A silver celebration
April 22, 2012
Tickets for the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival’s 25th anniversary season will be available for purchase starting Monday. “The 25th anniversary of the festival has been designed both to honor the past, guided so brilliantly by Executive Director John Giovando, and to embrace the future,” artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott said. “The staples of the orchestral repertoire will be stunningly rendered by our three great orchestras, while we continue to introduce audiences to works – old and new – not yet heard in Vail. My goal is to make it all excellent, fun, rich, vital and infused with passion.”The Vail Music Festival runs for seven weeks, from June 25 to Aug. 4. Pianist McDermott returns for a second term as artistic director, and once again, the festival hosts three world-class resident orchestras: the New York Philharmonic, returning under music director Alan Gilbert for its 10th summer; The Philadelphia Orchestra, with new music-director designate Yannick Nezet-Seguin making his Vail Music Festival debut; and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and its music director Jaap van Zweden, Musical America’s Conductor of the Year 2012.Programming highlights for this landmark season include numerous festival premieres; multievent immersions in the art of Brahms, Mendelssohn and Gershwin; a series juxtaposing time-honored classics with trailblazing new music; plus chamber music, jazz and pops galore. New York-based Gabriel Kahane returns for an encore performance of his 2011 festival commission, while the vocal ensemble Cantus and the Jasper String Quartet serve as 2012’s Young-Professionals-in-Residence.An impressive guest-star roster presents more than 30 soloists, including pianists Yefim Bronfman, Kirill Gerstein and Benjamin Grosvenor; violinists Joshua Bell, James Ehnes and Jennifer Koh; cellist Alisa Weilerstein; vocalists Susanna Phillips, Curtis Stigers and Tracy Dahl; and electric guitarist-composer Steven Mackey. Ensembles include the Calder Quartet, Tiempo Libre and Opus One, and guest conductors number Andrey Boreyko, Stephane Deneve, Bramwell Tovey and Jeff Tyzik among them.As before, chamber concerts will be held at Vail Mountain School and the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, while large-scale concerts take place in Vail’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, which accommodates 1,260 guests in covered seating and an additional 1,300 on the grassy hillside.Visit http://www.vailmusic.org for more information.