VAIL — The legendary Philadelphia Orchestra closes its eighth summer residency at Bravo! Vail this weekend with the return of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and masterpieces by Beethoven and Strauss, and Rachmaninoff and Brahms. Friday night, concertgoers will thrill to the passion and fire of that heroic musical game-changer: Beethoven’s Third Symphony, otherwise known as the “Eroica.”
Composed in 1803-04, Beethoven’s “Eroica” was a radical departure from not only anything else he had written previously, but anything else ever written. Form, length, emotional content — each became supercharged in this symphony. Its effect has never waned. Imagine someone completely reinventing a comfortable old art form, and making it radically new. Think Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keefe, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan; artists who broke boundaries, changed their art forms and had an immeasurable impact on culture. The rock star of his time, Beethoven’s iconoclastic personality added to his mystique. The old adage, “Fortune favors the bold” was not lost on Beethoven, whose fame grew as he became more and more individualistic.
Over 200 years after its composition, Beethoven’s “Eroica” never fails to move audiences. Its emotional impact is more like a wallop. Music Director Nézet-Séguin is a new wave of modern symphony orchestra conductor — energetic, approachable and immediately able to connect with audiences. He’s the perfect conductor to tackle this score on Friday evening at Bravo! Vail. He brings a fresh approach to every score he interprets, simultaneously respects tradition while taking audiences to a new level of emotional understanding.
On Saturday, The Philadelphia Orchestra concludes its Bravo! Vail residency with debut of sensational French pianist Hélène Grimaud, performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1. This much-anticipated concert ends with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances,” written by the great Russian master especially for The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Rachmaninoff often remarked that as a piano soloist he would “rather perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra than any other of the world.” And the great Russian master was known to have said he wrote with the sound of The Philadelphia Orchestra in his head. Notably, Symphonic Dances — Rachmaninoff’s final composition and a work written especially for them — was selected to close The Philadelphia Orchestra’s eighth Bravo! Vail residency.
Tickets for both concerts are still available and start from $28. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit bravovail.org or call 877-812-5700.