VAIL, Colorado - James W. Palermo began his tenure as executive director of the Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival on Sept. 4. Palermo, who was appointed to the position last spring, succeeds John Giovando, who has held the festival's chief executive post since its inception in 1987.
"I look forward to building on the vision and achievements of John Giovando, artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott and the board to move the festival to the next phase in its service to the community," Palermo said. "In my nearly 25-year arts management career, I consider this the ultimate opportunity. The festival has three world-class resident orchestras, fantastic chamber music, Vail's intrinsic beauty and great potential for increased participation."
Palermo's career in classical music spans nearly 25 years. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Indiana University, Palermo performed professionally throughout Europe and South America before focusing on orchestra management. Since then, he has served as the general manager of the Evansville Philharmonic, orchestra manager of The Louisville Orchestra and artistic and general director of the Grant Park Music Festival in downtown Chicago for 14 years. Most recently, Palermo served as president and CEO of the Colorado Symphony, where he revitalized and diversified programming and achieved record increases in subscription sales, individual donors and both earned and contributed income.
"Jim Palermo's genuine and warm personality along with his remarkable professional experience and skill set make him a perfect fit for the Bravo community," said Argie Tang, chair of the Festival's Board of Trustees. "We embrace the opportunity to work with him in order to pursue the continued success of the music festival."
Palermo said he looks forward to the festival's 26th season and beyond, and the opportunity to further develop the Vail area as one of the most widely recognized summer classical music destinations in the world.
"I am so excited to welcome Jim Palermo to the Vail Festival team," said Anne-Marie McDermott, the festival's artistic director. "I am thrilled to be working with Jim - his tremendous enthusiasm, passion and commitment are infectious and will be such a great asset to the future of this unique and important treasure."
"Vail is one of the most beautiful places in the world and I am now privileged to call it home," Palermo said. "My Boston terrier Daisy and I love living in Eagle County and are taking advantage of the opportunities its natural beauty affords."
Celebrating 26 years in 2013, the Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival features the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and world-class concerto and chamber music soloists throughout the Vail Valley. Enjoy masterworks, pops, Broadway, summertime classics, patriotic, chamber music and family concerts June 26 through Aug. 3.
For information visit www.vailmusic.org or 970-827-5700