VAIL — Spanish conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos will lead the New York Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail in performance of two orchestral masterpieces: Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, with violinist Augustin Hadelich, and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique at 6 p.m. tonight at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. This concert under the stars titled “Symphonie fantastique” features two of the repertoire’s most beloved masterworks. First, concertgoers will enjoy Symphonie fantastique — a work decades ahead of its time that not only marked a breakthrough in Berlioz’s work but also became an “epic” for the orchestra. Then, Hadelich joins the New York Philharmonic in performance of the virtuosic violin concerto: Symphonie espagnole. Based on alluring Spanish folk songs, Symphonie espagnole has retained its firm hold on the hearts of music lovers since its 1875 Paris premiere.
Hadelich returns to Bravo! Vail in performance of Symphonie espagnole, which despite its name, is a true concerto in which the soloist is called upon to display significant feats of violinistic prowess. A favorite among Vail audiences, Hadelich made his critically acclaimed New York Philharmonic debut under music director Alan Gilbert at Bravo! Vail in July 2010. Praising the performance, The Denver Post said that Hadelich “easily confirmed his place on the shortlist of today’s top violin virtuosos.” After performing with Hadelich again at Bravo! Vail in July 2011 and at the Caramoor Fall Festival in September 2011, the New York Philharmonic nominated him for the Martin E. Segal Award, which he received in 2012. The award recognizes young artists of exceptional accomplishment.
Fruhbeck leads orchestras
A regular guest with North America’s top orchestras, Fruhbeck will conduct the New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, National, Detroit, St. Louis, Houston, New World and Seattle symphony orchestras in the 2013-14 season. In addition, he appears annually at the Tanglewood Music Festival. From 2004-11, Fruhbeck was chief conductor and artistic director of the Dresden Philharmonic, and in the 2012-13 season began his post as chief conductor of the Danish National Orchestra.
Among Hadelich’s 2013-14 season highlights are debuts with the Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Oregon Symphony and The Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as a recital at New York’s Frick Collection celebrating the 75th anniversary of their concert series, and a tour of China with the San Diego Symphony. In April 2014, Hadelich (with guitarist Pablo Sainz Villegas and pianist Joyce Yang) will perform at the Kennedy Center for the premiere of an originally-conceived multimedia recital, Tango Song and Dance, based on and named after Andre Previn’s work for violin and piano.
Tickets for all concerts of the 26th Season of Bravo! Vail are available for purchase at www.bravovail.org or by calling the box office at 877-812-5700.