Bravo! brings Spanish-inspired music to Vail |

Bravo! brings Spanish-inspired music to Vail

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado – Reignite your romance with Ravel. Bask in the beauty of Bolero. Listen to the lively dance music of Iturriaga tonight at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival presents a festive evening of Spanish-inspired music 6 p.m. tonight at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra. The concert will be highlighted by works of Ravel, Iturriaga and Turina, including Ravel’s well-known work Bolero featured in the movie “10.”

Tickets are $85 for premium reserved, $63 for regular reserved, and $23 for lawn seating. Children 12 and under are free for lawn seating.

Following his successful Bravo! debut last season, conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya returns to Vail tonight as the conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Harth-Bedoya is the music director of the Forth Worth Symphony Orchestra, and is one of country’s most exciting and sought-after conductors. He has appeared as guest conductor with orchestras all over the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Berlin Symphony, London Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony.

Ravel and Harth-Bedoya have similar ties to Spanish-inspired music. Ravel’s mother was from the Basque region of Spain and Harth-Bedoya was born in Peru.

“Maestro Harth-Bedoya has a unique and passionate connection to this repertoire, and the vibrant Philadelphia Orchestra has the perfect sound to bring these works to life,” said Lynne Mazza, Bravo!’s associate artistic director.

The concert opens with Ravel’s “Rhapsodie Espagnole,” which uses dance-like rhythms including the malaguena and habanera.

Peruvian composer Enrique Iturriaga’s “Sinfonia Junin y Ayacucho” will be performed next. It is a work infused with rhythmic fire, inspired by two battles that won independence for Peru.

“‘Sinfonia’ has rhythm that makes you want to dance,” said Mazza.

After intermission, Turina’s “Danzas fantasticas,” a deeply rooted piece in Spanish folk music, will be performed. The concert concludes with Ravel’s “Bolero,” familiar to many people because of the movie “10,” which starred Bo Derek. Bolero has a constant repetition and steady increase in volume, and is known to many as one very long, gradual crescendo.

Celebrating 22 years in the Vail Valley in 2009, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is a hallmark cultural attraction in Colorado. The seven-week festival touts the highest quality classical musicians in the world today. Bringing in three venerable ensembles, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, the Bravo! Festival has established Vail as one of today’s leading musical landmarks.

Pack a picnic and enjoy the concerts from the lawn, or purchase reserved, covered seating. For a complete festival lineup and to purchase tickets, visit or call 877-812-5700.

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