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Bravo! Vail’s 2018 New Works Project

A Commissioned Work Composed by Gabriella Smith for Roomful of Teeth and Dover String Quartet


Bravo! Vail’s New Works Project serves two purposes: to nurture the creation of new work by today’s most propitious composers through commissioning and premiering brand new music at Bravo! Vail, and to present the incredible wealth of venerated music written by the leading composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, which has been less widely performed in Vail than that of their 18th and 19th century counterparts. The Festival believes it is the responsibility of arts organizations to contribute to the creation of new art and music.

For its 2018 Season, Bravo! Vail has commissioned a new work by American composer Gabriella Smith for a chamber performance by the combined ensembles of Roomful of Teeth and Dover String Quartet. Smith, from the San Francisco Bay Area, has been performed throughout the U.S. and internationally and her music has been described as “high-voltage and wildly imaginative” (Philadelphia Inquirer). During the 2016-17 season, she was Nashville Symphony’s inaugural Composer Lab & Workshop Fellow and has received commissions from Tucson Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and more (http://www.gabriellasmith.com/Home.html). Roomful of Teeth is an eight-voice GRAMMY-winning vocal ensemble founded in 2009 and is “dedicated to re-imaging the expressive potential of the human voice” (http://www.roomfulofteeth.org/). The 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition first prize winners, Dover String Quartet has become a major presence on the international scene and has been called by New Yorker, “the young American string quartet of the moment” (http://www.doverquartet.com/).

This new piece will be between 18 and 28 minutes and premiered during the Festival’s Classically Uncorked Series (tentatively on the final night of August 3, 2018). This series has become increasingly popular and is designed to showcase the past, present and future of chamber music. Additionally, the Festival will present numerous pieces by 20th and 21st century composers, exposing audiences to lesser known composers.

History of Bravo! Vail’s New Works Project:

Launched in 2017 in celebration of the Festival’s 30th Season, Bravo! Vail commissioned five works premiered at the Festival:

  • Edgar Meyer’s Overture for Violin and Orchestra written for Academy of St Martin in the Fields
  • Roberto Sierra’s Dos piezas para orquesta written for Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Guillaume Connesson’s Le Tombeau des Regrets written for The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Julia Adolphe’s White Stone written for New York Philharmonic
  • David Ludwig’s Pangaea for Strings and Piano written for Chamber

Project Media

Latitude 49 performs Gabriella Smith’s “Huascarán” Live at LPR
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Features: Gabriella Smith

Latitude 49 perform’s Gabriella Smith’s Huascarán”, recorded live March 24, 2016. Smith had the following to say about this work:

This piece is inspired by its (Hauscarán’s) vast landscapes, never-ending mountains, turquoise, glacier-fed lakes, the rhythm and perpetual motion of endless travel, the gradually changing landscapes, and the way they change you.

This sample provides an idea of the pieces composed by Smith and reflects her fit with Bravo!, which is deeply connected to the Festival’s surrounding nature and landscape.

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In 1987, founding executive director John Giovando and founding artistic director Ida Kavafian established Bravo! Vail as a public 501 (c) 3 Colorado non-profit corporation. Since then, Bravo! Vail has evolved from a small chamber music series to an international music festival and summer home to the world’s greatest musicians and orchestras.  During the early…

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