VAIL — Bravo! Vail opens its 27th season on June 27 at Vail’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, beginning six weeks of music-making featuring the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, as well as a celebrated chamber music series and array of free concerts, in a festival setting that draws more than 60,000 concertgoers each year. Bravo! Vail once again welcomes a line up of celebrated soloists to the stage, including violinists Midori, Joshua Bell and James Ehnes, and pianists Helene Grimaud, Stephen Hough and Yefim Bronfman, as well as jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli.
“June means summer, and that means it’s time for Bravo! Vail,” said James W. Palermo, executive director, Bravo! Vail. “We open in less than a month, and have a varied, exciting and star-studded summer of the best classical, pops and jazz presentations available anywhere. We are thrilled with Bravo! Vail’s continued growth, the unique nature of our summer presence and that the festival continues to be a driving force for the local and regional economy.”
Bravo! Vail, which showcases classical and chamber musicians at concert venues throughout Eagle County, adds new dimensions to the festival this year, including the Bravo! Vail After Dark series. Designed specifically for younger patrons and those interested in engaging with classical music in a more relaxed format, Bravo! Vail After Dark presents popular Bravo! Vail artists in informal locations such as the Vail Ale House (Third Coast Percussion; July 19) and the Crazy Mountain Brewing Company in Edwards (Calder Quartet; July 26). In addition, Bravo! Vail’s myriad education and community engagement programs return, including Little Listeners at the libraries in Vail, Gypsum, Eagle and Avon.
For the first time in festival history, Bravo! Vail’s Chamber Music Series features members of each of the three resident orchestras. The Chamber Music Series presents opportunities to experience chamber works in more intimate, smaller venues, such as Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as performed by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra on July 8 at Vail’s Donovan Pavilion.
“Each season of Bravo! Vail feels like a fresh adventure,” said Anne-Marie McDermott, artistic director of Bravo! Vail. “Bravo! Vail brings together gifted artists who share the same passion for music; each musician elevates the other, creating an intensely invigorating atmosphere. The infectious chemistry between the audiences and musicians is matchless and continues to mature each year.”
Highlights of 27th Season
Highlights of the 27th season of Bravo! Vail promise to include Beethoven’s Ninth with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on June 28; a screening of the Disney classic film “Fantasia” with live orchestra accompaniment by The Philadelphia Orchestra on July 9; and Grammy Award-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman in an all-Beethoven program with the New York Philharmonic on July 19. The New York Philharmonic also returns with a new take on Broadway Night with the Philharmonic on July 24, this time featuring a program of music by Frank Loesser. Among the Broadway stars gracing the stage is Santino Fantana, the voice of the conniving-yet-charming Prince Hans in the Academy Award-winning Disney animated feature, “Frozen.”
Tickets for each show range from $28 to $135. Lawn tickets for children 12 and under are $5. Purchase tickets online at bravovail.org or by calling the box office at 877-812-5700. Tickets for the Chamber Music Series start at $29 and Silver Oak & Twomey Series tickets start at $50. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.