VAIL, Colorado - Bravo Vail announces its 26th season, taking place during six weeks from June 28 to Aug. 3 under the artistic leadership of pianist and Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott. The 26th season also marks the first season of new Executive Director James W. Palermo, who assumed the role in September. The only festival in North America to host three of the world's finest orchestras in a single season, Bravo Vail 2013 features summer residencies by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Artists include pianists Garrick Ohlsson and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, baritone Matthias Goerne, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, Cuban jazz legend Paquito D'Rivera, and violinists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Gil Shaham. On June 29, guest conductor Bob Bernhardt leads the Dallas Symphony in a tribute to America's great movie composers in Music at the Movies: A Tribute to John Williams & Arthur Fiedler, centering on Williams's most famous scores.DSO Music Director Jaap van Zweden returns on June 30 with Dvorak's New World Symphony. Garrick Ohlsson also performs Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2. On July 1, the DSO performs one of classical music's most cherished works, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2013 residency includes the return of "Cirque de la Symphonie" on July 6. Spellbinding acrobatic and aerial feats are choreographed to rich classical scores as performed by the fabulous Philadelphians. Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin concludes The Philadelphia Orchestra's residency on July 13 with the Bravo Vail premiere of Verdi's monumental Requiem Mass for orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists. Highlights of the New York Philharmonic's residency are principal cello Carter Brey performing Dvorak's Cello Concerto and Music Director Alan Gilbert leading the New Yorkers in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 on July 19. On July 20, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs Liszt's Totentanz.Bravo Vail's first Broadway Night with the New York Philharmonic is scheduled for July 24. Veteran conductor Ted Sperling leads a cast of superb singers from Broadway in some of the most romantic songs written from shows like "Promises, Promises," "West Side Story," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Carousel," "Guys and Dolls," "Ragtime" and "A Light in the Piazza."The Linda and Mitch Hart Soiree Series features four private performances in four unique and spectacular homes throughout the Vail Valley. Each evening includes cocktails, a concert and a gourmet dinner served by area premier chefs. Locations and dates of the 2013 soirees are July 2 in Beaver Creek, July 9 in Beaver Creek, July 23 in Mountain Star and July 28 in Cordillera Valley.
On July 15, the Calder Quartet and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott will perform three Mozart piano concertos in the composer's sanctioned renditions for string quartet. Bravo Vail is happy to announce that a new McDermott-Calder Mozart Concertos recording will be released for the first time to the public the night of the concert. Works of Dvorak fill the schedule, including his Serenade for Winds and Piano Quintet No. 2 on July 11. Soprano Susanna Phillips, the all-male vocal ensemble Cantus and the Calder Quartet join violist Paul Neubauer and McDermott on July 16 and 17th for two varied programs full of works by Dvorak, Janacek and Bartok.The Silver Oak Series at the Donovan Pavilion is relaxed, elegant and intimate. Seating will be cabaret style, with the musicians in the center of the room. Guests mingle over great food and Silver Oak and Twomey wines, combined with works by Beethoven and Kernis on July 30; Bach's Goldberg Variations by Candlelight on July 31; and Mozart's Clarinet Quintet and Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time on Aug. 1. A Four Piano Bash concludes the Bravo Vail season on Aug. 3.
This summer, Bravo Vail offers 14 different free, hourlong chamber music concerts at the Vail Interfaith Chapel, Beaver Creek Chapel, Edwards Interfaith Chapel, locations in Gypsum and elsewhere throughout the valley. Bravo Vail's annual gala will be held on July 14 at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Avon. "Up, Up and Away" will be a festive evening and a highlight of the summer social season in the Vail Valley. Proceeds from the Gala support Bravo Vail's education and community engagement programs. Orchestral concerts featuring the Dallas, Philadelphia and New York orchestras start at $27 for both lawn and "saver" pavilion seats. Lawn tickets for children 12 and younger are $5. Tickets for the Chamber Music Series are $29 and Silver Oak Series are $35. Gala tickets start at $300. Tickets for The Linda and Mitch Hart Soiree Series are $200 and can be purchased only by phone.Concert tickets for the 26th season of Bravo Vail will be available starting May 2 at www.vailmusic.org or by calling the box office at 877-812-5700.