Bravo! Vail to Kick Off The Linda and Mitch Hart Soiree Series with Paquito D'Rivera, 7/2


Bravo! Vail Announces today that a limited number of reservations for The Linda and Mitch Hart Soirée Series are now open and available to the general public. The Linda and Mitch Hart Soirée Series features four private performances in four unique and spectacular homes throughout the Vail Valley. Truly an experience, these events are some of the most exclusive and sought-after performances produced by Bravo! Vail.

Soirées offer the unique opportunity to enjoy chamber music in the type of intimate setting for which it was originally conceived and performed. The design of each evening allows patrons, artists and guests to gather in Vail Valley's most beautiful homes for a sumptuous meal and outstanding chamber music.

Soirée dates include July 2nd - Latino Soirée: An Evening with Paquito D'Rivera; July 9th - French Soirée: Chausson's Romantic Masterpiece; July 23rd - Broadway Soirée: Music from the Great White Way; and July 28th - Strings Soirée: An Evening with the Jasper String Quartet. Each Soirée includes cocktails, a concert and a gourmet dinner served by famous area chefs.

Chefs include Chef Daniel Joly of Mirabell at Beaver Creek (July 2nd), Chef Tracey van Curan of Foods of Vail (July 9th), Chef Eric Berg of Vail Catering Concepts (July 23rd), and Chef Jean-Michel Chelain of The Left Bank (July 28th).

Each Soirée begins at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail hour, during which hors d'oeuvres, wine, cocktails and soft drinks are served. At approximately 6:45 p.m., a specially prepared chamber music program is performed by Bravo! Vail's internationally renowned chamber and concerto artists. A seated dinner follows the performance. Reservations for The Linda and Mitch Hart Soirée Series are $200.00 each and may be purchased by calling the box office at 877.812.5700.

On Tuesday, July 2nd at the Grojean Residence in Beaver Creek, Cuban Jazz legend Paquito D'Rivera shares the stage with his musical partner, pianist Alex Brown, in a rare, intimate Latino Soirée gathering.

A French Soirée on Tuesday, July 9th at the Sheehy Residence in Beaver Creek features Chausson's Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet. World-renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott and members of The Philadelphia Orchestra are the featured performers.

For a major change of pace, Bravo! Vail offers its first ever Broadway Soirée at the Washing Residence in Mountain Star on July 23rd, featuring the extraordinary Ted Sperling as pianist and vocalist singing memorable tunes from The Great White Way.

The Mayer Residence in Cordillera Valley is host to the final Soirée of the season, an evening with the Jasper String Quartet and guests performing Brahms on July 28th.


Tuesday, July 2, 6:00 p.m.
Latino Soirée: An Evening with Paquito D'Rivera
The Grojean Residence, Beaver Creek
Paquito D'Rivera, saxophone and clarinet
Alexander Brown, piano

Jazz legend Paquito D'Rivera shares the stage with his musical partner, pianist Alex Brown, in this rare, intimate gathering. Born in Cuba, the 11-time Grammy Award-winner has earned acclaim in nearly every musical arena.

Tuesday, July 9, 6:00 p.m.
French Soirée: Chausson's Romantic Masterpiece
The Sheehy Residence, Beaver Creek?
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra
CHAUSSON: Concerto in D major for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21

A dream team of noted musicians come together to perform Chausson's rarely heard concerto, a rich, warm-sounding, melodic example of late French Romanticism. Chausson called the two main instruments "projections against the quartet background." We call it a neglected masterpiece and posterity vigorously agrees.

Tuesday, July 23, 6:00 p.m.
Broadway Soirée: Music from the Great White Way
The Washing Residence, Mountain Star
Ted Sperling, piano and vocalist

Conductor Ted Sperling sits at the piano and sings selections from the American songbook. This will be an intimate gathering never to be forgotten in one of the area's most lovely homes.

Sunday, July 28, 6:00 p.m.
Strings Soirée: An Evening with the Jasper String Quartet
The Mayer Residence, Cordillera Valley
Jasper String Quartet
Members of the New York Philharmonic
Remi Pelletier, viola
Sumire Kudo, cello
BRAHMS: String Sextet in B-flat major, Op. 18

In 1860 the 27-year-old Johannes Brahms was inspired by his new position as director of the chorus and orchestra at Lippe, his musicians' dedicated music-making and bucolic surroundings to compose his String Sextet in B-flat major, a work of lyricism and sunny spirit that is one of the first evidences of his mature genius.

The only Festival in North America to host three of the world's finest orchestras in a single season, Bravo! Vail celebrates its 26th season June 28 through August 3, 2013, under the leadership of artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott and executive director James W. Palermo. The 2013 season features residencies by the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with popular concerto artists plus a wide array of stellar chamber music performances. Bravo! Vail's ultimate trifecta: great music, social interaction, and the natural beauty of the Vail Valley is enhanced by a renewed effort to reach core target markets - year-round residents, second-home owners, and visitors to the Vail Valley, including Denver/Front Range visitors - who love sharing a great musical experience in a spectacular natural setting with friends. Bravo! Vail began as the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in 1987, created by John Giovando, an attorney with a love of classical music, and acclaimed violinist, Ida Kavafian, who together had already established a successful chamber music festival in New Mexico. Through world-class performances, dedicated leadership and generous support from the community, the Festival has grown from a handful of attendees to an annual audience of more than 60,000. More than 50 acclaimed soloists visit the Vail Valley each summer to perform in chamber ensembles and as soloists with resident orchestras.

All tickets for the 26th Season of Bravo! Vail are on sale, discounts are available through purchase of a subscription package. Purchase tickets online at or by calling the box office at 877.812.5700. Orchestral concerts featuring the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic start at $27 for both lawn and "Saver" pavilion seats. Lawn tickets for children between the ages of 2 and 12 are $5. Tickets for the Chamber Music Series start at $29 and Silver Oak and Twomey Series tickets start at $35. Box office hours are Monday throughFriday, 9:00AM -4:00PM MST.