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Bravo! announces program

Daily Staff Report
Special to the Daily/Chris Lee Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival begins its 19th season July 2.

VAIL – During its 19th season, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival will celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday with the festival’s first performance of Mozart’s Requiem.On July 2, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Christopher Seaman, will join the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Roger Melone, its choral director, to perform the Mozart piece.”No piece is more tantalizingly enveloped by myth and mystery than Mozart’s Requiem,” says Jeremy Eichler of The New York Times.

On July 21, 22 and 23, the festival welcomes back Marin Alsop. She will lead the New York Philharmonic, along with pianist Jonathan Biss, in the philharmonic’s opening-night concert. Alsop was recently appointed as music director of the Baltimore Symphony. Beginning in 2007, she will be the first woman to head a major American orchestra, which mirrors her ongoing success in the United Kingdom as principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony since 2002.The festival’s 2006 commission, a wind quintet by American composer-in-residence Kenji Bunch, will be premiered on July 18 by the Imani Winds. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will open the festival June 26 and continue with a total of six performances through July 4. The summer marks the 16th year of residency for the Rochester Philharmonic at the festival.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will be in residence for six performances with the festival from July 7-15. Conductors Andrew Litton, Arild Remmereit and Richard Kaufman will lead the Dallas Symphony. The New York Philharmonic will open its second three-year residency July 21 and will perform six different programs through July 23, led by conductors Marin Alsop, Bramwell Tovey and Xian Zhang. 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 11-Aug. 1 and will conclude with a grand finale, Aug. 3. Other Chamber Music series continue throughout the season and include Music at Midday, held at the Vail Interfaith Chapel; the festival’s Casual Classics – Music and Conversation; and the Soiree series, held at private residences throughout the Vail Valley.

Bravo! runs from June 28-Aug. 3. For complete program details, visit or call 877-812-5700.Vail, Colorado

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