Bravo! — A Brief History

Since our founding in 1993, Bravo! Vancouver (now Bravo! Northwest) has become one of the most successful arts organizations in Southwest Washington.  Bravo! is a nonprofit concert arts organization which currently focuses on several areas of music performance and education.  These include: our Bravo! Northwest Concert Series (Vancouver and Portland series); the annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival; regional arts partnerships and concert tours; international arts partnerships and tours, including our Dubrovnik Wine & Jazz Festival; music education including masterclasses and workshops for students, opportunities for students to perform and more.

Over the past 22 seasons, the Bravo! Vancouver Concert Series (www.bravoconcerts.com) has presented more than 100 concerts to over 40,000 audience members.  The series currently consists of sacred, classical, jazz, pop, contemporary, American and chamber music concerts performed from December through June.  The concert series includes a variety of concert ensembles which perform a wide style of music including: the Bravo!Chorale, the Chamber Choir, Washington Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensembles; as well as numerous solo musicians and internationally acclaimed guest artists such as Diane Schuur, Melissa Manchester, Brubeck Brothers and Stanley Jordan.

The Bravo! Chorale is a 40-member ensemble and has established itself as one of the premiere civic choral groups in the Pacific Northwest.  We have performed most of the major choral works 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 Guiseppe Verdi, Joseph Haydn’s Te Deum and Creation, Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives, and Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah and St. Paul Oratorio to name just a few.  The Chorale prides itself on its ability to perform diverse repertoire, and is equally at home performing jazz and popular music, as well as songs from Broadway musicals, American folk and patriotic songs, Spirituals and more.  The Chorale has toured nationally and internationally.  In 2009, the Bravo! Chorale toured throughout Croatia with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, performing both American and Croatian folk, patriotic and contemporary repertoire.  In October 2008, we produced a 5-city Pacific Northwest concert tour with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra from Dubrovnik Croatia. Concerts were performed in Portland, Vancouver, Olympia, Edmonds and Seattle.  In July 2001 the Chorale engaged in its first national tour to Washington D.C. and New York City.  Performances included concerts at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Concert Hall and at the 25th Anniversary National Pastoral Musician’s National Conference in Washington D.C.  The New Washingtonians Jazz Orchestra from the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts collaborated with the Chorale on the tour.  The tour concerts featured a program of American sacred music, including Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert.  The Chorale has released two CD recordings: Hear My Prayer: The American Spiritual (a collection of classic Negro Spirituals and spirituals by contemporary American composers); and a live recording of George F.Handel’s Messiah: An Oratorio.

The Washington Chamber Orchestra includes 30 professional freelance musicians from Vancouver, & Portland, Oregon.  Members of our orchestra have performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New Jersey Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and others. Many currently perform with professional orchestras including the Portland Opera, Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Tacoma Symphony and others.  Our Jazz Musicians include many of the top jazz musicians living in the Pacific Northwest.  They have performed with major jazz artists including Wynton Marsallis, Diane Schuur, the Temptations, and others.

Bravo! produces the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival, which features internationally acclaimed Grammy-winning jazz, blues and pop artists, Northwest wines, fine artists and crafters and local restaurants.  The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival (www.vancouverwinejazz.com) is recognized as the #1 Cultural Tourism event in Vancouver and Southwest Washington.  It is “...the largest festival of its kind in the Northwest...” (ABC TV KATU 2, Portland, OR).  In 2010, the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival and National Geographic put Vancouver “on the map.”  The Festival is prominently featured on a National Geographic GeoTourism Map of Washington and Oregon (www.thecentralcascades.com/vancouver-wine-and jazz-festival).  An estimated 10,000 people participate in the annual jazz festival each year, and visitors attend from 19 states and Canada.  Each year the Festival also features 50 visual artists, 250 wines, local restaurants and numerous commercial exhibitors.  Since 1998 the Festival has presented such internationally-acclaimed and GRAMMY-winning jazz, blues and pop artists as: 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, Coco Montoya, David Sanborn, Diane Schuur, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Don McLean, Dr. John, Eddie Palmieri, Ed Shaughnessy, Ernie Watts, Four Freshmen, Heritage Blues Orchestra, James Cotton, Jean-Luc Ponty, Joey DeFrancesco, John Hammond, 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, 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, Toshiko Akiyoshi, WAR and others; as well as more than 100 local and regional jazz bands.

Over the years, Bravo! has collaborated with numerous arts partners for musical projects, including: Portland Opera, Seattle Jazz Singers, Sno-King Chorale, Duke Ellington School of the Arts Jazz Orchestra, Washington State Ballet, Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, among others.  Bravo! also created a “sister city” arts partnership with the City of Dubrovnik, Croatia to produce the Dubrovnik International Wine & Jazz Festival.  Visit the website at www.dubrovnikwinejazz.com for more information.

Tel: 360-906-0441 • Website: www.bravoconcerts.com

Mailing: PO Box 118, Vancouver, Washington USA 98666-0118

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