Bravo! Vail to present socially distanced Thursday chamber concerts

Posted on: July 16, 2020

“Typically, the Dallas Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and others trek to Vail, the quaint Euro-chalet resort town, for a weeklong residency,” reads an unsigned Wednesday (7/15) article at Colorado Public Radio. “Bravo! Vail Music Festival’s 2020 summer plans were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but they’re offering a few delightful surprises… including top-flight concerts with a live (small) audience…. Tomorrow’s opening concert at the Ford Amphitheatre kicks off a Thursday night chamber music series with only 175 tickets available per concert to a physically distanced, masked audience. Attendees will need to sign a waiver in advance. With a covered seating capacity of 1,260 and another 1,300 on the lawn, there will be room to safely spread out for these otherwise intimate performances.” Performers will include pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, the festival’s director; pianist Yefim Bronfman; violinist Ida Kavafian; and several members of McDermott’s family: her sister, violinist Kerry McDermott, who is a member of the New York Philharmonic; Kerry’s husband, violist Paul Neubauer, and their children, violinists Clara and Oliver, students at the Juilliard School, who will perform together on July 23. “We’re taking it a day at a time and being super overly cautious,” said Anne-Marie McDermott.