanfare magazine, “Ludwig orchestrates with the skill and sophistication of a Ravel, and generates the power and thrills of a John Williams adventure film score.” Resourceful and relentlessly curious, his music draws on an eclectic array of inspirations from space exploration to Ladino folk songs.