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Brahms’ violins on tap for Vail

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Vail, CO Colorado
Chris Lee/Special to the Vail DailyBravo! Vail Valley Music Festival presents the New York Philharmonic 6:00 p.m. Saturday night at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado

VAIL, Colorado –New music director Alan Gilbert will conduct New York Philharmonic in its second Vail performance Saturday night, and the orchestra will be joined by guest violinist Nikolaj Znaider.

The concert begins at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater at 6 p.m. Tickets are $85 for premium reserved, $63 for regular reserved, and $23 for lawn seating. Lawn seating is free for children 12 and under.

Gilbert was recently named the music director and will assume the position in the fall. Acclaimed Conductor Lorin Mazzel previously held the position. A former student at Harvard University, The Curtis Institute of Music, and The Juilliard School, Gilbert regularly conducts leading orchestras around the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday nightt’s concert opens with Brahms’ Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Znaider, who has performed with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Brahms’ violin concerto is considered in equal esteem as Beethoven’s great violin concerto, said Lynne Mazza, Bravo’s associate artistic director.

“Brahms’ concerto is on a grand scale, with a wealth of melodic material,” said Mazza. “The cheerful finale with the rising trumpets and drums will leave the audience begging for more.”

Balancing out the program is Czech composer Martinu’s Symphony No. 4, which will be performed after intermission. After living in Paris during World War II and moving to New York in 1941, Martinu was exposed to many different styles of music, including Czech folk music, jazz and the works of Stravinsky and Debussy. He began and completed the symphony in 1945 as World War II ended in Europe.

The Detroit Free Press described Martinu’s Symphony No. 4 as “a beaming work, full of vivacious and swirling rhythm… Stravinsky’s coiled energy, Bartok’s folk-inflected snap and night-music mystery and a Yankee syncopated backbeat.”

Conductor Bramwell Tovey, who will lead the New York Philharmonic in two of its Vail performances, hosts a complimentary pre-concert discussion at 5 p.m. in the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, next to the amphitheater entrance. The discussion should provide.

For a complete Festival lineup and to purchase tickets, visit or call 877-812-5700.

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