This winter the VPAC will be offering the Classical Salon Series designed to provide an elevated, up-close experience for those avid classical music lovers in the valley. 


About the Classical Salon Series:

The Classical Salon Series is a collection of five very special performances taking place in private homes and intimate spaces throughout the valley, featuring internationally-acclaimed classical soloists and ensembles. Curated to provide a deeper connection with classical music, these are fun and social experiences that allow for focused listened as well as up-close interaction with the artists.

The VPAC Classical Salon events will take place in the late afternoon hours from 4 to 6pm, starting with a reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a 60-minute performance and a brief Q&A. Theater-style seating will be available in each venue and “listening room” etiquette is observed once performances begin.

Join the Classical Salon Society!

Salon Society Pass ($500) – Limited to the first 30 participants. Available today!

Do you consider yourself classically-minded, an enthusiast of the genre, and an advocate for classical music? Would you like to belong to a community of cultural leaders in our valley who support the future of classical music? If so, we invite you to purchase become a part of the Classical Salon Society of the VPAC. This exclusive offering will only be available to the first 30 purchasers, providing access to all five Salon performances at a $250 savings! Also, the Salon Society Pass is fully transferable, so feel free to share a special evening of music with a friend or neighbor should you be unable to attend any given performance within the series.


Single Admission Ticket ($150/event) 

Spanish Brass

Thurs., Dec. 20th  4pm | On-stage at VPAC

Looking forward to their 30th anniversary in 2019, Spanish Brass was created by five Spanish musicians as an innovative project that quickly gained world renown for its performances, educational activities and creative collaborations. After they won the First Prize in the 1996 Narbonne (France) International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, trumpeter Bernard Soustrot said, “Of all the First Prize winners of the Narbonne Competition, the Spanish Brass is the best since the competition was founded in 1986.”

WATCH: Spanish Brass

Anna Christy, soprano & Joe Illick, piano

Sun., Jan. 6th at 4pm |  Browning/Illick Residence, Vail

Praised by the New York Times as “nimble of voice, body and spirit,” soprano Anna Christy continues to impress and delight audiences with an extraordinary blend of sparkling voice, powerful stage presence, and innate musicality. Christy made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Papagena in Julie Taymor’s new production of Die Zauberflöte conducted by James Levine followed by Hortense in the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy. Two more debuts followed with appearances as Muffin in the world premiere of William Bolcom’s A Wedding at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Zemire in Zemire et Azor.

 Joseph Illick has served for twelve seasons as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Fort Worth Opera and is in his seventh season as Artistic Director of Performance Santa Fe (formerly the Santa Fe Concert Association). He has also served as Artistic Director of the Lake George Opera Festival, as Interim Artistic Director of Greater Miami Opera (now Florida Grand Opera) and as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Opera Theater. He has served as Artistic Director of Shreveport Opera and Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Lirico D’Europa. As a concert pianist he won first prize in the Mid-Somerset Festival in Bath, England and he is active both as a piano soloist and in chamber music both in Europe and in the United States.

WATCH: Anna Christy & Joe Illick

Trio con Brio Copenhagen

Mon., Feb. 11th at 4pm |  Chateau Beaver Creek and Splendido 

Acknowledged as one of the finest piano trios in the world, the Trio con Brio Copenhagen is about to enter a banner year – 2019 will mark their twentieth anniversary. For a group that views each new year as a call to deepen and enrich their interpretations, it seems a fitting time to take their measure of one of the supreme journeys a piano trio can take; starting in May 2018, Orchid Classics will be releasing their multi-volume traversal of the complete Beethoven Piano Trios.

Twenty years is a milestone in any ensemble and, says Jens Elvekjaer, they all knew right from the start that they would find their musical identities as a piano trio: “There is something about the configuration of a trio, about that triangle, that somehow focuses and amplifies the special understanding that we all have as people and as musicians. It is both a freedom and a fulfillment.” “Glowing reports hold true. The Trio con Brio Copenhagen clearly occupies a lofty perch in today’s musical scene.” – Washington Post.

WATCH: Trio con Brio Copenhagen

Rising Stars of the Opera

Tues., Mar. 5th at 4pm |  VPAC May Gallery

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation, America’s preeminent opera foundation, presents Rising Stars of the Opera, featuring four young singers who have been recognized by the Tucker Foundation as among the leading opera singers of the next generation.  In a concert of operas most beloved arias, duets and ensembles and composers, these superb artists will bring their magnificent voices to the audience.

Rising Stars of the Opera offers a rare opportunity to experience remarkable young artists on the cusp of extraordinary careers.  Watch these exciting young artists bring opera to life by presenting excerpts world-class productions. The featured singers and program to be announced soon!

Watch: Richard Tucker Foundation Opera Gala

Minetti Quartett

Thurs., Mar. 28th at 4pm |  Venue TBA

For its fifteenth anniversary the Minetti Quartett was invited to start their own cycle of concerts at Vienna’s newest venue, the MuTh concert hall in the city’s Augarten. They will continue this successful series through the 2018/19 season. A newly recorded CD with 20th century music and concert tours to France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria and America are further highlights of this season.

The name Minetti Quartett derives from a play by the dramatist Thomas Bernhard, who lived in Ohlsdorf in Austria’s Salzkammergut region, where the two violinists of the quartet grew up.

Since being nominated for the “Rising Stars” award by the European Concert Hall Organization in 2008/09, the Minetti Quartett, comprising Austrian musicians all living in Vienna, has performed many times in renowned venues in Vienna, Berlin, Cologne, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Stockholm, Brussels, London and other locations. Invitations to chamber music festivals have taken the quartet to North, Central and South America, Australia, Japan and China. Many of their concerts have been recorded and broadcast by international radio stations.

WATCH: Minetti Quartett

For additional questions and information, contact Box Office Manager Lauren Gary at 970-748-6651 or Assistant Manager Tim Felton at 970-845-8497, or email them at or Development Director Owen Hutchinson is also available to discuss these events at (970) 748-6670 or

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