VAIL — Break out your finest red, white and blue and head to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Thursday afternoon, as the Vail Valley Foundation strikes up the band for the entire community with the annual patriotic concert.
Featuring the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Jeff Tyzik, the concert, hosted in conjunction with the 2013 Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, will get underway at 2 p.m.
Pavilion seat tickets for the concert are priced at $15 and will go on sale at the amphitheater box office on Monday at 8 a.m., with a limit of four per person. No telephone orders will be taken and no tickets will be sold online or through the Vilar Performing Arts Center box office. Ticket purchasers must be 16 years of age or older.
General admission lawn seating is free, with the gates to the Ford Amphitheater opening at 12:30 p.m. in anticipation of the 2 p.m. show.
“This concert is always a great complement to Vail’s Fourth of July festivities,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “The show is always a true red, white and blue flag waving affair, especially when it comes time for the ‘Armed Forces Salute.’ The patriotic concert was one of the first events hosted at the Ford Amphitheater during its inaugural season in 1987 and has been a crowd favorite ever since.”
All proceeds from the Patriotic Concert ticket sales will go to support the Vail Veterans Program, a community-based effort that offers skiing, snowboarding and summer opportunities to amputee veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The program not only introduces participant veterans to winter and summer activities, it also offers a positive transition to living with a new disability.
The Dallas Symphony’s 2013 performance is slated to include such traditional Independence Day favorites as John Philip Sousa’s “Semper Fidelis” and “Stars & Stripes Forever”, John Williams’ “Liberty Fanfare” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” Additional offerings are scheduled to include W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues March,” Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” and George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
For additional information, contact 970-777-2015 or visit www.vvf.org.