Bravo! annoucnes full summer schedule
VAIL – The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival opens once again with Maestro Christopher Seaman leading the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Russian pianist Olga Kern performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. Also performing with the orchestra during its two-week residency will be violinist Chee-Yun and violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama. When Maestro Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra are in residence in mid-July, the festival will present a concert performance of Bizet’s opera, “Carmen,” with international vocal soloists and the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Andrew Litton perform as soloists with the orchestra July 9. Maestro Lorin Maazel will return to Vail with the New York Philharmonic on July 22. The philharmonic’s series of performances will include artists such as Chinese pianist Lang Lang, cellist Lynn Harrell and violinist James Ehnes. The Bravo! festival’s multitude of chamber music concerts will take place throughout the summer in a variety of venues, including the Vilar Center for the Arts, private homes in the valley and the Vail Chapel. Highlights of the Chamber Music Series will include a premiere by the festival’s Pulitzer Prize winning American Composer-in-Residence, Melinda Wagner, as well as introductory concerts, outdoor concerts and educational outreach performances and events throughout the summer.The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will open the festival on June 26 and will be in residence through July. Opening night of the festival will commence with Music Director Christopher Seaman leading the Rochester Philharmonic in works by Glinka and Tchaikovsky and joined by returning pianist Olga Kern in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Maestro Jeff Tyzik will conduct the orchestra in a pops evening with vocalist Steve Lippia June 27. Christopher Seaman and the Rochester Philharmonic will offer works by Mendelssohn and Beethoven, as well as Walton’s Viola Concerto featuring violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama June 29. Maestro Seaman and the Rochester Philharmonic will bring music to the amphitheater July 1 with a performance of works by Michael Torke and Stravinsky; Violinist Chee-Yun will join the orchestra for a performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Rochester’s residency will again conclude with two patriotic performances during the Fourth of July weekend.The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, with Music Director Andrew Litton at the helm, will open July 8 for a performance of an overture by Wagner, the festival’s composer-in-residence, Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and Beethoven’s Emperor, featuring pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Andrew Litton will lead the orchestra in works by Mozart, Wagner and Ravel July 9; Litton will also be the soloist in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G.Richard Kaufman will conduct the Dallas Symphony for the festival’s Broadway Pops program July 10 and will return July 13 for a Celtic Evening with violinist Eileen Ivers. The Dallas Symphony and Andrew Litton will present works by Rossini and Ives July 15 and will be joined by the Beaux Arts Trio in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. July 16 will provide a memorable conclusion to the residency of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with a performance of the full concert version of Bizet’s famous opera, Carmen. The New York Philharmonic returns to the festival for their third year in residence on July 22, led by orchestra’s legendary Music Director Lorin Maazel. The philharmonic will open with an all Dvoák evening, and cellist Lynn Harrell will join Lorin Maazel and the orchestra for a performance of Dvoák’s Cello Concerto. The 18th Anniversary Season Gala, celebrating opening night of the New York Philharmonic, will again be held at the Lodge at Vail immediately following the performance. The following evening, Lorin Maazel will lead the orchestra, violist Cynthia Phelps and cellist Carter Brey in a performance of works by R. Strauss and Wagner. July 27, the Bramwell Tovey will conduct the philharmonic and violinist James Ehnes in an evening of festive classics. Maestro Maazel will return with the philharmonic July 24 for a performance of works by Mozart and Mahler. Xian Zhang will also lead the philharmonic and celebrated pianist Lang Lang for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. This will be Zhang’s premiere in Vail. She was first-prize winner of the Maazel/Vilar Conductors’ Competition in New York in 2002. Lang Lang will perform again with Bramwell Tovey and the Philharmonic July 29 for a finale to the philharmonic’s residency in an evening of festive classics, including Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1.The festival’s Chamber Classics series will again be performed at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek on Tuesday evenings from July 12 through Aug. 2, it and will conclude with the festival’s Grand Finale on August 4. The acoustics and intimacy of the Vilar Center make it the perfect venue for chamber music. The festival’s 2005 Commission, by American composer-in-residence Wagner, will have its world premiere on July 12. Wagner was awarded the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion. Those who attend the festival’s chamber performances in August will enjoy works that feature the virtuoso marimbist Makoto Nakura.The summer of 2005 the Bravo! Music Festival will again return to the Vail Interfaith Chapel for two Music at Midday chamber concerts on July 6 and 20. The festival will also continue to present its informative and fun Introduction to Chamber Music series July 18, 25 and Aug. 1. These introductory concerts place world-class musicians and listeners in intimate and friendly settings, where audience interaction is encouraged. Wine and cheese tops off the experience. The Bravo! Festival will also continue its elegant Soirée series, held at private residences throughout the Vail Valley. These charming evenings begin with a cocktail hour, are followed by a special chamber music performance, and conclude with dinner catered by one of the Vail Valley’s world renowned restaurants.Subscriptions and packages are on sale now. Individual tickets go on sale Tuesday. For tickets or additional program details, visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org or call 877.812.5700.