In a normal summer, the hills of Vail, Colorado, are alive with the sounds of the long-running Bravo
! festival. But this is far from a normal summer, of course. Still, with Yamaha Artist Anne-Marie McDermott
at the helm as artistic director, the festival adapted with an unwavering committment to providing live music. In addition to the now-common online concerts and educational offerings, and the limited-seating outdoor concerts you might expect, Bravo! also commissioned a fully mobile stage, dubbed "The Music Box", to roam the streets of Vail, providing chamber music to anyone who cared to pause for a socially-distanced short program.
Vail's high-altitude summers can bring intense sunshine, sudden downpours, and even the occasional snowflake (often on the same day!), so maintaining an acoustic piano was out of the question. Instead, Bravo! Music Box houses a Yamaha AvantGrand N3X
, a pint size powerhouse hybrid instrument that gives pianists all the control and feel of an acoustic grand, but without the need for tuning. With a much smaller footprint than an acoustic piano, the N3X looks elegant, while leaving more space for other musicians on stage.
You can read about a special Music Box concert for the Vail Fire Department in the Vail Daily News
, or watch a fantastic weekly video recap
of the whole festival by video artist Tristan Cook.