The Festival has presented internationally-acclaimed artists including: Al Jarreau, Allen Toussaint, Arturo Sandoval, Bela Fleck, BeauSoleil, Bill Frisell, Blind Boys of Alabama, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bo Diddley, Booker T. Jones, Bobby Shew, Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Chick Corea, Chuck Mangione, Claudia Villela, Coco Montoya, David Sanborn, Diane Schuur, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Don McLean, Dr. John, Eddie Palmieri, Ed Shaughnessy, Ernie Watts, Four Freshmen, Grace Kelly, Heritage Blues Orchestra, James Cotton, Jean-Luc Ponty, Joey DeFrancesco, John Hammond, John Jorgenson, John Mayall, John Pizzarelli, Jose Feliciano, Judy Collins, Kenny Loggins, Lavay Smith, Lee Ritenour, Los Lobos, Marcia Ball, Mavis Staples, Melissa Manchester, Nicholas Payton, Poncho Sanchez, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ramsey Lewis, Regina Carter, Rita Coolidge, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Russell Malone, Ruthie Foster, Sara Gazarek, Shemekia Copeland, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Spyro Gyra, Stanley Clarke, Stanley Jordan, Take 6, The Gospel Hummingbirds, The Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band, The 5th Dimension, The Rippingtons, The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, The Temptations, The Yellowjackets, Tierney Sutton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, WAR, and others; and more than 100 local and regional jazz bands.
Over the past 25+ years, Bravo! (www.bravoconcerts.com) has presented more than 200 concerts and educational programs to more than 60,000 people ranging from students to adults. We present sacred, classical, jazz, pop, contemporary, American and chamber music concerts on our concert series. The concert series features nationally recognized soloists and conductors, the Bravo! Chorale, Chamber Choir, Northwest Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensembles; and nationally acclaimed guest artists such as Grace Kelly, Diane Schuur Dan Brubeck, and others.
The Bravo! Chorale is an auditioned choir of singers who have a passion for singing and a love for music. The Chorale ranges in experience from accomplished amateurs to trained professionals. The Chorale has performed most of the major choral music of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Johannes Brahms’ German Requiem, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, the Requiems of Mozart, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Duruflé, John Rutter and Giuseppe Verdi; Joseph Haydn’s Te Deum and Creation; Rachmaninoff’s Solemn Vespers; Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives, and 9th Symphony; Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah and St. Paul Oratorio and others. The Chorale also performs Broadway, American folk, Spirituals, Pop, Contemporary, and Jazz – such as Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert, Dave Brubeck’s To Hope: A Celebration and the premier of Michael Kissinger’s Sacred Cantata and Jazz Requiem. The Chorale has toured with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra in Croatia and the Pacific Northwest; and has performed with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Jazz Orchestra in Washington D.C. and Lincoln Center in New York City.
Bravo! Concerts Northwest — A Brief History
Founded in 1993, Bravo! Concerts Northwest is one of the most successful and creatively diverse arts organizations in our region. Bravo! is a 501c3 nonprofit arts corporation based in southwest Washington. Our scope is local, regional, and international. Our focus is on music performance, presentation, and education. These currently include: our Bravo! Vancouver Concert Series and Concerts At The Madeleine Old Church Series; the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival; Music Education projects such as Masterclasses and Workshops for students, our Jazz Education Stage and a new Concerts For Kids program; and Regional Arts Partnerships and International Arts Partnerships – such as the Dubrovnik Jazz Festival; Recordings, Music Tours and more. Our Mission Statement is: “Bravo! Concerts Northwest is a music organization committed to the Performance, Presentation, Appreciation and Advancement of the Arts in our Community.”
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Since 1998, Bravo! has produced the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival. The Festival features internationally acclaimed GRAMMY-winning jazz, blues and pop artists, Northwest wines, fine artists, exhibitors, and local restaurants. The Festival (www.vancouverwinejazz.com) is the #1 Cultural Tourism event in Southwest Washington and is “...the largest festival of its kind in the Northwest...” (ABC TV KATU 2, Portland, OR).
An estimated 150,000 people have attended the Jazz Festival since its founding in 1998, with visitors from 25 U.S. States, China, Japan, Europe, and Canada.
The Chorale has released two CD’s: Hear My Prayer: The American Spiritual – a collection of classic Spirituals and new spirituals by contemporary American composers; and a live recording of George Frideric Handel’s classic Messiah – An Oratorio.
Collaborative Partners for music projects have included: Oregon Bravo Youth Orchestra, Pacific Youth Choir, Portland Opera, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, jazz singer Diane Schuur, saxophonist Grace Kelly, pop singer Melissa Manchester, The Brubeck Brothers Jazz Quartet, Broadway baritone Douglas Webster, 56th US Army Band, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan, Seattle Jazz Singers, Sno-King Chorale, Duke Ellington School of the Arts Jazz Orchestra, Washington State Ballet, Washington State School for the Blind, Oregon String Quartet, Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre, Battle Ground High School, Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, Camas High School, and others.
The Northwest Chamber Orchestra includes professional freelance musicians – many of whom perform with Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony and Tacoma Symphony. Guest Artists are nationally recognized classical and jazz musicians who have performed with orchestras, theatre companies, and ensembles throughout the USA and Europe.